TDI Seeks Public Input on Claims-based Premium Changes by Insurers

June 16, 2005

The Texas Department of Insurance announced it is seeking public commentary on Article 5.43 and Section 551.107, as amended by the 79th Texas Legislature, regarding claims-based premium increases and decreases.

TDI said the 79th Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 14 that, in pertinent part, amended Article 5.43 and Section 551.107 of the Texas Insurance Code. These statutes address the ability of insurers to increase and decrease premiums based on claims made by policyholders. As amended, both statutes authorize the Commissioner to adopt rules as necessary.

The department is seeking public input in order to determine whether such rules are necessary, and if so, the appropriate content of such rules.

The input received will be treated as informal comment, and will not be subject to Government Code provisions regarding the adoption of agency regulations. In the event the department proposes rules under Article 5.43 and/or Section 551.107, such proposals will be officially published in the Texas Register and the public will have an opportunity to make formal public comment.

Written comments should be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2005, to J’ne Byckovski, Texas Department of Insurance, Property & Casualty Actuarial, Mail Code 105-5F, P.O. Box 149104, Austin, Texas, 78714-9104, or to j’

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