Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has confirmed that 28,467 households in the state could be affected by an online security breach involving Nationwide Insurance Co. Nationwide and the insurance office have hotlines to field questions from anyone who might have been affected.
The US Health and Human Services Department will take another 30 days to decide whether Georgia can phase in a key provision of health care reform more slowly. Georgia officials wants Georgia exempt from a part of the law until 2014. The provision requires insurance firms to spend no more than 20% of individual premiums on administration and certain other costs.
Authorities estimate that a tornado and strong storms in north Georgia inflicted at least $15 million in damage. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Thursday that the damage estimate was preliminary and could grow as homeowners and insurers continue to assess the damage. He said property owners have filed nearly 4,000 claims.