2020 Georgia Code
Title 33 - Insurance
Chapter 34 - Motor Vehicle Accident Reparations
§ 33-34-3.1. Filing of Rates and Forms; Optional Coverage

Universal Citation: GA Code § 33-34-3.1 (2020)
  1. All insurers writing private passenger automobile insurance in this state shall file rates and forms for medical payments coverage for a limit of at least $2,000.00 but may file rates for higher or lower limits. The requirement for filing forms and rates under this subsection shall not be construed as a requirement for the offering or quoting of medical payment coverages to insureds or as authority for the Commissioner to require the offering or quoting of such coverage.
  2. Insurers may offer other optional coverage including combinations of sublimits and interests restricted to named insureds and resident relatives. Insurers may make collision, comprehensive, and loss of use coverages available as separate individual coverages and subject to differing levels of deductibles at the request of the policyholder.
  3. Any rule or regulation promulgated which expands or conflicts with this Code section shall be null and void.

(Code 1981, §33-34-3.1, enacted by Ga. L. 1997, p. 683, § 5; Ga. L. 1998, p. 1064, § 11.)

Law reviews.

- For review of 1998 legislation relating to insurance, see 15 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 153 (1998).

JUDICIAL DECISIONS

Sublimits permissible.

- Statutory minimum for underinsured motorist (UM) coverage is provided in O.C.G.A. § 33-7-11(a)(1)(A); under O.C.G.A. § 33-34-3.1(b), as long as the mandatory UM minimum is met and optional UM coverage is offered pursuant to the statutory requirements, a combination of sublimits and interests restricted to named insureds and resident relatives contravenes neither the law nor public policy. Crouch v. Federated Mut. Ins. Co., 257 Ga. App. 604, 571 S.E.2d 574 (2002).

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