Ask a Regulator: New Developments and Hot Topics in Insurance in Response to COVID-19
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When: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
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Ask a Regulator: New Developments and Hot Topics in Insurance in Response to COVID-19

The Nebraska Department of Insurance will provide updates regarding:

  • Business interruption coverage
  • Fraud concerns with the marketing of “insurance products” that promise open enrollment rights for certain products that may, or may not, be insurance.
  • The sale of “cures” or “remedies” or “test kits” especially to the senior market
  • The expansion of covered benefits under the emergency regulations issued by the federal and state governments
  • Telehealth and the extra contractual payments made by the insurers plus the other benefits added by carriers.

Martin Swanson
Martin Swanson is the Administrator for Health Policy at the Nebraska Department of Insurance. He oversees implementation and enforcement of the Affordable Care Act and other health products for the Department.

Mr. Swanson also serves as an advisor to the Governor, Director of Insurance and to members of the Nebraska legislature. He also works with members of Congress and the administration on issues ranging from legislation to consumer complaints. He has testified several times on behalf of the Department in front of various legislative committees in Nebraska regarding health insurance issues and has spoken in front of numerous organizations around the nation. In addition to these duties, Mr. Swanson also coordinates market information with the life and health, fraud, market conduct, financial examination, legal, Senior Health Insurance Information Program and consumer affairs divisions within the Department.

Mr. Swanson received his law degree from Creighton University in 1995. Prior to his employment with the Department of Insurance, Mr. Swanson was a former assistant attorney general for the State of Nebraska, a former Deputy County Attorney for Platte County Nebraska, trained and worked with prosecutors in New York at the New York Prosecutor Training Institute and also had the honor as being the first United States Supreme Court Fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General appointed from Nebraska.

Laura Arp
Laura Arp joined the Nebraska Department of Insurance in December 2012 and as counsel for the Department, she has covered property and casualty, health, long-term care, HR and licensing. She has also assisted the Attorney General in the defense of Department actions and coordinates investigations with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division as well as the Department’s Market Conduct, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud divisions.

Ms. Arp has been an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law since 2015, teaching Legal Research and Writing. Before working at the Department, she was an associate at Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP, specializing in insurance defense, coverage disputes, employment law, and adoptions.

Ms. Arp received her J.D. degree (with distinction) from the University of Nebraska College of Law and was Research Editor of the Nebraska Law Review.