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S-2144 Coalition Letter

Jun 5, 2018 by AFP

The coalition of the undersigned was formed to oppose S-2144, legislation that will negatively impact consumers and businesses alike.  A recent report illustrated that the proposed “New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act,” sponsored by Senators Scutari and Gopal, could lead to increased insurance rates for New Jersey businesses and consumers: including a 20-40% increase for mandated auto insurance coverages and 17% increased premium on commercial policies.  Several members of this coalition commissioned Milliman, Inc., a global, independent, actuarial firm to assess the impact of the bill on insurance costs in New Jersey.

The report concludes that allowing claimants new, direct civil actions against insurers will likely have a variety of adverse effects:

  • Premiums for all property-casualty insurance policyholders could increase by $2.5 Billion in New Jersey
  • Mandated auto insurance coverages could increase by 20-39%
  • Homeowners insurance rates could increase by 17%
  • Medical malpractice and commercial liability insurance rates could increase by 21%
  • Greater incentives for insurance fraud
  • Higher premium rates could result in reduced affordable options for consumers

Other states that have passed similar legislation have seen their premium rates soar. New Jersey residents already have the highest auto insurance rates in the country and lived through the auto insurance crisis when insurers actually left the state.

This coalition also commissioned a poll by Global Strategy Group that found the #1 concern when it comes to insurance is “the cost of insurance” and the least concerning by an overwhelming margin was “difficulty getting claims paid.” New Jersey has some of the strongest laws that govern insurer behavior and allow for damages against insurers if they breach the duty of good faith and fair dealing.  This bad bill is a solution in search of a problem that could have devastating consequences for consumers. 

The Senate may vote on this bill on June 7th.  Please vote NO on S-2144 and stop a

 $2.5 Billion increase in premium for New Jersey’s policyholders!


NJ Business and Industry Association (NJBIA)

NJ Chamber of Commerce

Commerce and Industry Association of NJ

NJ Civil Justice Institute

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers-NJ

The Bus Association of NJ

Americans for Prosperity-NJ   

Insurance Council of New Jersey

New Jersey Defense Association

NJ Assoc. of Mutual Insurance Companies

American Insurance Association

National Assoc. of Mutual Insurance Companies

Property Casualty Insurance Assoc. of America

Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association