What do I do if my insurer goes bankrupt?
Call the company to find out the status of their bankruptcy and of your insurance. If they are not able to help you, call the state insurance department. The state insurance department will know about the plans for rehabilitating or taking over your company. Usually, a healthy company will be assigned to take over your company and honor your policy. Eventually you should get a new policy with the acquiring company.
The terrible news that many insurance policy consumers fear to face is when their company goes bankrupt. What is going to happen to them? They are afraid that they might have higher premiums or even be uninsured.
After a prominent insurance company recently failed, policyholders are beginning to wonder what would happen if their insurance company went bankrupt. This question can't be answered with any specificity because each state has its own agency that regulates the insurers licensed to do business there. Some states have more extensive protections for policyholders than others. You can learn more about how your state handles these situations by visiting its department of insurance website.
Firstly, if you are one of those consumers who fear that they will be left without proper coverages, you should relax your mind because either way, you will have the coverage that you re paying for.
It is very unlikely that an insurance company's failure would result in unpaid claims. Here are a few comforting facts about insurer failures:
1.) States require insurance companies to be solvent, meaning they must have sufficient cash on hand to pay out potential claims.
2.) In the event of insolvency, the guaranty association takes over, which means claims might be limited or delayed, but hardly ever are they abandoned.
3.) Commonly, the business of the failed insurer is transferred to one or more other insurers that are stable
4.) If you don't have any claims pending, your best bet might be to look for coverage elsewhere in the event your insurer goes under. You aren't under any obligation to stay with the insurer, and you are in a good position to leave if you have no outstanding claims.
"Guaranty associations" and "guaranty funds" are the ones that will keep you insured even if your company goes totally bankrupt.
If your insurer has gone bust, fortunately you are usually not burdened with the paperwork that you will be left with. You will be contacted from a professional insurance official and he or she will explain the situation to you thoroughly.
When they contact you, ask all that you need and ask what you should do next in case you are lost.
Special forms and documents in the mail is what you are going to be seeing for a while after your company goes bankrupt. You should fill out these forms and documents and return them in the mail so that your insurance company can receive them and make the proper evaluations.
Keep in mind that if your court gets involved in the administration of the liquidated company, payments might be made more slowly than usual. These payments will be made by guaranty funds.
Even though payments aren't going to be transferred as quickly, your claim should still be paid if you filed one prior to your company becoming bankrupt.
If you are worried that your payments won't be made or that you aren't going to get the necessary coverage that you need, it is important to know that you are going to be covered thanks to your state guaranty funds.
If you are still concerned and want to know more information about your company going bankrupt and what to do in a case like this, feel free to contact your state insurance administration. They will be able to tell you any information that you are unclear with.
Even though, you are very likely to still be covered thanks to state guaranty funds, there is still a chance that something might come up and your coverage will be limited - at times, cancelled. If you want to know more about this, don't hesitate to contact your state insurance administration. Don't be surprised if your insurance policy cancels you when your company goes bankrupt.