California state lawmaker tries to get insurance lawmakers talking


What do you want to know

  • Cooley has been a member of the California State Assembly since 2012.
  • A California Department of Insurance task force is expected to give lawmakers recommendations to start a statewide long-term care insurance program by the end of the year.
  • Cooley says long-term care is an example of an issue that can affect anyone.

California Assembly Member Ken Cooley is responsible for trying to help state legislators across the United States overcome partisan differences long enough to understand insurance.

Cooley is the chairman of the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), a group based in Belmar, New Jersey, which held its summer meeting last week in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Democrats and Republicans have come together to tackle issues like regulatory hurdles to the electronic delivery of life insurance and annuity documents, and whether letting the Insurance Products Regulatory Commission interstate assisting states to process insurance product deposits somehow violates the US Constitution.

Cooley said in an interview Friday that he thinks NCOIL has done a good job of bringing people with diverse opinions together for discussions.

“It’s very constructive,” he said, adding that to write good laws, “you first have to listen and understand.”

Long Term Care Policy

One issue that could give California state legislators a chance to work together is long-term care funding.


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