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Arkansas, Wisconsin Bulletins Bring Count in PIA Soldiers Campaign to 23 States

In the past week, two more states have joined the national honor roll of states issuing bulletins stating that all auto underwriting standards on continuous...
August 17, 2004

In the past week, two more states have joined the national honor roll of states issuing bulletins stating that all auto underwriting standards on continuous coverage should be waived for all returning U.S. service personnel. PIA National is conducting a nationwide campaign urging all state insurance departments to make it clear that no member of the U.S. Armed Forces should face auto insurance rate increases or coverage denials simply because their coverage lapsed while they were on active duty overseas.

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Mike Pickens (R), who made a two-month visit to Iraq earlier this year to help that nation set up a private sector system of insurance, said some insurers have refused to reinstate or even write coverage for returning soldiers. He said other insurers are raising premiums for those returning home from war duty. "We believe such a practice poses an undue burden on our military personnel and we strongly discourage it," Pickens said.

PIA of Wisconsin executive vice president Ron Von Haden reports that Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (D) has urged auto insurers to treat returning soldiers fairly when they return home to Wisconsin after being stationed overseas. "When these brave men and women return home, this is one hassle they should not have to deal with," Doyle said in a statement issued on August 11.

Don't Deny Coverage, Insurance Chief Urges (Arkansas News Bureau, 8/7/04) 

Wis. Governor: Returning Soldiers Should be Treated Fairly (Navy Times, AP, Duluth News-Tribune, 8/13/04)

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