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Oregon: Scott Kipper of Louisiana to Lead Insurance Division

The Department of Consumer and Business Services has named Scott Kipper administrator of its Insurance Division. DCBS Director Cory Streisinger made the announcement Nov. 13. Kipper replaces Joel Ario, who left in July to become insurance commissioner of Pennsylvania.

Kipper, 50, is the deputy commissioner of the Office of Health Insurance for the Louisiana Department of Insurance, where he directs regulation and enforcement of health insurance laws in the state. His accomplishments in Louisiana include extensive coalition building to create, implement, and enforce emergency rules to ensure continuation of health insurance coverage after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Kipper’s career has focused on insurance and regulatory issues. He served as senior regional director of state affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), where he managed legislative and regulatory activities in eight states. As government relations manager for General Electric Capital Assurance Co., Kipper worked with state and federal agencies on legislation affecting the long-term care industry. He also worked as health analyst for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and spent 10 years in Wyoming state government and industry, including serving as legislative liaison for the Department of Insurance. Kipper earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming.

“Scott Kipper has a track record of bringing diverse parties together and reaching consensus on challenging issues,” said Streisinger, who serves as Oregon’s insurance commissioner. “His ability to solve problems, his deep understanding of insurance issues, and his solid management experience will serve Oregon’s insurance industry and consumers well.”

Kipper’s appointment will be effective Dec. 27. In his new role, Kipper will lead the 90-employee Insurance Division, which helps ensure the financial soundness of insurers, the fair treatment of consumers, and the affordability and availability of insurance products in Oregon. The division accomplishes this by licensing insurance companies and producers; reviewing insurance products and premium rates; monitoring insurer solvency; enforcing insurance laws; helping resolve consumer complaints; advocating for reform to address consumer problems; and educating the public about insurance issues.

“I look forward to the chance to take on this important leadership role in Oregon,” Kipper said. “I am excited to engage in the broad range of issues facing the Oregon insurance industry and its consumers.”

Source: Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services