House passes bill concerning electronic delivery of insurance documents

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Monday, January 27, 2014

State Representative Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) has authored legislation which would allow electronic delivery of certain insurance notices and documents. Today, this bill passed the House unanimously on third reading.

Currently, insurance companies are required to deliver certain documents via first class or certified mail. This bill would allow Hoosiers to have the option, if they consent, to receive notices or documents via email.

“ABC News reports that 85 percent of Americans use the internet. As we have increasingly come to rely on the efficiency and convenience of technology, I think it is only fitting that we allow consumers this added option by which to receive notices or documents,” said Rep. Mayfield. “Not only would it be more cost effective but it would also allow for a much more timely delivery of such documents.”

The policyholder's consent to electronic delivery can be withdrawn at any time. Furthermore, Hoosiers will still be able to receive additional hard copies of notices and documents if they wish.

HB 1058, co-authored by Representative Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis) and sponsored by Senator Greg Walker (R-Columbus), will now move over to the Senate for further discussion and review. If the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by the governor, it will take effect on July 1, 2014.