NICB Urges Illinois Governor to Sign Measure Aimed at Towing Fraud

vintage-tow-wrecker-pick-up-truck_G1Q8XPUO_LThe National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) urges Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to sign into law Senate Bill 2261 to help protect consumers from the rampant towing fraud that has long plagued the state.

The bill, which has passed both the House and Senate, was supported by NICB, the Illinois Insurance Association and others.

If signed by the Governor, it would create a Statewide Relocation Towing Licensure Commission — a task force that will work over the next year to fully examine the towing laws in the state and report back to the legislature. The commission would have representation from the auto insurance industry in addition to state lawmakers, the towing industry and law enforcement.

In addition SB 2261:

  • Makes it a class 4 felony for a tower to illegally solicit business at an accident scene; and
  • Allows a vehicle owner or the owner’s insurer to file suit against a tower that violates the accident scene solicitation section, including recovery of all attorney fees and court costs.

“This is a major step forward as we attempt to put limitations on the rogue tow operators that have plagued many areas of the state, especially the Chicago area,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “Motorists should not be subject to predatory towing practices that result in outrageous charges and tactics, such as holding cars hostage in salvage yards until the owner or their insurance company pay what amounts to a ransom to get the vehicle returned.”

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

NICB Named Interactive Health’s 2014 “Healthiest Companies in America”

NICBHealthyCongratulations to NICB and our employees for being named one of Interactive Health’s 2014 “Healthiest Companies in America”.  The following press release was issued today:

Press Release: Interactive Health Announces 2014 “Healthiest Companies in America”
(May 7, 2015)

Thousands of employees’ lives were transformed – and some saved – by companies honored today as winners of Interactive Health’s “Healthiest Companies in America” award.

For the eighth year in a row, Interactive Health – the country’s leading provider of health management solutions – is recognizing a select group that has embraced the mission of life-changing access to preventive health care in the workplace. This year, there is more than double the number of winners, compared with the previous year. These 158 companies have achieved tremendous success in moving employees from high-risk health status to lower risk and achieving remarkably high employee participation.

“These winners are a perfect example of how health outcomes can be improved throughout America,” said Cathy Kenworthy, president and CEO of Interactive Health. “Working with our company, preventive care programs are about much more than just losing weight or quitting smoking – they are a catalyst to transform the way people look at health, well-being and their lives overall. Heathiest Companies in America winners exemplify the long-term positive effects comprehensive wellness programs can have on the health status of large populations. Our work is done exclusively through our people… it’s personal to us.”

Interactive Health’s workplace wellness programs transform companies and their employees by combining a thorough health evaluation with fast results, supported by a wide range of technology tools and prompt outreach by health coaches. Interactive Health’s engagement is well above norms, with 30 meaningful touch points per year and a 75 percent immediate intervention engagement rate. Members spend an average of 10 minutes per visit on the Interactive Health member website due to relevant two-way content personalized for each individual. Interactive Health has found that meaningful engagement, coupled with features that attract a high level of participation among both employees and spouses, directly translates into better health outcomes. In fact, members who engage with Interactive Health online during their program have a 12% higher rate of achievement of personal health goals. The personalization of these programs, at scale and with extraordinary speed, is possible due to ActiveEngine™, Interactive Health’s proprietary health risk analysis and workflow tool.

Interactive Health continues to innovate and adapt to create flexible programs that achieve the best results, which are exemplified through the success of the Healthiest Companies in America award winners. The diversity of companies represented in this winner’s circle, including size, geography, industry, and length of program, are proof-positive that all companies can both seek and achieve the goal of a healthy workforce.

“Maui Jim is proud to provide our employees a work environment that not only encourages healthy lifestyles and smart choices while in the office, but also offers them tools to champion their own well-being and make lasting behavior changes outside the workplace,” said Rhonda Bessert, Vice President of Human Resources at Maui Jim. “Achieving recognition as one of the Healthiest Companies in America is a testament to our commitment to supporting our employees as they take responsibility for their health.”

“The same dedication we bring to serving our Discover customers is found in the benefits we offer our employees to help them get the most out of life. We are committed to programs that focus on the long-lasting health of our employees,” said Doug Rose, senior vice president and chief human resource officer for Discover. “Being recognized as one of the Healthiest Companies in America validates our commitment to our employees and to helping them achieve their health goals one step at a time.”

Interactive Health creates healthier companies by providing programs that improve the health of their employees. Companies work with Interactive Health because they want a partner that helps them build a health-focused culture and embrace wellness as a business strategy. Interactive Health’s carefully designed strategic, wellness solutions instill lasting behavior changes in employees. The programs integrate all aspects of wellness, empowering each individual with the tools needed to champion his or her own wellness and aid in the daily management of health through early detection and identification of risk factors.

For more information on “Healthiest Companies in America,” visit http://interactivehealthinc.com/client-success/healthiest-companies/

The 2014 “Healthiest Companies in America” are:
Arizona
• CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company ­- Phoenix
• Jewish Family & Children’s Service – ­Phoenix
• Lovitt & Touché ­- Tempe

California
• Advent Software ­- San Francisco
• Casa Dorinda -­ Santa Barbara
• Oliver DeSilva, Inc. Group Health Care Plan ­- Dublin
• PAQ, Inc. -­ Lathrop

Colorado
• American Heritage Railways -­ Durango
• City of Montrose -­ Montrose
• CNIC Health Solutions -­ Greenwood Village
• ET Investments LLC ­- Aurora
• PCL Construction ­- Denver
• Quantum Corporation -­ Colorado Springs

Connecticut
• KODA Distributing Group ­- Stamford
• Regional School District #6 -­ Litchfield

Delaware
• SPI Pharma -­ Wilmington

Florida
• Crowley -­ Jacksonville
• Miami Children’s Hospital -­ Miami
• PAR, Inc. -­ Lutz

Georgia
• Cleveland Group, Inc. ­- Atlanta
• Georgia Eye Institute ­- Savannah
• Peak Campus Management -­ Atlanta
• Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates ­- Alpharetta

Idaho
• Ball Ventures LLC -­ Idaho Falls

Illinois
• Ace Coffee Bar -­ Streamwood
• Amalgamated Bank of Chicago -­ Chicago
• Barry Callebaut ­- Chicago
• CCC Information Services -­ Chicago
• Center Cass School District ­- Downers Grove
• Chapman and Cutler LLP ­- Chicago
• Countryside Bank -­ Countryside
• Custom Data Processing ­- Romeoville
• Dillon Kane Group/STA Group ­- Chicago
• Discover Financial Services -­ Riverwoods
• DuPage Machine Products -­ Bloomingdale
• Elkay Manufacturing ­- Oak Brook
• Forest City Gear -­ Roscoe
• Freeborn & Peters LLP -­ Chicago
• GATX Corporation -­ Chicago
• General Kinematics Corporation ­- Crystal Lake
• Holly Hunt Enterprises ­- Chicago
• Huron Consulting ­- Chicago
• Ideal Industries, Inc. -­ Sycamore
• IFS North America -­ Itasca
• Knox College -­ Galesburg
• Lake Land College ­- Matoon
• Lincoln Way Community High School District 210 -­ New Lennox
• Loders Croklaan -­ Channahon
• Mapes & Sprowl Steel -­ Elk Grove
• Maui Jim, Inc. -­ Peoria
• Marist High School ­- Chicago
• Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush ­- Westchester
• Mutual Trust Financial Group ­- Oak Brook
• National Insurance Crime Bureau -­ Des Plaines
• Old Second National Bank -­ Aurora
• Ozinga Bros., Inc. -­ Mokena
• PCI -­ Chicago
• Prinova USA ­- Carol Stream
• Revcor – Carpentersville
• R.J. O’Brien & Associates LLC -­ Chicago
• Rockford Park District ­- Rockford
• Rosecrance Health Network -­ Rockford
• Schulze & Burch Biscuit Company ­- Chicago
• Sonoma Partners -­ Chicago
• Southern Illinois Health & Wellness Insurance Trust ­- Marion
• Sycamore Community School District 427 ­- Sycamore
• Telular Corporation -­ Chicago
• The National Bank and Trust Company ­- Sycamore
• Trinity Christian College ­- Palos Heights

Indiana
• Angie’s List -­ Indianapolis
• BMWC Constructors Inc. -­ Indianapolis
• Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District -­ Chesterton
• Remington Seeds, LLC -­ Remington
• Traylor Bros., Inc. -­ Evansville

Iowa
• Auxiant -­ Cedar Rapids

Kansas
• Golf Course Superintendents Association of America -­ Lawrence
• Stormont-Vail HealthCare -­ Topeka

Kentucky
• Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers (KLH Engineers) -­ Fort Thomas

Massachusetts
• Consigli Construction Co., Inc. -­ Milford

Michigan
• Atwell, LLC -­ Southfield
• McGraw Wentworth ­- Troy
• SmithGroup JJR ­- Detroit

Minnesota
• Coop Country Farmers Elevator -­ Renville
• Heartland Corn Products ­- Winthrop

Missouri
• 4M Building Solutions, Inc. -­ St. Louis
• Enterprise Bank ­- St. Louis
• Maritz ­- Fenton
• Missouri Bankers Association -­ Jefferson City
• Thomas McGee, L.C. ­- Kansas City

Montana
• Electrical Consultants, Inc. -­ Billings
• St. Luke Community Hospital -­ Ronan

Nebraska
• City of McCook -­ McCook
• DLR Group -­ Omaha

New Jersey
• Conner Strong & Buckelew -­ Marlton

New York
• Adorama Camera -­ New York
• Allegany-Cattaraugus Schools Health Plan ­- Olean
• Credo Community Center ­- Watertown
• eHealth Technologies -­ West Henrietta
• Eric Mower & Associates ­- Syracuse
• Excellus BlueCross BlueShield -­ Rochester
• L. & J.G. Stickley ­- Manlius
• Lifetime Benefit Solutions -­ Liverpool
• Lifetime Health Medical Group ­- Buffalo and Rochester
• Lyons National Bank -­ Geneva
• MedAmerica -­ Rochester
• Monroe Plan for Medical Care -­ Pittsford
• NBT Bancorp Inc. -­ Norwich
• New York Air Brake -­ Watertown
• O’Brien & Gere -­ Syracuse
• Oneida Savings Bank -­ Oneida
• Partners and Napier -­ Rochester
• Sidney Federal Credit Union -­ Sidney
• Trek, Inc. -­ Lockport
• Trudeau Institute -­ Saranac Lake
• Univera Healthcare­ – Buffalo
• Universal Instruments -­ Conklin

Ohio
• City of Vandalia -­ Vandalia
• City of Wyoming -­ Wyoming
• Dana Holding Corporation -­ Maumee
• Ellison Group ­- Mason
• Findley Davies, Inc. -­ Cleveland
• Four County Career Center -­ Archbold
• Johnson Investment Counsel -­ Cincinnati
• Nidec Minster Corporation ­- Minster
• Patrick Henry Local Schools -­ Hamler
• Premier Physician Services ­- Dayton
• Standard Textile ­- Cincinnati
• totes-ISOTONER ­- Cincinnati
• Vega Americas, Inc. – Cincinnati

Pennsylvania
• David’s Bridal ­- Conshohocken
• Johnson Kendall & Johnson -­ Newtown
• Meadville Medical Center ­- Meadville

Tennessee
• East Tennessee Children’s Hospital ­- Knoxville

Texas
• Citizens National Bank ­- Longview
• Cooper & Scully ­- Dallas
• Guaranty Bank & Trust -­ Mt. Pleasant
• Industry Bancshares ­- Industry
• Military Sales & Service, Co. -­ Dallas

Utah
• Morinda Holdings ­- Provo
• Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. -­ Provo

Virginia
• CFA Institute ­- Charlottesville

Washington
• Continental Mills, Inc. ­- Tukwila
• Harris Group ­- Seattle

Wisconsin
• City of Franklin ­- Franklin
• Dohmen Life Science Services ­- Milwaukee
• Fond du Lac County ­- Fond du Lac
• HO Bostrom -­ Waukesha
• Lakeland Care District -­ Fond du Lac
• McAdams Graphics ­- Oak Creek
• Plexus Corp. ­- Neenah
• Primex Family of Companies -­ Lake Geneva
• Runzheimer International ­- Waterford
• Walworth County – Elkhorn
• Waupaca County ­- Waupaca

Wyoming
• Campbell County -­ Gillette
• Wyoming Medical Center -­ Casper
• Taco Johns International, Inc. ­- Cheyenne

About Interactive Health
Interactive Health (www.interactivehealthinc.com), the country’s leading provider of health management solutions, creates innovative wellness programs designed to increase overall company health and actively engage employees to make lasting behavior changes. Regardless of where a company may fall on the wellness spectrum, Interactive Health has a highly personalized program to meet its needs. By offering health assessments that detect risk at the earliest possible stage, Interactive Health has the capability to immediately intervene and engage at-risk participants with a personalized course of action. Using ActiveEngine, a proprietary algorithmic-based clinical intelligence engine, a unique achievable goal is assigned to each participant based on individual results and health improvements are measured. Interactive Health has a 20-year track record of creating the Healthiest Companies in America.

Tornadoes Rip Through the Midwest

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 8.38.59 AMAfter a disaster, contractors and others will often go door-to-door in neighborhoods which have sustained damage to offer clean up and/or construction and repair services. Most of these business people are reputable, but many are not. The dishonest ones may execute schemes to defraud innocent victims.

One such scheme is to pocket the payment and never show up for the job, or never complete a job that was started.  Another scheme is to use inferior materials and perform shoddy work not up to code in order to pocket more profit.

Almost all of these scams begin with an unsolicited visit from a contractor.  That is why we say, “If you didn’t request it, reject it.”  If you have damage from a storm, contact your insurance company first.  Your insurance company will honor its policy and will cover you for losses so there is no need to speak with a contractor who solicits your repair work—especially when you did not request it.

View our disaster fraud brochure as well as our “After the Storm” video for more tips.