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"[When] the repair person inflates the project’s cost to cover the deductible, all Maryland consumers pay because insurers pass along these inflated claims through higher homeowner and auto premiums," says Goldblatt.

Paying insurance deductibles to lure consumers into signing repair contracts for damaged autos or homes opens the door to fraud and forces insurance premiums higher, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud told the Maryland Senate Finance Committee today.

“Inducements ultimately will lead to dishonest business practices and damage the vast majority of insurance consumers in Maryland,” Howard Goldblatt, the Coalition’s director of government affairs said in testimony today.

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