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Bill would allow GIs to keep car insurance while changing duty station

WASHINGTON — New auto insurance would be one less worry for servicemembers who transfer to new duty stations and are sent on temporary assignments, under a proposal introduced this week in the House.

The bill, called the Servicemembers Insurance Relief Act, allows active-duty troops as well as National Guard and Reserve members to keep their current insurance policy when they get permanent change of station or temporary duty assignment orders. It is sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

Under the proposal, insurers would be required to allow military customers to continue with the same policy if they choose, though rate adjustments could be made depending on the risk of damage at their new duty location.

USAA, which provides insurance and financial services to over 10 million servicemembers and veterans, announced Tuesday that it is supporting the legislation.

“The hassle and confusion of changing auto insurance every time they move to a new state is one burden they don’t need,” Brian Conklin, vice president of federal government relations for USAA, said in a released statement. “This bill would let servicemembers choose a single policy that could follow them throughout their military career.”

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