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Uncle Sam Steps In

State and federal governments save the day with insurance assistance for entrepreneurs.

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This story appears in the July 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You're having a dispute with your companyregarding a claim.The insurance company refuses to pay you a dime,you think you're entitled, and you've reached an impasse.Whom do you call for help--a or your state insurancecommissioner?

Asking your state insurance commission for help is free to youand any other resident across the United States, and the commissionhas the power to mediate on your behalf. That's usually enoughpressure to get your agent to cooperate. It can also fine yourinsurance company for wrongdoing or, as a last resort, take awayits license to sell insurance in your state.

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