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Old 12-17-2009, 11:43 AM   #1
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December 16, 2009

New Motorcycle Legislation Requires Standard Proof of Health Insurance Coverage

In Texas, motorcycle drivers and passengers not wearing helmets can avoid being ticketed if they are at least 21 years of age and can present proof of insurance that provides medical benefits for injuries incurred as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Effective Sept. 1, 2009, a change to the Texas Transportation Code provisions on protective headgear for motorcycle drivers and passengers requires the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) to prescribe a standard proof of health insurance for issuance to a person who is operating or riding on a motorcycle.
The law does not yet require that:

Standard proof appear on the health insurance ID card
The Senate bill language appear in benefit descriptions/booklets
Specific policy effective dates appear on the standard proof statement
TDI will be issuing regulations on this requirement in the near future; however, the Insurance Commissioner recently released a Bulletin allowing insurers to provide proof of coverage in the form of a letter on company letterhead.

Members may request proof of coverage by calling the customer service number on the back of their ID card. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will provide a letter, which states that the referenced member is covered by a health benefit plan that provides benefits for treatment of accidental injury and that this coverage does not exclude benefits for injuries incurred as the result of an accident while operating or riding on a motorcycle.

Please contact your BCBSTX account executive if you have questions regarding this new legislation.



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Old 12-17-2009, 12:17 PM   #2
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If you ride a bike without health insurance and no helmet... well... DUH!
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:39 PM   #3
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The health insurance from your work cover motorcycle accident? Some health insurance from employer states explicitly accidents resulting form "dangerous" activity such as sky diving, motorcycling riding etc.. are not covered. :(
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The health insurance from your work cover motorcycle accident? Some health insurance from employer states explicitly accidents resulting form "dangerous" activity such as sky diving, motorcycling riding etc.. are not covered. :(
you should really call and ask.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:11 PM   #5
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+1, I bought my bike and then since I had been laid off from prior job in May that provided me health insurance, I went and bought my own policy. I dont ride without a helmet and full gear or full coverage on my bike and health insurance. To me part of my gear is my insurance
YOur the first I have heard say it's a part of your gear. Well put, and I feel the same. Also, some insurance does exclude motorcycling from the coverage, so you need to stick with reputable companies, and read your policy. I do offer counseling for free..
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My insurance provider even knows I race motorcyles. Lol. They also know that in the last 6 years of racing motorcycles I've never had a claim. Not even a doctors visit. Some health insurance providers don't care.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:17 PM   #7
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Just FYI, if you've passed a Motorcycle Safety Course, you are not required to have the insurance to ride without a helmet.

It's have the insurance OR have passed a course.

This law actually didn't change much. It's been the same for years except that it used to be a minimum $10,000 policy. They dropped the minimum part.
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