Plexus Points: Insurance stories we're checking out

As you settle in for the weekend, here are five interesting insurance-related stories to read, bookmark and share: -- More than a half-million Missouri residents living in range of the New Madrid Seismic Zone don't have earthquake insurance, the state's head insurance official said.

-- A federal court has ruled that individuals can buy fixed indemnity health insurance regardless of whether it complies with the Affordable Care Act's minimum essential coverage standard.

-- Auto insurance rates are on the rise in Massachusetts.

-- Here's a list of medical insurance suggestions for travelers headed abroad.

-- A newly signed law loosens the regulations on North Carolina-licensed captive insurers having annual board meetings in the state.