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When phantom claims suspected, we ferret out fraud

Imagine you’re opening the mail after a long day at work. In one envelope, you find a survey from your insurance company asking about your recent auto glass claim.
     “How nice of them to check in,” you think. “But what glass claim? My windshield is just fine.”
     A scenario like that led to a... read more →
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Country living less healthy than believed

It's a longstanding notion: Country living equates with fresh air, less stress, and long lives, while city living is less healthy.
     However, numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a different picture, as noted in Monday's Seattle Times article.
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Deep freeze calls for precautions, slow driving

Our recent extreme weather has triggered a spike in storm-related insurance claims. Icy skids and crashed cars, frozen and burst water pipes, and trees toppled by gusty winds are keeping PEMCO busy.
     Bend was slammed with yet another snowstorm today, with more snow approaching. The Deschutes...

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3 urgent steps for burst water pipes

It's colder than cold outside, and suddenly a frozen water pipe bursts inside your home. What do you do?
     Act quickly to prevent further damage, and to ensure your safety.

  1. Turn off the main water valve. Ideally, you already know where it is. Often it's in the garage or near where the water main...
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Do good fences make good neighbors? Heck, who even owns the fence?

Turns out, Northwesterners are eager to claim ownership of the fence that surrounds their property. But responsibility for fixing it? Well, not so much, according to the latest PEMCO Poll.

Among people we asked, about half said they own the longest stretch of fence dividing their land from their...

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Felony charges for phony auto glass claims

A former Juanita High School coach has been charged for filing false insurance claims with PEMCO through his home-based auto glass company.
     The Washington Insurance Commissioner says the man, age 50, filed 15 false Alligator Auto Glass claims totaling $6,569 involving staff or parents of...

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Toddler's death a reminder to check smoke detectors

Buried in the sad, tragic tale of a 3-year-old boy perishing in a Spokane house fire is a detail that, when shared, might help prevent future deaths.
     "(Assistant Fire Chief) Schaeffer said the rental home had a smoke alarm, but there were no batteries inside," the Spokesman-Review reported...

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College bound? Here’s a 3-point checklist for bringing your car

If you’ve considered the pros and cons of having a car on campus this year and landed on “yes,” here are a few tips to make sure your trip to (or back to) campus goes smoothly.

  • Let the trusty campus map be your guide.Whether you’re new to campus, or you’re living in a different location than last...

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How shaky is your earthquake preparation?

Last year, The New Yorker rattled nerves across the Northwest with dire predictions of what a Cascadia subduction zone megaquake and accompanying tsunami would mean to people from California to Canada. But apparently, it didn’t jolt us into action.

A PEMCO Poll showed that while 77% of us expect to...

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Generic EpiPen to be offered at half price

Following recent consumer outrage, the maker of EpiPen emergency allergy shots says it will offer a generic version at half of the $608 list price.
     Mylan says it will sell its generic version for $300, still far beyond its $94 cost when my doctor first prescribed me an EpiPen in 2007.
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