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RULE §1.602Notice of Website

(a) Purpose and applicability.

  (1) The purpose of this section is to establish the form and content of the notice required under Insurance Code §32.104(b), concerning Duties of Insurer.

  (2) This section applies to insurers that comprise the top-25 insurance groups in the national market and that issue residential property insurance or personal automobile insurance policies in this state, including a Lloyd's plan, a reciprocal or interinsurance exchange, a county mutual insurance company, a farm mutual insurance company, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, the FAIR Plan Association, and the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association.

  (3) This section applies to all residential property insurance and personal automobile insurance policies that are delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed in this state on or after January 1, 2008.

(b) Notice requirements. Insurers must comply with either subsection (b)(1) or (b)(2) of this section or may opt to comply with both.

  (1) Notwithstanding the requirements in §1.601(a)(2) of this title (relating to Notice of Toll-Free Telephone Numbers and Information and Complaint Procedures), the insurer must include the text in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph in the notice required under §1.601(a)(2) of this title with each policy specified. The text must be in a type size no smaller than 10 point. The heading "To compare policies and prices" must be in bold type. The website address "HelpInsure.com" must be in bold type and must be preceded by one blank line.

    (A) "To compare policies and prices: Visit HelpInsure.com to compare prices and coverages on home and auto insurance policies. The website is a service of the Texas Department of Insurance and the Office of Public Insurance Counsel" in the English portion.

    (B) "Para comparar pólizas y precios: Visite HelpInsure.com para comparar precios y coberturas en pólizas de seguro para el hogar y automóvil. El sitio web es un servicio del Departamento de Seguros de Texas y de la Oficina del Asesor Público de Seguros (Office of Public Insurance Counsel, por su nombre en inglés)" in the Spanish portion.

    (C) Insurers must begin using the notice form described in this paragraph no later than July 1, 2023. Insurers may continue using the previous notice form until that time.

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  (2) The insurer must provide the following notice in a conspicuous manner with each policy. The notice must be printed in type size that is at least as large as the type used for the main body of the policy, and it must be preceded and followed by at least one blank line. "Insurance Website Notice" and "Aviso del Sitio Web de Seguros" must be in all capital letters and bold type and "HelpInsure.com" must be in bold type. Insurers must begin using the notice described in this paragraph no later than May 1, 2020. Insurers may continue using the previous notice until that time.

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Source Note: The provisions of this §1.602 adopted to be effective January 8, 2008, 33 TexReg 186; amended to be effective June 1, 2015, 40 TexReg 3174; amended to be effective November 4, 2019, 44 TexReg 6541; amended to be effective June 7, 2023, 48 TexReg 2854

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