Scott Kipper, deputy commissioner of the Office of Health
for the Louisiana Department of Insurance (DOI), has been named
administrator of Oregon's Insurance Division, according to Commissioner
of Insurance Jim Donelon.
"Scott has done an excellent job as deputy commissioner
and his expertise and leadership will be sorely missed by the
department," said Commissioner Donelon. "He has done
great things for Louisiana, including helping to create, implement
and enforce emergency rules to ensure the continuation of health
insurance coverage after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita."
Kipper's appointment is effective Dec. 27. In his new role,
he will lead the 90-employee Insurance Division, which helps
ensure the financial soundness of insurers, the fair treatment
of consumers and the affordability and availability of insurance
products in Oregon.
Kipper's career has focused on insurance and regulatory issues.
He served as senior regional director, state affairs, for America's
Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), where he managed legislative
and regulatory activities in eight states. As government relations
manager for General Electric Capital Assurance Co., Kipper worked
with state and federal agencies on legislation affecting the
long-term care industry. He also worked as health analyst for
the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and
spent 10 years in Wyoming state government and industry, including
serving as legislative liaison for the Department of Insurance.
Kipper earned a bachelor's degree in business administration
from the University of Wyoming.
"Although my time with the Louisiana DOI has been rewarding,
I look forward to the opportunity to take on this important
leadership role for the people of Oregon," Kipper said.
"It is refreshing to see our senior staff assume leadership
roles in the state and private sectors throughout the country," said
Donelon. "This is a reflection of the positive image Louisiana's
Department of Insurance carries nationwide."