Georgia Official to Insurance Companies: Go easy on federal employees during the government shutdown

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As the shutdown of the federal government continues, Georgia’s insurance commissioner is asking insurance companies in the state to play nice with federal employees who may be late on their premiums due to not getting paid.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck has issued a directive to all licensed insurance companies urging them to exercise leniency in such cases.

“As this shutdown continues, it is especially important to understand the impact it has had on tens of thousands of federal workers and their families. I urge all insurance companies in Georgia to reasonably accommodate those policyholders by implementing payment plans or extensions for premium payments,” Beck said.

The partial federal government shutdown began Dec. 22, 2018 and continues to be in effect. Roughly 800,000 workers nationwide including about 16,000 Georgians have either been furloughed or are working without pay.

Impacted policyholders should immediately contact their insurance company to inform them of their federal government employment status. If you have questions regarding the directive, please contact the Georgia Department of Insurance’s Product Review Division at (404) 656-6876.

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