State Insurance Regulation:
Efforts to Streamline Key Licensing and Approval Processes Face Challenges
GAO-02-842T: Published: Jun 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2002.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), through its Accreditation Program, has made considerable progress in achieving uniformity among state insurance regulators. In addition, competitive pressures from further consolidation in the financial services sector and enactment of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act has focused attention on regulator reforms in the insurance industry. NAIC's Producer Licensing Reciprocity and Uniformity initiative aims to streamline the licensing process for selling insurance in multiple states. State regulators are also trying to streamline regulatory processes to bring new insurance products to market more quickly. NAIC's Speed to Market initiative focuses both on developing a more centralized filing and approval process for life and health insurance products and on improving existing state-based approval processes for other types of products. Finally, NAIC's National Treatment of Companies initiative aims to facilitate the licensing process for conducting business on a multistate basis. However, NAIC and the states face significant challenges in implementing their initiatives.