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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Legislature Passes Bill To Encourage Diversity In Insurer Procurement

News: 2012 Press Release

For Release: September 4, 2012
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Legislature Passes Bill To Encourage Diversity In Insurer Procurement
Commissioner Urges Governor Brown to Sign AB 53 into Law

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that the California State Legislature has passed AB 53, authored by Assembly Member Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana). The measure was strongly supported by Commissioner Jones and the Department of Insurance.

AB 53 would require each California admitted insurer with California premiums of $100 million or more to submit a report to CDI on its efforts to procure minority, women, and disabled veteran-owned business enterprises, among other relevant information. This report would also include the insurer's current outreach, promotion, and communication efforts and it would be accessible to the public through the CDI website for informational purposes.

"California's minority women and disabled veteran-owned businesses will grow and prosper if they can get a foot in the door of California's largest insurance companies," said Commissioner Jones. "Insurance companies will benefit from the services and goods provided by these businesses. I believe AB 53 is a step in the right direction and I applaud Assembly Member Jose Solorio for authoring this important business empowerment bill."

Commissioner Jones believes expanding small businesses - especially diverse and disabled veteran-owned businesses - will help turn our economy around. These efforts are similar to those Commissioner Jones took his first day in office to reinvigorate CDI's Community Investment Opportunity Network (COIN) program. He also believes additional efforts to provide further opportunity to create community partnerships between the insurance industry and California's talented minority women and disabled veteran-owned businesses have strong merit and should be further explored and supported, including measures such as AB 53.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Center for Women's Business Research, diverse business enterprises constitute one of the fastest-growing segments in the U.S. economy, with minority-owned businesses generating an estimated $1 trillion in annual revenue. Minority-owned businesses also employ nearly six million workers, while women-owned businesses employ about 19 million people and generate $2.5 trillion in annual sales. Further, with more than 25 million veterans in the country, one in seven small businesses is veteran-owned.

"I urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign this important measure that would help the state's small businesses, especially diverse and disabled veteran-owned businesses, expand and grow," said Commissioner Jones.

Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

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