FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2008 CONSUMER LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 27, 2008) - The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recently named its funded and unfunded consumer liaison representatives for 2008. Ten of the funded consumer representatives participated in the program in 2007, while seven are new to the NAIC program.
"Consumer protection is one of the most important goals of the NAIC," said Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Sean Dilweg, who is chair of the NAIC's Consumer Board of Trustees. "The consumer liaison representatives play an important role in helping improve the insurance regulatory system by providing consumer views."
Established in 1992, the program promotes consumer interaction with the NAIC's Members, the insurance industry and interested parties through the individuals' dedication and commitment to serving the public interest.
The following are the 2008 NAIC funded consumer liaison representatives:
Betty Ahrens*: Executive Director, Iowa Citizen Action Network
Amy Bach*: Executive Director, United Policyholders
Birny Birnbaum: Executive Director, Center for Economic Justice
Brendan Bridgeland: Director, Center for Insurance Research
Constance Chamberlin: President/CEO, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc.
Brenda Cude: Professor and Department Head, University of Georgia
Bob Cohen*: Policy Director, Citizen Action of New York
Evelyn Gay: Project Director, Georgia Legal Services Elder Rights Project
Bonita Kallestad*: Attorney, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, Western Minnesota Legal Services
Karrol Kitt: Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Kevin P. Lembo: Healthcare Advocate, State of Connecticut, Office of the Healthcare Advocate
Kevin Lucia*: Assistant Research Professor, Georgetown University
Sally McCarty: Insurance and Advocacy Specialist, Hemophilia of Indiana
Don Morrison: Executive Director, North Dakota Center for the Public Good
Bill Newton: Executive Director, Florida Consumer Action Network
Dan Schwarcz*: Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Gregory Squires*: Professor, George Washington University
* New NAIC funded consumer representative in 2008
In addition, the three unfunded consumer representatives are:
Howard Goldblatt: Director of Government Affairs, Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
Christine Schmidt: Senior Director of Policy, American Cancer Society
Loren Leshan: United Community Center
About the NAIC
Formed in 1871, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is a voluntary organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. The NAIC has three offices: Executive Office, Washington, D.C.; Central Office, Kansas City, Mo.; and Securities Valuation Office, New York City.
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