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California insurers drop policies in high-fire risk areas

California insurers drop policies in high-fire risk areas
Posted at 11:14 AM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 21:43:52-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New California data shows insurance companies declined to renew nearly 350,000 home insurance policies in areas at high risk for wildfire since the state began collecting data in 2015.

Data released this week shows nearly 33,000 policies were not renewed by insurers in zip codes affected by major wildfires in 2015 and 2017. Insurance officials say many people likely found coverage elsewhere, though potentially at higher cost.

Total new and renewed policies were up during that time in fire-risk areas. Joel Laucher of the state insurance department told lawmakers Wednesday that more insurers have been asking to raise premiums.

The data does not include policies dropped following major 2018 California wildfires.

The insurance industry says non-renewals were mostly consistent year-over-year and that many insurers still write policies in high-risk areas.