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Insurance Code - INS

DIVISION 1. GENERAL RULES GOVERNING INSURANCE [100 - 1879.8]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )

PART 1. THE CONTRACT [100 - 679.74]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )

CHAPTER 5.3. Consumer Complaints [510- 510.]
  ( Chapter 5.3 added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 808, Sec. 1. )

510.
  

(a) Whenever a policy of insurance specified in Section 660 or 675, a policy of life insurance as defined in Section 101, a policy of disability insurance as defined in Section 106, or a certificate of coverage as defined in Section 10270.6, is first issued to or delivered to a new insured or a new policyholder in this state, the insurer shall include a written disclosure containing the name, address, toll-free telephone number, and Internet Web site of the unit within the Department of Insurance that deals with consumer affairs. The telephone number shall be the same as that provided to consumers under Section 12921.1. The disclosure shall be printed in large, boldface type.

The disclosure shall also contain the address and customer service telephone number of the insurer, or the address and customer service telephone number of the agent or broker of record, or all of those addresses and telephone numbers. All addresses and telephone numbers for the insurer or the agent or broker of record shall be prominently displayed, in boldfaced type. The disclosure shall also contain a statement that the Department of Insurance should be contacted only after discussions with the insurer, or its agent or other representative, or both, have failed to produce a satisfactory resolution to the problem. If the policy or certificate was issued or delivered by an agent or broker, the disclosure shall specifically advise the insured to contact his or her agent or broker for assistance.

(b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2017.

(Repealed (in Sec. 1) and added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 348, Sec. 2. (AB 1515) Effective January 1, 2016. Section operative January 1, 2017, by its own provisions.)

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