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Colorado Adopts Stronger Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 8/5/22 1:33 PM

ACLI President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-CO Political Action Committee Chair and Government Relations Committee member Brent Jones issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Colorado Division of Insurance:

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Press Release
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Advocacy Rewind: Spotlight on NAIFA-Nebraska

By Bianca Alonso Weiss on 7/25/22 5:41 PM

On March 1, 2022, NAIFA-Nebraska hosted their successful Legislative Day event in Lincoln. NAIFA-NE members in attendance received briefings from:

Topics: State Advocacy
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New Law in Hawaii Strengthens Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 6/21/22 4:30 PM

ACLI President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-HI Government Relations Chair Cynthia Takenaka issued the following joint statement on legislation signed into law in Hawaii that strengthens protections for annuity consumers:

“The new law approved by the legislature and signed by Governor David Ige strengthens protections for consumers in the Aloha State looking to secure lifetime income through annuities.

“The new law adds to the national momentum behind enhanced protections for annuity consumers. Hawaii becomes the 27th state to implement 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 align with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest, providing robust consumer protections at the state and federal level.

“Unlike a fiduciary-only approach, these measures ensure that all savers, particularly financially vulnerable middle-income Americans, can access 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 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 more states implement these sensible protections so more consumers working to secure their family’s financial future can benefit from a best interest standard of care, no matter where they live.”

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Press Release
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Michigan Passes High School Financial Literacy Education Requirement

By NAIFA on 6/21/22 10:49 AM

NAIFA is proud that Michigan is the 14th state to embrace a personal finance education course requirement. Michigan's legislation requires that all high school students take a half-credit course in personal finance before they graduate. The Michigan House of Representatives passed HB 5190 by a vote of 94-13 and the bill passed the state's Senate in May with a vote of 35-2. Members of NAIFA-Michigan, who first created this concept a decade ago with legislation to create optional courses, celebrate the signature of Governor Whitmer updating Michigan’s high school curriculum to include a financial literacy course.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Financial Literacy
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North Carolina Enhances Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 6/14/22 2:38 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) North Carolina Government Relations Committee Chair Fred Joyner issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the North Carolina Department of Insurance:

“The new rule adopted by the North Carolina Department of Insurance and under the leadership of Commissioner Mike Causey gives people in the Tar Heel State confidence that the financial professionals they are working with are acting in consumers’ best interest.

“The department’s action adds to the nationwide, bipartisan momentum behind enhanced protections for people seeking lifetime income in retirement through annuities. North Carolina is the 26th state to adopt a measure that aligns with the ‘best interest of consumer enhancements’ in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation. They also harmonize with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest.

“Unlike a fiduciary-only approach, these measures ensure that all savers, particularly financially vulnerable middle-income Americans, can access information about different choices for long-term security throughout retirement. A new 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 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 retain access to annuities.

“We look forward to seeing additional states add to this momentum for enhanced protections so that more consumers can benefit from a best interest standard of care.”

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Press Release
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NAIFA Celebrates State Advocacy Milestone

By NAIFA on 5/26/22 2:24 PM

NAIFA strongly encourages states to adopt the NAIC's model regulation on annuity transactions, and our state chapters have made promoting adoption of the model an advocacy priority over the past two years. Our efforts, the work of members like you at the grassroots level, and our ability to work with other industry organizations – including the American Council of Life Insurers – have paid off.

Topics: Annuities State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy Press Release
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New Rule Strengthens Protections for South Carolina Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 5/19/22 9:32 AM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) South Carolina President Johnny Craven issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by Acting Director Michael Wise and the South Carolina Department of Insurance:

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Press Release
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Tennessee Modifies Qualifications for Potential Agents

By Bianca Alonso Weiss on 4/28/22 4:41 PM

NAIFA-TN is celebrating the recent signing of HB 2225 into law. Sponsored by Representative Dennis Powers and NAIFA-Tennessee member Senator Mark Pody, this bill limits the lookback of misdemeanors or Class E felonies to 10 years for insurance agent applicants. Class E felonies are often associated with low-quantity marijuana possession charges. In recent years, as many states have taken steps toward legalization, there are efforts to expunge or reconsider these types of crimes, which were disproportionately charged against minorities and people of color. HB 2225 is a step towards removing this barrier of entry into the insurance industry.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Licensing

NAIFA-KY and the Importance of State Advocacy: An Update From Brian Wilson

By NAIFA on 4/18/22 1:29 PM

The advocacy work of NAIFA-KY was highly influential in the late revision of tax reform legislation in the state that would have placed a 6% tax on financial planning and investment management services. This tax would have impacted many investors in Kentucky and the financial professionals they rely on for advice and services. NAIFA Trustee Brian Wilson offers his perspective on why this advocacy win and all of NAIFA's state advocacy efforts are so important.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Tax State Advocacy
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New Wisconsin Law Boosts Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 4/18/22 9:58 AM

Legislation signed into law by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers greatly enhances protections for consumers seeking lifetime income from annuities. The law was proposed by Senator Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) and Representative Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca). Wisconsin is the 23rd state that as part of a nationwide, bipartisan effort has adopted measures implementing the "best interest of consumer enhancements" in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation.  The new laws and regulations also align with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest.

Topics: Annuities State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy Press Release

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