Regulation and Oversight
The Captive Insurance Division of Vermont’s Department of Financial Regulation has received a 5-year accreditation renewal from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The state’s Insurance Division also received an accreditation renewal from the NAIC.
The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) has released a report examining the impact climate change is having on Vermont's insurance industry. The report notes that steps such as requiring publicly traded companies to disclose climate risks could help DFR regulate Vermont-domiciled captive insurance companies.
Legislation now nearing final approval by Vermont lawmakers would ease reporting requirements for new captive insurance companies. Under the measure, S.88, captives, before receiving a license, would have to file a copy of their organizational documents with the state insurance commissioner along with any other documents requested.
Existing frameworks such as enterprise risk management minimize the need for government mandates for better governance of sustainability risks, according to the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA). EU-wide mandatory requirements for due diligence would add administrative costs and could damage competitiveness for European companies, FERMA said.
While time is running out during the current congressional session for federal lawmakers to act on legislation that would allow certain risk retention groups (RRGs) to expand coverages they can offer to policyholders, observers are optimistic, amid hardening market conditions, that consideration will resume next year.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced a new limited-time settlement offer to certain taxpayers that the agency alleges participated in abusive micro-captive insurance transactions. The IRS said that in the coming days it will begin sending settlement offers with stricter terms than its first limited-time settlement initiative that began last year.
While risk retention groups (RRGs) can write a wide range of coverages, one line of coverage is dominant: medical professional liability. Of the roughly $3.5 billion in direct RRGs premiums in 2019, well over 50 percent—nearly $1.96 billion—was for professional liability coverage for RRGs' policyholder-owners.