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(Includes the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Upstate New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)

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New York P&C Regulator Filings Symposium
New England and Mid Atlantic Chapters are co-hosting this special event with the NY Insurance Association. Seats are limited to chapter members ONLY.

DATE: February 12, 2020
TIME: 10:00 pm to 12:30 pm
PLACE: DFS 6th Floor Hearing Room
One State Street
New York, NY 10004

P&C Assistant Bureau Chief, Gerry Scattaglia, and Supervising Casualty Actuary, Anthony Yoder, have extended a special invitation to AICP and NYIA members to attend a Filings Symposium with NY DFS. This is a rare opportunity to get form and rate filing guidance and advice directly from DFS regulators. This event is free to chapter members, but you must register in advance to attend. Seats are limited and registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Registration will close once our seat block is gone.

You must arrive 30 minutes early and bring ID to check in at the entrance. We will gather people in the lobby and then proceed to the 6th floor hearing room.

Register online

Please contact Jean Moriarity or Anne Casillo with any questions about this event.

New England Chapter 2019 Winter Meeting

Join the New England Chapter for our annual winter meeting Friday, December 6, 2019.

This is a great opportunity to hear about changes in laws and regulations likely to come up in the 2020 regulatory sessions for Life & Health and Property & Casualty business, and to network with industry compliance professionals and regulators.

Our winter meeting will be held at The Salem Cross Inn Restaurant & Tavern, 260 West Main Street (Route 9), West Brookfield, MA and is easily accessible from Interstate 90.


9:30AM – 10:00AM Registration
10:00AM – 10:30AM Light breakfast
10:30AM – 11:00AM Business meeting
11:15AM – 12:30PM What to expect during the 2020 regulatory sessions - Susan Giacalone, AIG
12:30PM – 1:30PM Plated Lunch
1:30PM Networking Event - Topiary craft demonstration, which will be raffled off!


Plated Lunch includes:
Lunch selection:
Starter - Soup du jour
Old Fashioned Chicken Pie
Fresh Honey Dijon Maple Salmon
*Vegan/allergy accommodations upon request
Dessert - Ice Cream Cakeballs with Uncle Al's Homemade Hot Fudge

The cost of the Chapter meeting is $45 for members and $60 for non-members

Registration Closed.


Interested in becoming an engaged New England Chapter Member? WE NEED YOUR HELP! Our AICP New England Chapter is always looking for volunteers to serve as chairs or participants on committees, for administration as well as for educational events and networking opportunities throughout the year. No time commitment is too small and help make 2019 the best yet! Click here to fill out the volunteer form.

The New England Chapter finally has its own LinkedIn group! Here, we will be posting photos and reminders about chapter events. Not to mention, this will provide an outlet to connect with those you have met at events. Don't hesitate — Click here to join today!



Board Members

Anne Casillo

Melissa Cote
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
690 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT 06155
Phone: (860) 547-7169

Heather Gmyrek

Vice President
Heather Gmyrek
Argo Group US
One Monarch Place 22nd Floor
Springfield, MA 01144
Phone: (972) 506-2419


Holly Filomena

Holly Filomena
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
690 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06155

Sarah J. Huffer

Sarah Huffer
Delaware Life Insurance Company
1601 Trapelo Road, Suite 30
Waltham, MA 02451
P: 781.703.5258


Anne Casillo

Past President
Anne Casillo
Insurance Services Office, Inc.
319A Southbridge Street Suite 205
Auburn, MA 01501
Phone: (508) 832-7360

Rachel C. Galasso

Regional Director
Rachel C. Galasso
MAPFRE Insurance
211 Main St
Webster, MA 01570
Phone: (508) 949-4482



Committee Chairs

Volunteering is a great way to meet your colleagues in other companies, in both a fun and productive way! Reach out to any current board or committee member (listed below) to learn more or Click here to fill out the volunteer form and learn how to submit. We look forward to hearing from you!

E-Day Committee: Planning & coordinating our annual Education Day.

Heather Gmyrek (Chair)
Argo Group US

Planning & Events Committee: Planning upcoming Events and Chapter Meetings

Debra LaRose (Co-Chair)
National Life

Corrin Powell (Co-Chair)
Hartford Steam Boiler

Volunteer Recognition Committee: Identifying and recognizing outstanding volunteer leaders and recruiting new volunteers.

Stephen Fisher (Chair)
Beazley Group

Membership Committee: Reaching out to new members, providing information to existing members, contacting non-renewals.

Melissa Cote (Chair)
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Website & Publicity Committee: Works directly with National Website committee to maintain Website content for our chapter.

Emily Taylor (Chair)
Aon Insurance Managers

Nominating Committee: Identifies leaders within our chapter, coordinates the nomination process.

Brian Duvall (Co-Chair)
Liberty Mutual Benefits

Shannon Rose Jervey (Co-Chair)
Liberty Mutual Insurance Group


Archived Meetings/Events

New Hampshire Insurance Department Meet and Greet – October 17, 2019

On October 17, 2019 members had an opportunity to schmooze over coffee and bagels with L&H and P&C regulators at the NH Insurance Department.

New England Chapter 2019 Summer Meeting – August 16, 2019

Our summer chapter meeting was held August 16 at the stunning Saint Clements Castle in Portland, CT.

New England Chapter Education Day – June 12, 2019

Education Day Sessions:

Session 1 –  Legal Cannabis and Impairment : Medical, Toxicological and Public Health Implications
Session 2 –  Hot Topics, L&H
Session 3 –  Top Market Conduct Exam Risk - Leveraging the data
Session 4 –  Hot Topics, P&C
Session 5 –  Insurance Lobbyist - Top of Mind
Session 6 –  Investigations in the Age of Geosocial Data
Session 7 –  Insurance Regulation & Technology: Adding Business Value to Compliance
Session 8 –  Suitability
Session 9 –  Walk of Fame, Not Walk of Shame - Ethics in an Ever-Changing Environment
Session 10 –  The NAIC, Model Law Development Process and Information Resources
Session 11 –  P&C Round Table
Session 12 –  L&H Round Table
Session 13 –  NY’s Redundant and Confusing Disclosure requirements: Regs 210, 187 and 60
Session 14 –  Product Innovation
Session 15 –  Impact of new financial crime regulations on the insurance industry – Make sure you are regulator-ready
Session 16 –  Autonomous Vehicles: Perspectives, Regulations & Insurance

NE Chapter Sponsor Presentation

Connecticut Insurance Department Meet and Greet! — April 25, 2019

On April 25, 2019 AICP New England Chapter members had the opportunity to meet with the State of Connecticut Department of Insurance regulators. This was a great a opportunity to ask questions about rules, regulations and filings and even ask specific questions about Company filings.

For further information regarding the CT DOI Meet and Greet, click here!

New England Chapter 2018 Winter Meeting - December 7, 2018

On December 7, fifty insurance professionals gathered at the Mark Twain House in Hartford for our Winter 2018 meeting.

The morning began with breakfast and networking followed by our chapter business meeting, called to order by Chapter President Anne Casillo.

Chapter Secretary Holly Filomena and Treasurer Sarah Huffer provided updates on our last meeting and chapter finances.

Chapter Past President Rachel Galasso, filling in for Vice President Melissa Cote, updated members on plans for our 2019 Education Day. The committee is looking toward a mid-June date focusing in on locations in Springfield and Southbridge, More to come on a final selection and date. Anne Casillo presented Rachel with a certificate of appreciation, acknowledging her support of the chapter.

RI Associate Director Paula Pallozzi's contributions to AICP both from a national and chapter perspective were recognized, as Anne presented Paula with a certificate of appreciation. Ms. Pallozzi has announced her retirement in early 2019.

Regional Director Sara Thomas has relocated to Indiana. As our by-laws address this situation, members took a vote in support of allowing Sara to remain director until the end of her September 2019 term.

There seems to be a continuing issue with AICP email getting caught in companies' spam folders. We know that our management company has helped many members correct this situation. If you don't seem to be receiving meeting notices or even your dues invoice, please go to AICP.net and let Melissa Pomerene know.

At the conclusion of our business meeting, a fabulous panel comprised of nine regulators and chapter members representing both property & casualty and life & health convened to discuss filings and well as compliance issues facing the industry. The hour and a half give and take discussion was extremely well received as it offered our members a chance to hear regulators and colleagues discuss compliance issues that matter in our region as well as ask their own questions.

After an absolutely delicious catered lunch, Anne and Volunteer of the Year Award Committee Chair Stephen Fisher presented Christina Boudreau with a certificate in recognition of her late father Jim Ruegg's contributions to AICP. Jim, who passed away this fall, was a longtime member of our chapter and served for many years as chair of the planning committee. Anne and Steve announced that the chapter board of directors voted to rename the award "The Jim Ruegg Volunteer of the Year Award". The award will be presented at our 2019 Education Day.

Our day ended with additional networking and a guided tour through the Mark Twain House decorated for Christmas.

New England Chapter 2018 Summer Meeting – August 24, 2018

Our summer chapter meeting was held August 24 at the beautiful Woodstock Inn and Golf Course in Woodstock, Vermont.

NE Chapter President Rachel Galasso welcomed attendees and presided over the business meeting. Holly Filomena presented her Secretary’s report. Rachel gave a mini-financial update for Treasurer Sarah Huffer who is just returning from maternity leave. Rachel announced the Chapter Officers for 2018-2019 – Anne Casillo, President; Melissa Cote, Vice President; Holly Filomena, Secretary and Sarah Huffer, Treasurer. Sara Thomas continues as our Regional Director.

Julie Levine, Chairman of the Planning Committee, previewed our winter meeting that will be held December 7 at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT. Julie asked Vice President Anne Casillo to talk about the planned meeting topic – State Filings - A Discussion. A panel comprised of regulators from Life & Health and Property & Casualty will be joined by several AICP members who will discuss multiple facets of filings – from professionalism to presentation to process. A founding tenet of our association was to help provide education for all filers as well as the sharing of ideas in this regard. More information to follow.

There are many of our committees looking for volunteers. If you want to be involved in the chapter, we could love to have you!

Under new Business, Cailie Currin from Currin Compliance discussed her concern about smaller percentage of Life & Health members in the chapter compared with Property & Casualty (roughly 40% are Life & Health) and how this was impacting her thoughts on being an Association sponsor. Julie, Holly, Cailie and Lori Whitlock will be a part of a working group to focus on increasing L+H membership.

Anne Casillo introduced James Fox and Frank Cardamone from the New Hampshire Insurance Department who gave updates on several P&C initiatives. Proposed Rule Ins 5001 brings the state’s desk drawer rules out into the open. The Department has requested industry feedback on these rules. The Department also mentioned modernization and speed to market as were included within enacted House Bill 1389. They plan to audit about 10% of the filings now considered to be informational. Bulletins issued before 1999 were withdrawn. The Department is now reviewing post 1999 bulletins. Insurance Rebates are allowed in the state, but only within the policy. Finally, average review time was greater than 50 days while the statute says 30 days. Focus will be given to filings that have the most impact on the insurance buying public. As result of this initiative, they were happy to report the average review time stands at 10 days!

Anne recognized Vermont Insurance Department staff who were in attendance including Kevin Gaffney, Emily Brown and Pat Murray. We were also pleased to hear that both Pat Murray and Frank Cardamone will be joining our chapter as regulators.

And finally, Anne introduced Vermont Insurance Commissioner Mike Pieciak who discussed so many aspects of his role as head of the Department of Financial Regulation. From issues in the Green Mountain state of an aging population facing elder abuse, consumer protections, cyber, crypto currencies, the Northeast political landscape and reinsurance. For those of you who could not attend, you missed an impressive young and dynamic regulator.

Attendees continued networking during our delicious lunch followed by an exciting afternoon of lawn games back at the impressive main inn.

Great feedback was received on the meeting. We hope to visit Vermont for another Chapter meeting in the near future.

Summer Meeting Pictures


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