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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Bulletin 2020-11: New Guaranty Association Notice Requirement

The South Carolina Department of Insurance has issued Bulletin 2020-11 to notify members of the South Carolina Carolina Life and Accident and Health Insurance Guaranty Association of the new requirement to issue a notice that describes the coverages, excl...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Order No. 2020-06 Renewal of the Expansion of the SCWHUA Territory

This regards the renewal of the Jan. 7, 2019 expansion of the South Carolina Wind and Hail Underwriting Association (SCWHUA) territory enabling the association to provide essential insurance coverage to areas within the seacoast area.

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Urgent- PBM Application Deadline Tuesday December 1, 2020

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Reminder: Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) License

Application Deadline is Tuesday December 1, 2020

This notice serves as an urgent reminder to companies offering PBM services in South Carolina. The law that requires pharmacy benefi...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Order 2020-05. Retroactive Accident and Health Insurance

This matter comes before me for final approval of rates for credit accident and health insurance sold in conjunction with loans subject to the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code.  Pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. Section 34-29-10...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Order Number 2020-04 Rates for Credit Property Insurance

This matter comes before me for final approval of rates for credit property insurance sold in conjunction with loans subject to the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code. Pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. Section 34-29-10, et seq. (1976, as a...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Order Number 2020-03 Rates for Credit Accident and Health Insurance

This matter comes before me for final approval of rates for credit accident and health insurance sold in conjunction with loans subject to the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code, other than loans made under S.C. Act No. 988 of 1966.  Pursuan...

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Posted on: October 8, 2020

Order Number 2020-02: Mandating Electronic Payment Options

It has come to the South Carolina Department of Insurance’s attention that some licensees are 1) refusing to accept cash from their policyholders as a method of payment and 2) thereby requiring policyholders to transact business digitally or ele...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Bulletin Number 2020-03A - Modification to temporary licensing

To:  All insurers, producers, surplus lines brokers, bail bondsmen, and other licensed or authorized persons transacting the business of insurance in South Carolina. 

From: Raymond G. Farmer, Director of Insurance

This Bulletin modifies te...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Bulletin 2020-10 PBM License Application Timeline and Instruction

To: All Pharmacy Benefit Managers Doing Business in this State, and Other Interested Parties

From: Raymond G. Farmer, Director of Insurance

Purpose

The purpose of this bulletin is to establish filing timelines for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) applying fo...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Bulletin 2020-09 Notice of Tentative 2021 Credit Accident and Health Insurance Rates and Opportunit

  • NOTICE OF TENTATIVE CREDIT ACCIDENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE RATES

 

Regulation 69-11.1, Regulation of Credit Insurance, requires the South Carolina Department of Insurance (Department) to promulgate tentative rates for credit accident and health insur...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Bulletin 2020-8 Notice of Tentative 2021 Accident and Health Insurance Rates for 3-day Retro

NOTICE OF TENTATIVE CREDIT ACCIDENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE RATES

 

Regulation 69-11.1, Regulation of Credit Insurance, requires the South Carolina Department of Insurance (Department) to promulgate tentative rates for credit accident and health insur...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Bulletin 2020-7 Notice of Tentative 2021 Credit Property Insurance Rates and Opportunity to R

NOTICE OF TENTATIVE CREDIT PROPERTY INSURANCE RATES

 

Regulation 69-11.1, Regulation of Credit Insurance, requires the South Carolina Department of Insurance to promulgate tentative rates for credit property insurance by August 1 of each year. The ...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Bulletin 2020-06 SC Safe Home Program

The South Carolina Department of Insurance administers the South Carolina Safe Home Mitigation Grant Program as set forth in S.C. Code Ann. §38-75-485 (2017). The program provides matching and non-matching grant funds to help coastal property own...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Revised Filing Timeline for 2021 Health and Dental Plans - Memo to Issuers

MEMORANDUM

To: Issuers of Individual and Small Group Health Insurance Coverage and Issuers of Exchange-certified Stand-Alone Dental Coverage

From: Kendall Buchanan, Deputy Director of Market Regulation and Public Information

Subject: Revised Filing Timeline ...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Bulletin 2020-05 Filing Requirement Extensions

To: All Insurance companies, including captive insurance companies and other persons licensed to transact business in South Carolina

From: Raymond G. Farmer, Insurance Director

Purpose

As you are aware, South Carolina and most other states are in a State of ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Bulletin Number 2020-04

To all licensees of the South Carolina Department of Insurance, including guaranty fund associations, surplus lines insurers and other persons registered or authorized to operate pursuant to the Insurance laws of this state.

From  Raymond G. Farme...

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Posted on: October 1, 2017

Order 2017-04 Rates for Credit Property Insurance Sold in Conjunction with Loans Subject to 1966 S.C

Order 2017-04 Rates for Credit Property Insurance Sold in Conjunction with Loans Subject to 1966 S.C. Act No. 988

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Posted on: October 1, 2017

Order 2017-03 Rates for Credit Accident and Health Insurance Sold in Conjunction with Consumer Credi

Order 2017-03 Rates for Credit Accident and Health Insurance Sold in Conjunction with Consumer Credit Transactions subject to the S.C. Consumer Protection Code

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Posted on: October 1, 2017

Order 2017-02 Rates for Credit Accident and Health Insurance Sold in Conjunction with Loans

Order 2017-02 Rates for Credit Accident and Health Insurance Sold in Conjunction with Loans Subject to 1966 S.C. Act No. 988

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

FAQs: Auto Insurance Blog

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Here at the SCDOI, we get a fair amount of questions surrounding auto insurance. We will address some of the main ones we get in this blog post.

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Bulletin 2020-11: New Guaranty Association Notice Requirement

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Bulletin 2020-11: New Guaranty Association Notice Requirement

TO:                  All Members of the South Carolina Life and Accident and Health Insurance Guaranty Associatio...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

SCWHUA Renewal of Expansion

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This regards the renewal of the Jan. 7, 2019 expansion of the South Carolina Wind and Hail Underwriting Association (SCWHUA) territory.

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

2nd Round of Funding Available for VW Settlement

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The South Carolina Department of Insurance (SCDOI), as the lead agency for the State of South Carolina, is seeking to award up to approximately $24,622,804 in funding under the state’s allocation for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust...

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Urgent Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) License Application Deadline is Tuesday December 1, 2020

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This notice serves as an urgent reminder to companies offering PBM services in South Carolina.

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Just Drive Video

distracted drivers are 90% more likely to crash.

Distracted driving causes 20,000 accidents each year in S.C.
Director Farmer urges drivers to put the phone down when behind the wheel and just drive.

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Order Number 2020-05 Retroactive Accident and Health Insurance

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This matter comes before me for final approval of rates for credit accident and health insurance sold in conjunction with loans subject to the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code.  Pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. Section 34-29-10...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Order Number 2020-04 Rates for Credit Property Insurance

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This matter comes before me for final approval of rates for credit property insurance sold in conjunction with loans subject to the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code. Pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. Section 34-29-10, et seq. (1976, as a...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Order Number 2020-03 Rates for Credit Accident and Health Insurance

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This matter comes before me for final approval of rates for credit accident and health insurance sold in conjunction with loans subject to the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code, other than loans made under S.C. Act No. 988 of 1966.  Pursuan...

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Posted on: October 8, 2020

Order Number 2020-02: Mandating Electronic Payment Options

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It has come to the South Carolina Department of Insurance’s attention that some licensees are 1) refusing to accept cash from their policyholders as a method of payment and 2) thereby requiring policyholders to transact business digitally or electronicall...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

S.C. Private Flood Insurance Act Enacted

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For Immediate Release                                           &a...

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Common Life Insurance Questions

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Let’s answer some common questions about life insurance. 

Life insurance is a contract between an insurance policy holder and an insurer, where the insurer promises to pay a designated beneficiary a sum of money in exchange for a premium...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Bulletin Number 2020-03A - Modification to Temporary Licensing

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To:  All insurers, producers, surplus lines brokers, bail bondsmen, and other licensed or authorized persons transacting the business of insurance in South Carolina. 

From: Raymond G. Farmer, Director of Insurance

This Bulletin modifies te...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Bulletin 2020-10 PBM License Application Timeline and Instruction

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To: All Pharmacy Benefit Managers Doing Business in this State, and Other Interested Parties

From: Raymond G. Farmer, Director of Insurance

Purpose

The purpose of this bulletin is to establish filing timelines for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) applying fo...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Be Aware of COVID-19 Scams

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The SCDOI has received reports of South Carolinians receiving scam marketing calls offering insurance products in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Be aware that these calls may use a virtual phone number with a South Carolina area code and phone numb...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Isaias Storm Recovery Information

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 Isaias Updates:

  • If you need help finding your company’s insurance claims number, please click here.
  • The National Hurricane Center confirms Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle, NC . Flooding may still remain throughout parts of the S.C. ...
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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Bulletin 2020-06 SC Safe Home Program

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The South Carolina Department of Insurance administers the South Carolina Safe Home Mitigation Grant Program as set forth in S.C. Code Ann. §38-75-485 (2017). The program provides matching and non-matching grant funds to help coastal property own...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

Insurance Coverage for Losses Caused by Riots, Civil Commotion and Vandalism

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The South Carolina Department of Insurance (SCDOI) would like to provide consumers and business owners with information on insurance coverage for losses caused by riots, civil commotion and vandalism.

South Carolina law defines a riot as a tumultuous distu...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

2020 Reporting Instructions for Sample Premiums Data Call

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To: All Insurers Writing Private Passenger Automobile Insurance or Homeowners Insurance Coverage in South Carolina   

From: Michael Wise  Manager, Office of Market Services   

Subject: 2020 Private Passenger Auto...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Reduce Your Risk this Year with Flood Insurance

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For Immediate Release                                           &a...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Bulletin Number 2020-05

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To: All insurance companies, including captive insurance companies and other persons licensed to transact business in South Carolina

From: Raymond G. Farmer Insurance Director

Purpose

As you are aware, South Carolina and most other states are in a State of E...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Bulletin Number 2020-04

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To all licensees of the South Carolina Department of Insurance, including guaranty fund associations, surplus lines insurers and other persons registered or authorized to operate pursuant to the Insurance laws of this state.

From  Raymond G. Farme...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

April Severe Weather Data Call Notice

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TO:  All Companies Licensed or Authorized to Write Property and Casualty Insurance in South Carolina  

FROM: Raymond G. Farmer, Director of Insurance

This correspondence is being issued to provide notification and guidance on reporting re...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Bulletin-Number-2020-02

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Governor Henry McMaster declared a State of Emergency due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus ("COVID-19’’) on March 13, 2020. COVID-19 continues to disrupt the daily lives and threaten the public health of South Carolinians and has sub...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

The SCDOI's Response to COVID-19

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The South Carolina Department of Insurance (SCDOI) is working closely with the health insurance industry to ensure South Carolinians have access to testing and related treatment when it comes to COVID-19, better known as the Coronavirus. The Department is...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

BULLETIN NUMBER 2020-01 Addendum G to Bulletin 2013-12 Transitional Policy Extension

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TO: All Insurers Licensed to Transact Accident and Health Insurance Business within the State of South Carolina and All South Carolina Licensed Health Maintenance Organizations (collectively “Health Insurance Issuers”)

FROM: Raymond G. ...

Click here to read the entire Bulletin.

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Network Adequacy Standards - Annual Certifications Due February 1st

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Network Adequacy Standards – Annual Certifications Due February 1st

In accordance with Bulletin 2013-04, Appendix C, Item 9 under the section titled Provider Network Adequacy Guidelines, each Issuer must file an access plan with the filing for in...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

S.C. Private Flood Insurance Act Enacted

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Reduce Your Risk this Year with Flood Insurance

For Immediate Release                                           &a...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

2nd Round of Funding Available for VW Settlement

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The South Carolina Department of Insurance (SCDOI), as the lead agency for the State of South Carolina, is seeking to award up to approximately $24,622,804 in funding under the state’s allocation for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT). Th...

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