Insurance legislation shapes the way restoration contractors can do their jobs. Many restorers are frustrated and dissatisfied with laws surrounding property insurance and restoration work. They’ve witnessed laws in Florida and Texas change to the detriment of restoration contractors and are worried about similar laws coming to their states. It’s easy to feel like you are powerless against unfavorable legislation, but that isn’t necessarily true. Keep reading to get advice from Josh Ehmke, Co-Founder and General Counsel at One Claim Solution, about how restoration contractors can get involved and influence insurance legislation for the better.
At One Claim Solution, we act as legal representation for restoration contractors all over the country so we understand as much as anyone how much laws surrounding insurance impact the work of restoration businesses. We’ve also played a role in influencing insurance legislation in Arizona, our home state.
Josh recalls a standout moment in 2018 when OCS secured a victory against Farmers Insurance in a case about assignment of benefits. The landmark case reached the Court of Appeals, setting a precedent and establishing case law. That case put OCS on the radar of a state nonprofit association dedicated to protecting service providers in the property and casualty insurance sector. OCS began working closely with the nonprofit and a lobbyist to prevent bills that would harm restoration contractors from becoming law.
Knowing about insurance legislation before it’s passed is half the battle. Far too often, proposed legislation that impacts contractors gets added on as an amendment to an unrelated bill at the last minute. “If we just know about the proposed legislation, we have a good chance of fighting it,” Josh says.
Educating legislators can go a long way toward preventing bad bills from becoming law. In Josh’s experience, legislators often don’t fully understand the ramifications of the bills they are proposing. “They’re only being told one version of the story from the insurance company,” Josh explains. “What it comes down to is just helping the legislators know what they’re really proposing and how it affects their constituents.” Once legislators realize the negative impact a bill could have on contractors and policyholders, they often stop advocating for it
Restoration contractors often view other restoration contractors as their competition. But when restorers refuse to let go of that mindset to partner together and advocate for positive legislation, it’s to their own detriment. “The beginning of the end is written for you,” Josh says. “You can’t win that fight if you’re fighting it on your own.” Carriers are willing to work together and play nice to get the laws they want passed. When it’s one small restoration business versus a group of large insurance companies, restorers lose the fight every time. It’s only when contractors work together as a group that they have the power to really make a difference.
Working together with other contractors to influence insurance legislation can take many forms. Getting involved on a state level is arguably the most impactful way to make a difference since most legislation that shapes the restoration industry is passed on a state-by-state basis. Some states already have existing organizations that advocate for contractors that you can join. If your state doesn’t, it could be an opportunity for you to reach out to other local restoration businesses and create a new legislation advocacy organization. You can also look into joining influential national organizations like the Restoration Industry Association.
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