The National Association of Independent Insurers has issued a bulletin which lists the status of legislation in various states concerning the use of “credit scoring” by insurers.
A rundown of the Eastern region includes the following:
Maryland – A bill currently being considered by the House Economic Matters Committee would prohibit an insurer from refusing to underwrite a policy, or increase the premium on an existing policy due to the credit history of the applicant.
Rhode Island – A legislative committee is considering a bill which would forbid requests for credit reports in connection with applications for insurance.
Virginia – A bill which would have prohibited an insurer or agent from setting rates for motor vehicle and homeowners’ insurance based upon credit scoring died in committee.