The New York state Insurance Department is launching a public awareness effort urging New Yorkers to "Get Smart About Insurance," Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) announced today.
Consumers who want an objective source of information on insurance companies and types of coverage offered can contact the state Insurance Department for assistance. Reilich also noted that a national study has shown that many Americans do not fully understand the details of their insurance policies.
According to Reilich, the agency advises consumers to undergo an annual insurance review with their agents to examine each policy and detect areas of too much or too little coverage. A review also should be undertaken whenever there is a major change in circumstances, such as the purchase of a new home or car, or the birth or adoption of a child.
Reilich said the department offers free guides outlining New York’s insurance laws and regulations, and provides information that includes premium comparison reports, policy coverage options and insurer contacts.
"The state Insurance Department is a great resource to those who want to verify insurance coverage," Reilich said.
More information is available by calling the state Insurance Department’s toll-free number at (800) 342-3736, or visiting the agency’s Web site at www.ins.state.ny.us.