A measure to ensure that Oklahoma homeowners do not receive a cancellation notice of their insurance after filing a claim cleared yet another legislative hurdle today. Senator Mary Easley, author of Senate Bill 402, stated that the intent of the bill is to guarantee that Oklahoma’s homeowners do not receive a lapse in their insurance coverage.
“Many times someone’s house will get broken into and several thousand dollars worth of damage is done to the home, not to mention the loss of property and the homeowner files a claim on their insurance,” stated the Democrat from South Tulsa. “SB 402 will provide protection for those who must file a claim on their homeowner’s insurance due to unforeseen circumstances. We cannot control nature and other outside forces from damaging our homes. This measure is an added protection for homeowners.”
Under provisions of SB 402, Easley states that insurers cannot cancel, refuse to renew or increase the premium of a homeowner’s insurance policy that has been in effect for more than 45 days if a first or second claim has been filed. The bill also states that cancellation, refusal of service or an increase in premiums cannot be allowed because a third or subsequent claim has been filed against any policy, and it has been at least five years since the last claim was filed.
The bill also relates to life insurance policies and would require an insurer to provide notification of any premium due on a policy prior to the due date of the premium.
“I am very pleased SB 402 cleared the Senate today. It is so important for every homeowner to have current, up-to-date insurance coverage and this measure should improve those efforts,” said Sen. Easley.