PCI Announces 2012 State Advocacy Priorities
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As state legislatures across the country begin their sessions, the
PCI made significant progress at the state, federal, and international levels last year on a myriad of issues, despite facing an anemic economy, increasing political and regulatory pressures, and historic natural disasters. Looking forward to 2012, PCI anticipates facing many of these issues again, with the additional challenge of advancing our advocacy agenda during a watershed presidential election year.
"PCI is committed to advancing a pro-consumer agenda that supports healthy, competitive insurance markets across the nation," said
No-fault auto insurance is a major priority for PCI due to growing crises in several of the nation's largest states such as
Currently there are major legislative and regulatory efforts to reform and transform these systems. A
PCI anticipates the major auto body repair and glass issues for 2012 will involve aftermarket parts, labor rates, steering and estimating systems. To help control costs and promote customer service, PCI will oppose legislative efforts that would restrict insurers' ability to make recommendations or suggestions to consumers on individual repair facilities or that would impede insurers' ability to manage the claim repair process and control costs on behalf of consumers.
The 2011 hurricane season was another very active year for tropical storms. This was the 12th above normal year since 1995. Hurricane Irene, which first made landfall in
"PCI calls on elected officials in coastal regions to examine weaknesses in their building codes and where necessary address shortcomings in residual markets with well-reasoned, market-oriented approaches that embrace risk-based pricing and healthy competition," said Blume. "We will also support legislative efforts in targeted states to combat construction and roofing contractor fraud and abuse that can run rampant in the aftermath of a major weather event as well as advance building code and loss mitigation reforms."
Another major priority for PCI involves addressing rising medical costs which continue to plague workers compensation systems. The repackaging of drugs by physicians and over-prescribing of narcotics are significant contributors to rising pharmaceutical costs in the system. "PCI will continue to work with coalitions to address increasing workers compensation pharmacy costs while ensuring that injured workers receive appropriate and effective treatments," said Blume. "Our
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