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Don't Mess With Texas Policyholders

Binding arbitration, buried in the fine print of a new policy submitted to the Texas Department of Insurance, would allow insurance companies to buy Texan's rights for a few dollars a month. Tell the Texas Department of Insurance that your rights are not for sale!

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  • State Policyholder Advocate Opposes Arbitration Proposal

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    The Office of Public Insurance Counsel has weighed in opposing a proposed pre-dispute binding arbitration provision currently under consideration by the state insurance commissioner. OPIC is the state office tasked with representing policyholders in rate and form filing decisions.

  • Don't Sell Our Rights, Commissioner

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    The Texas insurance commissioner is considering an industry proposal that would allow an insurance company to buy your legal rights for a few dollars a month.

    This is unprecedented. Never has the insurance department approved a request to allow an insurance company to include what is called a pre-dispute binding arbitration clause in its policies. In fact, it has been part of the agency's published guidelines to reject any insurance policy that includes such language.

  • Statement on ATF Findings in West Fertilizer Fire

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Alex Winslow, executive director of Texas Watch, released the following statement:

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