Department of Insurance Launches New
Website — Enhanced Online Tool Invites
Consumers to "Shop Your Rates"
The Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) has launched a new website
aimed at providing improved services to consumers, insurance agents and
other groups regulated by the Department. Among the features of the new
website are streamlined online services and a responsive design that
makes the website compatible with mobile devices. Users can continue to
utilize the LDI website to find companies and agents in Louisiana, submit
and track their complaints and request a search for a lost life insurance
"Staff members in all of our offices and divisions took a close look to
determine what questions we were hearing most frequently and we used that
information to help design the new website," said Insurance Commissioner
Jim Donelon. "Instead of a top-down approach from a bureaucratic perspective,
the site is organized by user interests to make their online experience more
useful and efficient."
The LDI has also launched an updated version of its online Homeowners and
Automobile Insurance Rate Comparison Guides. First introduced in 2012,
"Shop Your Rates" is an online interactive system that allows consumers
to compare the automobile and homeowners rates of insurance providers in
the state. Users of the online guides can choose between different
scenarios, each containing several variables. For the homeowners guide,
variables include age and size of home, level of coverage desired and
type of construction. Examples for the automobile guide include a range
of ages, driving history and number of miles driven annually. After
selecting a scenario, consumers can then choose a city to see a sample
of available rate quotes.
"We've made some significant additions to the homeowners guide in response
to feedback we've received from consumers and we added scenarios that more
closely resemble the insurance needs of Louisiana homeowners," said
Commissioner Donelon. "A few changes consumers may notice include the
addition of rate samples from 16 more cities throughout the state, as
well as seven additional rating examples incorporating a greater variety
of factors that may influence premiums such as credit scores, claim history
and whether a home is fully mitigated for storm protection."
ULM Risk Management and Insurance Program
Its First Risk and Insurance Talent Search, the "RITS"
On Thursday, February 26th, 2015, the ULM Risk Management and
Insurance Program will host its first Risk and Insurance Talent
Search, the "RITS". According to Dr. Christine Berry, "We've had
an unbelievable semester this past fall having attracted more
than 30 new exceptional students to the Risk Management and
Insurance major. We now have more than 60 STUDENTS in the major;
many are freshman and sophomores and several are juniors and seniors.
All of them are looking for either a summer internship or full-time
position starting in May or June of 2015!"
In our efforts to support the promotion of insurance as a career and
assist our members in finding good employees, PIA would like to support
this program. Even if you don't expect to have a full-time position in
the Spring or to take a summer intern, you are still invited to attend
this special event and showcase the insurance industry and your company,
brokerage or agency. Representatives from our Young Insurance Professionals
will be in attendance to answer any questions and promote opportunities
within our industry.
They are asking for a small contribution of $100 to attend the event. They
also welcome a sponsorship of the Thursday evening reception, coffee breaks,
and Friday morning breakfast. Proceeds raised from the event will be used to
support student attendance at conferences and other industry events such as
RIMS, LSLA and the PIA Crawfish Boils.
So please contact Dr. Christine Berry or Seth Hall,
for more details.