Nearly 100,000 Louisianans set to lose homeowners insurance this summer3 min read
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Near to 100,000 policyholders will lose their insurance plan protection this month and in mid-July and Insurance coverage Commissioner Jim Donelon resolved the insurance disaster Thursday (June 16).
Donelon stated the June 22 cancellation day of 30,000 Lighthouse Excalibur policies has been pushed again to June 30. Also, yet another insurance company, Maison programs to cancel about 12,000 insurance policies on June 30. Donelon declared that nonetheless one more insurance policies enterprise, Southern Fidelity will terminate more than 40,000 procedures in July.
“Southern Fidelity is a Florida-centered insurance company with about 42,000 policies in Louisiana. Florida positioned them, that company into liquidation yesterday which implies Southern Fidelity’s Louisiana policyholders will have their procedures canceled on July 15. Like Lighthouse policyholders, Maison and Southern Fidelity policyholders need to get in touch with an agent now to discover a new plan if they’ve not currently carried out,” said Donelon.
Donelon suggests there are other insurers in the personal sector in the state and Louisiana Citizens, the insurance provider of final resort is in great shape and can take in people who can’t get insurance policies from personal companies.
Some insurance policy brokers FOX 8 has spoken to say they have hardly ever found it so bad, in phrases of the coverage landscape, in the point out.
Jennifer Clements is with Dan Burghardt Coverage and shares that impression.
“Honestly, our phone calls have likely doubled in the last a few months, we went from obtaining it’s possible 200 calls a working day to 400 to 500 calls a working day and we get all types. We get, our plan is canceled, what can you do?” stated Clements.
Donelon was asked about that sentiment.
“Let me guarantee you that our predicament and challenge at this level is a great deal significantly less than it was 15 several years ago in the aftermath of Katrina and Rita and dependent on the figures that Citizens provided me this early morning we’re about three occasions as quite a few insurance policies as they’re putting on their guides are staying requested for offers and not remaining sent to Citizens. There are continue to marketplaces out there out there in the private sector to create insurance policies and I assume that current market will only maximize as we go ahead,” stated Donelon.
He mentioned claims for Lighthouse are currently being handled by LIGA, the Louisiana Insurance policies Guaranty Association and LIGA will before long start off dealing with statements for Southern Fidelity.
Donelon says he understands the angst staying experienced by policyholders and insurance agents making an attempt to help them uncover coverage.
“We will get by this. We will take care of our policyholders, their agents will, we will in this article at the Section of Insurance policies and get them put in a position of convenience and defense quickly by way of this hurricane time,” claimed Donelon.
Clements was questioned if she thinks the personal current market can take in the bulk of the insurance policies that are currently being canceled.
“I suggest there is a few out there, you know, the issue is having them all accomplished in a well timed way. A great deal of the marketplaces that are remaining go via quite stringent underwriting, you can just, it is not just hitting a bind button like these providers that, you know, we no for a longer time have.”
Donelon reiterated the will need for individuals who have lost, or are getting rid of protection to contact their insurance policy agent right absent. He said his office environment can also aid with encouraging policyholders.
The quantity to phone is (800) 259-5300 and there is data on the Insurance plan Department’s web site.
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