Bonnie Speaks on NAIC Panel Focusing on Retirement Security

Bonnie Speaks on NAIC Panel Focusing on Retirement Security

Thank you to Bonnie Burns, our Training and Policy Specialist at California Health Advocates, who has served as a consumer representative with the NAIC for 20+ years. Below is a press release regarding a recent panel Bonnie served on to recommend ways to support people prepare for older age with financial planning and insurance preparedness.

The NAIC also recently unveiled a new TV PSA with legendary entertainer Rita Moreno to encourage consumers to get smart about their insurance needs.

 

NAIC Event Focuses on Retirement Security
CIPR works to identify consumer knowledge gaps

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 8, 2017) — Nearly 200 insurance regulators, consumer representatives and industry stakeholders discussed retirement security today at a forum coordinated by the Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR). The discussions were held in conjunction with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Summer 2017 National Meeting.

The event, Enhancing Protections and Empowering Consumers for a Secure Retirement, featured two segments: 1) Retirement (In)Security for Today’s Workers presented by William Arnone, CEO of the National Academy of Social Insurance and 2) Identifying Strategies to Fill the Consumer Knowledge and Protection Gaps, a panel moderated by Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. Panelists included:

  • Elizabeth Kelleher Dwyer, Rhode Island Superintendent of Insurance
  • Dean L. Cameron, Idaho Director of Insurance
  • Bonnie Burns, NAIC Funded Consumer Representative, California Health Advocates
  • Chelsea Crucitti, Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Vice President of State Affairs
  • Micah Hauptman, Consumer Federation of America (CFA) Financial Services Counsel

“Americans face significant obstacles in preparing and saving for a financially secure retirement,” said Ted Nickel, NAIC President and Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner. “Given the importance of insurance in retirement security, state regulators need to take steps to empower consumers to better manage these potential in-retirement risks.”

Presenters discussed consumer knowledge gaps and potential consumer risks related to retirement security. They also shared thoughts on how state regulators can better educate consumers as they manage their finances in preparation for retirement.

The NAIC first announced its retirement security initiative in 2016, which includes education, consumer protection and innovation. The NAIC also recently unveiled a new TV PSA with legendary entertainer Rita Moreno to encourage consumers to get smart about their insurance needs.

The CIPR’s mission is to serve federal and state lawmakers, federal and state regulatory agencies, international regulatory agencies and insurance consumers by enhancing intergovernmental cooperation and awareness, improving consumer protection and promoting legitimate marketplace competition.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.