Welcome to San Diego, California for the National Association of Insurance Commissioner's (NAIC) Summer 2016 National Meeting!
As a proud Californian, I am honored that the NAIC has chosen San Diego for this meeting. In addition to all the critically important consumer protection and other regulatory work at the meeting, I hope you will find time to explore San Diego.
Home to several major universities, with a robust bio-tech and IT industry, some of the nation's leading medical research and healthcare institutions and critically important bases for our Armed Services, San Diego is a great place in which to live and work. Whether you enjoy San Diego's weather, miles of sandy beaches, premier restaurants and craft breweries, the world famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Balboa Park and its museums, the USS Midway, Coronado Island, the historic Old Town and the Mission, or the Gas Lamp District, I trust that you will not be disappointed. However, please note that I am not encouraging anyone to skip out on our meetings — you can do all these things on your personal time!
As California's Insurance Commissioner, I have the privilege of leading the California Department of Insurance, the largest consumer protection agency in California, where our mission is "Insurance protection for all Californians." We act to ensure vibrant markets where insurers keep their promises and the health and economic security of individuals, families, and businesses are protected. To highlight just one of our operations, last year alone, our Consumer Services and Market Conduct Branch handled over 155,000 calls, completed over 38,000 written cases, conducted 170 exams, and saved California consumers close to $85,000,000.
I am also very pleased to be an active member of the NAIC, our standard-setting and regulatory support organization. Through the NAIC, we establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate regulatory oversight. National Meetings like this one in San Diego are critical to our regulatory efforts.
During this National Meeting, we look forward to working together to enhance our system of state-based insurance regulation. I hope that you enjoy your time here in San Diego, California!
California Insurance Commissioner