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Insurance Commissioner Matt Denn urges budget writers to fund creation of a health insurance pool that could cover 10,000 residents.>> He is also proposing a statewide health insurance purchasing pool to reduce health insurance costs. The Medical Malpractice Initiative pilot program has set aside $500,000 to loan to doctors to set up their own medical malpractice insurance entities. www.delawareinsurance.gov/


Commissioner Kevin McCarty joined by state CFO Alex Sink, chairs an NAIC-sponsored meeting in Atlanta to explore creation of multi-state catastrophe plan. McCarty, who chairs the NAIC Property and Casualty Insurance Committee, says he has spearheaded efforts to create a national or regional catastrophe plan. www.floir.com/


The insurance department issues guidance for companies that file surplus lines taxes in the state. www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ins/main/whats_new/


The U.S. Labor Dept. and the Idaho Department of Insurance will co-sponsor a seminar on compliance with federal law concerning health benefits. The May 1–2 seminar is at the Boise Centre, Visit www.dol.gov/ebsa for agenda and registration. www.doi.idaho.gov/


Insurance Department posts online info to help surplus lines companies comply with state filing process. www.iid.state.ia.us/ia_company_listing/index.asp


Commissioner Sandy Praeger prepares to consolidate control of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) committee structure. Commissioner Praeger will likely be elected NAIC president next year. Three members of the commissioner’s state staff—Ted Clark, anti-fraud director; Larry Bruning, chief actuary; and Neil Woerman, director of information technology—have been appointed to various NAIC leadership positions. www.ksinsurance.org/


Bulletin 345 provides guidance on compliance with new identity theft legislation. www.maine.gov/pfr/insurance/bulletins/index_by_number.shtml


Bills in the legislature seek to provide consumer protections in the medical discounts market. SB 381 and HB 586 require discount medical plan organizations to register with the director of the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Institutions. www.insurance.mo.gov/


Insurance department has licensed Bergstresser Insurance as a captive carrier. Bergstresser will insure the risks of Dow Jones & Co., which publishes The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. “New York, with its investment management talent and vibrant financial services industry, is the natural home for captives, and proposed new legislation would open up this opportunity to an even broader range of companies,” Says Eric Dinall, acting insurance superintendent. www.ins.state.ny.us/news1.htm


Insurance Director Mary Jo Hudson has announced she is reorganizing her department “to streamline the agency in order to support my vision for the Department and the governor’s Turnaround Ohio Plan.” The reorganization will merge several offices insider the department. www.ohioinsurance.gov


Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland has assumed the role of vice chair of the NAIC’s Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee. www.oid.state.ok.us/


Bulletin 0004-07 explains new rules aimed at reducing health insurance policy sales fraud. www.tdi.state.tx.us/bulletins/index.html


The Washington Dental Association and Health Services Group of Portland have asked the insurance commissioner’s approval to purchase Northwest Dentists Insurance Co., a dental malpractice and property carrier. Northwest is a subsidiary of Physicians Insurance a Mutual Co. www.insurance.wa.gov/

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