Bulletin: AL2011001

Date:
November 03, 2011
To:
All Alabama Issuing Offices
RE:
Revisions to Reissue Credit Rules

Dear Associates:  

I. INTRODUCTION 

The Alabama Department of Insurance has approved Stewart's reissue credit rate rule filing. Previously, a policy could not be more than five (5) years old in order for reissue credit to be applied. This policy-age limitation has been eliminated with policies bearing a Date of Policy of November 1, 2011, and thereafter. 

A copy of the new Rate Manual is provided herewith. 

II. AFFECTED SECTIONS OF THE MANUAL 

A.  Section II(C) - Reissue Credit on Owner's Policies (Page 5) 

This section was slightly revised to eliminate the five (5) year term limitation currently in place which defines and places limits on when reissue credit can be offered to proposed insured owners. Therefore, a policy of any age can be used for reissue credit purposes effective with policies issued on or after November 1, 2011. This will allow a reissue credit of 40% of the rate applicable to the prior policy. 

B.  Section III(C) - Reissue Credit on Loan Policies in Refinances (Page 6) 

This section was also modified to bring it in line with Section II(C) and for consistency in application of the reissue credit rule. 

III. CONDITION TO APPLYING REISSUE CREDIT 

Under the rules adopted by the Alabama Department of Insurance, you must have a copy of the prior policy in order to apply a reissue credit. "Prior policy" is defined as a copy of the policy jacket AND a copy of the schedules. 

IV. CONCLUSION 

Beginning with policies that have a Date of Policy of November 1, 2011, and thereafter, there will be no limitation on the age of the prior policy on which reissue credit can be based. This rule change will help you to be more competitive in your market or practice area and will go a long way in allowing you to better serve your clients. 

As a reminder, agents using AFW should contact PropertyInfo Customer Care to get the new rate changes implemented in their AFW system.
 
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References

Bulletins Replaced:
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Related Bulletins:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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Forms:
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