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Are you prepared for hail season?

Hail causes around $1 billion in damage to property and crops each year. In 2017, Texas had the most wind/hail losses in the U.S. – with 747 hail events (Insurance Information Institute). While hail...

What is a Dec Page?

A declarations page, often called a “dec page,” can be found in the front of your policy. The dec page summarizes your policy and coverages, limits and deductibles, and the dates your policy is...

When Will My Homeowners Claim Get Paid?

Wondering when the claim you filed with your insurance company will get paid? Here is some info on timeframes for paying claims:

Understanding the Basics of Long-Term Care Insurance

If you or a loved one cannot live independently, the costs of personal care can be very high. Long-term care insurance can help pay for the costs of personal care, but it’s important to understand...

Cyber Insurance: Tips to Lower Your Risk & Recover from Harm

Because we rely on the internet more and more for both business and personal tasks, the risk of our smart devices getting hacked and personal info being stolen or misused increases. Almost every day...

What Are Your Rights if a Drug is Removed From Your Health Plan’s Drug Formulary?

Did you know your health plan can change your medicine coverage? Your health plan must notify you if it removes a medicine from its formulary or limits your access to a medicine. Your plan must...

Health Insurance Works Differently in Emergencies!

Emergency care can vary in price and services depending on where you go. You can save time and money and get the care you need if you know: the differences between emergency room (ER) facilities and...

Highlights and News

2018-2019 Comparing Texas HMO Report Released

OPIC published the 2018-2019 edition of our Comparing Texas HMOs: Health Plan Quality from the Consumer’s Point of View report. You can download and print a copy or request a copy to be mailed to you.Comparing Texas HMOs 2018-2019

Governor Abbott Reappoints Melissa R. Hamilton as Public Counsel for OPIC

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Melissa R. Hamilton as the Public Counsel for the Office of Public Insurance Counsel for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. 

Official Announcement

Our 2018 Achievements

We’ve been working hard for consumers this year. Here are just some of our biggest highlights from 2018:

  • Reviewed, analyzed, and intervened in approximately 1,500 rate, rule, and form filings.
  • Advocated for lower auto and homeowners insurance rates and fees, resulting in lower rates and fees that saved consumers almost $2 million.
  • Testified in an industry-wide workers compensation hearing, arguing for lower rates for Texas businesses.
  • Filed a letter of objection with the Commissioner of Insurance opposing the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)’s proposed rate increase on coastal policyholders.
  • Updated Policy Comparison Tool to be browser and mobile-friendly and added filtering options.
  • Redesigned our website with consumers in mind. Our new content is provided in an easy-to-use and plain language format. Features of the website include: an agent comment portal, shopping guides and checklists, HMO report cards, and a helpful list of health agencies and resources.

OPIC Releases Recommendations Report to the 86th Texas Legislature

OPIC recommends three bills to the Texas Legislature to promote transparency and provide insurance consumers with more information about their policies.
  • Require flood disclosures on residential property applications
  • Extend declarations page requirement to personal automobile policies
  • Provide consumers with new options for receiving health plan notices

OPIC 2019 Recommendations Report

OPIC Objects to TWIA Rate Filing

OPIC filed an objection with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) yesterday asking the Commissioner of Insurance to disapprove the 10% rate increase submitted by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) on August 14, 2018.

OPIC Objection Letter