The Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) monitors insurance companies for compliance with the Oregon Insurance Code through market analysis, market conduct examinations, and interstate collaboration.
Consumer complaints from the Advocacy Section are the main origin of market analysis cases . Other sources include issues identified in other states, data calls, and collaboration with other units within DFR. A data call is a survey about a specific topic the division sends to all insurers it regulates.
DFR market analysts conduct in-depth investigations into insurers’ business practices . The focus of this work is to investigate regulatory issues that have the most potential for consumer harm. The division often collaborates on compliance issues with other states through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
A market analysis investigation can have many outcomes. These include the investigation is closed with no regulatory action, the insurer is asked to make a change to a policy or procedure, a market conduct examination is opened, or the case is referred to the Enforcement Section to determine whether an enforcement action is warranted. Most investigations do not result in a formal enforcement action.
A market conduct examination is a formal evaluation of an insurer's business practices that may be in conflict with contract provisions, state laws, rules, regulations, or orders of the insurance commissioner. The insurance companies pay for the costs of these exams. The relevant statutes are ORS 731.308 and 731.312.