American Insurance Association News

Trade Group: Workers’ Comp Reform Among Key Issues for Illinois Insurers

Workers’ compensation, commercial insurance purchasing rules and auto insurance verification are among key challenges for insurers in Illinois legislative session, a national insurance trade organization says. American Insurance Association (AIA), which identified legislative and regulatory issues for property/casualty insurers in Illinois, …

AIA Names Merz Vice President of the Western Region

The American Insurance Association has named Jeremy Merz vice president of state affairs for Western region. The appointment is effective Jan. 9. Merz was most recently a lobbyist for the California Chamber of Commerce. He was an associate with Downey …

Insurer Groups’ Supported Bills Signed into law by California Governor

Two insurance groups praised California Gov. Jerry Brown over his signing on various insurance-related legislation. Brown recently approved legislation co-sponsored by the Association of California Insurance Companies to enable California insurance customers to conduct more activities electronically. Brown signed Assembly …

AIA Backs California Bill Changing Workers’ Comp Filing Requirements

The American Insurance Association is asking California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign into law a bill that would exempt large employers from waiting for insurance commissioner approval of ancillary agreements that are part of high-deductible workers’ compensation policies. Assembly Bill …

AIA Names Pettibone to Head Western Region

The American Insurance Association has named Katherine Pettibone Western region vice president for state affairs. The AIA appointment is effective Oct. 1. Pettibone will be based in the association’s Sacramento, Calif. office.  The Western region includes the states of Alaska, …

AIA Names Day Vice President For State Affairs in West

The American Insurance Association has named Jay F. Day vice president of state affairs for the Western region. The appointment is effective March 9. Day, who will join AIA’s Assistant Vice President Steve Suchil in the association’s Sacramento, Calif. office, …

AIA Hires Cooper as VP for State Affairs, Northeast Region

The American Insurance Association (AIA) has hired Alison Cooper as vice president for state affairs, Northeast region, effective January 2015. Cooper, who currently serves as director of the Senate Insurance Committee in the New York State Senate, replaces Gary Henning …

Insurer Groups Applaud Arizona’s Brewer For Ridesharing Veto

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of House Bill 2262, which would have exempted ridesharing companies from commercial insurance requirements imposed on traditional taxi and livery companies, has insurance groups singing her praise. “Gov. Brewer made the right decision today and …

AIA Supports Curbing Physician-Dispensed Medications in Penn. WC System

The American Insurance Association (AIA) submitted a statement Wednesday to the Pennsylvania House Labor Committee, in support of state legislation aimed at controlling costs associated with physician dispensing of medications under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act. H.B. 1846 would permit physician …

Industry Told TRIA Won’t Be Renewed Until 2014

The property/casualty insurance industry should not count on Congress reauthorizing the federal terrorism reinsurance program this year or in time for January renewals, according to a key insurance lobbyist working on the issue on Capitol Hill. If Congress agrees to …