|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 03, 2018||referred to insurance|
|Jan 09, 2017||referred to insurance|
assembly Bill A921
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Ellen C. Jaffee
A921 - Details
A921 - Summary
Provides that an insurer doing business in this state shall be liable to a policy holder for such insurer's refusal to pay or unreasonable delay of payment to the policy holder if such refusal or delay was not substantially justified; enumerates instances whereby an insurer's refusal or delay of payment is not substantially justified including intentional negligence, failure to act in good faith, failure to provide written denial of claim, failure to make final determination of claim within six months, and failure to promptly proceed with the appraisal process.
A921 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 921 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y January 9, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BICHOTTE -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Insurance AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to unfair claim settle- ment practices THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The insurance law is amended by adding a new section 2601-a to read as follows: § 2601-A. UNFAIR CLAIM SETTLEMENT PRACTICES; CIVIL REMEDY. (A) AN INSURER DOING BUSINESS IN THIS STATE SHALL BE LIABLE TO THE HOLDER OF A POLICY ISSUED OR RENEWED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE THIRTY-FOUR OF THIS CHAPTER FOR DAMAGES AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION UPON SUCH POLICY HOLDER PROVING BY A PREPONDERANCE OF THE EVIDENCE THAT SUCH INSURER'S REFUSAL TO PAY OR UNREASONABLE DELAY IN PAYMENT TO THE POLICY HOLDER OF AMOUNTS CLAIMED TO BE DUE UNDER A POLICY WAS NOT SUBSTANTIALLY JUSTIFIED. AN INSURER IS NOT SUBSTANTIALLY JUSTIFIED IN REFUSING TO PAY OR IN UNREASONABLY DELAY- ING PAYMENT WHEN THE INSURER: (1) INTENTIONALLY, RECKLESSLY OR BY GROSS NEGLIGENCE FAILED TO PROVIDE THE POLICY HOLDER WITH ACCURATE INFORMATION CONCERNING POLICY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE COVERAGE AT ISSUE; (2) FAILED TO EFFECTUATE IN GOOD FAITH A PROMPT, FAIR AND EQUITABLE SETTLEMENT OF A CLAIM SUBMITTED BY SUCH POLICY HOLDER IN WHICH LIABILITY OF SUCH INSURER TO SUCH POLICY HOLDER WAS REASONABLY CLEAR; (3) FAILED TO PROVIDE A TIMELY WRITTEN DENIAL OF A POLICY HOLDER'S CLAIM WITH A FULL AND COMPLETE EXPLANATION OF SUCH DENIAL, INCLUDING REFERENCES TO SPECIFIC POLICY PROVISIONS WHEREVER POSSIBLE; (4) FAILED TO MAKE A FINAL DETERMINATION AND NOTIFY THE POLICY HOLDER IN WRITING OF ITS POSITION ON BOTH LIABILITY FOR, AND THE INSURER'S VALUATION OF, A CLAIM WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE DATE ON WHICH IT RECEIVED ACTUAL OR CONSTRUCTIVE NOTICE OF THE LOSS UPON WHICH THE CLAIM IS BASED; EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02148-01-7
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