Washington State Insurance Commissioner Adopts Credit Scoring Ban

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has adopted a rule prohibiting insurers from using credit scoring to set rates for auto, homeowner and renter insurance for three years after the end of pandemic-related federal and state emergency declarations on the issue, whichever is longer.

The rule was announced Tuesday and takes effect March 4.

It comes nearly a year after Kreidler issued an emergency rule prohibiting the practice that was later struck down by a court.

Kreidler said he’s also proposing a new rule that would require insurers to provide policyholders with a written explanation for any premium change.

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