FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NAIC 2018 Consumer Liaison Applications Now Open

WASHINGTON (Sept. 7, 2017) —The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Consumer Liaison Program. The application deadline is Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. CST.

Established in 1992, the program encourages consumer representation by providing qualified representatives of consumer organizations with the opportunity to participate in NAIC meetings. The NAIC defines a consumer organization as a national, state or local organization serving to protect the public's insurance regulation interests.

"Consumer Liaison representatives contribute an indispensable perspective to our regulatory dialogues," said Marguerite Salazar, Colorado Insurance Commissioner and Chair of the Consumer Participation Board of Trustees. "We encourage anyone with an interest in helping advance consumer protections in insurance regulation to apply for this unique opportunity to serve."

Applicants can participate in the consumer liaison program by applying as either a funded or unfunded consumer representative.

"For 25 years, NAIC has relied on this essential partnership to better understand the needs of consumers while determining regulatory policy," said Ted Nickel, NAIC President and Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner. "Consumer liaison representatives help to ensure consumers' concerns are a primary focus."

The NAIC provides reimbursement for travel expenses for qualified funded consumer representatives to enable them to participate in NAIC meetings. To qualify for this funding, an individual candidate must:

  • Have a commitment to representing consumer interests in insurance regulation.
  • Represent a non-profit organization.
  • Be willing to fully participate in NAIC national meetings and related conference calls.
  • Have demonstrated expertise and experience on insurance-related issues addressed by the NAIC.
  • Have no obligations or commitments to an industry that conflicts with his or her responsibilities to represent consumer interests.
  • Require NAIC funding to fully participate in NAIC national meetings and conference calls.

Individuals who do not want or need funding, but would like to participate as an advocate, can apply for an unfunded consumer representative position.

All applicants are required to complete the application and attach all documents requested. Applicants will be notified in mid-December regarding their selection as funded or unfunded consumer representatives for 2018.

About the NAIC

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate their regulatory oversight. NAIC staff supports these efforts and represents the collective views of state regulators domestically and internationally. NAIC members, together with the central resources of the NAIC, form the national system of state-based insurance regulation in the U.S. For more information, visit www.naic.org.

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