Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2002
Contact: Trey Blocker
Phone: (512) 463-0130

Senator Estes Praises Launch of Helpinsure.com

Austin - Senator Craig Estes today praised the launch of Helpinsure.com, a program designed by the Texas Department of Insurance to help consumers find homeowners insurance.

Governor Rick Perry directed TDI in August to find new ways for consumers and insurance companies to connect in the existing marketplace. "Finding affordable homeowners insurance these days can be very difficult," said Senator Estes. "Helpinsure.com will help consumers navigate a tough market and find the best price and product available."

The Helpinsure.com program will provide Texans with three distinct levels of help:

1. Consumers may sign-up by providing information about their homeowners' insurance needs. Helpinsure.com will then provide this information to insurance providers and independent agents who are selling homeowners policies;

2. Helpinsure.com will provide consumers a listing of current providers of homeowners insurance in Texas and contact information so that they can begin shopping around for the best possible deal; and,

3. Helpinsure.com will provide an extensive Learning Center to answer consumer questions about homeowners insurance. This includes TDI's 2002 rate guide, smart shopping tips, advice, information columns, and complaint information.

"Because of increased mold litigation, natural disasters, and rising prices, the legislature will be forced to examine the insurance issue next session," said Estes. "In the meantime, this program provides the means for consumers to enter the marketplace and find a competitive price."

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