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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1108        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1186

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jay R. Kaufman

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to insurance rates..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

James B. Eldridge

 

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

David B. Sullivan

6th Bristol

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Gale D. Candaras

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1108        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1186

By Mr. Kaufman of Lexington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1186) of Jay R. Kaufman and others relative to the use of credit information of applicants or insured persons in the establishment of insurance rates.  Financial Services. 

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to insurance rates..

 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.

              Subsection (a) of section 5 of chapter 174A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subdivision 2. and inserting in place thereof the following subdivision:-

                          2. Rates shall not be excessive, inadequate or unfairly discriminatory and shall not be based in part or in whole on any credit information relating to an insured, including but not limited to any numerical credit rating score or on any other credit rating of an insured.

                          SECTION 2.  Chapter 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4C, as so appearing, the following section:-

                          Section 4D.  An insurer engaged in the writing of insurance in the commonwealth shall, when deciding whether to offer, provide, renew or cancel insurance or when determining or proposing the amounts of the rates or premiums to charge an applicant or insured, shall not rely upon in any way or take into consideration in part or in whole credit information relating to the applicant or insured, including but not limited to a numerical credit rating score or other credit rating of the applicant or insured.

                          SECTION 3. Section 113B of said chapter 175, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

                          The commissioner shall not fix or establish any rates, premium charges, premium adjustments, or classifications of risks based in part or in whole on credit information relating to an insured, including but not limited to a numerical credit rating score or other credit rating of an insured.

                          SECTION 4. Subsection (a) of section 5 of chapter 175A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out subdivision 4. and inserting in place thereof the following subdivision:-

                          4. Rates shall not be excessive, inadequate or unfairly discriminatory and shall not be based in part or in whole on credit information relating to an insured, including but not limited to a numerical credit rating score or other credit rating of an insured.

                          SECTION 5. The second paragraph of section 5 of chapter 175C of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:-  Rates for the association shall not be based in part or in whole on credit information relating to an insured, including but not limited to a numerical credit rating score or other credit rating of an insured.

                          SECTION 6. Section 4 of chapter 175E of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word "discriminatory", in line 5, the following words:- and shall not be based in part or in whole on any credit information relating to an insured, including but not limited to, a numerical credit rating score or other credit rating of an insured.

                          SECTION 7. Section 3 of chapter 176D of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sections”, in line 170, the following words:- “four D,”.

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