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COMMISSIONER'S BULLETIN # B-0009-14

April 04, 2014


To: All Insurers Writing Personal Auto and Residential Property Policies in Texas


Re: 2014 HelpInsure.com Price Comparisons

The Texas Department of Insurance requests information for the Helpinsure.com website under the authority of Texas Insurance Code, Section 32.104. The website is a resource for Texas consumers who are shopping for personal auto and residential property insurance.

Under Section 32.101, property and casualty insurers who are currently writing new personal auto or residential property business and meet one of the following criteria will be required to submit information:

  • The insurer is in one of the top 25 national groups and has more than $1 million in direct written premium in Texas.
  • The insurer is in one of the top 25 national groups, has more than $1 million in direct written premium in Texas, and issues and processes business through a non-affiliated company, for example, a county mutual.

TDI will notify insurers in the reporting group of their reporting responsibility via email. All other property and casualty insurers have the option to report the requested information and TDI strongly encourages your participation. If insurers in the top 25 national groups are not writing new business, they will be asked to confirm this in writing to TDI.

Please see the attached instructions for calculating the personal auto and residential property sample rates and providing additional information. The criteria for the sample rates has not changed from the 2013 data call (except for the make and model year of the two vehicles used to develop auto sample rates). An Excel file with the record layout to use for the sample rate data file and the ZIP codes is attached to the instructions. TDI will send all insurers participating in the data call instructions for submitting the sample rate data file and the link to an online form to submit additional information. Data is due on May 15, 2014, for rates effective June 1, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding this data call, please contact Melissa Hield via e-mail at Melissa.Hield@tdi.texas.gov or telephone at 512-322-4349.

Julia Rathgeber
Commissioner of Insurance

Instructions

Sample Rates Data Call Record Layout and ZIP List



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Last updated: 09/15/2014

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