In response to a request from the North Carolina insurers for a 17.4% increase in homeowner insurance rates, Mike Causey, North Carolina Insurance Officer, set a hearing date on September 4, 2019, claiming that the rate request is not justified is.

"There is a ubiquitous lack of documentation, explanation and justification of both the data used, and the procedures and methodologies used in the filing," Causey said in his hearing notice to the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which rates in the name of insurers in the state. "The proposed rates appear excessive and unfairly discriminatory."

The hearing will take place unless the Department of Insurance of North Carolina and NCRB can negotiate a settlement before that date. The state right gives the state insurance commissioner 45 days to give a decision after the hearing has ended.

After the order is issued, the NCRB has the right to appeal against the decision to the N.C. Court of Appeals. An order of the Court of Appeals can then be filed with the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

NCDOI and NCRB can regulate the proposed rate increase at any time during a court case.

The NCRB served the average increase of the state by 17.4 percent on 20 December 2018. The submission relates to insurance policies for housing, tenants and apartment buildings at different rates around the state.

Under the NCRB proposal, the largest increases along the coast would be noticeable. The NCRB has requested that certain areas in the west of North Carolina receive small price falls. These areas include the counties Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson and Macon. Rates for tenants and condominium insurance would see proposed declines in other provinces.

According to NCDOI, the NCRB states that the increase is necessary to cover higher losses, hurricane losses and the net costs of reinsurance.

The NCRB represents insurance companies that describe the car insurance policies of the state, cars and employees. It is a separate entity of NCDOI.

The public comment period for the proposed rate hike will remain open until February 26, 2019. There are three ways to comment:

  • A Public Comment forum will be held to listen to the input from the public about the rate increase request from the Rate Bureau at the NCC Department of Insurance's Second Floor Hearing Room on February 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. .
  • Public responses via e-mail should be sent on February 26, 2019, to 2018Homeowners@ncdoi.gov.
  • Written public responses must be sent to Tricia Ford, administrator of the paralegal, to be received on February 26, 2019 and addressed to 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1201.

All public comments will be shared with the N.C. Rate Bureau.

The NCRB homeowners last request was in 2017. That year, the NCRB asked for an average increase in homeowner insurance rates of 18.9 percent on average around the world, but Causey instead arranged an average increase of 4.8 percent. .

The hearing of 4 September will start at 10 a.m. in the Second Floor Hearing Room in the Albemarle building, 325 N. Salisbury St. Raleigh.

Source: North Carolina Department of Insurance

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