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Around the PIA Western Alliance States

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Updated: Friday, April 3, 2020

Idaho — From Insurance Commissioner Dean Cameron: The number of issues regarding COVID-19 and insurance coverage continues to mount. I would like to establish a weekly call for the property casualty industry with Wes and/or Randy and I to talk through some of those issues. I feel the need to hear from you. I have established a weekly call on Monday’s with the health carriers. I would propose 11 am on Tuesday for P&C and Life Carriers. Starting Tuesday the 24th. I would anticipate the call lasting about 30 minutes but no more than an hour.

Pamela will set up the call and send out an invitation with the call in number and pin. We will also send an agenda of items that we have. You of course may have your own items or questions. You may invite the experts from your teams to participate. I do not expect the CEO’s to participate but they are always welcome. Please feel free to share the invite with others I may have inadvertently missed.

Agenda items for the first call The DOI’s status.

  • Essential services definition request.
  • Business Continuation provisions.
  • Adjustor requirements.
  • Regulatory Requirement Concerns.
  • Any rule or regulation that is inhibiting their ability to help Idahoans in this time.
  • Solutions from other states.
  • Market Issues.
  • Large termination
  • Agent issues
  • Licensing
  • CE
  • Economic concerns
  • Premium relief
  • Other consumer issues
  • Any other matters.

Thank you for your efforts to protect Idahoans.

Oregon — Emergency order FAQs: The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued an emergency order on March 25, 2020. The order provides protection to people and businesses struggling because of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The order requires all insurance companies to postpone policy cancellations and nonrenewals, extend grace periods for premium payments, and extend deadlines for reporting claims.

The Division of Financial Regulation is sharing the frequently asked questions it has received to help insurers comply with the department’s order. The FAQs will be updated regularly.

Visit the Emergency order FAQ page to review answers to questions related to the order.

Visit the COVID-19 regulated businesses page to review the latest industry news and guidance issued by the division.

Oregon — State of Oregon COVID-19 Business Impact Survey: Business Oregon, in partnership with Travel Oregon and Small Business Development Centers, would like to help assess how COVID-19 is impacting businesses. Information gathered by this survey will be vital to policy-makers who are working to provide assistance to businesses during this crisis. Individual responses to this survey are completely confidential and will not be shared publicly, only aggregate information will be shared.

We are working to target businesses specifically to capture estimated revenue impacts as well as information around canceled events, employee impacts, and more. We recognize that you may be receiving survey requests from multiple agencies and organizations. The intention of this short survey is to serve the needs of businesses impacted by COVID-19. Information gathered by this survey will be vital to policymakers who are working to provide assistance to businesses during this crisis.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. In the event you receive this questionnaire more than once, please provide only one response.

Please find the survey link here. The survey will remain open through April 24.

Also, resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19 can be found on the websites of Business Oregon, Travel Oregon, and Oregon Small Business Development Center here:

http://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/

https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/covid-19-resources-updates/

https://bizcenter.org/covid-19/

Oregon — Legal waivers help keep commercial drivers on road: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Oregon DMV have taken steps to help keep the holders of commercial driver licenses (CDL) and commercial learner permits (CLP) on the road during the COVID-19 response.

DMV is continuing to provide CLP knowledge tests and first-time CDL issuances by appointment only at six offices across Oregon.

Effective immediately:

All Oregon CDLs expiring between March 1, 2020, and June 29, 2020, now expire on June 30, 2020.

All Oregon commercial learner permits (CLPs) expiring between March 1, 2020, and June 29, 2020, now expire on June 30, 2020.

All Oregon CLP holders are eligible to take the CDL skills test without regard to the 14-day waiting period.

All Oregon CDL holders and CLP holders whose medical certification expired on or after March 1, 2020, retain medical qualification until June 30, 2020, if the medical examiner certificate was issued for 90 days or more.

FMCSA waiver in Oregon:

DMV will not cancel commercial driving privileges for expired medical examiner certificates, if the medical examiner certificate was valid on or after March 1, 2020, for a period in excess of 90 days.

DMV will grant an additional 90-day grace period before cancelling commercial driving privileges for expiring security background checks for hazmat endorsement holders. This reflects guidance from FMCSA and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Scheduling an appointment at DMV:

CLP holders and new applicants may schedule an appointment for a knowledge test or commercial driver license issuance by calling their local DMV office phone number, 503-299-9999 in the Portland area, or 503-945-5000 elsewhere.

Offices open for CDL appointments:

Baker City

Bend

Hermiston

Medford

North Salem

Southeast Portland (8710 SE Powell Blvd.)

Scheduling CDL drive tests:

To schedule a CDL drive test, you must use a private third-party CDL tester business.

How to schedule a CDL drive test:

 https://www.oregon.gov/odot/DMV/Pages/Driverid/3rdpartytest.aspx.

More on FMCSA waiver:

The FMCSA granted a waiver of some CDL requirements of 49 U.S. Code §31315(d).

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