ASA-Arizona opposed the bill with the unlawful practices language. ASA alerted member shops about the proposed language and worked with the legislature to ensure the bill did not move through the legislative process as introduced. H.B. 2394 passed the House Committee on Banking and Insurance as a “Strike Everything” amended bill.
A “strike everything” amendment (also called a “striker”) proposes to delete the entire text of the existing bill and substitute new language, essentially making it a completely different bill.
ASA supports legislation that protects the consumer’s right to be fully indemnified under the terms of their insurance policy and is opposed to any type of fraud whether it is initiated by a repair shop or an insurer. The vehicle owner has a right to know all charges that he or she may be responsible for in the repair process.
ASA believed the proposed legislation overreached, harming both consumers and repairers.
Arizona repairers are encouraged to join ASA’s effort to ensure their voice is heard at the state capital and in Washington, D.C.
Unearned Premiums Language
When insurance policies are cancelled before the end of the policy period, several types of premiums are calculated. An earned premium is that portion of the policy period that the insurance has been in effect, and during which the insurer has been exposed to liability or loss. An unearned premium is the portion of the overall premium which is no longer due to the insurer. It is the written premium minus the earned premium. The unearned premium is to be returned to the insured, if the policy is canceled, using a pro rata cancellation method when the policy is cancelled with no penalty.
Arizona’s SB 1134 has amended the unearned premium language in the statute to specify terms of refunds of unearned premiums: “the insurer shall either mail the notice and refund of unearned premium together at least ten days before the effective date or mail the notice before the refund of unearned premium if both the notice and the refund of unearned premium are mailed separately to the insured at least ten days before the effective date.”