Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Restrictions placed on cold calls by insurance agents

Effective October 1, insurance agents will no longer be able to cold call the elderly and disabled when trying to sell prescription drug plans. According to the AP, this new law will be enforced by an increased amount of surveillance on the agents as well as reviews of media and print ads published by those.

The new restrictions include:

- No unsolicited contacts with beneficiaries, such as visiting their home or calling them. The prospective customer must initiate the contact.

- No selling of other insurance products, such as annuities or life insurance, to beneficiaries.

- No free meals at promotional or sales events.

- New requirements for training or testing of agents.

Penalties for breaking these law could result in up to $25,000 worth of fines.

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