Governor signs law to improve elements in California’s insurance code
News: 2015 Press Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1515, which clarifies and corrects sections in the insurance code. The omnibus bill was authored by the Assembly Committee on Insurance and sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and received unanimous, bipartisan support throughout the legislative process.
AB 1515 restores the requirement that interest be applied to claim payments under non-health disability policies when the payment is made more than 30 days after receipt of the claim. Previous changes to the code eliminated the requirement for interest on non-health disability claims paid later than 30 days from receipt of claim.
"This bill accomplishes necessary clarifications that protect consumers and enhances the department's ability to communicate with consumers increasingly dependent on mobile devices and Web-based information services," said Commissioner Jones.
AB 1515 also updates the department's contact information on notices and disclosures for consumers. Since most consumers use computers, tablets, and smart phones as a primary means of communication, it is important for insurer notices to include the department's website address and contact information.
The bill also increases the department's efficiency in processing and approving administrative settlements by allowing the commissioner to delegate settlement authority for minor non-insurer cases to a deputy commissioner.
In addition, AB 1515 makes several other changes that include increasing conformity to the National Association of Insurance Commissioner's Model Laws.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.