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Americans stick with health insurance despite Trump’s push to dismantle Obamacare

May 22, 2018 |

Americans kept up their health insurance last year despite President Trump’s all-out push to dismantle the Obama-era coverage expansion. That’s the counterintuitive conclusion from a major government survey released Tuesday.

After nearly a full year of Trump’s presidency, the uninsured rate was…


L.A. Times – Business

Wells Fargo reportedly facing huge fine for mortgage lending and auto insurance problems

April 10, 2018 |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering fining Wells Fargo & Co. hundreds of millions of dollars for its mortgage-lending and auto-insurance abuses — following up on a threat by President Trump to take aggressive action against the bank.

The agency is in talks with the San Francisco…


L.A. Times – Business

Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Youbit Re-Emerges Amid Insurance Controversy

March 30, 2018 |

Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Youbit Re-Emerges Amid Insurance Controversy

Cryptocurrency exchange Youbit has reportedly re-emerged after a series of hacks and a bankruptcy filing, amid an insurance claim controversy and civil lawsuits. The exchange continues to operate after it was sold and renamed, local media reported.

Also read: Japan’s DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

Insurance Claim Denied

Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Youbit Re-Emerges Amid Insurance ControversyDB Insurance, one of South Korea’s biggest property-and-casualty insurers, has denied the claim of 3 billion won (~USD$ 280 million) by Yapian, the operator of Youbit, local media reported on Thursday.

The insurer asserted that Yapian “violated the ‘advance notice obligation’” which requires the company to disclose important information prior to obtaining insurance, Asia Today explained. The news outlet added that this information is used to calculate premiums, and quoted a DB Insurance official saying:

As the amount of insurance money is large, we expect Yapian to file a lawsuit.

The South Korean exchange filed bankruptcy after allegedly losing 17% of its assets in December of last year due to a cyber attack. The company suffered damage of 17.2 billion won (~$ 16 million) last year, Yonhap recalled. Its bankruptcy filing marked the first for a domestic crypto trading platform, which prompted the South Korean regulators to speed up the passing of regulations on cryptocurrencies.

Suspected of Insurance Fraud

Yapian obtained a DB Cyber Comprehensive Liability Insurance policy just 20 days before it declared bankruptcy, Asia Today detailed, adding that “insurance fraud was suspected.”

Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Youbit Re-Emerges Amid Insurance Controversy“Cyber Comprehensive insurance is a product that guarantees [against] eight cyber-related risks such as data loss or theft, information maintenance violation liability, personal information infringement damage, cyber threat, and network security liability,” Yonhap described. “Youbit decided to secure five risks including information maintenance violation liability, personal information infringement damage, and network security liability,” the publication added. “The insurance premium was 250 million won and the guarantee limit was 3 billion won.” Yonhap further noted that:

Youbit obtained the insurance on Dec. 1 last year and stopped transactions of coins and won in the same month [on Dec. 19], saying that they saw the hacking damage.

Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Youbit Re-Emerges Amid Insurance ControversyOn Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that investigators in South Korea are looking into the possibility that North Korea was involved in the hack of Youbit, citing people familiar with the situation. While the investigation could take “weeks” to review the malware code, “the people said there were telltale signs and historical evidence that North Korea was behind the Youbit attack,” the news outlet detailed.

Renamed and Operational

Despite the controversies, Yapian decided last week to finalize its sale to another domestic exchange, Coinbin, according to local media. Citing that Youbit previously operated under the name Yapizon but changed its name to Youbit after being hacked in April, Asia Today elaborated:

Youbit continues to change its name to ‘Coinbin’…while undergoing civil lawsuits with subscribers due to hacking.

According to Yonhap, the rights and duties related to the personal information of Youbit members and all assets were transferred to Coinbin on March 21.

What do you think of Youbit re-emerging as Coinbin? Do you think the insurance company should pay the claim? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Want Cheaper Prescriptions? Don’t Always Use Insurance

March 14, 2018 |

Having health insurance means saving money on prescriptions, right? Not necessarily. A study published Tuesday in JAMA found insurance co-pays for generic drugs were actually higher than the cost of the drug 28% of the time. For name-brand drugs, it was 6%. Say your insurance has a $ 10 co-pay for…
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Want to Buy a Luxury Hotel in the U.S.? Try China’s Insurance Regulator

February 26, 2018 |

When Chinese regulators seized control of Anbang Insurance, they took ownership of more than a dozen luxury U.S. hotels. Now, as the government looks to sell, it faces a problem: The buildings likely are worth less than what Anbang paid only a couple of years ago.
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China regulators take control of Anbang Insurance for one year

February 23, 2018 |

China’s government is taking over Anbang Insurance Group Co., owner of New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria, and will prosecute founder Wu Xiaohui, cementing the downfall of a politically connected deal-maker whose aggressive global expansion came to symbolize the financial overreach of China’s debt-laden…


L.A. Times – Business

California’s two health insurance regulators to investigate Aetna coverage decisions

February 13, 2018 |

Both of California’s health insurance regulators said they will investigate how Aetna Inc. makes coverage decisions, as the lawsuit of a California man who is suing the nation’s third-largest insurer for improper denial of care heads for opening arguments Wednesday.

The Department of Managed Health…


L.A. Times – Business

It’s unclear if homeowners’ insurance covers mudslide damage

January 30, 2018 |

Pamela Jameson Boehr and her husband own a home and two rental properties in Montecito. Each site was affected by the devastating mudslides that recently swept through the area.

Boehr, 77, told me her personal residence wasn’t significantly damaged, but one of the rental properties, a pair of duplexes,…


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Don’t forgo earthquake insurance for your condo even if your association rolls the dice

December 16, 2017 |

QUESTION: After 29 years of renting, I finally saved enough for a down payment on a small condo. I really like a building in the San Fernando Valley with restaurants and other commercial businesses nearby, but it is not retrofitted and the association doesn’t have earthquake insurance. The lenders…


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Facing a big health insurance premium hike? Blame the kids

November 5, 2017 |

Dede Kennedy-Simington, an insurance agent in Pasadena, was “totally dismayed” when she learned recently that the premium on her family’s Blue Shield PPO would rise $ 391 a month next year — driven largely by huge increases for her two teenage children.

The cost of insuring her 16-year-old daughter…


L.A. Times – Business