Oregon Insurance Division Bulletin INS 2009-2
TO: All insurers, insurance producers or other representatives for the sale of a Medicare Supplement, "Medigap" Policies
RE: Unfair Discrimination Compensation Arrangements and Noncompliant Commission Activities
We are issuing this bulletin to provide the industry clarity relating to unfair discrimination compensation arrangements in the Medicare supplement marketplace.
The Oregon Insurance Division has received information that some insurers may be reducing Medicare supplement sales commissions based on the age of the individual purchasing a Medicare supplement plan.
This practice is in violation of the trade practices under Oregon Revised Statute 746.160 Practices injurious to free competition. The statute states, "except as otherwise expressly provided by law, no person, either within or outside of this state, directly or indirectly, shall enter into any contract, understanding or combination with any insurer or manager, agent or representative thereof for the purpose of, nor shall any such persons or insurers, jointly or severally do any act or engage in any practice for the purpose of:
This bulletin takes effect immediately.
This bulletin is dated the 5th day of May 2009 at Salem, Oregon.