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May 21, 2007
 
BREAKING NEWS: Government SAR Report Outlines Insurance Company Tips, Trends and Issues
The federal government’s latest summary of Suspicious Activity Report filings shows that insurers are filing about 5 percent of all reports made by financial services companies, and are being implicated in many others....
 
Best Practice: AML Producer Training
The American Council of Life Insurers has some suggestions for companies that are grappling with how to best provide anti-money laundering training for insurance producers....
 
Experts Disagree on Insurers’ AML Progress; Companies Could Benefit from IRS Guidance
Two insurance experts are expressing different opinions about how far insurers have come in their anti-money laundering preparations and what carriers still need to do to tighten up their compliance procedures....
 
FBI Says SARs Are Useful, Keep Them Coming
The FBI says it wants insurers and other financial services companies to keep those suspicious activity reports coming. One of its top executives told Congress last week that is considers the information in SARs to be of “great value” in identifying criminal enterprises and terrorist networks....
 
The IRS and Its AML Exams, Part II
The IRS has been conducting anti-money laundering exams since February, and some elements of its approach are now becoming evident....
 
WellCare Strengthens Compliance Procedures To Address States’ Sales Practice Concerns
Saying that it has “zero tolerance for any verified compliance infractions,” WellCare Health Plans has put two new compliance measures in place for the sale of Medicare Advantage plans....
 
Health Trade Group Proposes New Sales Standards
America’s Health Insurance Plans has released new best-practice standards for selling private Medicare Advantage health plans...
 
PCI Report Says Florida Is Shifting Storm Costs, Not Fixing Problems
Florida lawmakers may have provided short-term relief for property owners in the state, but a leading trade association is saying they’re only kidding themselves – all they’ve really done is shift the cost to others....
 
AIG Signs Big Dig Workers’ Comp Settlement, ACE Settles, Coventry Faces Closure
Two insurers have signed multi-million-dollar settlements with two states – and one of the largest life settlement companies in the country is facing the prospect of expulsion from another jurisdiction....
 
Delaware Tries Again to Ban Use of Credit Data; Senate Limits Restrictions to New Business
Insurers are facing the prospect of dealing with one of the most strict credit scoring laws in the country, now that the Delaware Senate has approved a bill that would ban all use of credit scores to set auto and homeowner insurance rates on new insurance policies....
 
SEC Won’t Appeal Broker-Dealer Court Ruling

The SEC won't appeal a March 30 court decision that will require broker-dealers to maintain a fiduciary relationship with thier clients....

 
To Avoid Major Compliance Problems in New Jersey, Regulator Suggests Checking Claims, Ads, Replacements, Renewals
Claims, renewals, advertising and replacements sit atop the list of market conduct exam triggers in New Jersey, where examiners are telling insurance companies what they can do to avoid some of the more common errors....
 
Rules, Regs & Bulletins May 21, 2007
A summary of recent regulatory developments and legislation....