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May 7, 2007
 
Best Practice: Dealing with Data Breaches
A new report from the Government Accountability Office reviews the lessons learned from data breaches at government agencies – lessons that insurers can easily apply to their own policies and procedures....
 
States: We’re Watching Contract Examiners, Raising Expectations for Performance
States are watching contract market conduct examiners more closely and exercising more authority over their work and performance, a panel at a recent industry meeting concluded....
 
American Equity Will Fight Minnesota Allegation It Makes Unsuitable Sales to Senior Consumers
The Minnesota attorney general’s office has charged American Equity Investment Life, with making unsuitable sales of long-term annuities to senior investors. But the company, which has helped to develop strong suitability standards for the industry, is insisting that it has done nothing wrong....
 
IMSA, NASD Offer Best Practices for Annuity Sales Oversight
A three-year-old report and new sales standards from an industry best practices organization can help insurers raise the bar on annuity sales standards....
 
State Bars Company for Improper Approach
The Delaware Insurance Department has barred an Ohio company from doing business in the state because of its questionable annuity sales practices....
 
New BD Regulator Will Tailor Oversight to Size, Type of Firm
There won’t be significant change in the regulation of insurer-affiliated broker-dealers this year, but the new federal regulator will approach oversight differently once the reorganization is complete....
 
Hawaii Seeks to Reinstate Rate Oversight; Oklahoma Takes a Second Look at Tort Reform
A bill approved by the Hawaii legislature could once again give the insurance commissioner oversight of health insurance rates. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma legislature went back to work on tort reform legilsation to overturn a governor’s veto....
 
Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans Settle Class Action, Give Doctors More Say in ‘Necessary Care’
Almost all of the health care plans that are members of Blue Cross Blue Shield have agreed to pay $128 million to settle a class action lawsuit relating to the way they paid physicians’ claims....
 
Florida Addresses State-Only Carriers; Lott Settles Suit; AG Threatens State Farm
The next hurricane season doesn’t officially begin for nearly another month, but developments in Florida and Mississippi are dealing with fallout from two years ago....
 
Federal Court OKs State Review of Viaticals

A viatical settlement company has lost its argument before a federal appeals court that would have allowed it to evade state laws governing the transactions....

 
Rules, Regs & Bulletins May 7, 2007
A summary of recent regulatory developments and legislation....