Daily News: Welcome from PA Insurance Dept

Welcome from Pennsylvania Insurance Department


Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to Philadelphia for the 2017 National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Summer National Meeting.

I am glad you are able to join us here in the Keystone State. Our location among the original 13 colonies earned us that nickname more than two centuries ago, and our location today as the crossroads of commerce among New York and New England, the Southeast, and the Midwest continues to make us the keystone for business today. Our extensive highway network and the fact we are within a day’s drive of 40 percent of the U.S. population is why goods distribution and warehousing are among the industries growing here. CNBC recently recognized the Wolf Administration’s efforts to improve Pennsylvania as a place to do business, as our state moved up 10 spots in CNBC’s ranking of the America’s Top States for Business 2017.

The insurance industry is part of our vibrant economy. The Insurance Department works hard to maintain a competitive market which benefits consumers, and also provides employment for more than 235,000 people.

We gather at a time the insurance industry is in the national spotlight as the debate over the future of health care in America is regularly on the front page of major newspapers and leading the network news broadcasts. Health insurance is just one of the major issues on which we continue to develop important regulatory policies and consumer protections. Gatherings like this allow us to discuss ideas and come up with better ways to serve our citizens, to strengthen our already robust state-based regulatory system, and to come together to address the many emerging issues impacting the insurance industry today and into the future.

There is much work to be done. But, I hope you will be able to enjoy the great city of Philadelphia, the birthplace of our country. Independence National Historic Park contains Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United State Constitution were adopted, as well as the Liberty Bell. The new National Constitution Center is also within walking distance, so explore and discover why this is called “the most historic square mile in America.” But, don’t miss our other great attractions, including the famous Philadelphia Art Museum, the Franklin Institute, and nearby Longwood Gardens. And don’t leave town without having at least one Philly cheesesteak.





Jessica Altman Chief of Staff



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