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Extreme Premiums: Louisiana Property Insurance Rates (2011)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-09-28

Duration: 00:56:59

Subjects: Homeowners insurance | AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE | DONELON, JIM | Filmed panel discussions | Insurance Industry


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Borel, Tim Interviewee
  • Galligan, Gene Interviewee
  • Papillion, Darrel Interviewee
  • Donelon, Jim Interviewee
  • Olivier, Michael Interviewee
  • Barnett, Fay Speaker
  • Harper, Kelton Speaker
  • Pierce, Laura Speaker
  • Bezet, Richard Speaker
  • Lancon, Robert Speaker
  • Craddock, Jo Speaker
  • Daigle, Daryl Speaker
  • Washington, Otis Speaker
  • Holladay, David Speaker
  • DeCaire, Michael Speaker
  • Boyd, Thomas Speaker
  • Forsman, Christine Speaker
  • Duhe, Beaux Speaker
  • Weddle, Danielle Speaker
  • Bordelon, Austin Speaker
  • Donelon, Jim Panelist
  • Berry, Christine Panelist
  • Kleinpeter, Robert Panelist
  • Page, Robert Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from September 28, 2011, features Robert Travis Scott leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Louisiana’s high homeowners insurance and automobile insurance rates. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Tim Borel, a New Iberia resident; Gene Galligan, the president of the Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana; Darrel Papillion, an attorney in Baton Rouge; Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon; and Michael Olivier of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development. The audience members then discuss their personal experiences with high insurance rates. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon; Dr. Christine Berry, the director of the Insurance Studies Program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe; Robert Kleinpeter, an attorney and member of the Louisiana Association for Justice; and Robert Page, an insurance agent in Houma and a member of the Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana. They discuss: the impact of fraud, the state’s new building codes, litigation, and the threat of hurricanes on insurance rates; the importance of competition and shopping around to find the best rate; and what the state can do to help lower rates. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Robert Travis Scott