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Louisiana residents are experiencing an insurance crisis that is impacting several policy types. Homeowners, flood, and auto insurance rates are skyrocketing, and in the case of homeowners are difficult to obtain.

With this in mind, GNO, Inc. has gathered background on each of these critical topics, outlined prospective solutions, and compiled current opportunities that can help citizens around the state navigate the complex issues, to best protect their assets and loved ones.

Homeowners Insurance

HOMEOWNERS

Current Problems: In 2020-21, insurers paid out more than $23 billion in insured losses from over 800,000 claims (approximately $4.62 paid for $1 collected); 12 insurer insolvencies and 12 voluntary withdrawals; reinsurance market has hardened internationally; Citizens premiums have increased by an average of 63%; availability, affordability, data collection, and legal abuse are persistent challenges

Prospective Solutions:

  • Hurricane Mitigation Commission (SCR7) created to make recommendations to Insurance Committees
  • LABI 2024 Legislative Working Group to consider unified reform priorities (ex: bad faith statute)
  • HBA Insurance Task Force re-activated for additional reform (ex: re-roofing permit requirements)

Current Opportunities:

Flood Insurance

FLOOD

Current Problems: Risk Rating 2.0 causes premium increases of over 50% in 41 of 50 states; 134% premium increase in Louisiana; 168% increase in GNO; 545% increase in Plaquemines Parish; no peer-review of methodology; minimal discounts for mitigation limited information from FEMA; limited action from Congress

Prospective Solutions:

  • NFIP-RE Act, which would create an affordability program, policyholders tools, and mitigation resources
  • Ten-state lawsuit against FEMA; hearing date on motion for preliminary injunction pending
  • CSFI Engagement Toolkit being developed to highlight Risk Rating 2.0’s impact by congressional district
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) report makes recommendations for FEMA’s transparency

Current Opportunities:

  • Maintain NFIP coverage to benefit from 18% annual increase cap
  • Engage colleagues (particularly out-of-state) to contact their congressional offices and join CSFI

Auto Insurance

AUTO

Current Problems: Least affordable state for auto insurance by percent of median income; second highest commercial auto premiums; while dollar loss per bodily injury claim is below the national average, Louisiana has 2.6 times more bodily injury claims per capita than the US and more than two times as many claims per capita as Alabama and Mississippi, which enjoy lower average insurance rates.

Prospective Solutions:

  • Commercial Auto Insurance Task Force created (SCR19) to provide report; held first meeting
  • LABI 2024 Legislative Working Group to consider unified reform priorities (ex: reducing jury threshold)

 Current Opportunity:

  • Bodily injury liability coverage cost down for some insurers following 2020 Session tort reform effort