Confidentiality Protocols for Victims of Domestic Violence in New York
New York Insurance Law Section 2612 prohibits insurers from taking certain actions against a person solely on the basis that he/she is a victim of domestic violence and requires insurers to establish certain confidentiality protocols for these individuals. Specifically, this law states that if a victim of domestic violence covered by an insurance policy delivers to the insurer that issued the policy, a valid order of protection against the policyholder or other person covered under the same policy, the insurer is prohibited for the duration of the order from disclosing to the policyholder or other covered person the address and telephone number of the victim, or of any person providing covered services to the victim. If the victim is a child, then the confidentiality rights established by this law also extend to the parent or guardian of the child.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and are covered by an insurance policy issued by us, you may provide us with an alternate address, telephone number or other method of contact. If you have a valid order of protection against another person covered by the same insurance policy issued by us, then you may provide us with a copy of the order, asking that we not disclose your contact information to such other person.
Any alternate contact information or order of protection may be sent to us as follows:
Attn: Legal Department
P.O. Box 9010
Westbrook, Maine 04098
For additional information, you may also contact the New York State Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 942-6906.