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The Dangers of Drunk Driving

In 2017, nearly 11,000 people in the United States died in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion. What can I do to help...

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Windstorm Reminder

June 1 – Nov. 30 is hurricane season. And although the Northeast may not be quite the hurricane mecca that the Gulf coast is, hurricanes and windstorms are still a real threat to homeowners along the eastern seaboard....

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What’s the requirement for companies to provide loss runs on request?

It applies to all commercial-lines policies. C.G.S. Section 38a-326 provides that insurers shall provide, upon request of the principal named insured, a summary of policy claim information for a period of up to four...

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What is the Appropriate Coverage A Limit for a Connecticut Condo Policy?

In order to write a policy with the appropriate Coverage A limit, you must know what the association and unit owners are responsible for insuring. Most Connecticut associations are following the statutory default,...

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US Senate Passes More Funding for CARES Act Small Business Programs

Today, by voice vote, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to provide over $300 billion more for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created by the CARES Act. Last week, PIA National worked with a broad...

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Above Normal Hurricane Season Projected

An atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University, Dr. Phil Klotzbach, has issued an early forecast of 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes for the year 2020. He predicts an above average...

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Coronavirus Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in many ...

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Attention Builders: New Freeboard Requirement Effective January 2021

The objective of the Community Rating System (CRS) is to recognize communities that are doing more than meeting the minimum NFIP requirements to help their citizens prevent or reduce flood losses. The CRS also provides...

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Connecticut Insurance Commissioner calls on insurers to adjust premiums

Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Andrew N. Mais called on insurers to lower auto premiums and adjust commercial hired and non-owned auto insurance in response to the disruption that the COVID-19...

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When a Bicycle Hits a Car, What Insurance pays?

If your car was hit and damaged by a bicyclist to which policy-household auto or homeowners-should you look to recover for the damage caused by the bicyclist’s negligence? The bicyclist’s homeowners policy. The personal...

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ERISA and Your Business Insurance

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 establishes specific duties and standards for discretionary and nondiscretionary activities in the management of employee benefits plans. Liabilities incurred by...

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Why You Need Service Line Coverage

Let’s spare a moment for something most of us use every day yet probably take for granted: our service lines. We rely on them for access to water, electricity, gas, Internet connection, and more, but only think about...

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Connecticut Launches Small Business Bridge Loans

Gov. Ned Lamont’s Economics Chief David Lehman announced the immediate roll-out of the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program, which will allow Connecticut small businesses hit the COVID-19 crisis to borrow up to $75,...

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Important News On Insurance Premium Payments for Connecticut

April 2, 2020 Executive order requires 60-day grace period for policyholders unable to pay premiums due to COVID-19 pandemic - As part of Executive Order No. 7S, no insurer may lapse, terminate or otherwise cancel...

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CT Governor Announces 60 Grace Period for Some Insurance Premium Payments

Gov. Ned Lamont announced that there will be a 60-day grace period for property/casualty, and health insurance policyholders unable to pay their premiums due to the impact of COVID-19. During the grace period,...

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Start applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan Friday, April 3

Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for Small Business Administration loans under the Paycheck Protection Program beginning Friday, April 3, 2020, through existing Small Business Administration lenders....

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