New York Times article New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie (R) is proposing a new law that would allow homeowners insurance companies to exclude any insurance company that offers a “subsidy for home repairs.”
That would affect up to 50 percent of all insurance premiums for people buying homes.
The Republican governor is one of several states to have considered legislation this year aimed at helping homeowners, including New York, Texas, Florida and California.
The proposal was introduced by New Jersey state Rep. Joe Vitale (D-NJ), who also has a bill to extend the mortgage insurance exemption for three years.
Vitale’s bill is backed by insurance industry lobbying groups, including the National Association of Home Builders.
New Jersey Gov.-elect Chris Christie, who is also running for the Republican presidential nomination, is proposing to extend mortgage insurance exemptions for homeowners.
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)New Jersey’s new law would allow insurers to exclude a number of companies that offer a subsidy for home repair, including companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey, as well as smaller companies that make insurance claims for other people.
The companies would also have to disclose their policies, which could include how much the insurer pays for repairs and how much of the cost is covered by homeowner’s insurance.
“There are a lot of good companies out there and some of them have done great work on behalf of homeowners,” Vitale said at a news conference.
“It’s important that we help them.
I’m very proud to be supporting a new bill that will make it easier for homeowners to keep up with their insurance needs.”
Vitalale said the exemption could help homeowners by helping to protect them from having to pay for repairs.
“It will make a big difference in protecting homeownership, and it will make sure that the insurance is affordable,” he said.
New Jersey law requires insurers to disclose the cost of repairs, but not the cost that the homeowner’s premium is reimbursed.
Under the current law, insurers that sell home insurance can claim that repairs to their properties are “subsidized” under a provision that says “if the cost to repair is less than the premium, the claim will be ineligible for reimbursement.”
That provision was written to prevent the homeowners insurance company from making the claim to avoid paying out any of the premium.
Vitales proposal would allow the insurers to be reimbursed if the repair costs exceed the deductible, which is $2,000.
He said the amount of deductible can vary, depending on how much a home is worth.
Vitalales proposed legislation would also give homeowners the right to opt out of any insurance that they’re not interested in buying.
In addition to extending the exemption, he wants to extend it to three years for those with policies that do not include homeowners insurance, and he wants insurers to provide homeowners with more information about repairs to homeowners.
He said insurers have been trying to make homeowners insurance less expensive.
“There’s been a lot more regulation and more regulation that’s really pushed the cost up,” Vitales said.
“This is the first time that we’re going to have the ability to have an exemption for homeowners.”
He said he is hopeful that his bill will pass the Legislature, which he expects to take up sometime this month.