insurance

Senate Votes to Mandate Autism Coverage

The Alabama Senate has voted to require insurers to cover autism therapy but only until the child turns 18. Senators voted 33-1 Tuesday to mandate the coverage of applied behavioral analysis, an intensive therapy. The House approved the bill unanimously earlier this session. It will now decide whether to go along with Senate changes to the bill. Parents of children…

Alabama Drivers Advised to Watch Out for Deer

Alabama motorists are getting a costly reminder to look out for deer while driving. State Farm, Alabama’s largest auto insurer, says in a statement that there were 28,794 insurance claims connected to deer collisions from July 2015 to the end of June. The company says one in 135 Alabama drivers are likely to collide with a deer – a figure…

Alabama Education Association Files Lawsuit over “Secret Meeting”

The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is filing a lawsuit against the Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Program (PEEHIP). In the suit, the AEA claims PEEHIP held a “secret meeting” to increase the healthcare premiums of teachers across the state. This increase would offset most, if not all, of the four percent pay raise the State Legislature approved for teachers in the…

New Tornado Guide Available

UA, Ala. Dept. of Insurance helped create it.

The University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Insurance worked with a national insurance industry group to publish—and post online—a guide to preparing for tornadoes. It includes statistical information (and information about the 2011 outbreak that killed hundreds, including six UA students), tips on preparing, and  information about what to do after one strikes. You can find the guide…