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PIA National Testifies Before Several NCOIL Committees

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) held its summer meeting in Philadelphia July 9-12. PIA National was there to let the legislators know that...
July 15, 2009

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) held its summer meeting in Philadelphia July 9-12. PIA National was there to let the legislators know that we stand with them in defense of state regulation.

During the State-Federal Relations Committee meeting, Chaired by Representative Greg Wren (AL), PIA National's David Eppstein appeared before the committee to address the recent GAO report on producer licensing.  The report, released in April of this year, recommends that states get together to implement more uniform standards because more uniformity will lead to greater reciprocity. We let the legislators know that we look forward to continuing to work with them toward a modernized state-based licensing system. The Committee then passed a resolution in favor of continued state-based insurance consumer protection. PIA testified in favor of this resolution, which makes it clear that the proposed Financial Product Safety Commission Act of 2009 should not include the business of insurance because the states have the authority to protect consumers and are doing a good job.

The NCOIL legislators held several meetings on health care. The legislators agreed with our positions, especially when it comes to preserving consumer choice through the independent agency system. In addition to working with our state legislators and regulators, PIA is also part of a broad industry coalition presenting our views to Congress regarding healthcare proposals currently being debated.

During the Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Insurance Legislation, Eppstein told the committee members that natural disasters are a nationwide problem, and therefore the states must coordinate with the federal government in a comprehensive plan for responding to disasters. Eppstein also told the committee that the marketplace in Florida presents an untenable situation for our members, because they are forced to sell policies to consumers that do not have a solvent carrier behind them.

During the Workers' Compensation Insurance Committee meeting, Eppstein testified in favor of an NCOIL resolution opposing the creation of a Federal Commission to examine state workers' compensation laws.  The resolution opposes H.R. 635, The National Commission on State Workers' Compensation Laws Act of 2009, which would authorize the establishment of a fourteen-member commission to examine state laws.  NCOIL passed this resolution unanimously.

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