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In this Issue:
Client of the Month
We Appreciate Our Customers
Is your home/condo insured and fully covered?
DRIVING FOR A RIDE SHARING SERVICE? Did you know that your auto policy doesn't cover you?
Blue Shield and Sutter Health sign a new two-year contract. Palo Alto Medical Clinic is a member of Sutter Health!
About Us
Customer Alerts:
Alumni Discount

If you haven't already heard Allied Insurance recently launched our new discount group for College Alumni.

Qualified policyholders will receive a 12.5% rating (for Allied Insurance) factor discount for being an Alumni of an accredited 4 year college or university. Please email us a copy of your diploma or other proof of graduation to receive this discount.

This discount is also available for Mercury Insurance (at 5%) and CALIFORNIA AUTOMOBILE (at 5%) insurance clients.
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630 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
P: 650-328-1000
F: 650-324-1142
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Welcome to Insurance by Allied Brokers'
February 2015 Newsletter!
Client of the Month

Ronald L. Bland
AEIS Advisors

Lic # 0682487

650.348.6234 x12

Ron is one of the most accomplished insurance professionals in the Bay Area with over 25 years of experience in insurance services. Ron's ability to understand the business owner's perspective allows him to create plans that maximize coverages while limiting unnecessary costs to the client. His achievements in the insurance industry are numerous as he is on various Agent Input councils and an exclusive member of the Million Dollar Round Table which includes having achieved the top of the table status (top 1% of all life/health agents).

He was born in the Bay Area and attended Mill's High School. Ron attended San Francisco State University where he graduated with honors. Ron lives in San Mateo with his wife Elaina and their two beautiful children.

Would you like to increase your exposure to potential customers? Let us feature you on the Insurance by Allied Brokers website as 'Customer of the Month'. This way, visitors to our website will see your advertisement and respond to the discounts or special deals you offer.

Do you want to be our 'Customer of the Month' or be included in our 'Client Referral Network'? Call 650-328-1000 or send us an email to

Customer Appreciation Drawing for FREE Tickets

You have supported us all these years and we want to say thanks by offering you a chance to win a pair of 'Club Level' Sharks tickets.

January 2015 Winner
(from 121 client respondents) for a pair of FREE tickets to Sharks Game

Peter Oshman

This month's drawing is for FREE tickets to a Sharks Game!

Is your home/condo insured and fully covered?

Save $200 a year on average with a non-wood roof on your homeowners policy. Just call us and send us a receipt or picture and we will order the change for you.

Building codes in almost all of Southern California have not allowed wood roofs for many years. This is due to fire danger. Many Northern California cities require new expensive fire retardant wood roofs. They are still a higher fire risk than a composition shingle, slate or tile roof.


Lots of our clients remodel or make additions to their home but forget to tell us. Notifying your insurance broker of the change of occupancy is required by your policy. If you do not notify us within 30 days your claim may not be covered. We can solve all of these problems for you. Make sure and consult with us on how to protect yourself.


Most condominiums and townhouse associations do not cover the inside of your unit on the master association policy. They also do not cover your personal liability, loss of use or rents and personal property. Send us your HOA's CCR's and By laws for a free review of your unique needs. A Condo owners policy is usually under $500 a year.

Did you know that your auto policy doesn't cover you?

Regulators and insurers are trying to figure out how to handle this new ridesharing business model. The first step is the dept. of insurance authorizing and approving a policy that covers ridesharing. The first company has been approved to start doing this and I expect others will follow. But don't expect to be able to pay an extra $50 and add the a taxi driver rider to the policy you have now.

In January 2015, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones approved a filing that helps drivers of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), like Uber and Lyft add coverage to their personal auto policy. This will help them cover damage incurred during Period 1: the time when the driver is seeking a passenger, or responding to a hail.

Currently TNCs must provide drivers $1 million in liability (in California) for the duration where a passenger is involved. TNCs are also required by law to provide some (a lesser amount) of coverage during Period 1 in case the driver's own personal auto insurance does not provide coverage, but this is rarely adhered to.

However, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) has criticized the approval. TLPA feel that drivers and the public continue to be at risk, as this hybrid policy does not cover instances of Period 1 outside of Uber or Lyft's mobile application platform.

Blue Shield & Sutter Health sign a 2-year contract
Palo Alto Medical Clinic is a member of Sutter Health!

The fact that Health Plan providers and Hospital Chains constantly bicker over prices, terms and conditions is well known. The latest duo to join this list is Sutter Health which runs a chain of 23 Hospitals in Northern California, and Blue Shield. The two parted ways on Dec 31st 2014 citing steep costs quoted by Sutter. According to a Blue Shield spokesman, Sutter has been steadily driving healthcare costs over the years. Sutter has faced several lawsuits in the last couple of years for the same reason.

However, on Jan 30th 2015, the two buried the hatchet and signed a new two-year agreement effective February 1. This would help 280,000 health plan members of Blue Shield who were left without any coverage for a month, avail medical care from Sutter. Understandably, specifics of the agreement are confidential but Blue Shield was pleased to say that their customers' legal rights have been protected.

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