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House Committee on Insurance - 75th R.S. (1997)

Committee Members
John Smithee, Chair
Leticia Van de Putte, Vice Chair
Kip Averitt
Dennis Bonnen
Lon Burnam
Craig Eiland
Glenn Lewis
Dora Olivo
Miguel "Mike" Wise
• Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
• Study the incremental costs of health insurance benefits mandated by the legislature. Explore ways for the legislature to obtain accurate information on the costs of mandates proposed by legislation. Evaluate the effects, if any, of currently mandated benefits on premium costs, the market, and access to coverage.
• Review issues related to insurance company claims handling and the laws relating to failure to handle claims in good faith.
• Conduct a review of the various lines of insurance and the extent to which the lines are regulated as to (1) premium rates, (2) policy forms, (3) financial integrity, (4) market conduct, and (5) other factors determined by the committee.
• Monitor federal banking reform initiatives to see that state interests in the regulation of financial institutions and insurance companies are protected. (Joint with the House Committee on Financial Institutions)

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