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Florida Latest State to Respond to PIA Call on Insurance for U.S. Soldiers

Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher has asked the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) to immediately issue a bulletin to Florida-licensed insurance companies, asking them...
June 22, 2004

Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher has asked the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) to immediately issue a bulletin to Florida-licensed insurance companies, asking them to give special consideration to Florida's 80,000 active-duty military personnel.  Specifically, Gallagher wants insurers to waive their continuity of coverage guidelines when the policyholder is a member of the military who was in good standing when they left for active duty. Gallagher said state insurance regulators have gotten 30 complaints from returning troops in the past month. He said he anticipates insurers will be willing to comply, now that they better understand the circumstances of military personnel. Florida currently has 21 active military installations and three joint commands in 13 counties.

On May 19, PIA launched a nationwide campaign calling on all state DOIs to make it clear that no insurance company should deny auto coverage to U.S. Armed Forces personnel, or raise their rates, because their coverage lapsed while they were on active duty overseas. So far, Washington, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, Connecticut and North Dakota have issued advisory letters, statements or orders that all underwriting standards on continuous coverage should be waived for returning U.S. service personnel.

State Urges Insurers to Give Returning Troops Same Rate (Palm Beach Post 6/18/04)

PIA of Florida Press Release (6/22/04)

Statement by Florida CFO Tom Gallagher (6/17/04)

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