The importance of state insurance associations in shaping public policy was acknowledged by Charles M. Chamness, president of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies in an address in Savannah, Ga., to the State Insurance Trade Associations, a large group of state insurance trade executives.
Chamness told the group that state trade executives’ work makes them invaluable partners in the achievement of industry objectives.
“We know this: state trade associations form the foundation of public policy advocacy in our industry; partnerships with you are the best approach for NAMIC to provide the most effective state government advocacy service to our members,” Chamness said.
He cited the importance of working on issues of common importance and that his staff is charged with helping “develop a unified strategy to address issues critical to all our members.”
As evidence of the productive partnerships between NAMIC and state trade associations, he pointed to successes in Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin on issues ranging from credit-based insurance scoring to environmental clean up, each of which “helped to shape the public policy environment in which our member companies do business.”