The insurance industry has made great strides in recent years in transacting insurance electronically. Yet there is no doubt that the barriers that still exist, whether real or perceived, must be toppled to allow insurers to join other industries in the pursuit of technological advances that provide greater choices and better service.State insurance regulators have taken the lead in addressing the barriers to electronic transactions. In the last few years, clarifications regarding electronic transactions were reviewed and guidelines issued with the release of a model bulletin by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The NAIC model stated that electronic transactions should be treated no differently than paper transactions.

However, even with insurance regulators providing a green light, some specific barriers to e-commerce remain. Unfortunately, these challenges often are not directly connected to laws regulating transactions over the Internet but instead to state and federal statutes that apply to other areas of business transactions.

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