IGA Objects to Pricing Stipulations in Massachusetts Legislation
August 5, 2010

The Independent Glass Association (IGA) is urging its members in Massachusetts and other state auto glass business representatives to speak out against the pricing stipulations outlined in Section 3 of House Bill 952, which recently was referred for a study order.

Though H.B. 952, introduced by Rep. Ron Mariano, contains anti-steering verbiage, Section 3 of the bill states that it would only apply to "auto glass repair shops registered under the provisions of chapter 100A, and who will accept payment from insurance companies according to pricing discounts published and set from time to time by said insurance companies."

"Simple economics dictates that as pricing declines, quality in both parts and service will be compromised," writes Mike Russo, executive director of the IGA. "Cost controls are encouraging the widespread use of inferior glass and shops to cut corners in their installation practices."

Russo adds, "Insurance companies should not be allowed to fix pricing, and shops should not be required to accept pricing set by insurers. This concept only hurts consumers."

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