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Stonetrust enters new states

Stonetrust Enters New States Kansas and Alabama

By Chrissey Breault | December 10, 2021

Stonetrust Workers’ Compensation President and CEO Michael G. Dileo announced that the company is now writing workers’ compensation coverage in Kansas and Alabama effective January 1, 2022. “I’m excited to announce that we’re now offering workers’ compensation coverage and services in Kansas and Alabama as part of our evolving plans for regional expansion,” said Dileo.…

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KMIC AM Best Rating Upgrade

AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Kansas Mutual Insurance Company

By Chrissey Breault | November 17, 2021

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) has been revised to stable from positive. The ratings reflect…

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SB 37 Licensing Changes

Senate Bill 37 Amends Agent Licensing and Renewal Requirements

By Chrissey Breault | November 8, 2021

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 and staff in the months to come. The most…

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Religious Accommodations

Religious Accommodations: Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

By Chrissey Breault | November 8, 2021

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 for the individual assessment being conducted. …

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Swiss Re/Westport policy enhancements

Swiss Re/Westport Releasing New E&O Policy Enhancements

By Chrissey Breault | November 2, 2021

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. Below is a high-level summary of the changes. Simplified and consistent policy language Revised the language in some sections for ease of reading with no…

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Health Care Stabilization Fund

Changes to Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund

By Chrissey Breault | October 25, 2021

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 statute requires defined health care providers to…

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Bob Fee installation

Big ‘I’ Installs New Leadership

By Chrissey Breault | October 5, 2021

October 5, 2021- The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) installed Kansas’ Bob Fee, president of Fee Insurance Group Inc. in Hutchinson, as 2021-22 Big “I” chairman at the recent Big “I” Fall Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Fee has held numerous positions at both the state and national level…

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Shelby Doty

Kansas Association of Insurance Agents Adds Shelby Doty to Board of Directors

By Chrissey Breault | September 28, 2021

September 28, 2021 – Topeka, Kansas – Shelby Doty has been named to the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents (KAIA) Board of Directors. Doty, commercial lines account executive at Insurance Planning, Inc., Hays, Kansas, will serve as a director-at-large. “As an independent agent for 20 years, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve…

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Business Texting Requirements

Phone Carriers’ New Requirements for Business Texting

By Chrissey Breault | September 16, 2021

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 a local area code and support high…

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