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Special (EX) Committee on Race and Insurance

2021 Membership

2021/2022 Adopted Charges

The mission of the Special (EX) Committee on Race and Insurance is to serve as the NAIC’s coordinating body on identifying issues related to: 1) race, diversity, and inclusion within the insurance sector; 2) race, diversity, and inclusion in access to the insurance sector and insurance products; and 3) practices within the insurance sector that potentially disadvantage people of color and/or historically underrepresented groups.

The Special (EX) Committee on Race and Insurance will:

  1. Serve as the NAIC’s coordinating body on identifying issues related to: 1) race, diversity, and inclusion within the insurance sector; 2) race, diversity, and inclusion in access to the insurance sector and insurance products; and 3) practices within the insurance sector that potentially disadvantage people of color and/or historically underrepresented groups.
  2. Coordinate with existing groups such as the Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (EX) Working Group and the Casualty Actuarial and Statistical (C) Task Force and encourage those groups to continue their work on issues affecting people of color and/or historically underrepresented groups, particularly in predictive modeling, price algorithms, and artificial intelligence (AI).
  3. (Workstream One) Continue research and analysis to identify issues and develop specific recommendations on action steps state insurance regulators and companies can take to improve the level of diversity and inclusion in the industry, including:
    1. Seek additional engagement from stakeholders to understand the efficacy of diversity-related programs, how companies measure their progress, and what state insurance regulators can do to support these efforts.
    2. Collect input on any existing gaps in available industry diversity-related data.
  4. (Workstream Two) In coordination with the Executive (EX) Committee, receive reports on NAIC diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts. Serve as the coordinating body for state requests for assistance from the NAIC related to DE&I efforts.
  5. (Workstream Two) Research best practices among state insurance departments on DE&I efforts and develop forums for sharing relevant information among states and with stakeholders, as appropriate.
  6. Continue research and analysis of insurance, legal, and regulatory approaches to addressing unfair discrimination, disparate treatment, proxy discrimination, and disparate impact. Make recommendations for statutory or regulatory changes and additional steps, including:
    1. (Workstream Four) The impact of traditional life insurance underwriting on traditionally underserved populations, considering the relationship between mortality risk and disparate impact.
    2. (Workstream Three) Developing analytical and regulatory tools to assist state insurance regulators in defining, identifying, and addressing unfair discrimination in property/casualty (P/C) insurance, including issues related to:
      1. Rating and underwriting variables, such as socioeconomic variables and criminal history, including:
        1. Identifying proxy variables for race.
        2. Correlation versus causation, including discussion of spurious correlation and rational explanation.
        3. Potential bias in underlying data.
        4. Proper use of third-party data.
      2. Disparate impact considerations.
  7. (Workstreams Three, Four, and Five) Consider enhanced data reporting and record-keeping requirements across product lines to identify race and other sociodemographic factors of insureds, including consideration of legal and privacy concerns. Consider a data call to identify insurance producer resources available and products sold in specific ZIP codes to identify barriers to access.
  8. Continue research and analysis related to insurance access and affordability issues, including:
    1. (Workstream Four) The marketing, distribution, and access to life insurance products in minority communities, including the role that financial literacy plays.
    2. (Workstream Four) Disparities in the number of cancellations/rescissions among minority policyholders.
    3. (Workstream Five) Measures to advance equity through lowering the cost of health care and promoting access to care and coverage, with a specific focus on measures to remedy impacts on people of color, low income and rural populations, and historically marginalized groups, such as the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and Alaska Native and other Native and Indigenous people.
    4. (Workstream Five) Examination of the use of network adequacy and provider directory measures (e.g., provider diversity, language, and cultural competence) to promote equitable access to culturally competent care.
    5. (Workstream Five) Conduct additional outreach to educate consumers and collect information on health and health care complaints related to discrimination and inequities in accessing care.
    6. (Workstream Three) Whether steps need to be taken to mitigate the impact of residual markets, premium financing, and nonstandard markets on historically underrepresented groups.
    7. Make referrals for the development of consumer education and outreach materials, as appropriate.
  9. Direct NAIC and Center for Insurance Policy & Research (CIPR) staff to conduct necessary research and analysis, including:
    1. (Workstream Three) The status of studies concerning the affordability of auto and homeowners insurance, including a gap analysis of what has not been studied.
    2. (Workstream Three) The availability of producer licensing exams in foreign languages, steps exam vendors have taken to mitigate cultural bias, and the number and locations of producers by company compared to demographics in the same area.
    3. (Workstream Five) Aggregation of existing research on health care disparities and the collection of insurance responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact across demographic populations.

LIFE INSURANCE AND ANNUITIES (A) COMMITTEE NEW CHARGES

The Accelerated Underwriting (A) Working Group, as part of its ongoing work to consider the use of external data and data analytics in accelerated life underwriting, will include an assessment of and recommendations, as necessary, regarding the impact of accelerated underwriting on minority populations.

HEALTH INSURANCE AND MANAGED CARE (B) COMMITTEE NEW CHARGES

  1. The Health Insurance and Managed Care (B) Committee will:
    1. Respond to inquiries from the U.S. Congress (Congress), the White House, and federal agencies; analyze policy implications and the effect on the states of proposed and enacted federal legislation and regulations, including, where appropriate, an emphasis on equity considerations and the differential impact on underserved populations; and communicate the NAIC’s position through letters and testimony, when requested.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) (B) Working Group of the Regulatory Framework (B) Task Force will develop model educational material for state departments of insurance (DOIs) and research disparities in and interplay between mental health parity and access to culturally competent care for people of color and/or historically underrepresented groups.

The Health Innovations (B) Working Group will evaluate mechanisms to resolve disparities through improving access to care, including the efficacy of telehealth as a mechanism for addressing access issues; the use of alternative payment models and value-based payments and their impact on exacerbating or ameliorating disparities and social determinants of health; and programs to improve access to historically underserved communities.

MARKET REGULATION AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS (D) COMMITTEE NEW CHARGES

The Producer Licensing (D) Task Force will receive a report on the availability of producer licensing exams in foreign languages, the steps exam vendors have taken to mitigate cultural bias, and the number and location of producers by company compared to demographics in the area.

NAIC Support Staff: Andrew J. Beal/Michael F. Consedine

 

Workstreams

Workstream One:
Research / analyze level of diversity and inclusion within the insurance industry. Make recommendations on action steps.

Co-Chairs: Superintendent Eric Cioppa (ME) and Executive Deputy Superintendent of Insurance My Chi To (NY)

Members:

  1. Superintendent Cioppa (ME) Co-Chair
  2. Executive Deputy Supt. My Chi To (NY) Co-Chair
  3. Commissioner McClain (AR)
  4. Commissioner Ridling (AL)
  5. Commissioner Lara (CA)
  6. Commissioner Mais (CT)
  7. Director Cameron (ID)
  8. Director Severinghaus (IL)
  9. Commissioner Beard (IN)
  10. Commissioner Donelon (LA)
  11. Director Lindley-Myers (MO)
  12. Commissioner Causey (NC)
  13. Superintendent Dwyer (RI)
  14. Director Deiter (SD)
  15. Commissioner Pike (UT)
  16. Commissioner Dodrill (WV)
  17. Commissioner Rude (WY)

NAIC Staff Support: Chara Bradstreet / Patrick Celestine

 

Workstream Two:
Research / analyze level of diversity and inclusion within the NAIC and state insurance regulator community.  Make recommendations on action steps.

Co-Chairs: Commissioner Sharon Clark (KY) and Commissioner Stolfi (OR)

Members

  1. Commissioner Clark (KY) Co-Chair
  2. Commissioner Stolfi (OR) Co-Chair
  3. Commissioner Ridling (AL)
  4. Director Wing-Heier (AK)
  5. Director Cameron (ID)
  6. Director Severinghaus (IL)
  7. Commissioner Schmidt (KS)
  8. Commissioner Donelon (LA)
  9. Commissioner Chaney (MS)
  10. Director Lindley-Myers (MO)
  11. Director Dunning (NE)
  12. Commissioner Caride (NJ)
  13. Commissioner Richardson (NV)
  14. Director French (OH)
  15. Commissioner White (VA)
  16. Commissioner Kreidler (WA)
  17. Commissioner Rude (WY)

NAIC Staff Support: Holly Weatherford / Olivea Myers / Kay Noonan

 

Workstream Three:
Examine and determine which practices or barriers exist in the insurance sector that potentially disadvantage people of color and/or historically underrepresented groups in the Property and Casualty line of business. Make recommendations on action steps.*

Co-Chairs: Commissioner Vicki Schmidt (KS) and Commissioner Andrew Mais (CT)

Members: 

  1. Commissioner Schmidt (KS) Co-Chair
  2. Commissioner Mais (CT) Co-Chair
  3. Commissioner McClain (AR)
  4. Director Wing-Heier (AK)
  5. Director Daniels (AZ)
  6. Commissioner Woods (DC)
  7. Commissioner King (GA)
  8. Commissioner Hayashida (HI)
  9. Commissioner Ommen (IA)
  10. Commissioner Robertson (IN)
  11. Commissioner Anderson (MA)
  12. Commissioner Birrane (MD)
  13. Director Fox (MI)
  14. Commissioner Arnold (MN)
  15. Commissioner Altman (PA)
  16. Director Farmer (SC)
  17. Chief Deputy Commissioner Slape (TX)
  18. Commissioner White (VA)
  19. Commissioner Kreidler (WA)
  20. Commissioner Dodrill (WV)

NAIC Staff Support: Aaron Brandenburg

 

Workstream Four:
Examine and determine which practices or barriers exist in the insurance sector that potentially disadvantage people of color and/or historically underrepresented groups in the Life Insurance and Annuities lines of business. Make recommendations on action steps.*

Co-Chairs: Commissioner Marlene Caride (NJ) and Commissioner Mark Afable (WI)

Members:

  1. Commissioner Caride (NJ) Co-Chair
  2. Commissioner Afable (WI) Co-Chair
  3. Director Daniels (AZ)
  4. Commissioner Altmaier (FL)
  5. Commissioner King (GA)
  6. Commissioner Ommen (IA)
  7. Superintendent Cioppa (ME)
  8. Commissioner Birrane (MD)
  9. Director Fox (MI)
  10. Commissioner Arnold (MN)
  11. Director Dunning (NE)
  12. Executive Deputy Supt. My Chi To (NY)
  13. Director French (OH)
  14. Director Farmer (SC)
  15. Chief Deputy Commissioner Slape (TX)

NAIC Staff Support: Jennifer Cook

 

Workstream Five:
Examine and determine which practices or barriers exist in the insurance sector that potentially disadvantage people of color and/or historically underrepresented groups in the Health Insurance line of business.  Make recommendations on action steps.*

Co-Chairs: Commissioner Jessica Altman (PA) and Commissioner Ricardo Lara (CA)

Members:

  1. Commissioner Altman (PA) Co-Chair
  2. Commissioner Lara (CA) Co-Chair
  3. Commissioner Conway (CO)
  4. Commissioner Mais (CT)
  5. Commissioner Woods (DC)
  6. Commissioner King (GA)
  7. Commissioner Hayashida (HI)
  8. Commissioner Robertson (IN)
  9. Commissioner Clark (KY)
  10. Director Fox (MI)
  11. Commissioner Arnold (MN)
  12. Commissioner Stolfi (OR)
  13. Chief Deputy Commissioner Slape (TX)
  14. Commissioner Pike (UT)
  15. Commissioner Kreidler (WA)
  16. Commissioner Dodrill (WV)

NAIC Staff Support: Brian Webb / Jolie Matthews

* Note: For Workstreams Three – Five, there may be a coordination issue with existing NAIC groups, i.e., Big Data (EX) WG, Artificial Intelligence (EX) WG, Innovation and Technology (EX) TF, Casualty Actuarial and Statistical (C) TF, Accelerated Underwriting (A) WG, etc.

Special (EX) Committee on Race and Insurance

2021 Summer National Meeting
Special (EX) Committee on Race and Insurance
Sunday, August 15, 2021
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Union Station Ballroom - Convention Center, Level 1

Special (EX) Committee R&I Workstream #5 Sept 9 Meeting

Public Webex Meeting
Thursday, September 09, 2021
1:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM CT, 11:00 AM MT, 10:00 AM PT Expected Length of Call: 1 hr
Webex Link

WORKSTREAM #5

Hear Presentations on Issues Identified in Report to the Special (EX) Committee on Race and Insurance 


Special (EX) Committee R&I Workstream #5 Aug 26 Meeting

Public Webex Meeting
Thursday, August 26, 2021
1:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM CT, 11:00 AM MT, 10:00 AM PT Expected Length of Call: 1 hr
Webex Link

WORKSTREAM FIVE

Discuss Data Collection Principles Document

 


Special (EX) Committee on Race and Insurance | July 1, 2021

Public Conference Call
Thursday, July 01, 2021
1:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM CT, 11:00 AM MT, 10:00 AM PT
Expected Length of Call: 1 hr
Webex Link

The purpose of the call is to hear and consider comments received from interested parties on the 2021 proposed charges.


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Contacts

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Workstream One:
Chara Bradstreet

Workstream Two:
Holly Weatherford
Olivea Myers
Kay Noonan

Workstream Three:
Aaron Brandenburg

Workstream Four:
Jennifer Cook

Workstream Five
Brian Webb
Jolie Matthews

Please see the current Committee List for a complete list of committee members.