Legislative Update

Message from our Government Affairs Committee Chair

For those I was not able to meet at the Coalition’s annual member meeting in December, I have the privilege to serve as chair of the Coalition’s Government Affairs Committee. Strengthening laws across our nation to help fight insurance fraud remains both my profession and my passion. Our committee is ready to get to work in the new year.

We invite you to join our efforts. When it comes to effecting legislative change, there truly is strength in numbers. Last year we tracked more than 70 bills. This year we expect more. Our 2018 legislative priorities run the gamut from immunity protection to rooftops where shady contractor laws can protect consumers, and especially storm victims.

If you’re interested in joining this part of the Coalition’s efforts please contact our new director of government affairs, Matthew Smith via matthew@insurancefraud.org or 202-393-7332.

Catherine A. Rankin
State Farm Insurance

In December, I cleared out my desk after 32 years of practicing law. A great career by any measure. But our nation’s capital is where I’ve always wanted to be. Now, I’ve settled into our Coalition offices in the heart of downtown D.C.

As a lawyer, my job was to advocate for my clients. As the Coalition’s new director of government affairs and general counsel, I will advocate on your behalf for tough state fraud laws, regulations and federal anti-fraud protections. Contact me anytime to discuss legislation in your state — and how the Coalition can go to bat for stronger fraud laws.

Alan Haskins named NICB’s new government affairs chief
Many people played helpful roles during the Coalition’s formative years. One was Judy Fitzgerald, NICB’s longtime vice president of government affairs. Judy retires at the end of January after a noteworthy career. Alan Haskins assumes the leadership role as vice president beginning Feb. 1. He’s currently director of government affairs. The Coalition and NICB regularly partner in legislative efforts, and co-present at key industry meetings. We look forward to more productive partnering.