Schlossberg tries to make sure pet insurance doesn’t harm consumers

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – For many Pennsylvanians, pets are a family choice that deserves all the love, affection and care of their human family. As a proud parent — to two people and two dogs — state representative Mike Schlossberg takes that seriously.

“Lexi and Chrissy are Schlossbergs like Auron and Ayla. In a way, they get better treatment than I do,” joked Schlossberg.

As part of her family’s care for their two dogs, the Schlossbergs purchased pet insurance to ensure financial assistance to cover emergency medical expenses should they arise. They are not alone. Pet insurance has become a multi-billion-dollar industry and now covers nearly 4 million pets across the United States.

Despite this rapid growth, Pennsylvania has no laws that specifically apply to pet insurance contracts. While it’s not Schlossberg’s experience, sometimes families are left holding the bag for expensive medical bills because they don’t know the wait times or the insurance coverage is buried in the legal language of in insurance policies.

To better protect consumers and families, Schlossberg will introduce legislation to provide a framework for the sale, purchase and negotiation of pet insurance policies in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania offers consumer protection for many insurance policies, whether it’s health, life, home or auto insurance,” Schlossberg said. “Pet insurance provides great value, and consumers need to know what’s in their policy, what care their pet will receive and the true costs.”

Schlossberg said Democrats and Republicans have pet peeves, so he hopes his legislation will get special support in the state House and Senate before moving to the Gov’s desk. Josh Shapiro, has two dogs, Bentley and Bo.

Information provided to TVL by:
Tom Andrews
House Democratic Communications Office

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