September 17, 1993
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Dwight K. Bartlett III announced yesterday that he had completed several top staff changes as part of a reorganization of the newly independent Maryland Insurance Administration.New appointments include:* Jean Bienemann, a senior staff attorney for the agency, will become the associate commissioner for property and casualty on Oct. 1. She replaces J. Frank Nayden, a 25-year veteran of the division, who is retiring at the end of the month.* Randi Reichel, an assistant attorney general, will head the life and health division as associate commissioner starting Oct. 11. She has been legal counsel to the division for seven years.
February 6, 2012
Redmer Insurance Group has named Caesar Rossilli, a Harford County native and Kingsville resident, personal lines manager. Rossilli is a 17-year veteran of the insurance industry. At Redmer Insurance Group, he oversees the sale of personal lines insurance including auto, home, life, umbrella, recreational vehicles and boat policies. Prior to joining Redmer Insurance Group, Rossilli served as regional insurance manager for Long & Foster Insurance Agency, Inc. Earlier, he held the positions of financial service representative and sales manager at MetLife and sales representative for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
December 18, 1990
The Maryland insurance commissioner has ruled that insurance companies can legally base their rates for auto policies on where a driver lives. The practice, known as territorial rating, means that city residents usually pay higher premiums than do drivers who live in the suburbs. Rural residents pay the least. The commissioner also ruled the system is reasonable because city drivers file claims more frequently than suburban and rural residents.The Evening Sun wants to know whether you think territorial rating is fair.
December 16, 1997
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Steven B. Larsen yesterday ordered the Doctors' Co., a California-based malpractice insurer, to offer renewals to all Maryland doctors currently covered by financially troubled P.I.E. Mutual Insurance Co.Ohio regulators moved into P.I.E.'s offices in Cleveland yesterday, changed the office locks, began an inventory of office equipment and changed computer codes to secure the system pending an audit of the company's books. On Saturday, P.I.E.'s board fired the company's top three executives.
September 2, 2011
Is your insurer charging you a hurricane deductible for filing a claim from Hurricane Irene? If so, make sure you were in an area subject to a hurricane warning. Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith sent out a reminder today to property insurers that hurricane deductibles can't be imposed unless a claim comes from a part of Maryland that was under a hurricane warning. Maryland counties under such a warning were Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot and Wicomico and Worcester.
November 24, 1990
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland announced yesterday that it was seeking to raise its insurance rates between 10.3 percent and 20.9 percent for the policies it sells to supplement Medicare coverage.The company, the largest health insurer in Maryland, has asked state insurance regulators for the premium increase as a way to offset recent changes in the amount the federal government picks up under the Medicare program, Blue Cross said. The increase, if approved, would affect 105,000 senior citizens in the state.
August 2, 2013
Aetna Inc. said Friday it canceled plans to sell insurance on Maryland's new health insurance exchange, set to open Oct. 1 as part of the federal health care reform law, after regulators cut the rates it could charge consumers for its plans. Aetna was one of several carriers poised to sell on the state's exchange, along with Coventry Health Care, which Aetna acquired this spring. But Aetna told Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith in a letter this week that cuts regulators made to the rates the companies had proposed "would not allow us to collect enough premiums to cover the cost of the plans.
October 2, 2013
Marylanders who need insurance under health reform because they don't have it through their employer or a federal plan will be able to get it from a state exchange. Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith discusses the kinds of plans that are offered on the exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, which opened Tuesday. People shopping for health insurance can compare the specific plans at marylandhealthconnection.gov. Coverage starts in January. How many plans are offered on the individual exchange?
January 10, 1991
Applications are now being taken by Bowie Ambulatory Care, a non-profit group, to provide an alternative to nursing homes. Residents share a private home with three other senior citizens. Each resident has his or her own room. Nursing assistants provide 24-hour care. All meals are prepared to each resident's needs. Transportation and community activities are also available.Information: 464-0242 (Susan Masters).COURSE ON PAINTING MEETS ON THURSDAYSA free 10-week painting class for anyone 60 years or older will begin Thursday, Jan. 10, at Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. Eleventh Ave.The class will meet each Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners through advanced students are encouraged to attend.
October 25, 2003
The District of Columbia insurance commissioner yesterday ordered CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield not to change its board, bylaws or corporate goals without his approval. The order, similar to one issued by Delaware's insurance commissioner in April, is the latest salvo in a dispute in which Maryland is attempting to reform the region's largest insurer. Lawrence W. Mirel, the D.C. commissioner, noted in his order that "efforts to comply with the Maryland legislation may prejudice the interests" of CareFirst members served by the D.C. plan, or "negatively impact" the plan's "financial stability, product offerings, underwriting standards, etc."