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Law requires commissioner to submit an annual report to legislature which summarizes activities of department and status of insurance industry in state.
State four requirements of this report.

1. Statement of income and expenses of the insurance department
2. Exhibit summarizing the financial status and business transactions of licensed insurers in state
3. Listing of insurers closed for that business year
4. Names of insurance companies in receivership or other official financial dificulty with a brief explanation of status
5. Recommendations by insurance commissioner about insurance laws and the department's operations

2

List 4 sources of State Insurance Law:

1. Legislative Branch
2. Executive Branch (DOI and Attorney General)
3. Judicial Branch (State Court System)
4. State Insurance Regulatory Systems

3

List 4 features of a typical State Insurance Regulatory System:

1. Licensing requirements
2. Reporting and ling requirements
3. Periodic examinations
4. Power to impose sanctions

4

How do State Legislatures influence insurance regulation:

1. Often directly control DOI budgets
2. Pass the insurance laws that insurance commissioners must enforce

5

List some activities of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL):

-Educating legislators on insurance issues
-Helping communications between state legislators on insurance issues
-Improving insurance regulation
-Asserting legislators' prerogative in making state insurance policy
-Speaking about Congressional initiatives that might affect state insurance regulation

6

List areas of Legislative Influence Through
Noninsurance Laws:

-Banking
-Contracts
-Premiums (e.g., premium financing)
-Fraud
-Investments
-Lobbying

7

List the NAIC fundamental insurance regulatory objectives

-Protect the public interest
-Promote competitive markets
-Facilitate the fair and equitable treatment of insurance consumers
-Promote the reliability, solvency, and financial solidity of insurance institutions
-Support and improve state regulation of insurance

8

List some examples of ways that NAIC staff supports state insurance regulatory ocials

-Supporting NAIC's committees and task forces
-Maintain databases to help regulators track financial adequacy of insurers
-Scrutinizing alien E&S insurers seeking to do business in U.S.
-Supporting individual state insurance regulators in court cases by issuing "friend of the court" supportive briefs
-Valuing insurers' securities

9

3 Advantages of Model Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines:

1. Model laws help legislative bodies streamline their legislative development process
2. NAIC model laws help guide states in adopting the same or similar insurance laws, regulations, and guidelines
3. Insurers can benefit from legal uniformity among the states

10

3 Reasons some model laws are changed or never adopted by states:

1. State may view as inappropriate or unnecessary due to coverage in other state laws
2. Legislators might decide to modify a model law to meet their states' particular needs or better match other laws
3. Legislature considers many matters and may see NAIC model law as just another agenda item

11

What does the NAIC Review of a state seeking accreditation involve:

-Interviewing department personnel
-Reviewing laws and regulations
-Reviewing prior examination reports
Inspecting regulatory files for selected companies
-Reviewing organizational and personnel policies
-Gain understanding of document and communication flows
-Discussing comments and findings from the review
-Conducting closing conference with the state to discuss findings and prepare a report

12

List the 3 Standards of Financial Regulation that need to be met to be accredited

-Laws and regulations used by the state must meet certain basic standards of NAIC models
-Regulatory methods of the state must be acceptable
-Department practices must be adequate

13

2 reasons that many states have concerns with NAIC accreditation program:

1. May create resentment due to some legislators who may feel accreditation usurps legislative authority
2. Additional and revised model law requirements create a continual need for new legislation