National Association of Insurance Commissioners News

California Commissioner Explains Call for Insurer Divestment from Coal

One can say California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has a beef with coal. Jones made a bold move on Jan. 25 when he asked all insurance companies doing business in California to voluntarily divest from their investments in thermal coal …

Former California Insurance Commissioner, Past NAIC President Barger Dies

Richards D. Barger, a former insurance commissioner and a former president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, died on Sunday. The cause is not yet known. He was 87. Barger, who went by the name Dick, devoted his practice …

Scant U.S. Insurance Presence at Paris Summit, Says Ceres

You’d think just about everyone who’s anyone attended the massive climate change summit in Paris ending this week. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, drew an estimated 50,000 attendees to discuss ways to reduce Mankind’s carbon footprint, as well …

Missouri Insurance Director Huff Elected NAIC President

Members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) have elected 2016 officers who will will assume their duties on Jan. 1, 2016. President: Missouri Insurance Director John M. Huff President-Elect: Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark Vice President: Wisconsin …

California Insurance Company Oversight Law Signed

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 553, which establishes new oversight aimed at reducing the number of insurance company insolvencies. AB 553 was authored by Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, and was sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and …

Insurers Stepping Toward Greater Green Investment Footprint

This is the second of a two-part column on green bonds. The first installment focused on bond sales. Australian carrier QBE Insurance Group Ltd. has invested $190 million Australian Dollars ($148.42 million) in four green bonds in the last year-and-a-half, …

Florida Bans Price Optimization; Insurers Question Definition

A memorandum released last week by Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty warning insurers in the state not to use price optimization in rating has gotten cheers from a consumer advocate group and jeers from an insurance industry trade association that …

Video Ads Next Big Thing in Ridesharing?

James Bellefeuille is an Uber driver for a living, though he admits that what he earns is not much to live on. Yet in the new sharing economy, there’s hope for people like Bellefeuille who can bring some innovation and …

NAIC Adopts Ridesharing White Paper for State Policymakers

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a white paper on insurance coverage for ridesharing that offers several suggestions for how state regulators should deal with insurance issues. Ridesharing services offered by transportation network companies like Uber, Sidecar …

NAIC Report: New Jersey Tops Nation in Auto Insurance Rates

An annual industry report shows New Jersey has the costliest auto insurance rates in the nation. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners says New Jersey motorists paid an average of $1,220 in 2012. That’s about 49 percent more than the …