Archive for October 6th, 2005

Missouri Insurance Consumers Overwhelmingly Choose To Keep Personal Information Private

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Missouri governor Matt Blunt, signed an insurance audit bill HB 388 on July 12, 2005 that requires the Missouri Department of Insurance to modify the consumer complaint form to include a provision in which consumers can authorize the public release of their file. The bill took effect in September 2005. Of the 377 complaints filed with the department during the first month, 334 consumers chose to not authorize the release of any information. That’s an overwhelmingly 90 percent of the insurance consumers who choose to keep personal information confidential. The new law allows consumers who file a complaint with the state about their insurance company to prevent disclosure of their personal information, including healthcare details. Prior to the new law, Missouri