SB 616 Requires homeowner insurance companies to offer sinkhole coverage
Sponsor: Wasson
LR Number: 5056S.01I Fiscal Note available
Committee: Small Business, Insurance and Industry
Last Action: 2/28/2012 - Hearing Conducted S Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2012

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SB 616 - On or after January 1, 2013, every insurer authorized to write homeowners' insurance within Missouri shall make available, for an appropriate additional premium, coverage for sinkhole losses on any structure, including contents of personal property contained therein, to the extent provided in the policy to which the sinkhole coverage attaches. Sinkhole insurance coverage may be offered as part of the underlying insurance policy or as an endorsement or rider.

If a homeowner's insurance policy excludes coverage for sinkhole losses, the insurer must inform policyholders in bold type of not less than 14 points as follows:

"YOUR POLICY DOES NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR SINKHOLE LOSSES. YOU MAY PURCHASE ADDITIONAL COVERAGE FOR SINKHOLE LOSSES FOR AN ADDITIONAL PREMIUM."

STEPHEN WITTE