Donelon Names Scott Kipper as Deputy Commissioner of Office of Health

August 9, 2010

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon named Scott Kipper as the Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Health. He will begin work on August 9. “This is a critical time for the Department of Insurance as we begin the implementation phase of national health care reform,” said Donelon. “Having Mr. Kipper at the helm of the Office of Health will provide the expertise needed for the massive changes we will experience in Louisiana with health care reform and its impact on consumers and the health insurance market.” Kipper will also have oversight of all lines of health insurance, supplemental health products, and the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).

Kipper previously served as Deputy Commissioner of LDI’s Office of Health from September 2005 – December 2007. At that time he led the development, implementation, and enforcement of emergency rules to ensure the continuation of health insurance coverage after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Most recently, Kipper has served as Nevada’s Commissioner of Insurance, where he worked from December 2008 until this appointment. Previously, Kipper served as the Oregon Insurance Administrator from December 2007 – December 2008.

Kipper’s career has focused on insurance and regulatory issues. He served as Senior Regional Director of state affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), where he managed legislative and regulatory activities in eight states. As a 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 two years as a health analyst for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

Kipper began his regulatory career with the Wyoming Department of Insurance working nearly five years as a life and health insurance standards consultant as well as consumer and legislative liaison. He began his insurance career as an independent life and health agent in Wyoming in 1985. Kipper earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming.

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