New Hampshire Legislature Plans to Study Insurance Reimbursement Rates

Both the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate have adopted a bill aimed to “establish a committee to study reimbursement rates under automobile policies.”

The bill originally was introduced in January but has been amended greatly since introduction. The original text of the bill would have required automobile insurance companies to reimburse independent auto glass shops similarly to dealerships. It proposed to add the following language to the state’s insurance law in the section titled “Unfair Insurance Practices; Automobile or Glass Repair:”

“The ‘fair and reasonable price’ shall not be lower than that customarily paid to a repair shop or facility in the area that is part of or affiliated with an automobile dealership.”

But in February the committee amended the bill to change the title to note the aim of establishing a committee to study reimbursement rates and adjusting the rest of the bill so that it details who will be included on the reimbursement rate committee. The amended bill recommends that the committee would include three members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the speaker of the House, and one member of the Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate.

The House voted that the bill “ought to pass” on March 6 and the Senate voted the same on April 5.

Click here for full text of bill.

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