NCOIL Opposes H.R. 6743 – The Consumer Information Notification Requirement Act

 

September 12, 2018

The Honorable Jeb Hensarling                                                                                                                        The Honorable Maxine Waters
Chair                                                                                                                                                                       Ranking Member
House Financial Services Committee                                                                                                              House Financial Services Committee
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Washington, D.C. 20515                                                                                                                                     Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Hensarling and Ranking Member Waters:

On behalf of the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), I write in opposition to H.R. 6743, “The Consumer Information Notification Requirement Act” which seeks to establish a federal standard on data security and breach notification for the financial services and insurance industries and would therefore preempt existing relevant state laws.

As you may know, NCOIL is a national legislative organization with the nation’s 50 states as members, represented principally by legislators serving on their states’ insurance and financial institutions committees. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and financial services, works to both preserve the State jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy years ago and to serve as an educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties. Founded in 1969, NCOIL works to assert the prerogative of legislators in making State policy when it comes to insurance and educate State legislators on current and longstanding insurance issues.

NCOIL takes the issue of data security and breach notification very seriously. In addition to holding several educational sessions on such topics for our member legislators and interested parties at our national meetings, in November 2017, following the events of the Equifax data breach, we adopted a Model Act Prohibiting Consumer Reporting Agencies from Charging Fees Related to Security Freezes, which prohibits a consumer reporting agency from imposing a fee on a consumer for placing a security freeze, removing a security freeze, temporarily lifting a security freeze, or reinstating a security freeze.

While we commend your Committee’s efforts to ensure there are appropriate safeguards established relating to data security and breach notification, NCOIL believes that states are best qualified to enact and enforce such laws. All fifty states have data security and breach notification laws in place, many of which can be argued have stronger standards than those proposed in H.R. 6743.

If enacted, H.R. 6743 will substantially change the data security and breach notification requirements for the insurance industry, a change that NCOIL believes comes from the wrong authority, and indeed violates the spirit of the McCarran-Ferguson doctrine. If changes to insurer data security and breach notification requirements were to be made, the proven, state-based system of insurance regulation dictates that state insurance legislators – those with a fundamental understanding of their states’ markets and consumers – are best equipped to respond rather than Congress. State insurance legislators continue to work hard to both develop and improve data security and breach notification laws. If enacted, H.R. 6743 would impede upon such efforts which would ultimately harm consumers.

Thank you and please do not hesitate to reach out if you wish to discuss this further.

With appreciation for your consideration, I am,

Very truly yours,

Thomas B. Considine
CEO
NCOIL

cc:

The Honorable Blaine Luetkemeyer
Chair
House Financial Services
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
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Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable William Lacy Clay
Ranking Member
House Financial Services
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
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Washington, D.C. 20515

NCOIL Highlights Life Insurance Awareness Month

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2018
Contact: Paul Penna
(732) 201-4133

NCOIL HIGHLIGHTS LIFE INSURANCE AWARENESS MONTH
Urges Greater Coverage to Protect Loved Ones in the Event of Tragedy

Manasquan, NJ – NCOIL highlights September as Life Insurance Awareness Month. This campaign takes place each September to highlight the importance of life insurance and the role it plays in protecting financial security in the event of a family tragedy.

“As legislators, it is our primary responsibility that we work to protect consumers, and it is therefore important that we remind them to have adequate life insurance coverage” said AR Sen. Jason Rapert, NCOIL President. “The passing of a family’s primary wage earner is terrible by itself, and should not lead to household financial insecurity.”

Information and resources about Life Insurance Awareness Month can be found at https://lifehappenspro.org/life-insurance-awareness-month. Life Happens states that more than 95 million Americans have no life insurance and 1 in 3 Americans believe they have less than needed.

“As Life Happens states, too many Americans have no life insurance and even more have less than they need” said Commissioner Tom Considine, NCOIL CEO. “NCOIL is pleased to highlight the need for Americans to assess their financial needs and purchase appropriate life insurance to protect their loved ones.”

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NCOIL is a national legislative organization with the nation’s 50 states as members, represented principally by legislators
serving on their states’ insurance and financial institutions committees. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and
financial services, works to preserve the State jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act
seventy years ago, and to serve as an educational forum for public policymakers and interested parties. Founded in 1969,
NCOIL works to assert the prerogative of legislators in making State policy when it comes to insurance and educate State
legislators on current and longstanding insurance issues.

NCOIL Team Meets With FIO Director

 

For Immediate Release
August 29, 2018
Contact: Paul Penna
(732) 201-4133

NCOIL TEAM MEETS WITH FIO DIRECTOR
Discuss Necessity of State Based Regulation of Insurance

Commissioner Tom Considine, NCOIL CEO; and Will Melofchik, NCOIL Legislative Director met with Stephen J. Dreyer, Director of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) in Washington, D.C.

“It is vital that we interact with the FIO to ensure that the state-based regulation of insurance is protected” said Considine. “This system has protected consumers and ensured solvency for nearly 75 years and there is not reason to change it now.”

They discussed a wide range of issues including ensuring the state-based regulation of insurance is preserved, and invited Dreyer to participate at a future NCOIL meeting.

“We appreciate the dialogue with Director Dreyer” said Considine. “We expressed the need for the FIO to focus on enhancing the state-based system.”

This is the latest in a long list of interaction between NCOIL and federal offices. NCOIL has hosted three DC Educational Fly-Ins to educate members of congress, met with senior congressional leadership and had important agency heads participate at NCOIL meetings.

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NCOIL is a legislative organization comprised principally of legislators serving on state insurance and financial institutions
committees around the nation. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and financial services, works to both preserve the
state jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy years ago and to serve as an
educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties. Founded in 1969, NCOIL works to assert the
prerogative of legislators in making state policy when it comes to insurance and educate state legislators on current and
perennial insurance issues

NCOIL Passes Resolution in Support of Small Business Audit Correction Act

For Immediate Release
July 30, 2018
Contact: Paul Penna
(732) 201-4133

NCOIL PASSES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS AUDIT
CORRECTION ACT
Sponsored by AR Senator Jason Rapert, NCOIL President

Manasquan, NJ – At the 2018 NCOIL Summer Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, the NCOIL Financial Services Committee adopted a Resolution sponsored by NCOIL President, AR Sen. Jason Rapert, in Support of the Small Business Audit Correction Act. The Executive Committee affirmed the passage.

The Small Business Audit Correction Act would provide regulatory relief to privately-held, noncustodial investment brokers and dealers by exempting them from stringent audit requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which was created by Sarbanes-Oxley and given additional powers over small brokers by Dodd-Frank. Prior to Sarbanes-Oxley, and as amended by Dodd-Frank, brokers and dealers were required to hire American Institute of CPAs registered auditors who followed General Accepted Accounting Standards when conducting audits. This legislation would reinstate those audit requirements for privately-held, non-custodial brokers and dealers.

“The Small Business Audit Correction Act fixes a costly mistake for small businesses’ that are the lifeblood of our states” said Sen. Rapert. “In this instance, the federal government’s one-size-fits-all regulatory approach inappropriately penalized these privately-held, small, non-custodial brokers and dealers by holding them to the same standards as large firms such as Merrill Lynch. I trust the federal government will hear the message that this overreach will not stand.” Rapert concluded “I applaud the bipartisan leadership of Rep. French Hill, R-AR; Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-TX; Sen. Tom Cotton, R-AR; and Sen. Doug Jones, D-AL for addressing this important issue in Congress. This legislation is the kind of common sense solution needed to keep our economy moving forward and remove jobkilling government regulations.”

“By its very name, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board exists to oversee public entities, not small, private firms” said Commissioner Tom Considine, NCOIL CEO. “This bi-partisan legislation represents sound and reasonable policy that will allow small businesses to deploy their resources on helping local communities rather than on wrongfully applied, expensive, regulations.”

“I was pleased when Senator Rapert brought this issue forth for consideration as it represents part of NCOIL’s continued effort to discuss emerging issues in the banking and financial services sectors for discussion at NCOIL meetings” Considine concluded.

A full copy of the Resolution is below.

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF INSURANCE LEGISLATORS (NCOIL)

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS AUDIT CORRECTION ACT

Adopted by the NCOIL Financial Services Committee on July 13, 2018 and the NCOIL Executive Committee on July 15, 2018
*Sponsored by Senator Jason Rapert (AR)

WHEREAS, many types of financial institutions are in need of regulatory relief, including privately held, small non-custodial brokers and dealers, which are often the gateway to the markets for Main Street businesses; and

WHEREAS, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) was established by Congress in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Sarbanes-Oxley) to oversee the audits of public companies in an effort to protect the investing public; and

WHEREAS, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) expanded the PCAOB’s oversight to include the annual audits of all brokers and dealers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), regardless of size; and

WHEREAS, prior to Sarbanes-Oxley, and as amended by Dodd-Frank, brokers and dealers were required to hire American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) registered auditors who followed Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (GAAS) when conducting audits; and

WHEREAS, the complex and expensive PCAOB audit requirements and guidelines were appropriately designed for large, public companies because the investing public and markets are potentially at much greater risk from those companies; and

WHEREAS, conversely, the PCAOB audit requirements and guidelines are not suited for small, privately-held firms that do not hold customer assets; and

WHEREAS, this one-size-fits-all PCAOB audit requirement has inhibited the growth and success of small broker-dealer businesses with limited resources; and

WHEREAS, the very name of the PCAOB should limit its oversight to public companies, not privately-held firms; and

WHEREAS, such small, Main Street firms, should be encouraged to focus on providing valuable services to their customers rather than exerting their limited resources on regulations that only provide enhanced consumer protection when applied to large, public companies; and

WHEREAS, H.R. 6021/S. 3004, the “Small Business Audit Correction Act of 2018” would exempt privately-held, small non-custodial brokers and dealers in good standing from the requirement to hire a PCAOB-registered audit firm, and reinstate audit requirements to the former standard for those types of firms which will in turn protect consumers and promote economic growth; and

WHEREAS, this bipartisan legislation is a common-sense step towards easing the regulatory burden on small businesses, a burden so great that many small businesses are struggling to survive; and

WHEREAS, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that NCOIL supports H.R. 6021/S.3004, and urges members of Congress to take action on the proposal to provide significant and much needed relief for small businesses and their customers across the country; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution shall be distributed to the members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee; the members of the Senate Banking Committee; the Speaker and Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the United States Senate; and the Chairs of the Committees of jurisdiction in each Legislative Chamber of each State.

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NCOIL is a legislative organization comprised principally of legislators serving on state insurance and financial institutions
committees around the nation. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and financial services, works to both preserve the
state jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy years ago and to serve as an
educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties. Founded in 1969, NCOIL works to assert the
prerogative of legislators in making state policy when it comes to insurance and educate state legislators on current and
perennial insurance issues.

NCOIL Applauds House Bipartisan Passage of H.R. 4537, Urges Swift Senate Passage

 

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2018
Contact: Paul Penna
(732) 201-4133

NCOIL APPLAUDS HOUSE BIPARTISAN PASSAGE OF H.R. 4357, URGES SWIFT
SENATE PASSAGE
Provides Greater Oversight and Transparency on International Insurance Standards

Manasquan, NJ – NCOIL CEO Commissioner Tom Considine applauded passage of H.R. 4537 by the full House of Representatives and urged the Senate to do the same and send the legislation to the President.

“NCOIL believes this legislation is necessary to provide greater oversight and transparency on international insurance standards and preserve the state-based system of insurance regulation that has thrived for nearly seventy-five years. NCOIL legislators shared their support of this legislation while we visited with our federal counterparts in June. The Senate needs to swiftly pass this legislation and send it to the President.”

Earlier this year, for the third time in as many years, NCOIL legislators participated in a DC Educational Fly-In with Members of Congress and their staff to protect the state-based system of insurance regulation.

Full information about H.R. 4537 can be viewed here – https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4537/text

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NCOIL is a legislative organization comprised principally of legislators serving on state insurance and financial institutions
committees around the nation. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and financial services, works to both preserve the
state jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy years ago and to serve as an
educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties. Founded in 1969, NCOIL works to assert the
prerogative of legislators in making state policy when it comes to insurance and educate state legislators on current and
perennial insurance issues.

NCOIL President & CEO Concerned About NFIP Lapse

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2018
Contact: Paul Penna
(732) 201-4133

NCOIL PRESIDENT & CEO CONCERNED ABOUT NFIP LAPSE
Program Scheduled to Expire on July 31; No Plan in Place for Reauthorization

Manasquan, NJ – AR Senator Jason Rapert, NCOIL President. issued the following statement as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is scheduled to expire in less than 10 days:

“As we discussed with our federal colleagues when we visited with them in DC last month, it is critically important that there be both a short-term and long-term reauthorization of the NFIP. Stability in the marketplace is needed. It is vital to the economic well-being of our shared constituents that there be no lapse that would undoubtedly harm homeowners.”

Commissioner Tom Considine, NCOIL CEO, amplified Sen. Rapert’s message:

“Over the past three years, in more than 150 meetings, we have directly urged Members of Congress and their staffs that the NFIP cannot lapse. If the program expires in the middle of hurricane season, it will be extremely problematic and an awful experience for consumers. In the strongest language possible, NCOIL demands that immediate action be taken to protect this program.”

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NCOIL is a legislative organization comprised principally of legislators serving on state insurance and financial institutions
committees around the nation. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and financial services, works to both preserve the
state jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy years ago and to serve as an
educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties. Founded in 1969, NCOIL works to assert the
prerogative of legislators in making state policy when it comes to insurance and educate state legislators on current and
perennial insurance issues.

NCOIL Concludes Successful 2018 Summer Meeting in Salt Lake City

For Immediate Release
July 20, 2018
Contact: Paul Penna
(732) 201-4133

NCOIL CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL 2018 NCOIL SUMMER MEETING IN SALT LAKE
CITY
Morrish Elected as Vice President, Models and Resolution Discussed and Adopted

Manasquan, NJ – NCOIL concluded a successful 2018 Summer Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, which included the passage of a Model Towing Act.

“NCOIL continues to be the only organization comprised and run by legislators that drafts insurance and financial service model legislation for the states’ to consider” said AR Senator Jason Rapert, NCOIL President. “As we saw at the Summer Meeting, there are many issues that require the attention of insurance state legislators and we are working diligently to accomplish that.”

As previously reported, the NCOIL Nominating Committee met to consider applications for the vacant Vice- President position and elected LA Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish.

The meeting included 277 attendees, 51 legislators, 5 Commissioners – UT. Cmsr. Kiser, Idaho Director Cameron, MS Cmsr. Chaney, HI Cmsr. Ito and MO Csmr. Lindley-Myers and 14 Insurance Departments represented. All policy committees met to discuss timely issues.

“I am pleased with the continued growth and energy at the NCOIL Summer Meeting” said Commissioner Tom Considine, NCOIL CEO. “At this meeting, we selected a new Vice President, readopted many models and adopted a Consumer Protection Model Towing Act that represents a comprise among all the stakeholders.”

In addition, there were 3 General Sessions: Innovation General Session – Navigating the Future of Autonomous Vehicles: A Tech and Insurance Update; Health General Session – Breaking Down Silos: Innovative Solutions to Address the Opioid Epidemic; and Property & Casualty General Session – Arrive Alive: Legislative and Industry Trends to Stop Distracted Driving; and 2 Fundamentals of Insurance trainings by the Institutes Griffith Foundation to train new legislators about insurance public policy.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes spoke at the Keynote Luncheon and the body saw a video message from Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

The NCOIL Property and Casualty Insurance Committee adopted the Consumer Protection Model Towing Act, sponsored by Rep. Matt Lehman (IN), NCOIL Treasurer, and re-adopted the following  model laws for 5 years, per NCOIL bylaws – Model Act Regarding Auto Airbag Fraud; Model State Uniform Building Code; Model Act Regarding Disclosure of Rental Vehicle Damage Waivers; Model Anti-Runners Fraud Bill; Property/Casualty Insurance Modernization Act; and Property/Casualty Insurance Domestic Violence Model Act.

The State Flood Disaster Mitigation and Relief Model Act was re-adopted until the December meeting in Oklahoma City in order to consider proposed amendments that would promote the private flood insurance market.

The NCOIL Financial Services Committee adopted a Resolution in Support of The Small Business Audit Correction Act of 2018, sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert (AR), NCOIL President.

The NCOIL Health, Long-Term Care & Health Retirement Issues Committee continued discussion of the licensure and regulation of PBMs with the goal of having a model ready for action in December. The NCOIL Workers’ Compensation Committee re-adopted the following model laws for 5 years per NCOIL bylaws – Model Act on Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Volunteer Firefighters; Construction Industry Workers’ Compensation Coverage Act; and Model Act Regarding Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage in Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Relationships

The NCOIL Model Act on Workers’ Compensation Repackaged Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Rates was re-adopted until the December meeting in Oklahoma City in order to consider proposed amendments regarding physician dispensing and drug compounding.

Minutes for the NCOIL meeting will be posted in the next few weeks at www.ncoil.org.

The NCOIL Annual Meeting will be in Oklahoma City, OK at the Renaissance Oklahoma City from December 5 – 8. Registration will be open in late August.

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NCOIL is a legislative organization comprised principally of legislators serving on state insurance and financial institutions
committees around the nation. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and financial services, works to both preserve the
state jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy years ago and to serve as an
educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties. Founded in 1969, NCOIL works to assert the
prerogative of legislators in making state policy when it comes to insurance and educate state legislators on current and
perennial insurance issues.

LA Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish Elected to Serve as NCOIL Vice President

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2018
Contact: Paul Penna
(732) 201-4133

LA SENATOR DAN “BLADE” MORRISH ELECTED TO SERVE AS NCOIL VICE PRESIDENT
Replaces VT Rep. Bill Botzow

Manasquan, NJ – The NCOIL Executive Committee met this morning at a Special Executive Committee Meeting during the Welcome Breakfast at the 2018 Summer Meeting in Salt Lake City and elected Louisiana Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish to fill the remaining term as Vice President.

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to serve as Vice President” said Morrish. “NCOIL is a valuable organization that I have participated with for many years as a legislator. As we begin NCOIL’s 50th anniversary, I look forward to serving and sharing the great works of this organization.”

The position became vacant when VT Rep. Bill Botzow decided not to seek another term in the VT legislature and resigned as NCOIL Vice President.

“When Bill Botzow told me of his decision to leave the legislature and NCOIL, and I reflected on the need for immediate succession planning, Blade Morrish is the person that came to mind,” said AR Sen. Jason Rapert, NCOIL President. “Blade has been an NCOIL leader who for years, has chaired a number of our committees, and is universally respected in the organization,” Rapert continued. “He has my full confidence and the support of our officer team.”

“Sen. Morrish is exactly the type of leader NCOIL needs in our officer ranks at this point in our history” said Commissioner Tom Considine, NCOIL CEO. “He is forward looking, pragmatic & bipartisan, and intends to grow the organization. I welcome him and am excited to work together.”

Morrish’s biography can be viewed here – http://senate.la.gov/senators/senbiography.asp?SenID=25

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NCOIL is a legislative organization comprised principally of legislators serving on state insurance and financial institutions
committees around the nation. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and financial services, works to both preserve the
state jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy years ago and to serve as an
educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties. Founded in 1969, NCOIL works to assert the
prerogative of legislators in making state policy when it comes to insurance and educate state legislators on current and
perennial insurance issues

NCOIL Concludes Third Annual DC Fly-in to Educate Members of Congress About the Importance of State-Based Insurance Regulation

 

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2018
Contact: Paul Penna
(732) 201-4133

NCOIL CONCLUDES THIRD ANNUAL DC FLY-IN TO EDUCATE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF STATE-BASED INSURANCE REGULATION

National cross section of State Legislators Met with Senators, Representatives, Committee Staff and
Member Staff to Further Education Process

Manasquan, NJ: – On June 26th, a bi-partisan group of NCOIL legislators from State Senates and State Houses of Representatives around the country met in Washington DC to educate Members of Congress and their staffs about the vital importance of state-based regulation of insurance and its success for more than 70 years.

Participating legislators including AR Senator Jason Rapert, NCOIL President; IN Rep. Matt Lehman, NCOIL Treasurer; KY Rep. Steve Riggs, NCOIL Immediate Past President; OH Sen. Bob Hackett, Chair of the NCOIL Financial Services Committee; FL Rep. David Santiago, Vice-Chair of the NCOIL Property & Casualty Insurance Committee; MN Rep. Joe Hoppe, Vice-Chair of the NCOIL Life Insurance & Financial Planning Committee; and AR Rep. Deborah Ferguson, Chair of the NCOIL Life Insurance & Financial Planning Committee. They, together with NCOIL CEO Commissioner Tom Considine and staff, participated in more than 50 meetings with Senators, Congressman, and committee and congressional staff, including significant numbers of both the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Banking Committee, to highlight the need to protect the state-based
system of insurance regulation.

“In this critical time in our country, Members of Congress and their staff need to know the importance of state-based regulation of insurance to their states” said AR Sen. Jason Rapert, NCOIL President. “Any attempts to weaken this system have disastrous consequences for our mutual constituents, consumers, companies, and our superior state-based regulation of insurance.”

NCOIL Legislators met with and engaged in dialogue with House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance Chair Rep. Sean Duffy. Rep Duffy is the prime sponsor of H.R. 4537, which aims to preserve the state-based system of insurance regulation by providing greater oversight
of and transparency on international insurance standards setting processes. Rep. Duffy is also the prime sponsor of: H.R. 3746, which would clarify that, subject to narrow exceptions, the business of insurance is not within the jurisdiction of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB); and H.R. 3861, which seeks to overhaul the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) by moving it to the Office of International Affairs within the Treasury Department, limiting FIO’s role to largely international matters, and capping the number of FIO employees to five (5).

In 2016 and 2017, NCOIL hosted an Education Fly-In where more than a half dozen NCOIL legislators traveled to Washington DC and participated in more than 50 meetings to educate Members of Congress and their staff about the well-established state-based regulation of insurance in the United States.

“Education is a critical service that NCOIL provides to legislators and interested parties. State legislators have worked to affirm the state-based system of insurance legislation and regulation that promotes growth and solvency in the market while protecting consumers, and which has worked for nearly 75 years since the passage of McCarran-Ferguson Act” said Considine, former NJ Banking and Insurance Commissioner. “As we conclude our third DC Educational Fly-in over the past 21 months, there is increased knowledge about the need to protect the existing insurance regulatory
system.”

State-based insurance regulation has helped create the most competitive insurance markets in the world. In the past several years a number of federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the Treasury, have begun intruding into insurance regulatory issues in ways that Congress did not intend when it adopted the McCarran-Ferguson Act in 1945 and re-affirmed as recently as passage of the Dodd Frank Act.

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NCOIL is a legislative organization comprised principally of legislators serving on state insurance and financial
institutions committees around the nation. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and financial services, works
to both preserve the state jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy
years ago and to serve as an educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties. Founded in
1969, NCOIL works to assert the prerogative of legislators in making state policy when it comes to insurance
and educate state legislators on current and perennial insurance issues.

NCOIL 2018 Summer Meeting Health General Session to Examine Opioid Epidemic

 

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2018
Contact: Paul Penna
(732) 201-4133

NCOIL 2018 SUMMER MEETING HEALTH GENERAL SESSION TO EXAMINE OPIOID
EPIDEMIC

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Highlights Panel, Will Discuss Efforts of Utah Opioid Task Force

 

Manasquan, NJ – During the 2018 NCOIL Summer Meeting at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake
City from July 12th – 15th there will be Health General Session titled “Breaking Down Silos: Innovative Solutions to Address the Opioid Epidemic”

“NCOIL continues to provide timely health insurance general sessions as state legislatures and legislators look for policy solutions to this issue” said AR Sen. Jason Rapert, NCOIL President. “I am proud that we are actively searching for solutions to this vexing problem.”

Panelists scheduled to appear include:

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes – General Reyes will be discussing the efforts of the Utah Opioid Task Force that he serves as co-chair of and co-founded. Information about the Task Force can be found here – https://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/media-center/uag-pressrelease/fighting-against-theopioid-epidemic.

Dr. Andrew Kolodny – Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at the Brandeis University’s Heller
School for Social Policy and Management.

Dr. Howard Shaps, Sr. Medical Director, WellCare.

“We strive to educate policymakers and provide useful information, so a solution might present itself,” said Commissioner Tom Considine, NCOIL CEO. “We invite top-notch presenters, such as General Reyes, Dr. Kolodny, and Dr. Shaps, to share their experiences and recommendations so they can be taken back to the states for consideration.”

“In Utah, we have worked with stakeholders from a myriad of disciplines while including lawmakers at the state, federal and local levels, to drive policies addressing this scourge of death and addiction related to Opioids,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “We have learned valuable lessons from colleagues around the country and are happy to share our own successes with any members of NCOIL for the benefit of their states. I’m honored to be a part of this conference, the national discussion and, hopefully together, solutions.”

Biographies for all participants are below.

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NCOIL is a legislative organization comprised principally of legislators serving on state insurance and financial institutions
committees around the nation. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance and financial services, works to both preserve the
state jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy years ago and to serve as an
educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties. Founded in 1969, NCOIL works to assert the
prerogative of legislators in making state policy when it comes to insurance and educate state legislators on current and
perennial insurance issues.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes

In 2013, at the age of 42, the Honorable Sean Reyes was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert as Utah’s 21st Attorney General. General Reyes took over an office racked with scandal and inefficiency in the midst of some of the most significant constitutional issues in state history. Within a year, he
reorganized and re-energized the office internally and recaptured the trust of the State with striking leadership, innovative programs and historic wins against drug dealers, human trackers, child predators and white collar criminals. After winning election in 2014 by one of the largest margins
nationwide, Reyes was selected in 2015 by the Republican National Committee as one of its four national rising stars.

Prior to taking office, Attorney General Reyes was a partner in a small venture fund, general counsel for a tech company and a litigation partner at Utah’s largest private law -rm. He has been honored nationally and locally with a long list of awards for his legal skills, leadership and unparalleled
commitment to public service and has founded and served multiple non-pro-t organizations. The son of a Spanish-Filipino immigrant father, who ed the Marcos regime and a Japanese-Hawaiian mother, AG Reyes is Utah’s first minority elected statewide. General Reyes and his wife, Saysha, are
the proud parents of 6 children. He is a former collegiate volleyball player and mixed martial arts fighter who enjoys speaking at Comic Cons, playing basketball, coaching his kids, dancing with Saysha, watching Sports Center, cooking, shooting guns and rapping on Bloomberg News.

Andrew Kolodny

Dr. Kolodny previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Phoenix House, a national non profit addiction treatment agency and Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City.  Dr. Kolodny has a long-standing interest in public health. He began his career working for the New
York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Office of the Executive Deputy Commissioner. For New York City, he helped develop and implement multiple programs to improve the health of New Yorkers and save lives, including city-wide buprenorphine programs, naloxone overdose prevention programs and emergency room-based screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for drug and alcohol misuse.

Howard Shaps, MD MBA Sr. Medical Director, Value Based Care

Dr. Howard Shaps has served as a medical director for WellCare since January 2014. In this role, he has been responsible for overseeing the clinical direction of medical services and quality functions in the Kentucky market where he served as medical director for four years. During his tenure, he
provided medical leadership for the effective care integration of pharmacy operations; utilization, care and disease management activities. Most recently, Howard joined WellCare’s corporate team, based out of WellCare’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida. In his current role, Howard is tasked with delivering quality care to all of WellCare’s members through policy development and the promotion of value-based care.

Prior to joining WellCare, Howard was the medical director for Health Care Excel, a nonprofit health care consulting company and served as a medical director for Express Scripts. Since 2007, he has also been an assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Earlier in his career, Howard served simultaneously as the medical director for the Department of Emergency Medicine for Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and the medical director for CVS Minute Clinic. He remains on the emergency medicine staff for the Jewish Hospital. He serves on the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association Medical Directors Clinical Advisory Panel and most
recently serviced on National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Committee for the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Project.

Howard earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, his doctor of medicine from the Boston University School of Medicine and his MBA, with distinction, from the University of Louisville College of Business. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Emergency
Medicine and holds active medical licenses in Kentucky and Indiana.