New Ohio Law Strengthens Certificate of Insurance Regulation

January 14, 2016

A new Ohio law that provides strengthened regulatory protocols and oversight in relation to certificates of insurance is now in effect.

Businesses often share the document as proof that they have insurance.

House Bill 259 (Sears, Ryan) helps address issues with certificates of insurance that do not have the same information as their respective insurance policies, potentially impacting the underlying insurance coverage.

The legislation was signed by Governor John Kasich on Dec. 22.

The bill states that a certificate of insurance cannot alter the coverage of an insurance policy or confer any new rights to a covered individual beyond what is provided in the policy.

If there is a conflict between a certificate of insurance and its respective policy, the policy ultimately prescribes the coverage provided.

The bill also prohibits any person from issuing or demanding the issuance of a certificate that includes false or misleading information.

The Ohio Department of Insurance now has stronger regulatory oversight over certificates of insurance, which are issued by insurance companies and agents. The insurance director can now levy fines and penalties to those who misuse them.

Source: Ohio Department of Insurance

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