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Michigan and Arkansas Adopt Best Interest Rule on Annuities

By NAIFA on Jan 5, 2021 10:44:27 AM

Michigan and Arkansas have become states number four and five to adopt a best interest annuity rule based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC’s) revised Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy NAIC Model Regulation
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NAIC Executive Committee Updates UTPA Rebate Language

By NAIFA on Dec 13, 2020 8:22:54 PM

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Executive Committee adopted an amendment to the NAIC Unfair Trade Practices Act that would liberalize the existing restrictions contained in the Model Act’s anti-rebating provisions.

The adopted language allows insurers or producers to "offer or give non-cash gifts, items, or services, including meals to or charitable donations on behalf of a customer, in connection with the marketing, sale, purchase, or retention of contracts of insurance." The revised language provides that offering or providing products or services that will help mitigate risk or loss will not be considered impermissible rebates.

NAIFA commented on the revisions to the UTPA in a letter sent in July to the NAIC’s Innovation and Technology (EX) Task Force.

NAIFA commended the NAIC for undertaking a review of the current UTPA provisions that deal with rebating, with an eye towards modernizing the model in recognition of technological and risk/loss mitigation advances that have occurred in recent years.

“Basically, recent technology advances generally referred to as ‘insuretech’ have resulted in the development of products that will aid in risk and loss mitigation,” said Gary Sanders, NAIFA’s Counsel and VP. “Things such as Fitbits and monitors that will tell you that your water heat is leaking, etc. can help reduce risks for consumers and losses for insurers.”

In general, NAIFA supports the approach taken in the draft as well as the scope of the proposed expansion of the types of practices, products and/or services that would not be considered an impermissible rebate.

The amendments also allow each state commissioner to impose a cap on the dollar amount of gift, meals and similar items that can be provided without running afoul of the anti-rebate laws.

Topics: Life Insurance Interstate Advocacy
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NAIFA’s Christopher Gandy Speaks at NAIC Meeting on Race and Insurance

By NAIFA on Dec 8, 2020 5:16:58 PM

Christopher L. Gandy, a member of the 2021 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Board of Trustees and the president of NAIFA’s Chicagoland chapter, spoke on behalf of NAIFA at a National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) meeting of the NAIC’s Special Committee on Race and Insurance.

Topics: Life Insurance Diversity & Inclusivity Interstate Advocacy Press Release
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State Adoption of Updated NAIC Annuity Rules Remains NAIFA Priority

By NAIFA on Oct 29, 2020 7:51:53 PM

NAIFA continues to urge the states to consider and adopt recent amendments to the NAIC’s Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation, and NAIFA state chapters should reach out to their state’s insurance commissioner or director and encourage him/her to support and promote the adoption of the NAIC amendments. The adoption of these amendments by the states remains a top advocacy priority for NAIFA.

Topics: State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy
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NAIFA Rejoins Industry Education Council, Lending Its Expertise on Insurance Matters to State Legislators

By NAIFA on Oct 28, 2020 10:07:52 AM

NAIFA is proud to announce that it has renewed its participation as a member of the Industry Education Council (IEC), the educational partner of the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL). The IEC provides effective communication with state legislators, and vital support for NCOIL’s educational programs.

Topics: State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy Press Release
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NCOIL Adopts Model Act on Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance

By NAIFA on Oct 6, 2020 4:39:55 PM

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is pleased with NCOIL’s adoption of the Short Term Limited Duration Insurance Model Act sponsored by IN Representative Martin Carbaugh. NAIFA has long reasoned that STLDI plans can ensure that consumers are able to maintain critical and temporary health insurance coverage especially in instances where a consumer lost his or her individual market or group policy and needs sufficient time to obtain a more comprehensive insurance plan.  Also, in some health insurance markets where there are very few and cost prohibitive plans available for consumers, STDLI policies may offer consumers the only affordable, albeit temporary, option. 

Topics: Health Interstate Advocacy
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NAIFA’s Harrison Named to the NIPR Board of Directors

By NAIFA on May 28, 2020 7:51:13 PM

Julie Harrison, NAIFA's Director of State Chapter Government Relations, has been named to the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR) Board of Directors.

Topics: Interstate Advocacy Press Release
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Iowa Enacts Best Interest Standard for Annuity Transactions

By NAIFA on May 12, 2020 2:27:01 PM

On May 11 Iowa insurance regulators adopted revisions to the state’s regulations on annuity recommendations and sales to require producers and insurers to act in the best interests of annuity purchasers. Under the revised rules, producers must not put their own financial interests ahead of consumers’ interests. These revisions track amendments made earlier this year by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to the NAIC Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation, which aligns well with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest and will raise the standard of care required of financial professionals while preserving consumers’ access to valuable financial advice, services, and products.

Topics: Annuities State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy
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NAIC Adopts Enhanced Standard of Care for Annuities

By NAIFA on Apr 27, 2020 5:12:44 PM

The NAIC recently adopted amendments to its Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation, which regulates producer and insurer recommendations for all annuities. The revised NAIC Model requires producers and insurers to act in the best interest of annuity purchasers and to not put their own financial interests ahead of the consumers’ interest. The amended Model, which aligns well with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest, will raise the standard of care required of financial professionals while preserving consumers’ access to valuable financial advice, services and products. NAIFA was an active participant in the development of these revisions and supports the amended Model regulation. The adoption by the states of these amendments is a top advocacy priority for NAIFA.

Topics: Interstate Advocacy
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State Advocacy: NAIFA Promotes Iowa and Arizona Annuity Sales Standards

By Mark on Mar 5, 2020 9:54:25 AM

Iowa and Arizona are the first states to introduce measures that would implement a model standard of care for annuity sales developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). NAIFA chapters in both states successfully advocated for the NAIC model.

Topics: State Advocacy Standard of Care Interstate Advocacy

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