New Hampshire Bill Aims to Clarify Insurance Reimbursement Rates

January 11, 2019

The New Hampshire legislature currently is reviewing a bill, HB 432, which aims to “clarif[y] automobile insurance reimbursement rates for repair of damaged vehicles.”

“Nothing shall prohibit any insurance company, agent or adjuster from providing to such insured … the name of an automobile glass company or automobile repair company with which arrangements may have been made with respect to automobile glass or repair prices or services,” reads the bill. “If a name is provided, there must be disclosure by the insurance company, agent or adjuster to the insured person or entity that any other automobile glass company or automobile repair company or location may be used at the discretion of the insured person or entity.”

If passed as law, the bill would allow insurers to limit payment for AGRR work to be based on the fair and reasonable price in the area by repair shops or facilities providing similar services with the usual and customary guarantees as to materials and workmanship. The bill would also allow auto repair shops (mechanical repair facilities) to be paid rates fair and reasonable for mechanical repair facilities.

Last April, the New Hampshire legislature passed a bill that aimed to “establish a committee to study reimbursement rates under automobile policies.”

The latest bill, HB 432, was introduced on January 3 and referred to the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee.

Click here for the full text of HB 432.


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