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California Commissioner Issues Auto Collision Repair Regulations

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued new Auto Collision Repair Labor Rate Survey Regulations that he said will increase consumer protections when a damaged vehicle is repaired.

The new regulation sets forth voluntary standards for insurers to accurately and reliably survey auto body repair labor rates to ensure they are paying the reasonable and proper amount. The regulation goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. However, these newly adopted regulations are part of the Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations, which contain a delayed compliance date in order to give insurers, who choose to use these voluntary regulations, additional time to comply. The earliest compliance date is Feb. 28, 2017.

To view the full text of the regulation, please click here.

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Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office Announces Adoption of Methodology for Monitoring the Affordability of Auto Insurance

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO) today announced the adoption of a methodology for monitoring the affordability of automobile insurance.  Title V of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act authorizes FIO to monitor the extent to which traditionally underserved communities and consumers, minorities, and low- and moderate-income persons have access to affordable insurance products regarding all lines of insurance other than health insurance. For more information, click here.

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New York Bill Would Mandate Insurance Discount on Vehicles with Collision Avoidance Systems

On May 13th, 2016, New York Assembly Member William Colton (D-47) introduced A 10157, a bill to incentivize the used of collision avoidance systems through a discount on insurance. Specifically, any schedule or rating plan for non-commercial private passenger automobile insurance will be required to provide for 10% reduction in premium charges for comprehensive coverage, personal injury protection and medical payment coverage with respect to any insured vehicle equipped with a collision avoidance system. To read the full text of the bill, click here.

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Pennsylvania Governor Approves Photo Appraisal Bill

On April 14, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Governor signed House Bill 1638 into law. This bill will allow an appraiser to prepare a repair estimate based on photographs, videos or telephonic means as well as in-person inspections. To see the full text of the final bill, please click here. To see ASA’s original letter of support, please click here.

 

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New Hampshire Parts Legislation Passes Senate, Awaits House Hearing

New Hampshire Senate Bill (SB) 436, introduced by State Senator Nancy Stiles (R-24)  requires an insurer to disclose whether or not an estimate has been prepared based on the use of aftermarket parts. The bill would also prohibit an insurer from requiring or specifying the use of aftermarket parts on certain leased vehicles, vehicles less than 2 years old, or vehicles with fewer than 30,000 miles.

The bill passed the Senate on March 3rd and is scheduled for a public hearing on March 29th.

In a letter to New Hampshire legislature, ASA stated, “We are writing today in support of Senate Bill 436.  This legislation is good for consumers, good for shops and consistent with trends in other jurisdictions.” To view the full text of the letter, please click here.

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ASA Testifies Before Michigan Insurance Committee

On December 2nd, the Michigan Senate Insurance Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 430, a bill to amend the insurance code to prohibit insurers from requiring automotive repairers to use a specific vendor or process to procure parts and other materials.

Automotive Service Association (ASA) President Dan Risley joined with ASA-Michigan President Ray Fisher to testify before the Insurance Committee in support of S.B.430.

To read Dan Risley’s full testimony, click here.

To read Ray Fisher’s full testimony, click here.

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Michigan Bill Addresses Insurer-Mandated Parts Procurement


On July 1, Michigan State Sen. Joe Hune (R-22), chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, introduced Senate Bill 430, a bill that amends the insurance code to prohibit insurers from requiring automotive repairers to use a specific vendor or process to procure parts and other materials. If enacted, this legislation would effectively end all such requirements in current direct-repair program agreements for Michigan shops.

Click here to see ASA’s full release. 

Click here to see text of Senate Bill 430.

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ASA Supports H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015

On January 8, 2015, ASA joined with several other associations in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, urging them to support H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015. If implemented, this legislation would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 30-hour per week full-time employee definition and replace it with a 40-hour per week full-time employee definition. To see the full text of the letter, please click here.

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