John Elias approved as Insurance Commissioner of New Hampshire

John Elias, the former Assistant Commissioner of Insurance in New Hampshire, was approved in May by the New Hampshire Executive Counsel as Commissioner of Insurance after he was nominated by Governor Chris T. Sununu.  He replaced Commissioner Roger Sevigny who retired after a distinguished career in the position for 16 years. Elias’ experience in the […]

The assignment of benefits (AOB) problem: will the Florida Legislature fix it?

The Florida Legislature is planning to take another stab at ending claims abuses blamed for property insurance rate hikes.  Property insurers (homeowners and commercial property insurers alike) are battling the well-financed trial attorneys to bring an end to the manipulative self-serving generation of attorney fees from excessive lawsuits by repair contractors working under an affidavit […]

Marlene Cabride nominated Banking and Insurance Commissioner in New Jersey

Assemblywoman Marlene Cabride, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2012 (4 terms), has been nominated as the next Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) Commissioner.  Replacing current Commissioner Richard Badolato. Upon Senate confirmation, Caride will oversee the state Department of Banking and Insurance, which regulates the state’s banking, insurance, and real […]

Michael Conway is the interim Colorado Insurance Commissioner

Michael Conway has been appointed interim Colorado Insurance Commissioner, which became effective January 1, 2018.  As Insurance Commissioner, Conway will also head the Division of Insurance (DOI), a part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).  Former Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar, who has been serving in two roles since July 2017, when she […]

Insuring driverless cars – Insurance Innovation

The marriage of technology and insurance product innovation has taken another leap forward as applied to insuring driverless cars. Insurance professionals should stay abreast of developments and educate ourselves on the new technologies for the design and delivery of insurance products. In support of this mission to educate insurance professionals, I am compelled to share […]

Scott White is new Virginia Insurance Commissioner

The Virginia State Corporation Commission has appointed Scott White Commissioner of the Virginia Bureau of Insurance effective January 1, 2018.  He succeeds the retiring Jacqueline Cunningham.  The bureau licenses, regulates, investigates and examines insurance companies, agencies and agents on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia with a staff of about 195 state […]

David Altmaier named Florida Insurance Commissioner

It was announced today (April 29) that David Altmaier, Florida’s current Deputy Commissioner, Property & Casualty, has been unanimously approved by the Florida Cabinet for the position of Insurance Commissioner of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Current Commissioner Kevin McCarty has served as Florida’s chief insurance regulator for over ten years.  He will remain in office […]

Price Optimization – State Regulation Roundup

I have been asked to provide a roundup of the state developments with respect to “price optimization”.  Some states acknowledge that “price optimization” does not have a universally recognized definition.  There is a continually growing number of states that have stated that to the extent “price optimization” involves rating that considers non-risk-related factors such as “price elasticity of […]

The rest of the Price Optimization story…

As I have been investigating price optimization (PO), I learned that there are two primary concerns:  The first concern is whether the application of PO is a move away from risk based rating.  The second concern is whether PO results in rates that are unfairly discriminatory, particularly to low income consumers.  In other words, would […]

Price Optimization Prohibited in Ohio Insurance

Ohio is now prohibiting price optimization in the calculation of insurance premiums.  Ohio recently became the second state, after Maryland, to explicitly prohibit the use of “price optimization” in the rating of property and casualty insurance policies. Price Optimization Used to Increase Premiums Price optimization considers certain factors–such as the amount or percentage of past premium increases without […]