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Donelon issues cease-and-desist order against State Farm

7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 August 23, 2019 4:51 AM August 23, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Insurance Commissioner James Donelon has issued a cease and desist order against State Farm in a dispute over hurricane deductibles before Hurricane Barry.

The state Department of Insurance received a complaint July 17 from a policyholder who claimed the company was requiring a hurricane deductible for losses that happened before the storm was declared a hurricane July 13. Donelon says State Farm claimed it would impose a hurricane deductible on losses rather than a less expensive out-of-pocket deductible known as "all peril."

The average all peril deductible is between $500 to $1000. On average, hurricane deductibles are between 2% and 5%, which could cost policyholders more out of pocket before insurance kicks in to pay for damages.

The Advocate reports State Farm has 30 days to appeal the order.

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