Vermont tops the list for the fifth straight year; Louisiana ranks worst in the country 

WASHINGTON (Dec. 26) – For the seventh year in a row, the R Street Institute has compiled its Insurance Regulation Report Card, the annual examination of which states best regulate the business of insurance.

In the 2018 report, R Street Senior Fellow and Director of Finance, Insurance and Trade Policy R.J. Lehmann addresses three fundamental questions: How free are consumers to choose the insurance products they want? How free are insurers to provide the insurance products consumers want? How effectively are states discharging their duties to monitor insurer solvency and foster competitive, private insurance markets?

For the fifth straight year, Vermont had the best insurance regulatory environment in the United States. Louisiana had the worst score in the country, edging out second-to-worst New York. The biggest improvements were seen in Connecticut (from a C+ to a B), Delaware (from an F to a C) and New Hampshire (from a B- to a B+). The biggest declines were seen in South Carolina and Ohio (both from a B to a C).

The author adds, “In 2018, we saw progress toward more competitive insurance markets. Residual property insurance mechanisms continued to shrink. Several states, notably Missouri, moved to loosen systems for filing rates and forms in the commercial insurance space. On the other side of the ledger, Illinois—long among the most free-market insurance environments in the nation—introduced stringent controls on its workers’ compensation market after overturning Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto.”