Tentatively Proposed PA Legislation
This might be some additional good news for small businesses (under 100 employees) across PA regarding business interruption insurance (loss of income). Pennsylvania legislators just introduced PA House Bill 2372; which would require insurance companies to provide business interruption insurance (loss of income) during the COVID down turn. The PA bill (linked below) is similar to those introduced in New Jersey, New York Massachusetts, Louisiana, and even federal discussion; however to date, no bills have been adopted. Not sure how it will play out in the end as the COVID activities are evolving every day. We will continue to monitor the progress and keep you informed. Please note, there is no deadline for filing an insurance claim for review and we continue to recommend that at this point, your business accurately document your situation for future reference, when appropriate, but not at this time.
“…Pennsylvania legislators, House Bill 2372 would require insurers providing coverage for “loss or damage to property, which includes the loss of use and occupancy and business interruption” to include “coverage for business interruption due to global virus transmission or pandemic. Insurers would be required to indemnify policyholders subject to “the broadest or greatest limit and lowest deductible afforded to business interruption coverage under the insurance policy.”
Further, you may have heard that a number of insurance companies are offering reduced rates due to lower driving activity during the COVID closures. Travelers, Progressive, and ERIE Insurance have all taken action with beneficial rate reductions or discount credits in response to COVID. ERIE Insurance is reducing all auto rates by $200 Million! You don’t have to take any action on your policy as once approved by the insurance commissioner, these ANNUAL PREMIUM reductions will automatically apply to your renewal policy. Stay tuned for more details.
Again, there is nothing that you need to do at this point to file any insurance claim request. As discussed prior, we can adjust annual sales and payroll projections on your policy to accurately reflect your 2020 exposure. Further, we will work with you on any requested premium payment options that might be beneficial to you or your business!
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