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.
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 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.
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.
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.
November 14, 2009
A Baltimore County circuit judge has ruled that William L. Jews is entitled to his full $18 million severance package from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, reversing a 2008 decision by Maryland's insurance commissioner that the judge called "unlawful." Judge Timothy J. Martin said Insurance Commissioner Ralph S. Tyler overstepped his authority when he slashed the former CareFirst chief executive's severance and other pay by nearly $9 million. In a 60-page opinion, the judge characterized Tyler's decision as "unobjective, biased, and quite personal."
January 3, 2007
Dorothy E. Birrane, a homemaker who wrote about her life, died of cancer Friday at her Timonium home. She was 69. Born Dorothy Elisa Piersanti in Baltimore and raised in Pimlico, she was a 1955 graduate of Maryvale Preparatory School and earned an associate's degree at Villa Julie College. She also attended the Peabody Conservatory. In 1958, she married Edward J. Birrane Jr., who served as Maryland insurance commissioner in the 1970s. She played piano and often accompanied her tenor husband as he sang at social events they hosted.
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."
August 30, 2011
A few things that will help consumers still struggling form the hurricane. Maryland's Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith said she activated emergency regulations, requiring health insurers to waive any time limits on payments for prescription drug refills or to replace medical equipment or supplies such as eyeglass and dentures. Plus, the state's insurance administration is taking questions and complaints about insurance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 410-468-2340.