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August 27, 2007
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Commissioners Remain Concerned About Use of Credit Scores, Suitability, Senior Sales
State insurance commissioners continue to be interested in how insurance companies are using consumer credit scores. That was just one topic in a wide-ranging discussion that also touched on market conduct exams, suitability and protections for senior consumers....
Market Conduct Exams Papers Are Confidential, State Attorney General Says in Ruling
Papers provided to the Washington insurance commissioner will remain privileged and confidential, according to a new opinion from the state’s attorney general....
Insurers Can’t Use New Applicant Credit Data When Renewing Policies, Alaska Supreme Court Rules
Insurers won’t be allowed to consider credit information when renewing auto and homeowner policies in Alaska, even if it is the same data they considered when they first rated and underwrote the coverage. That’s the view of the state’s supreme court, which said that, at renewal, insurers must re-rate all policies as if credit information had never been considered....
Progressive’s CEO Apologizes for 2005 Spying Incident; Says It Wouldn’t Happen Today
The top executive at Progressive has admitted that the company and its investigators improperly spied on a Georgia couple who had sued the carrier over an auto accident....
Connecticut Doctors Sue Carriers Over Rankings; New York AG Asks for Justification

Health insurance companies are under attack for programs that rank, or their plans to rank, doctors according to how well they meet certain quality of care standards. Connecticut doctors are suing two insuers, claiming that claims costs are the sole judging criteria, and the New York attorney general is asking for more information about the programs....

AIA, ACLI Urge Federal Charter Reconsideration; Industry Will Pitch Property Insurance Stability to Governors

The industry is talking up insurance to the nation's governors. Two trade associations have sent a letter to the National Governors Association, asking the group to reconsider its opposition to optional federal charters for insurers, and insurance company executives were talking with the Southern Governors Association about the affordability and availability of insurance in coastal areas....

Poolman Will Leave Flex-Band Rating Legacy Behind When He Departs as North Dakota Commissioner
North Dakota insurance commissioner Jim Poolman will leave behind a nice legacy for insurers – flex-band rating – when he leaves office Aug. 31....
Florida Regulator Escapes Punishment for Mixing Work, Politics; Tightens Office’s Ethics Code
Florida insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty has apologized to the Florida Cabinet, and that will apparently be the extent of his punishment for mixing politics and his official duties earlier this year....
Rules, Reg & Bulletins August 27, 2007

A summary of recent regulatory developments and legislation....