Illinois PIRG applauds state's move to address pandemic-related auto insurance overcharges

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Gina Goldenberg
Creative Associate

Author: Gina Goldenberg

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2021
B.A., magna cum laude and Sigma Theta Delta, Wake Forest University

Gina writes, edits and designs materials for the PIRG state groups. Gina lives in Boston where she enjoys reading, running and spending time with friends.

If you think you might have been shortchanged by your auto insurance company during the pandemic, you could be onto something.

New estimates show that insurance companies still owe Illinois residents $896 million in pandemic relief. On March 16, the Illinois Department of Insurance called on auto insurers to provide more detailed data on how much they overcharged Illinois drivers during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The “data call” comes in response to a letter sent in January by 16 state senators, Illinois PIRG and eight other advocacy organizations

“If the data show, as we expect, that insurers made windfall profits during the pandemic, we’ll call on them to issue additional customer refunds,” said Illinois PIRG Education Fund Director Abe Scarr.

While many consumers were driving much less during most of the pandemic, the insurance companies gave back only limited refunds -- shortchanging customers by an average of $125 per insured vehicle nationwide.

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Photo: The analysis of insurers’ 2020 premium and claims results found that insurers obtained $42 billion in excess premiums and only refunded $13 billion. Credit: Anna Kraynova via Shutterstock

Gina Goldenberg
Creative Associate

Author: Gina Goldenberg

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2021
B.A., magna cum laude and Sigma Theta Delta, Wake Forest University

Gina writes, edits and designs materials for the PIRG state groups. Gina lives in Boston where she enjoys reading, running and spending time with friends.