Washington State Insurance Commissioner to Give Lecture at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler will discuss state versus federal regulation of the insurance industry at an Oct. 2 program on the Washington State University campus. The 5 p.m. talk is planned for Todd Hall, Room 276.

Kreidler, WSU’s Walton Distinguished Lecturer, is expected to discuss several insurance regulation issues, including coverage of contraceptives under prescription drug plans, the use of credit scoring in personal lines underwriting and availability of health insurance in the individual and small-group markets.

Historically, insurance has been regulated primarily at the state level as opposed to the federal level. This requires that each state’s commissioner regulate the insurance business of the state.

Kreidler served for 16 years in the Washington State Legislature and enacted legislation in health care costs, foster care, daycare, HIV, natural death and generic drugs. After election to the U.S. House of Representatives, he served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In November, Kreidler was elected Washington State Insurance Commissioner. Under his leadership, the state regained accreditation with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

The Risk Management and Insurance in the WSU College of Business and Economics sponsors the lecture as part of the Walton Lecture Series.