Assemblymember Levine Calls On Insurance Industry to Explain Why Homeowners’ Insurance Policies Are Unavailable Where Needed Most

For immediate release:

(SAN RAFAEL, CA) – Alarmed by the number of complaints received in his district offices that insurance companies are increasingly unwilling to insure homes that they deem to be at risk of damage due to wildfires, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) sent out an e-alert to his constituents, asking them to fill out a confidential Insurance Assistance Request posted on his website. The response was overwhelming.

“Complaints from my constituents showed an unsettling pattern of cancellation, non-renewal, spiking homeowners’ insurance premiums, and difficulty finding another insurance company to provide coverage,” said Assemblymember Levine.

In his Letter of Inquiry to insurers, Assemblymember Levine asked the insurers to satisfactorily answer questions pertaining to cancellations, non-renewals, and increases in premiums of homeowners’ policies (Letter of Inquiry here)

“I do not believe that the costs of utility mismanagement, or the impacts of climate change should be arbitrarily passed through to my constituents, who are being forced to suffer the inconveniences, bear the burden, and pay the price for circumstances beyond their control”, said Assemblymember Levine.
“Insurance company decisions to cancel and non-renew appear callous and are causing great pain, suffering and harm to my constituents, and many other California consumers,” wrote Assemblymember Levine. “It is my hope that this Letter of Inquiry will suffice to convey the seriousness and urgency of my request; and that my constituents will be provided with the answers they well deserve.”

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Assemblymember Marc Levine represents California’s 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma counties. Connect with Assemblymember Levine on social media: @AsmMarcLevine.