Insurance Commissioner Lara Names Members to Statewide Commissions to Advance Consumer Protection Goals

News: 2022 Press Release

Release Date: October 14, 2022

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Insurance Commissioner Lara Names Members to Statewide Commissions to Advance Consumer Protection Goals

sacramento, california — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today announced several appointments to further the California Department of Insurance’s mission to protect consumers. These appointments include three members of the California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan (CAARP) Advisory Committee, one member of the Curriculum Board, and his one member of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) Administrative Board. includes nominating the

“I am very pleased to announce these appointments to the CAARP Advisory Board, Curriculum Committee, and WCIRB Steering Committee,” said Commissioner Lara. “Their advice and diverse perspectives will help us in our work to protect consumers statewide by maintaining a robust and educated workforce of producers in California and an overall healthy insurance industry. important to.”

The California Legislature created CAARP to provide auto insurance to drivers who are unable to obtain coverage in the private market because of their driving history or other unusual circumstances. One of the programs included in the plan, the California Low Cost Auto Program, provides affordable liability coverage to income-eligible, quality drivers by allocating private insurers based on a company’s share of the auto insurance market. It is intended to provide insurance. The CAARP Advisory Board provides policy advice to Commissioner Her Lara on issues affecting the operation of that program.

The Curriculum Board oversees the development of prelicensing and continuing education curricula for agents and brokers to maintain professional standards that protect consumers. This includes a list of pre-approved courses of study and courses of study for vocational designation. The commission also develops standards for providers and instructors who offer courses and other training to licensed agents and brokers.

The WCIRB Steering Committee sets policy and oversees the administration of WCIRB and considers all issues related to workers’ compensation pure premium rates, classifications, rating schemes, rating systems, manual rules and policies, and approval forms. increase. WCIRB is a private organization licensed by the Ministry of Health for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and compiling ratings data and is funded by the evaluation of insurance company members. All workers compensation companies in California are required by law to be members of WCIRB.

At-large members of the CAARP Advisory Board receive $250 per meeting. All other positions are not compensated.

The next CAARP Advisory Committee meetings will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 and Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Wednesday, December 14, 2022. For more information, www.insurance.ca.gov/boards.

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Media notes:

The newly appointed members are:

CAARP Advisory Board:

Doug Heller Director of Insurance for the Consumers Federation of America. Heller has authored editorials, articles and reports on US auto insurance pricing, overseen regulatory challenges to insurance company rates and practices, and has provided expertise in insurance-related litigation. Previously, he was Executive Director of Consumer Watchdog. She is also an appointee of the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance. Heller has been re-elected to the CAARP Advisory Board, with his term ending on November 10, 2023, with the public representation of his members.

Cynthia Strassman He is Executive Director of Strategic Action for a Just Economy (SAJE). SAJE is a nonprofit financial justice organization that advocates for tenant rights, healthy housing and equitable development in Los Angeles. Previously, Strathmann said she was a research and policy analyst for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and a former research assistant professor at the University of Southern California, conducting a National Institutes of Health-funded study of South Los Angeles families. I managed. and health disparities. Strathmann was re-elected to her CAARP Advisory Board with the public seat of his members, for a term ending November 10, 2023.

Bernardo de la Torre Founded in 1985, he is the owner of the law firm Bernardo de la Torre, La Mirada, a law firm specializing in representing injured workers. He is LatinoComp, a non-profit professional workers’ compensation organization. He is a former Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Protem and was awarded the 2011 Lawyer of the Year Award by the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County. His term will end on November 10, 2023.

Curriculum Committee:

Michael Lejan A principal consultant with Michael Lujan Consulting Group, LLC, he provides health insurance consulting services to insurance companies and enrollment-related projects, with a focus on sales strategy and distribution channel optimization. Prior to that, he served as Covered California’s inaugural sales director and license to enroll in the program. Successfully trained, certified and appointed. He is a member of the California Agents & Health Insurance Professionals (CAHIPP), past president, and director of the Employee Benefits Planning Association. Lujan will join the Curriculum Board in his term of office ending on October 14, 2025, on the chair of Life’s Agent Industry Association.

WCIRB Steering Committee:

Lynn Davidson President of Tito’s Tacos Mexican Restaurant. Davidson has served on the California Restaurant Association’s board of directors for the past 28 years and has served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the California Restaurant Association. She was recognized by the California Small Business Association as a small business in the 30th Senate in 2018. Davidson has been re-elected to the WCIRB Steering Committee in her Insured Chair, with her term ending on 14 October 2024.


Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the largest consumer protection agency for the insurance market in the United States, protecting all consumers in the state by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the direction of the Commissioner, the agency will exercise its powers to protect Californians from excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory insurance rates, to oversee the solvency of insurance companies to pay claims, We set store and broker licensing standards, conduct market conduct reviews of insurers, and resolve issues. Handle consumer complaints and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. A consumer is encouraged to call 1-800-927-4357 if he has any questions or contact www.insurance.ca.gov through the webform or her online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY) dial 800-482-4833.

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