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AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Kansas Mutual Insurance Company

KMIC AM Best Rating Upgrade

AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Kansas Mutual Insurance Company OLDWICK, N.J., November 9, 2021—AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a” (Excellent) from “a-” (Excellent) of Kansas Mutual Insurance Company (KMIC) (Topeka, KS). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings)…

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Senate Bill 37 Amends Agent Licensing and Renewal Requirements

SB 37 Licensing Changes

Senate Bill 37 Amends Agent Licensing and Renewal Requirements The Kansas Insurance Department has been reaching out to agencies and agents and getting unreachable responses. So we want to take this opportunity to make sure you are aware of some of the provisions of SB 37 (the producer licensing bill) that will affect your agency…

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Religious Accommodations: Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

Religious Accommodations

Religious Accommodations: Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs Employers typically should assume that a request for religious accommodation is based on a sincerely held religious belief. However, suppose the employer has a valid and objective reason to request more information from an employee or doubt a request’s validity. In that case, they may ask additional questions tailored…

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Swiss Re/Westport Releasing New E&O Policy Enhancements

Swiss Re/Westport policy enhancements

Swiss Re/Westport Releasing New E&O Policy Enhancements Swiss Re and IIABA created a Professional Liability Committee for state E&O program managers, state executives, and independent agents to consistently review the Swiss Re E&O program and its offerings. Through this committee and the constant feedback shared by KAIA and its members, Swiss Re/Westport is releasing important…

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Changes to Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund

Health Care Stabilization Fund

Changes to Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund We would like to take the opportunity to inform you of changes to the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund that will impact your clients’ policies effective January 1, 2022. On May 19, 2021, Governor Laura Kelly signed into law House Substitute for Senate Bill No. 78. The new…

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Phone Carriers’ New Requirements for Business Texting

Business Texting Requirements

Phone Carriers’ New Requirements for Business Texting by AnneMarie McPherson National phone carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are starting to implement new requirements for business texting to counteract telemarketing spam. The requirements primarily focus on businesses using application-to-person (A2P) text messages sent via 10-digit long code (00310DLC) phone numbers, which are phone numbers that include…

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Insurance Coverage Committee Creates Farmowners Task Force

Insurance Coverage Committee Creates Farmowners Task Force Volunteer Today! The Insurance Coverage Committee met on Tuesday, September 7th. One outcome was the committee established a Farmowners Competitive Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to help independent agents better compete against direct/captive carriers by analyzing the insurance offerings in the Farmowners market and…

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Heritage Insurance Group merges with Garrett Insurance

Heritage Insurance Group merges with Garrett Insurance The owners and staff of Heritage Insurance Group, Inc. of Stockton, Kansas, are excited to announce the merger of its agency with Garrett Insurance Agency, Kerrville, Texas. Originating from a decade-long friendship between owners, the new partnership will bring two family-owned insurance agencies under joint leadership, opening many…

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KID Tax Clearance and Digital Fingerprinting for New Producer Licenses

KID Tax Clearance and Digital Fingerprinting for New Producer Licenses The Kansas Insurance Department’s Producer Licensing division is undergoing many changes to streamline the licensing process, making it easier and quicker. The transition to NIPR on January 1, 2022, is an important part of that process. There are several other changes KID is making in…

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New Federal Flood Insurance Rating Plan to Start October 1

National Flood Insurance Program

New Federal Flood Insurance Rating Plan to Start October 1 The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and significant changes are coming. According to NFIP, the changes mark the first update to FEMA’s pricing methods in 50 years and are based on updated technology and FEMA’s evolving knowledge of flood risk. The following are some of…

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