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Georgia 24th State to Issue Returning Soldiers Bulletin

Georgia has become the 24th state to respond to PIA's call to come to the aid of returning U.S. soldiers. PIA National is conducting a...
August 27, 2004

Georgia has become the 24th state to respond to PIA's call to come to the aid of returning U.S. soldiers. 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.

PIA National Executive Vice President and CEO Len Brevik discussed the issue with Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine at the July convention of PIA of Georgia. On August 9, 2004 Oxendine issued a directive urging insurance companies to reinstate active duty soldiers who may have let their coverage lapse while they were serving their country.

"As a result of the War on Terror, many Georgia citizens have been called to active duty," said Oxendine. "Often armed services personnel are deployed on short notice with little time to address personal business affairs. I strongly encourage insurers writing private passenger automobile coverage in Georgia to support out troops by not penalizing them for a lapse in coverage upon completion of a tour of active duty."

Oxendine said the insurers should reinstate any soldiers' lapsed policies without penalty, and any new business from soldiers should be treated as if no lapse occurred.

Georgia Directive on Lapsed Automobile Coverage for Returning Armed Serves Personnel

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