Published: July 19, 2018

Effective August 1, 2019, the New York Department of Financial Services has amended and renamed New York Insurance Regulation 187, which will now be called "Suitability and Best Interests in Life Insurance and Annuity Transactions."  The Amended Regulation addresses the duties and obligations of insurers and insurance producers and provides that any transaction with respect to life insurance policies and annuity contracts delivered or issued for delivery in New York must be in the best interest of the consumer and appropriately address the insurance needs and financial obligations of t

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Published: June 28, 2018

Blockchain in the Insurance Industry Series: Part I

Although it is being touted as one of the most important innovations since creation of the Internet, most people only know blockchain as the technology supporting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. However,  there are a myriad of potential uses of blockchain technology in the insurance industry. To fully appreciate the full potential of blockchain in the insurance industry a basic understanding of the technology is helpful.

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Published: May 24, 2018

Joining a majority of states, Pennsylvania recently enacted a "de minimis exception" to its rebating and inducement laws. Pennsylvania law generally prohibits providing policyholders any valuable consideration or inducement which is not specified in the contract of insurance. However, Pennsylvania's new de minimis exception permits producers and insurers to spend as much as $100 annually on an insured or potential insured to market insurance so long as the offer is not contingent on the purchase of insurance and does not constitute "money." This new law is effective July 3, 2018.

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Published: May 9, 2018

As InsurTech startup companies continue to enter the marketplace, one innovative concept that has gained considerable momentum in the international insurance market is peer-to-peer insurance.  Often powered by InsurTech, peer-to-peer insurance companies take a different approach to risk pooling. 

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Published: April 3, 2018

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials are now the largest living generation.  As the generational makeup of customer bases evolve, so too do customer expectations in how they apply for and obtain insurance.  Emerging technologies are revolutionizing traditional business models used in the insurance industry to stay aligned with the rapid pace of evolving customer expectations.  These advancements come at a critical time for life insurers, who have seen the market for life insurance decrease in recent years.

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Published: February 1, 2018

Depending on your perspective, InsurTech is either a disruptive force or a remarkable opportunity. As traditional brick-and-mortar retail companies struggle to compete with online retailers such as Amazon, many wonder if InsurTech will usher in a similar change in the insurance industry. Disruptive to some companies, InsurTech is offering a pathway to new customers and increased efficiencies for others.

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Published: January 23, 2018

In the final quarter of 2017, the NAIC adopted the Insurance Data Security Model Law, making it available for consideration and adoption by the states in 2018. Some states, including South Carolina and Vermont, have already indicated their intent to include the Model Law on their 2018 legislative calendars.

The Model Law closely tracks New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation. In fact, in a drafting note, the Model Law makes clear that if a Licensee is in compliance with the New York Cybersecurity Regulation, it is also in compliance with the Model Law.

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