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COVID-19 Announcements

Idaho

  • Governor Brad Little announced that as of May 1st, Idaho has entered Stage One of its Re-Opening Plan. You can read the full plan here.
    • Click here for a breakdown of business reopening guidance.

Montana

  • Governor Steve Bullock announced that as of April 27th, Montana has entered Phase One of its Re-Opening Plan.
    • Click here for a breakdown of business reopening guidance.

New York

  • A recent Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo, together with recent amendments to the insurance and banking regulations (the “regulations”) issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (“Department”), extend grace periods and gives you other rights under certain property/casualty insurance policies (see letter) if you are an individual or small business and can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the novel coronavirus (“COVID‑19”) pandemic (“affected policyholder”).
  • Additionally, another Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo, together with recent amendments to the insurance and banking regulations (the “regulations”) issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (“Department”), extend grace periods and give you other rights under your life insurance policy or annuity contract (see letter) if you can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the novel coronavirus (“COVID‑19”) pandemic.

Oregon

  • The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued an emergency order in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It requires all insurance companies to extend grace periods for premium payments, postpone policy cancellations and nonrenewals, and extend deadlines for reporting claims.Insurance companies must take steps immediately to do the following until the order is no longer in effect:
    • Institute a grace period for premium payments on all insurance policies issued in the state
    • Suspend all cancellations and nonrenewals for active insurance policies
    • Extend all deadlines for consumers to report claims and communicate about claims
    • Provide consumers the ability to make premium payments and report claims while maintaining safe social distancing standards

    The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has extended its emergency order on insurance deadlines. The order requires all insurance companies to extend grace periods for premium payments, postpone policy cancellations and nonrenewals, and extend deadlines for reporting claims.

Washington

  • Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler ordered all property and casualty insurers in Washington state to take steps to make sure policyholders retain coverage for their homes, vehicles, other property and liability policies during Washington state’s coronavirus state of emergency.Specifically, the order requires insurers that sell property and casualty policies in our state to:
    • Provide a grace period for policyholders to pay their insurance premiums.
    • Waive fees related to any late payments, including late fees and reinstatement fees.
    • Refrain from canceling any policy for nonpayment of premium, unless the policyholder requests the policy to be canceled.

    The order will remain in effect for 45 days, until May 9, 2020.

  • Governor Jay Inslee’s Construction Group has released safety guidance for re-opening construction activities in the state of Washington.

 

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