DC Insurance Claims Bill Refiled

Some of you may recall our battles over B18-102 in the last DC legislative session. Councilmember Mary Cheh today refilled that bill for consideration in the current legislative session. Her staff advises that it is, in fact, identical to the 2009 bill, but I have not independently confirmed that information.

Here are a few highlights (or low-lights, depending on your perspective):

· the bill as written applies to all lines of coverage;

· It would create a private cause of action for consumers who believe that their claims have not been properly resolved to their satisfaction;

· The legislation provides for two separate sets of multiple damages provisions in the event of adverse claims handling rulings.

· It has been assigned to the Public Services and Consumer Affairs Committee, and includes 2 of the 5 committee members as co-sponsors;

· The bill has also picked up health insurer critic David Catania as a lead co-sponsor.

Keep in mind that a previously filed multi-line insurance claims bill, drafted by the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking and backed by the previous insurance commissioner, is also under consideration this session. Unlike the above-referenced bill, it provides for administrative (as opposed to judicial) remedies to claims disputes, and would seem to offer a far less pernicious approach to this issue.

I’ve attached copies of both bills for your review and consideration.

Kevin Wrege

Founder & President

Pulse Issues & Advocacy LLC

Office: 202-625-1787

Mobile: 202-253-4929

4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW, #150

Washington, DC 20016

Insurance Claims Consumer Protection Am Act of 2011 — Cheh Cantania bill 3.15.11.doc

Unfair Insurance Claims Settlement Practiced Enhancement Act.doc 2.1.11.doc

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