For many people, having insurance is like mowing the lawn, getting a medical checkup or making a mortgage payment – it’s always a good thing to do, but it’s mind-numbingly mundane. Dig into the politics and policy of the insurance industry, however, and it’s another story entirely.

President Barack Obama’s federal health care reform has been a partisan battlefield ever since it was introduced, and the changes it ushered in continue to shake out at the state and local levels. Providers of flood insurance came under scrutiny in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and lawmakers still say more needs to be done to hold them accountable. On other fronts, from ride-sharing to medical malpractice, the insurance rules and regulations that state and local governments put in place can have financial ramifications totaling millions and millions of dollars.

Read up on all this and more in City & State’s special section on insurance – we’ve got you covered.


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