Funded consumer representatives at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners are urging the organization to rethink its new system for screening model law proposals.
The consumer reps wrote to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 10 to explain why they think the screening system, announced last spring, is bad both for consumers and for the NAIC.
The letter was signed by Brendan Bridgeland, executive director of the Center for Insurance Research, Cambridge, Mass.; Birny Birnbaum, executive director of the Center for Economic Justice, Austin, Texas; Mila Kofman, associate research professor with the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, Washington; and, Bill Newton, executive director of the Florida Consumer Action Network, Tampa, Fla.
The consumer reps write in the letter that there was no public discussion about the change in policy and that the new model law procedures “continue to wreak havoc at the working group and committee level.”
The consumer reps ask NAIC leaders, including NAIC President Walter Bell, why the procedures were changed and why these changes were done in executive session without public input.