Various NAIC groups have planted seeds for a number of regulatory initiatives that impact life insurers.
- The Cybersecurity Task Force has been tilling the ground in preparation for a third draft of the NAIC Cybersecurity Model, which it hopes will be in full bloom by the Spring National Meeting.
- The Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Committee working groups are examining ways to improve the soil for consumers.
- The Annuity Suitability (A) Working Group is starting at the ground level, convening for the first time at the Spring National Meeting, and opening the Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model for possible changes, including adding a best interest standard.
- The Annuity Disclosure (A) Working Group is examining whether changes should be made to the illustration requirements to allow for illustrations of other varieties of annuities.
- The Promoting Appropriate Sales Practices in Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Working Group will survey insurance regulators as to: (i) whether any misuse of senior or other designations are not adequately pruned by the NAIC Model Regulation on the Use of Senior Specific Certifications and Professional Designations, and (ii) any comments on the NAIC Model Consumer Alert on senior specialists and free lunch seminars.
- The Life Insurance Buyer’s Guide (A) Working Group is considering creating a decision tree to help consumers decide what variety of life insurance product to purchase and adding questions on whether the producer has a fiduciary duty to the consumers or is providing conflicted advice.
It also looks like the NAIC will prune some recent activities:
- Based in part on the recent impasses requiring a tiebreaking vote, the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits (A) Working Group may be clipped.
- Similarly, work on a continuum of actions chapter for the Market Regulation Handbook may be trimmed.
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