A MESSAGE IN REGARDS TO COVID 19
We hope that this message finds you and your family safe and healthy.
These are difficult times. The New York Legislature and Department of Financial Services have been implementing emergency measures in an effort to protect insurance policyholders who have been hit with financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regulations they enacted apply to most insurance policies and include: the waiver of late fees; the prohibition on reporting negative data to credit reporting agencies; and the repayment of late premiums over a 12-month period.
If you have been impacted by this pandemic, pursuant to amended 11 N.Y.C.R.R. 229.5, help may be available.
- If you can demonstrate that you’re unable to make a timely premium payment due to financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be able to pay such premium over a 12-month period.
- If your policy is financed through a premium finance agency, they may be required to provide a grace period before canceling your policy for the late payment of an installment if you can demonstrate financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This grace period will be 60 days for a property/casualty policy; 90 days for a life insurance policy. You may be given a 12-month period to pay the missed installment, and the premium finance agency may not impose late fees or report you to any credit reporting agency or debt collector because of that installment.
You may prove hardship by submitting a written attestation to the insurance company or premium finance agency regarding your financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The full text of the relevant regulations can be read here: https://www.biginy.org/nysdfs.
Other states may be implementing similar procedures and we will be constantly monitoring as more information is released.
Please also review the below Covid-19 Resources below. We will continue to update you as we learn more.
If you have any questions about this or your policy, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’re proud to continue helping you protect what matters most.
Derek Oberman and Staff
Many Personal Insurance Companies Are Providing Auto Insurance Credits
Many personal insurance companies have begun offering auto credits for the months of April or May. There is nothing you have to do as these will all be automatically applied generally in one of three ways.
- A credit check mailed to the billing address
- A credit towards future invoices
- A credit on the renewal
One way to keep up to date is to review the below personal lines carrier’s responses on their respective webpages.
|Adirondack Ins Exchange||https://www.aie-ny.com/covid-19|
|AIG Private Client Group||https://www.aig.com/individual/insurance/private-client-group|
|Chubb Personal Risk Services||https://www.chubb.com/microsites/covid-19-resource-center/|
|Hanover Insurance Group||https://www.hanover.com/COVID-19/customers.html|
|MetLife Auto & Home||https://www.metlife.com/covid-19-update-ceo-faq/|
|NJ Skylands Ins Co||https://www.njsi.com/covid-19|
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