Join DISB Student Loan Ombudsman Ricardo Jefferson and Housing Counseling Services for a webinar designed to help borrowers make informed decisions about student loan repayment.
RSVP at bit.ly/3qiQQR3
|10/22/2021 Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking and George Washington University Partner to Help Students Pursue Careers in Financial Services Industry|
|10/13/2021 Bowser Administration Celebrates Financial Planning Month Launching Innovative Programs for District Residents and Businesses|
|10/07/2021 District Announces 2022 Health Insurance Rates|
|08/18/2021 DISB Re-accredited by National Association of Insurance Commissioners|
|07/02/2021 Mayor Bowser’s #FairShot Budget Adds $3.8 Million to Help Residents Save for Educational, Home Buying, and Emergency Medical Needs|
|06/14/2021 Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Oversight Hearing|
|02/10/2021 FEB 10 Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Performance Oversight Hearing Testimony of DISB Commissioner Karima M. Woods|
|05/27/2020 Committee on Business and Economic Development Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Oversight Hearing Testimony of Acting Commissioner Karima M. Woods|
|06/15/2021 Bowser Urges Vigilance in Protecting Seniors on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day|
|05/28/2021 Health Insurance Fraud Totaling $3.8M Results In Prison Sentence|
|05/19/2021 DC health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange|
|04/22/2021 DISB Celebrates April as Financial Literacy Month with Free Resources for District Residents|
|04/19/2021 Insurance in a Time of Transition: Highlights From the 16th Annual NFI Insurance Public Policy Summit|
Washington, DC—Today, the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) announced the 2022 approved individual and small business health insurance rates. As a result of the Department’s review, most insurers decreased their initial rate proposals, which will save District residents more than $16 million.
DISB received proposed health insurance plan rates for review for plan year 2019.
Whether it's a mini-break or an international tour, taking a trip requires planning and can cost a lot of money. Unexpected circumstances like injury, illness, flight delays or natural disasters could cut a trip short, leaving you with unforeseen costs. There are insurance options to help keep you financially protected
Cost of travel insurance: Travel insurance usually costs between 4-10% of a trip's price. For example, for a trip that costs $5,000, travel insurance could range from $200 to $500 depending on the coverage.
Types of travel insurance: There are several types of categories of travel insurance including:
Epidemics and Pandemics
Travel insurance policies typically exclude epidemics and pandemics. According to Allianz Global Assistance, a travel insurance provider, "Trip cancellations and trip interruptions due to known, foreseeable, or expected events, epidemics, or fear of travel are generally not covered."
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a known global event, meaning that, depending on your policy terms, the likelihood varies that policies purchased now will cover changes in plans or cancellations for that reason. Review your travel policy to find out which exclusions apply.
There may be coverage if a specific country imposes travel restrictions. Some airlines and tour companies will allow cancellations outside of an insurance policy. Additionally, travel policies with medical coverage may cover any illnesses or hospitalizations that occur during a trip, but you need to review your policy to see if your policy is one of them.
Check the language in your policy to find out what is and is not covered.
Determine if travel insurance is right for you. Ask yourself:
If you cannot afford to cancel and rebook your trip or your health insurance doesn't cover you abroad, you should consider travel insurance. You typically don't need travel insurance for short trips close to home.
Know the coverage limitations, exclusions, and fine print: Each type of insurance has its coverage limitations and exclusions.
Be sure to ask about coverage limitations or exclusions before you commit to buying an insurance product.
Don't wait until the last minute: Travel insurance is intended to protect travelers against sudden and unforeseen events. If, for example, you are heading to Florida in two days amid hurricane predictions, purchasing travel insurance at the last moment isn't likely to help you. Typically, if you buy travel insurance after a winter or tropical storm is named, your plan won't provide coverage for claims related to that event.
Homeowners will cover your possessions during a trip: Most homeowners insurance policies cover personal property lost or stolen during a trip. Check with your home insurer to see what they cover while you are traveling. If you have expensive items, you might want to purchase a to add to your current homeowners policy to cover those items.
Information courtesy of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) warns District residents to be on the alert for scams during the public health emergency. During times of heightened fear and stress, it is not unusual for people to let their guard down. This may be the case during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Scammers can take advantage of these unusual circumstances to steal your money and sensitive, personal information. Three common ways they do this are through email phishing, charitable contribution requests, and medical supply sales.
A popular scam is known as phishing. Seemingly legitimate emails are sent to potential victims that appear to originate from someone’s employer, healthcare provider, or financial institution. The sender may ask the recipient to open a link provided in the email. In other cases, the email may provide a telephone number that the recipient is urged to call because of a problem encountered with their account. The scammer’s goal is to steal your personal information (e.g., date of birth, address, social security number, and bank and credit card account information) and your money.
Before responding to any emails or telephone calls requesting your sensitive personal information: STOP! Independently verify the telephone number of the company that appears to be requesting your information. Speak with a company representative at that telephone number (not the one provided in the email) to verify the email’s authenticity and contents. Do not click on any links in the email. Clicking on a link may load malware onto your computer, which could result in an account takeover along with a ransom demand to restore your system.
Be vigilant on social media for scams requesting charitable contributions to assist others who may be suffering as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. Fraudsters use this technique to take advantage of people’s desire to help others in need.
Another popular scam involves advertisements on social media and websites for the sale of medical supplies (e.g., surgical face masks, latex gloves, and protective eyewear), or for medications and/or supplements that purportedly cure or mitigate the effects of COVID-19. After the purchaser provides their credit, debit, or gift card information to the scammer, the goods are never delivered. Before sending money to someone offering to sell you goods or services, independently verify the seller’s business reputation by performing a Google search; or by checking with the Better Business Bureau at bbb.org, or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at fda.gov.
If you believe you have been a victim of a financial scam or have questions about a solicitation or company, contact DISB’s Enforcement and Consumer Protection Division at (202) 727-8000.
For updates on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s declaration of a public health emergency due to COVID-19, go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
Our mission is three-fold: (1) cultivate a regulatory environment that protects consumers and attracts and retains financial services firms to the District; (2) empower and educate residents on financial matters; and (3) provide financing for District small businesses.
DISB encourages District residents to protect themselves from scammers assuming the guise of Social Security Administration (SSA) officials.
A growing scam targeting District residents who are mostly of retirement age involves individuals who impersonate SSA officials. They contact victims by telephone and attempt to steal their personally identifiable information along with their money. The victim’s caller ID may display a telephone number identical to the SSA’s genuine number; scammers routinely “spoof” or imitate telephone numbers of official government agencies.
When the victim answers the call, the imposter will likely identify him- or herself as an SSA agent and provide a phony badge number. The bogus agent will then accuse the victim of committing fraudulent activities in connection with their Social Security number (SSN) and threaten arrest or legal proceedings. The imposter may also ask the victim to provide, for verification or confirmation purposes, their home address, bank and credit card account numbers, SSN, and date of birth.
The imposter will often tell the victim that a fine or debt must be paid immediately with either retail gift cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash. If the victim complies with this request for payment, the money is often unable to be recovered.
Although the SSA may call you in certain situations, it will never do the following:
If you receive a questionable telephone call from someone claiming to be from the SSA, especially from an individual who threatens you with arrest, fines, or legal proceedings, hang up! You can report suspected fraud to the SSA’s Office of the Inspector General at oig.ssa.gov. You may also contact DISB’s Enforcement and Consumer Protection Division at (202) 727-8000.
Register for this free Financial Literacy Workshop as we discuss the importance of financial literacy in our community.
This event aims to connect the District's veterans with information, resources, and organizations that may be beneficial to a successful military transition. The event consists of an informal discussion that revolves around varying topics including housing, employment, healthcare, and legal services. Upon the conclusion of the discussion, all resource providers in attendance offer feedback on any topics discussed or how they can assist the veteran or their family in a positive capacity.
On May 4, from 2 to 3 pm, make plans to join DISB to hear about innovative alternatives to financing for District startups, emerging entrepreneurs and small business owners. Organizations in the following areas should consider attending:
Access to capital options to be discussed at the event include programs administered by the Department’s District of Columbia Business Capital Program. DISB will also discuss DC BizCAP requirements and how small business owners and entrepreneurs can utilize the program.
Are you planning to start or expand a small business? Need financing? Join the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking and community partners for a workshop that will help you access resources.
Find out what commercial lenders consider when considering a loan request and how the DC BizCAP Program provides loan support.
Join us for the #FinanciallyFitDC: Workshop Series on Black Generational Wealth Building to discuss personal money management, budgeting, credit, savings, emergency planning, student loans, estate planning, life insurance, and more.
DISB Consumer Resources
DISB Consumer Resources
Watch and learn from DISB experts how to protect your financial interests.
DISB reviews health insurance rate filings and welcomes public participation.
DISB provides this resource to help residents locate missing or lost insurance policies and annuity contracts.
Listen and learn about topics that will help improve your financial interests.
DISB speaks to the public on a broad range of issues related to the industries we regulate.
DC Resident Financial Empowerment Programs