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Policy Management FAQs

Policy Management FAQs

Q. Who do I contact if I have an earthquake damage claim?
A. CEA participating residential insurance companies process all claims on our behalf. Please contact them directly if you have an earthquake damage claim.
Q. How can I access my bill?
A. The CEA insurance provider that insures your residence (for fire and theft) services CEA policies on our behalf. They also determine how your bill is delivered to you and what payment methods to offer you. Please contact your insurance agent to learn more about what options are available to you
Q. Where do I send my bill?
A. Make your CEA policy payment to the residential insurance company that sold you your CEA policy—not CEA. They handle all billing for your CEA policy on our behalf.
Q. My premium increased. How can I lower my bill?
A: There are several ways to lower what you pay for earthquake insurance.
  • Choose a higher deductible to lower your premiumCEA deductibles range from 5% to 25%, in 5% increments.
  • If your home is insured under a CEA Homeowners Choice policy, you can reduce your costs by declining personal property and loss of use coverages and only insuring the dwelling itself.
  • Make sure your coverage limits make sense for your needs. Do you rent a 1-bedroom, but have the highest possible personal property limit of $200,000? Make sure your coverage limits accurately reflect what you own.
  • If you have an older retrofitted house, you may qualify for a  Hazard Reduction Discount of up to 25%, with proper verification. Call your agent or CEA participating residential insurer for details.

To learn more about your premium and options, visit our Premium Changes page.

Q. What payment options are available?
A. The residential insurance company that sold you your CEA policy decides what payment methods and schedules (including pay by credit card or monthly installments) are available to pay CEA policy premiums. Please contact them to see what options they offer. 
Q. I want to choose an insurance company that offers CEA policy bill payment or viewing options that work best for me. What do I need to know?
A. Contact the residential insurance companies you are considering, and find out what options they offer CEA policyholders. Because CEA does not offer stand-alone earthquake policies, your CEA policy has to be with the same insurance company as your residential insurance policy. Those companies sell and service CEA policies on our behalf, and they determine what billing and payment options to make available to you. 

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