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Missouri Gov. Bob Holden Issues Statement on Insurance for Returning Armed Forces

Governor Bob Holden (D) today urged Missouri's auto insurers to avoid surcharging or denying coverage to soldiers who return from active duty unless their driving...
June 2, 2004

Governor Bob Holden (D) today urged Missouri's auto insurers to avoid surcharging or denying coverage to soldiers who return from active duty unless their driving records or other criteria justify that decision. A press release issued today by the Missouri Department of Insurance notes that PIA National Agents is asking all states to seek waivers on these requirements from auto insurers.

"We are urging insurers to follow the spirit of the law - and act as good corporate citizens - by waiving any requirements on continuous coverage for soldiers returning to civilian life," Holden said. "Many of these soldiers simply stored their cars and cancelled their policies when they began full-time tours of duty to Afghanistan, Iraq and other sites in the U.S. or overseas. If soldiers face these surcharges or refusals of coverage, they or their agents should contact Missouri Department of Insurance immediately for assistance. The department plans to work with these insurers to ease the return of these men and women from military duty."

Holden: Auto Insurers Should Avoid Surcharging, Denying Coverage to Returning Soldiers (Missouri DOI 6/1/04) 

What It Means to Agents:  PIA members are acting in support of their military clients who have bravely done their duty to protect and defend the United States of America.

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