At this point, there has been many news reports, blogs and information on social media about Texas House Bill 1774.
FACT: HB 1174 does not change how to file a claim or how your carrier will process and settle your claim.
Provided are some answers to some frequently asked questions on Texas House Bill 1774 via Marsh Private Client Services:
What is Texas HB 1774?
This bill requires policyholders to provide advance notice to their insurer, before filing a lawsuit against them. The legislation also makes changes to requirements for inspections related to a lawsuit, recovering attorney’s fees, and statutory penalty interest.
Does Texas HB 1774 apply to me?
- Does not apply to claims with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
- Does not apply to claims with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).
- Applies to claims made under an insurance policy providing coverage for real property, such as homes and other buildings.
- The legislation also applies to claims made under the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan Association.
When does this law become effective?
Texas House Bill 1774 was passed in May and takes effect on September 1, 2017.
Does this mean I need to report a claim before September 1?
HB 1774 does not change how to file a claim or how your carrier will process and settle your claim. If you have sustained a loss related to Hurricane Harvey, or another covered peril, it is recommended to file before Sept. 1.
Where can I obtain additional information about HB 1774?