Reassuring customers about insurance broker compensation “is all about trust.”[@@]
William Newton, executive director of the Florida Consumer Action Network, Tampa., Fla., delivered that message to regulators halfway through 2 hours of testimony on the broker comp issue.
Commissioners here for the winter meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, Mo., assured Newton and other speakers who appeared at the broker comp session that they took the speakers’ concerns seriously.
The NAIC is responding by rushing to complete a model that amends the current Producer Model Licensing Act, and it could have the work done before Christmas, commissioners said.
“There is a commitment to develop a model law and get it approved by year-end,” said NAIC President Diane Koken, the Pennsylvania insurance commissioner.
Once commissioners get responses to their requests for information from brokers and insurers, the NAIC may develop additional model laws, regulators said.
The NAIC also has started working with the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, Albany, N.Y., on coordinating efforts to deliver a model, according to NAIC Vice President Joel Ario, the Oregon insurance administrator.
Craig Eiland, newly elected NCOIL president, told regulators that any model should promote transparency and include a definition of the fiduciary responsibilities of a broker.