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Weekly news through Dec. 30

S&P Global Market Intelligence offers our top picks of insurance news stories and more published throughout the week.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; MetLife Inc. CEO Steven Kandarian; Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Inc. Chairman, President and CEO David Long; and Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. President and CEO Daniel Glaser are among S&P Global Market Intelligence's year-end selections of the insurance industry's most influential figures. The list chronicles some that stood out in the insurance space with their contributions to regulation, policy, politics and business.

L&H

Life underwriters traded down for most of 2016, but ended the year higher than other insurers following the U.S. presidential election.

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Large life insurance companies, including MetLife, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., New York Life Insurance Co. and AEGON NV's U.S.-based Transamerica Group, are allowing consumers to directly buy individual term insurance products.

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S&P Global Ratings expects insurers' underwriting performance in the Affordable Care Act individual market to improve in 2016, saying insurers are expected to report smaller losses in 2016 compared to 2015.

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State-based health insurance exchange Connect for Health Colorado was told to refund $9.7 million of establishment grant funds to the federal government because it allegedly violated federal requirements when spending the funds.

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New York is implementing health insurance reforms that will allow immediate access to inpatient treatment and medications for substance use disorders.

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American United Life Insurance Co. won a single-premium group annuity contract from publishing company, McClatchy Co. The estimated projected benefit obligation related to the annuitants was $46 million, and the plan paid $49.5 million in cash, including the related insurance premium.

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Reinsurance Group of America Inc. clinched the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India's approval for a fully licensed branch office in India.

P&C

Hurricanes Matthew and Hermine caused severe flooding in parts of the U.S. and opened another discussion regarding the need for more flood insurance uptake, S&P Global Market Intelligence reported.

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Declining claim trends and competitive market drove additional workers' compensation rate cuts in Missouri. The state's insurance department recommended a 4.6% decrease in workers' compensation insurance loss costs for 2017.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co. is looking to start an earthquake reinsurance operations in Japan in the first half of 2018, The Nikkei reported.

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