Federal workers furloughed due to the partial government shutdown in Washington state may apply for unemployment benefits to help them meet their financial obligations while they wait to return to their jobs.

Lawmakers tackle several women’s health issues related to insurance coverage

Bills would require employers to pay for abortions, contraceptives The debate took four years to hit the Washington Senate floor...
Jolene Johnson started In4ormed Benefits Solutions in 2015 to connect business owners with policies that provide “financial protection and peace of mind.” (Courtesy In4ormed Benefits Solutions)

Entrepreneur aims to help business owners retain, attract workers

Owner of Kennewick’s In4ormed Benefits Solutions says more clients seeking to offer ancillary benefits For as long as Jolene Johnson...
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How to protect against attractive nuisances to avoid liability

By Beau Ruff If you’ve ever driven past an abandoned house with rusted play equipment in plain sight and thought...
A growing number of pet owners are buying insurance policies for their furry friends and fueling a $774 million pet health insurance industry. Twelve companies currently offer plans.

Pet health insurance could be money saver for furry friends

Three years ago, Perla Zepeda’s family lost a beloved family member. Their dog, Sandy, had swallowed an unknown object, causing...

Irrevocable life insurance trust can be effective planning strategy for business owners

By Beau Ruff Business owners are particularly sensitive to cash flow and liquidity needs. This can be especially true of...
Storage Unit

Homeowner’s insurance might not cover theft from storage units

By Sean Bassinger Belongings stashed inside self-storage units may not be covered by homeowner or renter insurance policies if anything...
Criminal Investigations Unit detectives and analysts with the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner serve a search warrant at a business office. The CIU is staffed by two prosecutors, two criminal analysts, a detective sergeant, an administrative assistant and a team of detectives who identify and investigate insurance fraud by organizations and individuals, including medical fraud, staged auto collisions, property, inflated bodily injury claims and other types of fraud. (Courtesy state Office of the Insurance Commissioner)

Special criminal investigations unit takes aim at insurance fraud

Ten percent of all insurance claims are fraudulent. And 10 percent of the cost of all premiums is due to...
Long Term Care Policies

Washington’s partnership with insurance agencies strengthens long-term care policies

In their mid-20s, at a time when Todd and Daydra Bauman’s biggest worry should have been paying off student loan...
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Pasco’s IFC Insurance celebrates 45 years in business

The Williams family has been watching out for wellbeing of Tri-Citians for 45 years. In 1971, John R. “Jack” Williams...

Renters at risk if they forego Renters Insurance

If your rented home or apartment is destroyed by fire, or all of your possessions are stolen by thieves, will...

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