National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies News

Ohio State Sen. Hackett Named NAMIC’s 2016 State Legislator of the Year

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies announced today that Ohio state Sen. Bob Hackett has been named the association’s State Legislator of the Year. Hackett was tapped as the top state legislator for 2016 for his leadership in sponsoring …

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Workers’ Comp Opt-Out Unconstitutional

The Oklahoma Supreme Court handed a major setback to proponents of workers’ compensation alternatives on Sept. 13, ruling that the state’s Opt Out Act is unconstitutional. The high court’s 7-2 ruling came in Vasquez v. Dillards, which was appealed to the …

Groups: California Auto Repair Regs Will Increase Auto Insurance Rates

As the California Department of Insurance stages hearings on proposed regulations designed to give more money to auto body repair shops, a handful of property/casualty insurance trade associations are voicing their opposition to the proposals. The groups are: The American …

Florida High Court Set to Hear Constitutional Challenge to Workers’ Comp System

The Florida Supreme Court will hear yet another case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s workers’ comp system on April 16, 2016. The case, Daniel Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital, et al., has been making its way through the state courts …

The Struggle Getting U.S. Regulators to Understand Insurance

The designation of MetLife as a systemically important financial institution by the Financial Stability Oversight Council is a done deal. But exactly what that means in terms of higher regulatory standards is still not clear. Those details could come this …

NAMIC Legislators of the Year from Indiana, Missouri

Missouri Rep. Don Gosen and Indiana Rep. Matt Lehman were named Legislators of the Year for the 2015 legislative session by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. Gosen is chairman of the Missouri House Select Committee on Insurance, which …

Industry Chasing Mobile Customers with Ads, Apps, Self-Service Options: NAMIC Convention

Carriers are spending big on advertising, and agencies are working to become increasingly more sophisticated and reach out to more and more people. In the world of insurance, that’s just doing business as usual. But the efforts seem to be greater …

Fortner Named NAMIC’s Professional Farm Mutual Manager of the Year

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies presented James Bradley (Brad) Fortner, chief operating office of Farmers Protective Mutual Insurance Company in Rogers, Ark., with its Professional Farm Mutual Manager of the Year Award during the group’s 120th Annual Convention. …

NAMIC Hires Paolino as State Affairs Director for Northeast Region

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) hired Cate Paolino as director of state affairs for the Northeast region. Paolino is based in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and will represent NAMIC member company interests in New England, New Jersey, and New …

It’s Time for Congress to Prepare for Hurricane Season

As thousands of Americans work to prepare their homes and businesses for the start of hurricane season on June 1, why isn’t Congress taking steps to get its own house in order? Members of Congress can’t stop hurricanes or other …