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LIVING LIFE AND LOVING IT: Insurance agent Andy Daniels takes to the sky for birthday

Not everyone celebrates a birthday with a skydiving adventure, but Andy Daniels of Indianola did just that, and it’s a birthday he won’t soon forget. The State Farm insurance agent didn’t mind turning 46, but he did want to fulfill a long-standing wish and do something memorable. Plans to take the dive on his 40th […] [...]

Williams, new chair of state workers’ comp commission

As chairman of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, Liles B. Williams oversees the work of an agency that receives reports of more than 11,000 work-related injuries per year. Williams sees his role as one of trying to control the costs while assuring that injured workers are treated fairly. “It is a good feeling when you […] [...]

Craft helping to give more choice with healthcare reform

While some states have balked at setting up a health insurance exchange (HIE) that is part of the healthcare reforms, in Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has supported an exchange designed to make it easier for people to shop online for health insurance policies before it was made part of health care reform legislation. Since 2007 […] [...]

Taking the ‘offshore’ route

by Published: August 28,2011

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Becoming a State Farm insurance agent was not a route that was a straight road for Jeff Zachary. This second-generation agent began his working life as a petroleum engineer after graduating from Mississippi State University in 1985. However, getting that first engineering job was not without challenges. “When I graduated from college, the price of […] [...]

Demands of solvency…

State trust for unemployment insurance raises taxable employee wage to $14,000 Mississippi employers who laid off workers in the first quarter have seen a doubling of the amount of wages for which they pay a state assessment for unemployment insurance. The taxable wage rose from $7,000 to $14,000 of each employee’s annual wages. The higher […] [...]

Cut loose by Allstate, homeowners likely to find coverage elsewhere

by Published: May 2,2011

Tags: Add new tag, Allstate, homeowners, insurance, Katrina

With hurricane season’s official start less than a month away, 5,000 Mississippi homeowners face the prospect of losing their Allstate home insurance coverage. But state polices adopted after Katrina in 2005 should go a long way toward ensuring the homeowners can find policies elsewhere, say Professor Larry Cox of the University of Mississippi and Matt […] [...]

Lower reinsurance prices not resulting in lower premiums

Many insurance companies using discounted reinsurance rates to increase exposure to risks Insurance companies in the United States have been acquiring reinsurance at bargain prices the last few years, giving themselves a hedge against claims from a catastrophic event. So why haven’t policyholders seen a decline in premiums? Because price is but one element of the […] [...]

Insurance industry watching a few key bills

Health insurance exchange, surplus lines and the uninsured motorists instant verification bill are high on the watch list With the Mississippi State Legislature in full swing, the insurance industry — like all others — is carefully watching procedures at the capitol. However, insurance executives say the state budget is the big factor this session and […] [...]

A man of many hats

by Published: March 13,2011

Tags: Joe Shumaker, MBJ Focus, Mississippi Rating Bureau

Shumaker must be versatile at the state rating bureau Joe Shumaker has had a long career with the Mississippi Rating Bureau, where he began working at age 20. He currently wears three hats as manager of the three separate entities at the bureau. There’s the Mississippi Rating Bureau, established by state law in 1924, which […] [...]

Number Crunching

Actuaries provide a valuable service for insurance, other sectors What is an actuary and what do they do? These mainstays of the insurance industry are not crunching numbers with a magical twist; they’re grounded in mathematics, logic and statistics. They’re also listed on job-rating lists as one of America’s top 10 best jobs. Furthermore, the road […] [...]

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