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January 22, 2007
 
Best Practice: Explain Claims Calculations
To sidestep customer complaints, make sure clear explanations are part of your auto claims handling process....
 
GuideOne Expresses ‘Outrage’ Over Charges It Discriminates on Basis of Religion
It seems to be the most unlikely of situations: An insurance company that specializes in covering churches and their congregations is accused of religious discrimination. Yet that’s exactly the situation GuideOne Insurance finds itself in....
 
Take Reasonable Approach With Credit Scores, Insurers Argue Before Supreme Court
Attorneys representing insurers before the U.S. Supreme Court warned of dire consequences for the industry if an appeals court ruling about credit scores is allowed to stand....
 
Insurers May Get Cheap Reinsurance; Must Pass On Savings
Florida lawmakers wasted little time addressing property insurance during a special legislative session that opened Jan. 15....
 
NAIC Model Would Ban Life Insurers From Denying Coverage Due to Travel
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners wants to prohibit life insurers from denying coverage, or charging unusually high rates, becasue of a person’s past lawful travel experiences....
 
Study Says Health Insurers Would Save Billions If They Covered Post-Heart Attack Medications
Researchers at the Harvard Medical School want health insurers to consider paying the entire cost of medications that patients need after a heart attack. They say it would save countless lives – and billions of dollars for insurance companies....
 
Proposed Regulation Would Require Disclosures, Adopt New Bill of Rights for Consumers
Mississippi insurance commissioner George Dale says he intends to press ahead with a plan to require disclosures from property/casualty insurersw and implement a bill of rights for the homeowners in his state....
 
Two SEC No-Action Letters Give Go-Ahead to Separate Account Moves, In-Kind Purchases

The SEC has approved two transactions in separate no-action letters to Ameriprise Financial and the Gartmore Insurance Trust....

 
CNA Mergers Don’t Affect Compliance
CNA Financial Corp. has completed the merger of 13 subsidiaries, a move the company said was needed to streamline and consolidate its property/casualty insurance company structure in the U.S....
 
UnumProvident Is Now Unum Group
There will be no impact on the compliance function as a result of UnumProvident shortening its corporate name to Unum Group....
 
NAMIC Launches Climate Web Site
A new industry Web site is addressing the impact climate change is having on property/casualty insurance....
 
Rules, Regs & Bulletins Jan. 22, 2007

A sumary of recent regulatory actions....