California Assembly Passes Pet Insurance Bill

July 30, 2010

One of the reasons I started this site was to help pet owners wade through the scattered, unorganized information relating to pet insurance plans. It is important to me that people understand what they are purchasing so there are no surprises.

A bill (AB 2411) has been introduced in California that is designed to bring more transparency to the pet insurance industry.

The bill, proposed by Democrat Dave Jones, requires pet insurers to disclose any limits to its offered coverage on the main page of the company’s website.

An earlier version of the bill prevented pet insurance companies from denying coverage to pets with pre-existing conditions, but this was eventually removed from the bill.

The bill passed the California State Assembly by a margin of 43-16 and is now off to the Senate. If the bill passes the Senate, it could mean additional legislation in other states, which I believe is a good thing for pet owners.

Click here to view the bill and the portions that were removed.