|Posted:||January 19, 2023 12:49 PM|
|From:||Representative Michael H. Schlossberg|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Protecting our Pets|
|We love our pets. For many of us, they are our chosen family and deserve to be protected from accidents as well as unforeseen medical expenses.
Many pet parents purchase pet insurance to ensure they have the financial support to address an emergent medical situation should one unfortunately arise. Pet insurance has boomed over the last several years to become a multi-billion-dollar industry that covers nearly four million pets across the United States.
Despite this boom, there are no Pennsylvania laws specifically addressing pet insurance contracts. Thus, pet families are sometimes left holding the bag for expensive veterinarian bills because of unknown waiting periods or coverage exclusions buried within their insurance policies. Other consumers feel left in the dark as to why they pay higher premiums year after year.
Pet insurance provides valuable coverage, but consumers deserve to know what is in their pet insurance policy and pets deserve the care they need, no matter the cost. That’s why I will be introducing legislation to provide crucial oversight of pet insurance policies sold in Pennsylvania. This legislation will create a comprehensive legal framework for the sale, solicitation, and negotiation of pet insurance policies within our state, leaving no space for hidden fees or confusion of coverage.
I hope you will join me in protecting Pennsylvania families and our pets by supporting this legislation.
Introduced as HB660