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PIA Says Don't Penalize U.S. Soldiers Returning from Iraq With Auto Insurance Cancellations or Rate Hikes

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2004 - U.S. Armed Forces personnel returning from fighting in Iraq deserve our thanks, not insurance rate increases or denials...
May 17, 2004

Agents Association Applauds North Dakota Insurance Commissioner for Action

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2004 - U.S. Armed Forces personnel returning from fighting in Iraq deserve our thanks, not insurance rate increases or denials of coverage, according to the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA).

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman has issued a bulletin in response to information he has received from insurance agents indicating some auto insurance companies are denying reinstatement, refusing to write, or raising premium rates for members of the Armed Forces who discontinued their auto insurance while deployed, because they could not demonstrate continuous insurance coverage. 

"Our brave men and women who fight for all of us should receive the heartfelt thanks of a grateful nation - not an insurance rate hike or denial - upon their return," said PIA National Executive Vice President and CEO Len Brevik. "There is a time and place to strictly adhere to underwriting standards that favor continuous coverage, but in the case of our returning soldiers these standards need to be waived."

Commissioner Poolman issued the bulletin saying such underwriting requirements "are inappropriate and should be waived" in the case of returning U.S. soldiers. "These servicemen and women, who have risked their lives on behalf of and in defense of our country, should not be penalized for their service," the bulletin from Commissioner Poolman states.

"PIA applauds Commissioner Poolman for his action," Brevik added.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses.

Bulletin form North Dakota Department of Insurance

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