New Laws Aim To Prevent Insurance Fraud, Fake Medical ClaimsMinnesota is one of the fastest growing states in the country for insurance fraud, but that could change soon because of tough new laws that go into effect Aug. 1. Last year, the number of staged crashes and fake medical claims in Minnesota rose an alarming 22 percent. That's 3rd in the nation behind Florida and New York.
Following Hail Storm, Contractors Rush To Damaged NeighborhoodsOne day after golf-ball-sized hail fell across the Twin Cities, families are adding up the damage from the storm.
Uber Drivers, Supporters Rally Against Proposed LegislationMany people watching March Madness games at local bars may use Uber to get home Thursday night. But supporters of the ride-share program say a bill at the Capitol would make working in the Twin Cities impossible. "I love driving Uber," driver Dustin Simko said.
Ride-Hailing Insurance Bill Could Drive Uber From Twin CitiesA popular ride-hailing service could be on its way out of the Twin Cities.
Good Question: Who Actually Needs Flood Insurance?Flooding is so widespread across Minnesota that families from the Canadian border to the Iowa border are trying to dry out. And many homeowners are seeing water seep into their homes and basements.
Driver Record Data Fight Draws In Lawmakers Minnesota state lawmakers are trying to slow down a plan from the Department of Public Safety that would restrict public access to driver's license data, including the bulk sale of data to insurance companies and car dealers. DPS officials say they made the change after thousands of snooping incidents into personal driver's license records. But insurance industry executives, and Insurance Federation of Minnesota Vice President Mark Kulda, say it could add money to your insurance bill.
Minn. May Lead US In 2013 Natural Disaster ClaimsMove over, Florida. New numbers show that Minnesota could finish first when it comes to disaster insurance claims. Last year, Minnesota generated nearly $800 million in claims, and that's only through the third quarter. If you're wondering why your premium is going through the roof, you can blame what's falling on your roof. Hail from storms on Aug. 6 damaged roofs, windows and siding all over the south metro.
Good Question: How Much Does Insurance Fraud Cost Us?More than 100 former New York City workers - including police officers and firefighters - were charged Tuesday with defrauding the disability system. Some are accused of fishing or doing karate after saying they were too injured or too depressed to work. Prosecutors say the alleged scams cost the federal government about $400 million. Every year, Americans pay $1.1 trillion in private insurance premiums, but a big chunk of that money goes to pay out false insurance claims.
How To Protect Your Home From A Lightning Fire
Organized Crime Causes Spike In Car Insurance FraudA sophisticated routine is taking money directly from our wallets. Mark Kulda of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota says anyone involved in even a slight car accident could be at risk.
Good Question: Why Don’t You See Lightning Rods On Homes? It’s the suspected culprit in fires that torched a Minneapolis church, a $1 million home in Hudson, Wis., and several other metro homes over the weekend -- 30 million volts of electricity shooting through the sky.
Behind Your Flood PolicyIn the land of 10,000 lakes, it's surprising to hear that less than one percent of Minnesotans purchase flood insurance.