Topic: InsurTech

Distribution and Claims-Focused InsurTechs: Understanding Licensure and Top 5 Regulatory Issues

Welcome back to your weekly dose of InsurTech insight. Hopefully in time you’ll come to think of us as a kind of General Assembly for InsurTechs, but instead of learning technological skills, you’ll learn practical information regarding not only regulatory and transactional insurance matters applicable to the InsurTech space, but also issues related to being an entrepreneur (which we will begin to focus on in the second month of this blog).

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New Guidance on Insurers’ Use of Big Data and Algorithms in New York

Having concluded an investigation into New York life insurers’ underwriting guidelines and practices, the New York Department of Financial Services has issued Insurance Circular Letter No. 1 (2019) to advise insurers of their statutory obligations regarding the use of external consumer data and information sources in underwriting for life insurance.

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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation Allows Insurers to Use Blockchain Technology

With an eye towards the growing use of blockchain technology in the digital age, the Rhode Island ‎‎Department of Business Regulation (DBR) has published Insurance Bulletin Number 2018-17 to clarify ‎‎that it allows insurers doing business in the state to use blockchain or distributed ‎‎ledger technology, which DBR defines to mean “the use of a distributed, decentralized, shared, and ‎‎replicated ledger, which may be public or private, permissioned or permissionless, or driven by ‎‎tokenized crypto economics or tokenless.

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Enstar pulled the trigger faster than Annie Oakley‎

Both Rhode Island and Oklahoma have enacted insurance business transfer acts, which allow insurers to transfer and novate books or portfolios of business to insurers domiciled in the respective States.  Rhode Island’s Voluntary Restructuring of Solvent Insurers Act became effective on June 30, 2007, and is codified by the Rhode Island Department of Business (“DBR”) Regulation 68. 

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