The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 259, legislation that clarifies the definition of certificates of insurance, protects insurance agents and businesses, and combats fraudulent activities in the insurance marketplace.

Certificates of insurance can be helpful for businesses in determining whether someone they are working with has insurance, as opposed to having to request the insurance policy itself. The certificates only provide details about the coverage plan and in no way dictate or alter the details of the policy.

“This bill offers needed clarity in Ohio law and will benefit both insurance agents and consumers,” said Rep. Scott Ryan (R-Newark), who cosponsored the bill with Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Township).

HB 259 defines a certificate of insurance as a proof of property or casualty insurance coverage and clarifies that the certificates do not change coverage, nor grant coverage to additional people. The legislation also prohibits language that is unfair, deceptive or in violation of the law.

Twenty-four states, including Michigan and Indiana, already have similar legislation aimed at protecting agents and customers against insurance fraud.

The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate.

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