The Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure Model Act and Model Regulation have been adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and have been passed into law by California, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana and Vermont. Other states are expected to follow suit in the near future.
The Model Act provides for extensive disclosure about corporate governance procedures, usually to the lead state regulator for an insurance group, about
The specific disclosures within those areas will, most likely, be determined by regulation. The NAIC-proposed Model Regulation includes some surprisingly invasive items, such as
The first reports by those insurance groups that have insurance companies domiciled in states that have adopted the Model Act are generally due June 1, but other dates will apply in individual states and will evolve as the law rolls out across state legislatures.
In addition to the Model Act's adoption by California, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana and Vermont, other states are rapidly moving ahead. For example, measures have been introduced in Rhode Island, where the bill was passed by the House and recommended for passage by a Senate committee, and in Florida, where legislation is pending in both chambers of the legislature to impose reporting by 2018. Pennsylvania's regulator has given passage a high priority.
The NAIC Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Committee has recommended a one-year comment period, which began on January 1, as to whether large parts of the Model Act would be required for individual states to be accredited. This move would result in almost all states adopting these provisions and requiring reports from insurers.The exact content of the reports is expected to continue to evolve as we move toward June 1, but insurers should be preparing to share an unprecedented level of detail on corporate governance procedures with insurance regulators annually once the statutes are adopted.
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Steven A. Cash, Benjamin H. Nissim and David Forscey, policy analyst for the Homeland Security & Public Safety Division of the National Governors Association, co-authored an article, "Cybersecurity Is The Next Frontier Of State Regulation," for Law360.
On January 12, in its Stamford office, Day Pitney held a 2-part, complimentary CLE program on cybersecurity issues facing the insurance industry.
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On November 17 – 18, Michael Mullins will speak at the ARIAS U.S. Fall Conference and Annual Meeting at the New York Marriott Marquis.
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On January 5, Day Pitney hosted a speech by Robert L. Capers, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section (WCCC) at the firm's New York City office.
Eric Fader was quoted in an article, "Unknown Future of ACA Puts Blues Plans In an Uncomfortable Spot Heading Into '17," published in The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.
Bill Goddard was quoted in an article, "4 Key Battles To Watch Over NAIC's Cyber Model Law," in Law360. The article is about the National Association of Insurance Commissioners draft of a model law outlining how insurers must safeguard consumers' information and respond in the event of a data breach.
John McLafferty was quoted in an article,"New pay equity law offers fertile ground for litigation," in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.