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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Insurance Matters: Ensuring a Safe Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is known for bringing families together, good food and football. But do you know what hazard this holiday leads in? We will give you a hint: it often starts in the kitchen. Find out the answer in our latest blog post on Insurance Matters.

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

SCDOI Legislative Conference

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In preparation for the 2021 session of the S.C. General Assembly, the SCDOI will be hosting a virtual legislative conference for insurers, government affairs professionals, interested parties and consumer representatives, Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

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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 12, 2020

Notice of Meeting: Associated Auto Insurers Plan of South Carolina Advisory Board

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Notice of Meeting 

Associated Auto Insurers Plan of South Carolina Advisory Board

When: Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. 

Where: Due to health and safety issues around travel, this meeting will be held by teleconference.

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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 15, 2020

Revised Filing Timeline for 2021 Plans - Memo to Issuers

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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: 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: February 6, 2020

Prudential Long-term Care Public Hearing Presentations

Click here for Prudential Public Hearing on Certain Long-Term Care Products

Please use the links below to access the presentation slides as well as the original press release and public notice of the hearing. 

Public Hearing Presentations

Media Release of Public Hearing

Public Notice of Public Hearing

Recording of the Public...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Genworth Long-term Care Public Hearing Presentations

Click here for information from the Feb. 5th public hearing for Genworth's pending rate increases

Please use the links below to access the presentation slides as well as the original press release and public notice of the hearing. 

Public Hearing Presentations

Media Release of Public Hearing

Public Notice of Public Hearing

Audio Recording&nbs...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Bulletin-Number-2020-03

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As you are aware, 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 business operations of many South Ca...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Filing Timeline for Plan/ Policy Years Beginning in 2021

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MEMORANDUM 

TO: Issuers of Individual and Small Group Health Insurance Coverage, Issuers of Student Health Plans, and Issuers of Exchange-certified Stand-Alone Dental Coverage 

FROM: Kendall Buchanan Deputy Director of Market and Consumer ...

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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 19, 2020

Data Call Extensions Due to COVID-19

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SCDOI Hurricane Dorian Insurance Claim Data Call:

In accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws Section 38-13-160, the South Carolina Department of Insurance issued a data call relating to Hurricane Dorian insurance claims.  All licensed property...

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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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