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No. According to Farmers, where you insure your agency is your choice, Farmers provides specific forms to cancel the E&O coverage, your insured’s claim handling won’t be affected — you may make the change at any time during the year.
All agents who placed their coverage with The UFAA program improved their coverage**, obtained advantages not offered in the Farmers sponsored program, and the average agent saved over $500 annually — in some cases, much more.
** When in comparison to the Farmers sponsored program. Applicants are subject to loss history and other agency qualifications, not all agencies will qualify. This document is a summary of the coverage provided. All statements contained herein are subject to all the Terms, Conditions and Exclusions of both The UFAA Errors & Omissions program and The Farmers sponsored program
Your coverage under the Farmers Group E&O coverage excludes your failure to provide an available Farmers coverage when the insured met Farmers underwriting guidelines and would have covered the loss.
Once your E&O claim is excluded you must appeal to Farmers to apply retroactive coverage to your insured’s policy and this is solely at Farmers discretion. Per Farmers own statements, “Farmers has no written obligation to pay your loss.”
There are cases where Farmers has refused to pay these losses and the agent involved had exposure to all defense and settlement costs.
Farmers also now tracks all agent requests for policy reformation under the Farmers sponsored E&O program.
A comparison of the two programs is provided in this document. Click to Download Comparison Table 2018
The E&O Coverage Waiver Form has been provided by the Farmers Benefits Department to cancel your coverage and it will be sent to you as an attachment to the email with your UFAA sponsored policy. Farmers will notify Calsurance of your request to cancel coverage. Do not cancel any currently in force coverage until replacement coverage is confirmed bound.
No, you may opt out of the Farmers sponsored coverage at any time during the year without penalty. The Farmers Benefits Department will confirm with a copy of your benefit statement showing your change.
Currently, you are not required to waive coverage with Farmers each year you insure outside their program but, you are solely responsible to confirm your coverage status with the Farmer’ sponsored program.
Agencies applying for coverage in the UFAA program must have an acceptable claim history and all agencies must meet minimum standards in agency operations. These standards allow the most competitive rates and broad coverage terms to be offered in this program. All agencies are encouraged to apply to determine their eligibility.
While an agency incurring a claim is subject to underwriting review, a single claim will not necessarily cause a non-renewal of coverage as agency size, practice, or claim incurred will bear on each decision.
The Farmers Subrogation Department files claims against Farmers Agents whether the agent insures with the Farmers sponsored or other coverage programs.
No, the UFAA program provides retroactive coverage from the first date of uninterrupted coverage or your reserve appointment date with Farmers if insured continuously.
Agents currently insured in the UFAA program who terminate their contracts with Farmers during the UFAA program year will be offered this option. This is subject to claims underwriting, continuation of a similar type agency as your Farmers agency and Limited Independent Agent membership in UFAA.
The policy form is the same as used in the UFAA program and the rates should be similar and is subject to the minimum premium.
The policy is not auditable and all rating factors generate from each year’s application for the coming year. Gross agency commissions, claims and mix of business are the premium-rating factors.
No, the UFAA program rates utilize publicly available rate filing data and is underwritten by a premier national insurer having an extensive professional liability portfolio with over 40 years of experience writing Insurance Agents and Brokers. Since its inception in 2009, the UFAA program premium rates have remained stable for all participants including those incurring claims or growth in their agency’s Policy in Force contrary to misinformation promoted by uninformed sources. Unlike guaranteed issue programs, The UFAA program offers the potential for a more predictable and sustainable rate level by not including historical poor performers or providing coverage subsidies to program sponsors.
You may get an indication of rate with just a few questions. Use the QUICK QUOTE link. Completion of a nominal first year application is required and renewal application information from the previous year’s application is presented as a one page summary for your review.
Yes, you have coverage for all retail business you are licensed to transact for all Farmers and affiliated companies including FFS and non-Farmers admitted carriers and non-admitted carriers approved in the state the coverage is placed in.
Premium payments are collected in the month your coverage incepts. You may pay either monthly or annually. You will receive an email reminder prior to all premium drafts from your account or credit card. Farmers will not allow a folio deduction as this is not a company-sponsored program. A number of agents have established accounts at FIGFCU specifically for their E&O premium and have the funds folio deducted directly to this account. This operates in virtually the same manner as a folio deduction at no additional cost.
Only in your first year of coverage are you required to participate in the UFAA program Risk Management Survey, provided by Alpine Risk Management. There is a one-time fee of $100 for this service. This risk management service will provide you with a procedures manual that may be customized to your agency, and an online survey and an evaluation of your agency operations to assist you in identifying possible loss exposures.
If you pay monthly, there is a monthly billing fee of as outlined on the web site, surplus lines premium tax for your particular state will apply and if you are not a UFAA member, limited membership fees as outlined in the next section will apply. All fees are included in the initial deposit along with the first month’s premium and any membership fees will be collected monthly as you pay your premium.
You do not have to be a member to get a coverage proposal but the UFAA program requires you to be at least a limited member at a cost of $13 per month (a substantial concession in comparison to the full membership cost) to be enrolled in the UFAA program. Full members are eligible to apply and pay no additional membership fees to participate in the UFAA program.
Groups such as IBA or PIA require you to be a full member to participate in their group insurance programs at a substantial (over $750 annually in many states) cost.
Both the Farmers sponsored program and the UFAA program are claims made coverage forms.
The UFAA program provides the same limits from 1,000,000 to 5,000,000 and as an optional coverage for an additional premium Employment Practices Liability is offered.
The UFAA program offers a standard deductible is $2,500 per claim. However, those agencies that can confirm they have zero (0) open incident(s) and/or claim(s) that have not resulted in the payment of damages or defense costs prior to the policy effective date qualify for the following deductible.
Three (3) years agency ownership experience and claims free - $2,000 per Wrongful Act and Aggregate.
Four (4) years agency ownership experience and claims free - $1,500 per Wrongful Act and Aggregate.
Five (5) years agency ownership experience and claims free - $1,000 per Wrongful Act and Aggregate.
The deductible is not assessed due to defense expenses and applies only to damages paid to a claimant so if no claim is paid - you owe nothing.
Waiver of Deductible
No matter what deductible you qualify for, at no additional cost, this amount may be waived in the event of a claim that results in the payment of damages (the deductible does not otherwise apply). The waiver is achieved by providing from the insured’s file related to the claim, the items listed in the Waiver of Deductible endorsement that prove as a consistent business practice you properly document your insured’s files. Please refer to this endorsement for details.
You may also qualify for a credit to your deductible that is dependent on how your claim is settled.
- Up to 75% of the deductible amount may also be waived with a maximum of $2,000 of your Deductible if your claim is settled without court mandated proceedings.
- If your claim is settled by mediation to the satisfaction of all parties including the UFAA program insurer, your deductible will be reduced by a maximum of 50% or $2,000.
These features are offered as an incentive for loss control not currently promoted in the Farmers sponsored program.
Defense costs are unlimited and in addition to your chosen limit of liability.
The UFAA program offers a tail endorsement covering all your agency business at a lesser cost as in comparison to the cost charged by the Farmers sponsored program for your non-Farmers policies alone for the typically purchased term of 5 years or less. The coverage you pay for in the UFAA program is not in any way dependent on your contract termination status with Farmers.
Agents transferring their agency under the Family rights provisions should submit their request in writing and upon approval; coverage will be transferred to the new agency owner at no additional cost while maintaining the prior retroactive date of coverage.
In the Farmers sponsored program, the program insurer holds the sole right to settle and pay all claims without your consent, including those submitted by Farmers, . A defendable claim is required for any carrier. The agent may not be negligent in many cases, but, due to poor procedure, cannot document their actions and as a result, the claim is paid.
Named Insured’s in the Farmers sponsored program include: the Agency Force, District Managers and specifically endorsed entities and individuals outside of the Agency Force. Farmers Group, Inc. is the sponsoring entity and is a Vicariously Named Insured in the policy. The Named Insured of an insurance policy controls the application process, has access to loss data, may cancel the policy, receive notice and pay the premium. Farmer’s enjoys all these rights that typically are Named Insured’s rights under the policy.
Specific endorsements grant Farmers exclusive coverage for the FFS unit (specifically excluding coverage to the agency force), internal Farmers insurance agencies such as Kraft Lake, and for claims against Farmers where the agent wrote a non-Farmers policy.
These factors in addition to the many Farmers subrogation claims against the agency force may act to increase the Farmers group sponsored program loss costs. All program premium costs are borne by the agency force as Farmers appears to pay no premium for its coverage exposures (per CA Department of Insurance rate filings).
The UFAA program excludes coverage for claims when you write policies with a self-insurance program or trust, whether AM Best rated or not. Unless a self-insurance program or trust has an AM Best rating of B+ or better, the Farmers sponsored program would exclude coverage from a claim related to financial insolvency.
The Farmers sponsored program now offers defense costs of up to $50,000 for claims otherwise excluded under the financial insolvency provision of its policy. Please refer to that policy for details.
You are required to provide your loss history only in your first year of coverage in the UFAA program and the information to obtain yours is provided. When you request your E&O loss history, it is typically sent attached to an email sent by the Farmers sponsored E&O program broker. Loss history is available by calling Calsurance 866-893-1023
No, UFAA is not the insurance broker, does not administrate and does not receive any commission on your premium payments. This program is to benefit the Agency Force only. No one other than a Farmers agency is an insured or provided any benefit under the UFAA program.