Texas Moves to Liquidate ‘Impaired’ Access Insurance

By | April 2, 2018

Stephanie K. JonesTexas insurance regulators placed into receivership and started the process of liquidating a Texas-domiciled/Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered property/casualty insurance company that the insurance department says is insolvent.

Access Insurance Co. provides non-standard auto insurance and is licensed in 22 states, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

In its order of impairment dated March 14, 2018, without going into detail the Texas Department of Insurance said Access is an impaired insurer and that the company’s liabilities are greater than its assets. Under the March 13 liquidation order issued by a Travis County court, all policies not previously expired will terminate on April 12. Covered claims on all Texas policies will be paid by the Texas Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association.

Access was founded in 1994 and distributed its policies through independent agents. According to the company, Access is the fifth largest writer of non-standard auto business in California.

In early March, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones ordered Accessto stop transacting and soliciting insurance business there. The California Department of Insurance said the action followed Access’s Statutory Income Statement 2017 Preliminary (unaudited), which showed its policyholder surplus was negative $27.6 million as of Dec. 31, 2017, and its Statutory Income statement 2018 Preliminary (unaudited) report noted its policyholder surplus was a negative $29 million as of Jan. 31, 2018. Access also failed to file its required yearly statutory statement.

In a separate, July 2017 order, California alleged Access and some affiliates had engaged in improper claims handling, and improper rating and underwriting practices.

The liquidation order stays all other lawsuits against Access. Cantilo & Bennett L.L.P. of Austin, Texas, has been appointed special deputy receiver by Texas Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan.

A statement agreeing to the liquidation order was signed by Patrick McMenamin, identified as president of Access Holdco LLC.

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