The world is full of a variety of businesses, from small yoga studios and herbal stores to large corporations selling products worldwide. Some industries have standards organizations that oversee the behavior of professionals such as the American Medical Association or American Bar Association. Other industries may be regulated by other organizations, be regulated by states, or may be unregulated. The little herbal shop must obey tax, employment, and safety laws, but likely has no overarching standards organization. The insurance industry is regulated by each state individually. States may have similar laws and requirements, but they may also be different. Each state has an insurance department for working with legislators to create or modify insurance laws and regulations. These laws deal with everything from what an insurer has to do to be able to write policies in that state to fielding complaints from consumers. The major goals of insurance departments are to ensure fairness in rates and access to coverage, fairness and timeliness in claims handling, solvency of carriers, education of professionals, and to educate consumers.
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