2020 NAIC Summit Recap


The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) hosted their 2020 Virtual Insurance Summit in a new two-week format during September 8-10 & 15-17, 2020. The Insurance Summit is hosted by NAIC and the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR). This premier event brings together innovators and regulators to explore the future of insurance regulation.

  • Building off the recently adopted Principals on Artificial Intelligence, two regulators drilled into use of data and algorithms in accelerated underwriting and how to perform a market conduct examination. The industry is expected to know what data is used in the models and test the models to identify potential discrimination. 
  • There were no major revelations from the Annuity Suitability & Best Interest Working Group.
  • The regulators are expanding the market conduct annual statement (MCAS) to include use of third-party administrators and lawsuits.
  • Group Capital Calculation is proceeding but on a tight timeline.
Summit Highlights:
  • Annuity Suitability & Best Interest: Commissioner Doug Ommen (Iowa); Jason Berkowitz, Chief Legal & Regulatory Affairs Officer, Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) and Birny Birnbaum, Executive Director, Center for Economic Justice (CEJ)
    • NAIC Working Group issued FAQs awaiting comments by 10/2, do not provide additional clarity to conflict between proposed DOL rule and Model regarding what is a fiduciary
    • Only IA and AZ have adopted, eff. 1/1/21; RI expected soon; states with proposals and discussions: AL, AR, DE, ID, KS, KY, MA, MI, ND, NV, OH, TN & TX
    • Continued disagreement on enforceability between industry and CEJ
  • Data, Algorithms & Market Conduct Examinations: Director Bruce Ramge (NE) and Kurt Swan, Market Conduct Exams Life, Insurance, Principal Examiner CT Insurance Department
    • Two presentations regarding the challenges associated with examining companies’ use of data and algorithms in underwriting
    • Regulators have the expectation that Company know/understand:
      • The source of the data
        • Was it obtained legally?
        • Is it accurate?
        • Will its usage be viewed by consumers as invasive or controversial?
        • What type of third-party data is being used?
      • The algorithmic model
        • How was the model developed?
        • Are there valid outcomes and truly predictive?
        • Is it tested for unfair and discriminatory results?
        • Is it evaluated for inherent bias?
        • Are any of the individual components unfairly discriminatory?
        • Is the model truly predictive?
        • Is a score generated?
      • Regulators want:
        • Transparency
        • Consumers treated fairly
        • Comprehensive testing of the models used in accelerated underwriting
      • Regulators are not data scientists and will have contract with consultants (paid by the carrier)
      • Market Regulation Handbook is being updated to include the Principles on Artificial Intelligence and examinations will change based on the changes in underwriting
      • Expect a Model to be proposed regulating Big Data and Accelerated Underwriting
    • Market Conduct Annual Statement (MCAS): Crystal Brown, NAIC, Rebecca Rebholz, Director, Bureau of Market Regulation, Wisconsin OIC, October Nickel, Senior Market Analyst, Idaho DOI and Teresa Cooper, Market Analyst, NAIC
      • 49 states now participate in MCAS
      • Nine separate lines of business
      • Changes for 2021 for life and annuity:
        • New surrender data based on time policy in force
        • Identification of third-party administrators and functions performed
        • Lawsuits including disposition
        • Focus on index products not included in fixed numbers
        • External replacements-unaffiliated v. affiliated
        • Scorecards updated to be user-friendly
      • Group Capital Calculation (GCC) Update: Dan Daveline, Lou Felice, NAIC
        • Changing the view of risk-based capital (RBC) legal entity insurers v. capital at the group level
        • Being developed internationally and the U.S. Federal Reserve
        • Leveraging the aggregation method and comparing to expected capital
        • Result is a revised Holding Company Act & Regulation that includes an attestation in GCC template and instructions
        • Requires filing of the GCC for all ultimate controlling party with some exemptions
        • Adoption revised law by 9/22/22 due to covered agreement with the European Union
        • Lots of analysis and work to be completed to meet this timeline
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