March 18, 2020

Due to updated guidance from the United States Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) and recently issued state guidelines regarding COVID-19, a few state insurance departments have announced they are closing their offices temporarily and a larger number of state insurance departments have indicated they are working remotely.  

According to an announcement recently issued by the National Insurance Producer Registry (“NIPR”), the Pennsylvania Insurance Department has indicated its offices are closed and are currently scheduled to re-open on March 30, 2020. Additionally, the Tennessee Insurance Department has indicated its physical offices are closed and are scheduled to re-open March 31, 2020. 

The following state insurance departments have represented that they are working remotely:

  • Alabama
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont

As a result of the above information, the NIPR also indicated that there may be delayed responses and processing times on both initial and renewal applications. Additionally, effective March 12, 2020, the North Carolina Insurance Department has stated that all TPA license applications, notice of change of ownership, and/or change of officers or directors must be submitted electronically to LHInbox@ncdoi.gov or Citrix Share File or by other secure electronic filing methods. 

The above listing of state insurance departments that are working remotely or that have closed temporarily is extremely fluid and subject to change. Please feel free to contact members of Polsinelli’s TPA team for additional information.