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Property Casualty Insurers Association of America defines legislative agenda

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Jan. 25, 2012—The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) said its state advocacy priorities this year include protecting and promoting the viability of competitive private insurance, among other topics as state legislatures begin their sessions.

PCI release_notesd a statement clarifying its legislative agenda. They anticipate the major auto body repair and glass issues for 2012 will involve aftermarket parts, labor rates, steering and estimating systems. They will oppose legislation that restricts insurers’ ability to manage the claim repair process and control costs on behalf of consumers, according to a statement from the association.

Other issues topping their agenda this year include curbing fraud and abuse in several no-fault auto insurance systems, addressing auto body repair and coastal property insurance issues, as well as advancing cost containment measures in state workers compensation systems. They also anticipate issues such as credit-based insurance scoring and tort reform.

"PCI is committed to advancing a pro-consumer agenda that supports healthy, competitive insurance markets across the nation," said Paul Blume, senior vice president of state government relations for PCI. "In these tough economic times consumers are best served by measures that address the cost drivers of insurance and provide individuals with choices. Our agenda will also help modernize state regulatory environments and improve insurance marketplaces."

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