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Abbott quells Blue Tarp Law fears

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Some Texans who need to file insurance claims for Harvey storm damage worry those claims may face trouble when the new Blue Tarp Law goes into effect tomorrow. 

Tens of thousands of policyholders who are filing insurance claims from Harvey's damage are fearing their claims will be delayed or denied because of the Blue Tarp Law that goes into effect Friday. Gov. Greg Abbott says that's false. Abbott says his department of Insurance is seeing to it, "The storm claims will be paid and that the agency will aggressively enforce state laws and policy provisions to protect victims of Hurricane Harvey and widespread flooding that follows."

Abbott dismisses those concerns saying the new law does not change how claims are filed or processed. "Property owners with covered damages maintain the same rights to an insurance claim whether they file their claim before or after September 1st."

Abbott says claims filing processes and deadlines are not changing September 1st. "House Bill 1774 does not change how property owners file a claim, doesn't change deadlines to file claims, or how insurers process claims."

Opponents like Ware Wendell of Texas Watch says the new law strengthens the insurance industry's hand in court against policyholders during disputes, and make insurance companies less accountable.

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