Alberta government to lift auto insurance rate cap

Insurance Business Magazine | September 03, 2019

Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) government has chosen not to renew the cap on auto insurance rate increases imposed by the previous NDP government. The cap limited auto insurance rate increases made in Alberta to a maximum of 5%. The rate increase limitation applies to an insurance company’s entire private passenger automobile insurance business – not individual insurance policies. It was set to expire on August 31, 2019. CityNews warned that drivers’ rates could rise soon as a result of the cap’s dismissal. Finance press secretary Charlotte Taillon explained that the Automobile Insurance Rate Board will be responsible for adjusting auto insurance rates moving forward. The government’s decision to lift the cap has been met with strong support from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). “We’re hoping to see some of the issues addressed within the system, and we’re also looking to just open up the insurance market a little bit more,” said IBC Western vice-president Celyeste Power.

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Section 62A. Tax credit for investment in health insurance.-(1) A resident person 474[***] other than a company shall be entitled to a tax credit for a tax year in respect of any health insurance premium or contribution paid to any insurance company registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan under the Insurance Ordinance, 2000 (XXXIX of 2000), provided the resident person 475[***] is deriving income chargeable to tax under the head “salary” or “income from business”.

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Section 62A. Tax credit for investment in health insurance.-(1) A resident person 474[***] other than a company shall be entitled to a tax credit for a tax year in respect of any health insurance premium or contribution paid to any insurance company registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan under the Insurance Ordinance, 2000 (XXXIX of 2000), provided the resident person 475[***] is deriving income chargeable to tax under the head “salary” or “income from business”.

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Inszone Insurance | November 24, 2022

Inszone Insurance Services: a rapidly growing, national provider of benefits, personal and commercial lines insurance, announced today the acquisition of Capizzi Insurance. Capizzi Insurance was founded in 1971 by Vincent Capizzi. With one location Capizzi Insurance primarily operated as a standard-preferred personal lines and small-mid commercial lines property and casualty agency. Throughout their history they have focused on helping their clients in finding the best program that fits their specific needs. The Capizzi Insurance team will transition over to Inszone’s Lakewood location and continue serving customers under the Inszone Insurance brand. Customers will experience a seamless transition and continue to receive the same standards of service they have come to expect. “We’re excited to welcome Capizzi Insurance into the Inszone Insurance family, We continue to grow within specific areas in California, we are happy to be able to add additional avenues of support and additional service offerings as we expand in the state." -Chris Walters, CEO of Inszone Insurance About Inszone: Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Sacramento, California, Inszone is a full-service insurance brokerage firm which provides a broad array of property & casualty insurance, along with employee benefits solutions. With a strong, experienced management team, Inszone continues to grow organically, as well as through acquisitions. With 32 locations across California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Texas and Illinois, the company is looking to further expand throughout the United States.

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OneAmerica® Launches Variable Universal Life Insurance

OneAmerica | September 21, 2022

The companies of OneAmerica announce the expansion of their product portfolio to offer OneAmerica® Variable Universal Life (VUL) insurance. Distributed through the Individual Life and Financial Services (ILFS) line of business, this new product provides customers with a strong vehicle for protection, while also offering them the opportunity to invest in the financial markets. VUL customers have the flexibility to use the policy for life insurance protection, cash value accumulation or other financial needs. "We're excited to bring our unique VUL product to today's marketplace, The product's guarantees and transparency make it an attractive, new option for people to help protect their loved ones and create an opportunity for potential financial growth." -Dennis Martin, president of ILFS The OneAmerica VUL life insurance policy includes a guaranteed death benefit provision and fully guaranteed policy charges, which are first-of-its-kind in the VUL space. These guarantees offer customers confidence that their policy charge structure won't change in the future. They also add an additional layer of protection against policy lapse and loss of the death benefit. In addition, the OneAmerica VUL offers two investment-related differentiators to the marketplace. The product offers a low-cost, transparent fund lineup of well-known industry asset managers, and it includes two defined outcome funds — again, a first in the industry for a VUL product. The investment lineup offers customers more than 50 diverse investment options, customizable to their portfolios and goals. These innovations reflect the client-centered approach that OneAmerica brings to the marketplace. VUL will give our distribution channels a strong product to match the needs of new and existing customers, Ultimately, our VUL is a robust product built on our strong foundation and commitment to deliver on our promises when customers need us most,said Mark Scalercio, senior vice president and head of distribution for ILFS. The new product also includes extra protection and added benefits through optional riders. OneAmerica VUL is currently available through the OneAmerica career agency distribution channel in all states except California, Florida, New York, North Dakota and South Dakota. About OneAmerica A national provider of insurance and financial services for more than 140 years, the companies of OneAmerica help customers build and protect their financial futures. OneAmerica offers a variety of products and services to serve the financial needs of their policyholders and customers. These products include retirement plan products and recordkeeping services, individual life insurance, annuities, asset-based long-term care solutions and employee benefit plan products. Products are issued and underwritten by the companies of OneAmerica and distributed through a nationwide network of employees, agents, brokers and other sources who are committed to providing value to our customers.

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Risk Strategies Acquires Beattie & Associates

Risk Strategies | September 16, 2022

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