Vermont Adopts NCOIL Credit-Based Insurance Scoring Model Law

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Consumer-friendly legislation (HB 593) passed by the Vermont Legislature that outlines a variety of protections regarding the use of credit-based insurance scores has become law, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). Vermont was one of a handful of states without a comprehensive law governing insurance scoring.

House Bill 593 was an omnibus consumer protection bill which addressed insurance scoring as well as a variety of other issues such as automatic contract renewals for services year after year, like magazine subscriptions, gym memberships, and media streaming services.

“Vermont’s legislative leaders are to be commended for studying this issue and using the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) model on insurers’ use of credit information,” said Frank O’Brien, vice president state government relations for PCI. “Insurance scoring benefits the majority of consumers and this new law strikes the right balance by adopting widely accepted consumer protections and permitting insurers to use this proven tool in underwriting and rating.”

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PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write more than $183 billion in annual premium, 35 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance. Member companies write 42 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 27 percent of the homeowners market, 32 percent of the commercial property and liability market and 34 percent of the private workers compensation market.

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