Two New Laws Enacted to Protect Missourians Affected by Damaging Storms

October 13, 2011
By Tatlow, Gump, Faiella & Wheelan LLC on October 13, 2011 10:26 AM |

Last month, Governor Nixon signed two new laws into effect bringing additional insurance protections to consumers affected by damaging storms. The new laws provide consumers with better access to insurers and assign new rules for repair companies to avoid unscrupulous business practices.

Recently, some repair companies have begun calling themselves "insurance claims specialists" in hopes of gaining more business after a damaging storm. These repair companies offer to pay homeowner's deductibles and negotiate with the insurance companies on their behalf. The newly enacted Senate Bill 101 prohibits repair businesses from claiming insurance specialties, paying deductibles and negotiating with insurance companies.

The second new law, Senate Bill 132, guarantees insurance companies' ability to set up a mobile customer service center in storm damaged areas to help consumers get their claims filed faster. Earlier this year, insurance companies seeking to set up temporary centers were required by many cities, counties, and incorporated subdivisions and to purchase business licenses or special permits to set up their mobile centers. Thanks to the new law, Missouri insurance companies can now move quickly to set up mobile service centers wherever they're needed without bureaucratic hindrances.

For more information on these new laws, visit the Missouri Department of Insurance website.