09.19.2017 GEORGIA: Insurers Are Encouraged to be Lenient with Deadlines for Policyholders Impacted by Hurricane Irma
On Sept. 14, 2017, Commissioner of Insurance Hudgens issued Directive 17-EX-7 to all Georgia insurers encouraging Georgia insurers to provide relief to Georgia policyholders in the wake of severe weather due to Hurricane Irma. Noting that over a million Georgians lost power, that transportation has been severely impacted and that Gov. Deal has declared a state of emergency, Commissioner Hudgens is encouraging insurers to be lenient with policyholders that may be impacted by a disruption of services as a result of the storm. This may be accomplished by relaxing deadlines or penalties for premium payments that may be tardy. There is no requirement that carriers must comply, but this signifies the Insurance Commissioner’s hope that compassion will prevail.