Kent C. Sullivan, Commissioner of the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) issued Order No. 2020-6384 on July 3, 2020, approving an amended Plan of Operation of the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLSOT).
A special data call for the top 10 auto insurance groups in Texas may be on the horizon. On June 26, 2020, the Texas Office of Public Insurance Counsel (OPIC) issued a letter to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) requesting a special data call due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on auto insurance-related risks.
On April 15, 2020, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) issued a bulletin encouraging insurers to conduct midterm premium audits of commercial policies where premiums may need to be adjusted as a result of reduced business operations due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott on March 31, 2020, issued Executive Order GA 14 renewing social distancing guidelines in Texas. Of particular significance to the insurance industry, the Governor’s Order adopted U.S. Department of Homeland Security guidance establishing insurance services as “essential services” and classifying members of the insurance industry as federally identified “essential critical infrastructure workers” under the broader heading of “Financial Services.”
On March 27, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court, in Farmers Texas County Mutual Insurance Company v. Beasley, No. 18-0469, decided whether “an injured plaintiff had standing to bring suit against his personal injury protection (PIP) policy insurer after the insurer paid the incurred medical expenses pursuant to the PIP policy, but the amount the PIP insurer paid was the negotiated rate between the plaintiff’s health care insurer and the medical providers—not the medical providers’ list rate.”
Federal and State environmental agencies are modifying their usual compliance procedures, including deadlines, to accommodate the various challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. While a number of States initially indicated that they would exercise enforcement discretion, as a result of the pandemic, on March 26, 2020, the United States EPA (“EPA”) announced a ground breaking temporary enforcement policy to address the pandemic’s effects.
The Texas Medical Board, with direction and assistance from Governor Abbott’s administration, is issuing and implementing various temporary rules and guidance to help Texas physicians, physician assistants and other health care professionals respond to COVID-19.