State lawmakers will consider a pre-filed measure during the upcoming legislative year that would prohibit insurance discrimination against victims of domestic violence.
Charleston County Republican Jenny Horne says the bill’s time has come. “This was brought to light several months ago, that South Carolina is one of only a handful of states that had not adopted a formal policy saying that you cannot use prior incidences of domestic violence to say whether or not a person can get insurance,” she said.
The bill would also protect those trying to get home owners insurance, as well as health insurance.
Horne says insurance exclusion for domestic violence victims is unfair. “Certainly that punishes a victim of domestic violence one more time,” she says. “They’ve already been through domestic violence, now they’re precluded from getting insurance. South Carolina should now allow that to happen, when there are all these other states that have formally taken a stance against that.”
Horne says the legislation is an important policy statement.