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Sanders Pressures Insurance Commissioner to Pay Out For Fire Damage

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says many families who lost homes during the wildfires are having problems with their insurance companies. He’s called on State Insurance Commissioner, Steve Poizner, to live up to his promise to push insurance companies to pay up.   KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Here’s what Commissioner Poizner told fire victims at a town hall meeting after the wildfires.

Poizner : The insurance companies are very healthy, they've done quiet well in the California markets, so push them as far as you can, work with us at the department of insurance, we'll push them.

Now, Mayor Sanders says some San Diego homeowners are being offered as little as 70 percent of their homes value by insurers, even in cases where the contract promised 100 percent coverage.

Sanders : I've asked Commissioner Poizner to ensure that our neighbors are not taken advantage of by our insurance providers.

A spokesman at Poizner’s office says complaints like this typically surface four to six months after a disaster. He says the office is ready to assist consumers having problems.

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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