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The State of Advocacy Report Tells the Story of NAIFA's Political Influence

By NAIFA on 2/16/23 4:59 PM

NAIFA's "State of Advocacy" report details NAIFA's federal, state, and interstate advocacy efforts in 2022 in facts and figures. It also runs down the major policy issues impacting agents and advisors as well as the Main Street consumers they serve.

NAIFA's "State of Advocacy" provides a snapshot of how NAIFA and NAIFA members are making a difference and influencing the decisions that affect Americans' financial security. 

Topics: State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy Federal Advocacy
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New Rule Strengthens Protections for Annuity Consumers in Tennessee

By NAIFA & ACLI on 1/27/23 10:33 AM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-TN President Scott Flowers issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance:

“The new rule adopted by Director Carter Lawrence and the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance advances important consumer safeguards and adds to the nationwide push for enhanced protections for annuity consumers.

“Tennessee becomes the 31st state to adopt the ‘best interest of consumer enhancements’ in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation. These new laws and regulations also harmonize with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest. They enhance the standards financial professionals must follow while safeguarding retirement savers’ access to, and information about, annuities, the only financial product in the marketplace that can provide guaranteed income for life. 

“Unlike a fiduciary-only approach, these measures ensure that all savers, particularly financially vulnerable middle-income Americans, can get information about different choices for long-term security in retirement. A recent survey finds that middle-income retirement savers would be very concerned about a regulation keeping them from accessing the professional financial guidance they want and need.

“The U.S. Congress reaffirmed the importance of lifetime income when it passed legislation in 2019 and 2022 that made it easier for employers to include annuities in workplace retirement plans. These protections safeguard consumers while also ensuring that middle- and working-class families will retain access to easy-to-understand financial information.

“We hope that other states will follow Tennessee and implement these sensible protections so that more consumers can benefit from a best interest standard of care, no matter where they live.”

Topics: State Advocacy Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Interstate Advocacy Press Release Annuity Best Interest Tennessee
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NAIFA Applauds the NAIC’s Revised Annuity Best Interest Model

By NAIFA on 12/5/22 3:38 PM

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has approved a newly revised Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation that would require financial professionals to act in the best interests of consumers when recommending annuity products.

Topics: Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Interstate Advocacy Annuity Best Interest Insurance & Financial Advisor Regulation NAIC
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NAIFA's Gandy at the NAIC: Diversity Is Needed to Offer Financial Security for All

By NAIFA on 9/22/22 11:24 AM

NAIFA Trustee Christopher Gandy, LACP, loyal member since 2003 and Founder of Midwest Legacy Group, said during a “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Producer Licensing,” panel discussion at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2022 Insurance Summit that he faced many challenges as an African American breaking into the insurance and financial services industry.

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Interstate Advocacy Leaders Future Leaders
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NAIFA's Gandy Contributes to NAIC Discussion on DEI and Licensing

By NAIFA on 9/19/22 2:51 PM

NAIFA Trustee Christopher Gandy, LACP, loyal member since 2003 and Founder of Midwest Legacy Group, is participating in a panel discussion at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2022 Insurance Summit. The session, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Producer Licensing,” is exploring how regulators and the insurance industry are addressing DEI issues in the distribution of insurance through pre-licensing and licensing exam procedures.

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Interstate Advocacy Press Release Licensing
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NCOIL Adopts NAIFA-Supported Resolution to Preserve Independent Contractor Status for Advisors

By NAIFA on 3/9/22 9:35 AM

The National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) unanimously approved a "Resolution Supporting Independent Contractor Status for Insurance Agents and Other Licensed Financial Professionals" at its Spring Meeting in Las Vegas. The resolution, sponsored by NCOIL President and California Assemblyman Ken Cooley states that "NCOIL will encourage states and federal entities that are debating worker classification policies and that are considering adopting a strict ABC Test and or other similarly worker classification laws to continue issuing exemptions for, or exempting out, licensed insurance agents and other financial professionals."

Topics: Interstate Advocacy NCOIL
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NAIC President Dean Cameron Learned the Industry as a Long-time Producer and NAIFA Member

By NAIFA on 2/24/22 5:57 PM

Dean L. Cameron, Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance, is the 2022 President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Cameron is a third-generation insurance professional with more than 32 years of experience. Prior to entering state politics, he was a NAIFA member who served two terms as the President of NAIFA’s Idaho chapter.

Topics: Interstate Advocacy NAIC
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NIPR: 25 Years of a Groundbreaking Partnership Between the Regulatory and Insurance Communities

By NIPR on 1/19/22 10:49 AM

Innovation in insurance producer licensing in the U.S. has accelerated in the last few decades, and the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR) has led the way.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, today’s NIPR is a vital technology company grounded in teamwork, service and innovation—with unsurpassed expertise in the state-based system of insurance producer licensing.

It’s hard to imagine that insurance producer licensing was once accomplished with paper applications and a long process of research and validation. Multi-state producers had distinct application processes, timelines, and fees for each state in which they did business.

To improve this approach, NIPR was formed in 1996 as a unique public-private partnership between the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the insurance industry. NIPR was founded on the concept that insurance producers and compliance professionals should have access to a “one-stop-shop” for cost-effective, streamlined and uniform licensing across all states and jurisdictions.

Today, NIPR’s Producer Database (PDB) is the single source of comprehensive insurance producer data from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. In 2021, the insurance industry used NIPR to process more than 42 million credentialing transactions and move $1.1 billion in fees to state insurance departments.

NIPR’s business is led by a board of directors made up of state commissioners, insurance industry representatives, and NAIC executive leadership—an ideal mix of professionals for coordinated and effective solutions.

Karen Stakem Hornig, CEO of NIPR said, “Through the past 25 years, NIPR has adapted to meet evolving industry and producer needs, harnessed the power of emerging technology and responded purposefully to change. These efforts have allowed us to humanize our technological offerings, ultimately building trust and a collaborative culture, which has been key to our success.”

Producers can access their own license information, apply for and renew their licenses at NIPR.com and use NIPR’s free mobile app to help with the compliance process. Insurance agencies and carriers use NIPR to manage the licensing and appointment process. Growing from a concept to a high-functioning organization emphasizing teamwork, service, and innovation, NIPR has supported the industry in its efforts to become more and more efficient and effective.

NIPR’s 25th anniversary commemorative booklet, Celebrating Our Journey, is online.

About NIPR: NIPR is a not-for-profit technology company with the goal of streamlining the producer licensing process. Governed by a board of directors representing state insurance regulators and members of the insurance industry, NIPR is an affiliate of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). To learn more, visit NIPR.com.

Topics: State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy Advocacy Partnerships NIPR
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NAIFA’s Gale and Hedge Testify on Elder Financial Protection at NCOIL Meeting

By NAIFA on 11/24/21 9:04 AM

NAIFA Policy Director Maeghan Gale and Director of Government Relations Michael Hedge made a presentation on senior financial protection at the annual meeting of the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) in Scottsdale, AZ.

Gale and Hedge discussed the important role of insurance and financial professionals in providing guidance for retired individuals. When a person retires, their need for financial services doesn’t end. NAIFA members help senior clients with budgeting and estimating their expenses, developing effective retirement plan disbursement strategies, obtaining coverage for healthcare, finding limited and extended care solutions, and creating financial legacies to leave loved ones or charities. NAIFA members have expertise in retirement planning, long-term care, estate planning, Social Security, Medicare, Medicare supplements, and other topics important to the financial security of seniors.

Topics: Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Interstate Advocacy NCOIL Senior Financial Protection
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NAIFA Article on NAIC Model Featured in NCOIL Publication

By NAIFA on 10/5/21 3:25 PM

The monthly newsletter of the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) features a front-page article contributed by NAIFA State Chapters Director Julie Harrison on the best interest standard incorporated into the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transaction Model Regulation. 

Topics: Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Interstate Advocacy Annuity Best Interest Insurance & Financial Advisor Regulation NAIC NCOIL