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FIO – Federal Insurance Office – Shocker

I read an article in a few of the major news outlets that somewhat shocked me. The shock was not too significant as I had predicted months ago that the Federal Insurance Office or FIO just being involved in international insurance matters was somewhat of a farce.

The department Of The Treasury Badge Federal Insurance Office Workers Compensation
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We all love it when we are proved accurate. I had warned many times the FIO was going to grab power to the point of Federalizing Workers Comp. A blatant start to the FIO covering more turf hit the insurance airwaves within the last few days.

Congressman Edward Royce from California has asked the FIO to look into exactly what status the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) holds in its basic operations. He is concerned the NAIC is actually promulgating interstate regulation of the insurance industry. The NAIC is actually not important to me in the issue.

Woman Holding Umbrella Federal Insurance Office On The Beach
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Where does the FIO actually possess this authority as their Director is now investigating the NAIC? The FIO was created to oversee any federal systemic risk . The FIO now may look to regulate any insurance carrier that would cause a systemic risk. The systemic risk idea came from the AIG bailout fallout.

As a side note, the Congressman introduced (drum roll, please) legislation initiating federal regulation of the insurance industry. Are you ready for another shock? The FIO reports to the Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services. (CMS)

I wrote quite a few articles on the Death of Workers Comp as we know it. This may not be the start of the process, but where there is smoke – there is fire. As a caveat, RIMS backs the federalization of insurance as a way to save money.

I have often said if you are a WC adjuster, underwriter, agent, etc. you will need to be very flexible over the next few years as to how your job will morph over time.

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  1. Minnesota successfully created SECOND CLASS CITIZENS with its work comp statutes.
    Minnesota would greatly benefit from the Federalization of the Workers’ Compensation system.
    Minnesota has destroyed its system by paying off insurance companies and bowing down to employers who whine about not wanting to take responsibility for their injured employees. Both have bought off the legislators to write the work comp laws in their favor. No employer has to hire or re-hire any injured worker. Insurance companies replaced medical benefits with opiates. Some injured workers, live off welfare and food shelves, and on the streets.
    Minnesota has successfully created a group of ‘SECOND CLASS CITIZENS’. Its system is laden with legal theft, conspiracy, and excessive profit on the backs of injured workers. They take the injured worker’s social security benefits meant as a pension and give it to the insurance carrier. Really – that is written into the law. Insurance companies make BILLIONS every year, now why do you think they give money back to them – re-elections, campaign funds, mansions, retirement, vacations, expensive cars, and forever jobs within the system.
    Yes, Federalization of Work Comp would work for the injured in Minnesota for a good change.

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James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

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