Good news: the Insurance Appeals Board has been reinstated. I received the following e-mail from my representative, Sean Garballey about this:
I have received hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from constituents throughout the 23rd Middlesex District. As many of you know I am currently co-sponsoring legislation with Representative Donato of Medford that would restore the Auto Insurance Appeals Board. Earlier this afternoon Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burnes decided against replacing the existing Board of Appeals process. The Board of Appeals actually generates $2 million to $2.5 million in revenue for Massachusetts in filing fees and saves consumers thousands of dollars in surcharge payments. I am pleased that the board of appeals will continue in operation for the people of Massachusetts. Please feel free to contact my office with any comments or questions.
Again, it does make a difference when constituents – “the voters” – call their representatives, write letters, and find someone in the legislature to work consistently on an issue. I am sure Rep. Garballey was not the ONLY representative working on this, but I do know he made it a priority. This post is my public “shout out” of appreciation to Rep. Garballey for his work on this issue.
It is a relief, in what seems to be an escalating political silly season to have good news to post.