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State limits insurance sales to young soldiers

POSTED: September 19, 2007 5:05 a.m.
ATLANTA (AP) — Military recruits in Georgia will face stronger protections from unscrupulous life insurance agents trying to peddle them policies they don’t need, according to state rules that took effect Saturday.
Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said the regulations came after investigations by his office found that members of the military were being scammed by agents selling them inappropriate or nearly worthless policies.
Under the new regulations, insurers must show their products are suitable for junior enlisted service members at the low end of the military pay scale. Policies that include features like deceptive interest crediting methodologies and automatic premium payment provisions cannot be marketed at all to the soldiers, Oxendine said.
Oxendine said the regulations are “a crucial step in making sure the members of the military are protected from abusive sales practices and provided the highest quality insurance products.”
The new Georgia regulations also incorporate Department of Defense rules that make it a deceptive trade practice to solicit in barracks, day rooms and other restricted areas.
Oxendine helped spearhead an investigation into a Texas-based American-Amicable Life Insurance Company, which agreed to pay up to $70 million to settle allegations that it targeted American military personnel with a deceptive sales program.
 

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