California to Toughen Rules on Group Discounts for Car Insurance

California regulators are planning stiffer rules on car insurance sold through occupational, educational and other so-called affinity groups, contending some programs unfairly discriminate against low-income people. The state’s insurance department on Monday said it has launched an effort to toughen oversight of group-discount arrangements. The move follows an investigation that found the most-frequent beneficiaries of these arrangements were Californians in ZIP codes with higher average incomes, higher levels of education...

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Business Wire | January 12, 2024

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PR Newswire | January 09, 2024

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PR Newswire | January 10, 2024

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