Legislation to prohibit steering by appraisers, insurers and third party administrators has been pre-filed in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
The bill, H 4635, introduced by Rep. White, prohibits anyone from directing where glass repair or replacement work may be performed. It also states that insurers and third party administrators cannot say that choosing a facility other than one participating in the company’s glass program will or may result in delays or a lack of guarantee for the work. Insurance companies and third-party administrators would have to tell their insured something substantially similar to “You have the right to choose a licensed glass shop where the damage to your motor vehicle will be repaired. If you have a preference, please let us know.” Insurance companies and third-party administrators would be prohibited from directing an insured to, or making an appointment for them with, a glass shop that is owned, related, or shares a parent company.
The South Carolina Legislature is in the first year of its 2023-2024 Legislative Session. To view the bill, CLICK HERE. Then, find bill H 4635 and click on the Word document link.