Topic: Industry Developments

NAIC Co-Hosts Webinar on Wearable Devices

On Monday, November 13, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, in conjunction with the Center for Insurance Policy and Research and The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, presented a webinar entitled “Wearables and their Insurance Implications.” The webinar covered a broad range of developments in the wearable space, as well as implications – both positive and negative – that may result from the proliferation of wearable devices.

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NAIC Working Group Exposes Proposed Revisions to Life and Health Guaranty Association Model Act

On October 27, the NAIC Model Law (E) Working Group released an exposure draft of its proposed revisions to the Life and Health Guaranty Association Model Act (#520), intended to address the financial challenges of Long Term Care (“LTC”) insurance insolvencies, such as this year’s Penn Treaty liquidation, and to bring health maintenance organizations (“HMOs”) within the Guaranty Associations’ protection and assessment base.

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White House Issues Memorandum Announcing UAS/Drone Integration Pilot Program

On October 25, 2017, the White House issued its previously-rumored Presidential Memorandum (“Memorandum”) calling for the establishment of a UAS Integration Pilot Program (“Program”) to test the further integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS” or “drones”) into the national airspace system (“NAS”) in a select number of State, local and tribal jurisdictions. 

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New Insurance Platforms Arguably Require Producer Licenses

New York Associate Zachary Lerner authored a Law360 article on commission sharing, referral fee and producer licensing issues.  Within the article, Mr. Lerner identifies important issues for insurers and producers to consider, both in the admitted and surplus lines insurance markets, with respect to the sharing of commissions and whether proper licenses should be obtained in light of the NAIC’s recent comments regarding Lemonade Insurance Company’s application-based platform. The complete Law360 article is available here (subscription may be...

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Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Regarding Health Coverage and Discontinues Cost-Sharing Reductions Payments

On October 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order “to reform the United States healthcare system to take the first steps to expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and increase competition to bring down costs for consumers.

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Locke Lord QuickStudy: UPDATE: US and EU Negotiate Covered Agreement on Insurance and Reinsurance Regulation

As discussed in our prior QuickStudy issued on January 18, 2017, the US Federal Government and the European Union have come to an agreement on wide-ranging changes to reinsurance and establishment standards for the operation of insurance enterprises operating from one to another of these markets.

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