How Insurance Regulators Are Shaping States’ COVID Response

State insurance commissioners play important roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
February 10, 2021

State insurance commissioners played important roles in emergency responses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and experts say this year regulators will help ensure access to vaccines and shape a more equitable health system for their states. During the 2021 American Medical Association (AMA) State Advocacy Summit, Missouri Insurance Director and National Association of Insurance Commissioners Vice President Chlora Lindley-Myers said, “We immediately went to work on reducing or removing regulatory barriers that might delay provision of care, or professionals’ ability to provide care, and to work in whatever manner that was necessary during the crisis. We’re also ensuring that the quality of care does not lessen while we're looking to find innovative ways to access care.”

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said in his state, there was an emphasis on access to coverage for testing and general care. Lindley-Myers added, “As regulators, we need to know what’s occurring in our marketplace, whether it’s with the insurance carriers’ business practices or consumers’ and providers’ perspectives on those business practices.”

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