ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
United Insurance Holdings Corp. (UIHC) (UPC Insurance or the Company), a property and casualty insurance holding company, announced its participation in the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) Depopulation Program.
UPC Insurance has mailed offers of coverage to the agents of record on nearly 60,000 TWIA policies, as well as information about UPC Insurance and the steps it takes to transfer TWIA policies to UPC Insurance with ease and confidence.
“Since 1999, we’ve worked hard to be the premier provider of property insurance in coastal states with our unwavering commitment to Keep the PromiseSM to our agents and policyholders,” said John Forney, President and CEO of UPC Insurance. “Our company has paid claims on 16 separate tropical storms and hurricanes during our 16-year history, while consistently growing our financial strength. We are pleased to be able to offer that track record of reliability and financial security to existing TWIA policyholders and their agents.”
“We have been writing actively in Texas since December 2013 and look forward to continuing to grow our book of business in this important state,” Forney added.
Jennifer Armstrong, TWIA Director of Compliance & Communications commented, “The purpose of TWIA’s depopulation program is to create opportunities for TWIA policyholders to access additional coverage options through other carriers. UPC’s announcement evidences that the program is working.”
UPC Insurance will offer the same or better coverage as TWIA, including automated renewals, convenient payment plans, improved policyholder rights consistent with the voluntary market, and the financial strength of a reinsurance program that goes up to the 1-185 year level combined with the transparency of a publicly traded company.
For more information about the UPC Texas Wind Program, please visit upcinsurance.com/WindProgram.
About UPC Insurance
Founded in 1999, UPC Insurance is an insurance holding company that sources, writes and services residential property and casualty insurance policies using a network of independent agents and a group of wholly owned insurance subsidiaries. United Property & Casualty Insurance Company, the primary operating subsidiary of UPC Insurance, writes and services property and casualty insurance in Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas and is licensed to write in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Virginia. From its headquarters in St. Petersburg, UPC Insurance’s team of dedicated professionals manages a completely integrated insurance company, including sales, underwriting, customer service and claims.
About the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association
The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) is the state’s insurer of last resort for wind and hail coverage in the 14 coastal counties and parts of Harris County (east of Highway 146). TWIA provides wind and hail coverage when insurance companies exclude it from their homeowners and other property policies sold to coastal residents. TWIA employees are committed to promoting hurricane safety and education, together with the development and enforcement of coastal building codes, in an effort to save lives and property. For more information, please visit www.twia.org.
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