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California to expand use of catastrophe models to wildfire, terrorism, flood: Lara

As part of its goal to ward off a developing insurance crisis in California that has seen major companies pull-back on underwriting property insurance there, or exit the state entirely, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has announced regulation to allow for an expanded use of catastrophe models to help insurers operate there more sustainably.

“Currently, the Department of Insurance allows the use of catastrophe models for earthquake losses and fire following earthquake,” the announcement states.

Adding that, “The proposed regulation expands the allowable use of catastrophe models to include wildfire, terrorism, and flood lines for homeowners and commercial insurance lines.”


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