The Banking Committees bill includes a provision for a study on the possibility that the life insurance industry might need government assistance.
Under this provision, the study would be conducted by the Treasury Secretary, a representative of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, representatives of the insurance industry and other experts in the field of insurance.
The specific number and affiliations of the commission members is not stated. Thus far, it is uncertain whether a similar provision will appear in the Commerce Committees bill.
By contrast, the House Financial Services Committee approved language establishing a five-member commission to study the issue. The members include the Secretary, NAIC, a life insurance company representative, a reinsurance representative and a life insurance association representative.
However, sources told National Underwriter that the commission in the House bill could be expanded to seven to include the Director of Homeland Security and the Federal Reserve Board.
Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, November 19, 2001. Copyright 2001 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.
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