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Weekly news through April 1

S&P Global MarketIntelligence offers our top picks of insurance news stories and more publishedthroughout the week.

Risk & Regulation

Agroup of small health insurers and state regulators is to reform the AffordableCare Act's risk adjustment program. The group warned that without changes theprogram could force a slew of companies off of state exchanges or perhaps evenout of business.

TheNAIC on April 4 willmeet privately with a trade group representing consumer operatedand oriented health plans to discuss the financial and regulatory challenges ofthe remaining 11 taxpayer-funded co-ops. 

Streamliningfinancial data standards is essential to improving risk management and theregulation of financial institutions, panelists said at the recent FinancialData Summit. More attention is spent on collecting the data rather than thestandards and process to analyze the data, according to Allan Mendelowitz,president of ACTUS Financial Research Foundation and former director of theFederal Housing Finance Board. 

Life and health

scored a landmarkvictory in its bid tododge additionalregulatory oversight,after a federal court struck down the company's as a nonbank systemicallyimportant financial institution.

FitchRatings believes thefederal court's decision to remove such designation on MetLife does not haveany impact on the company's ratings. 

WisconsinRep. Eric Genrich and state Sen. Dave Hansen are asking the state insurancecommissioner to receive a guarantee of zero job reductions within 's state locations if itsproposed mergerwith Aetna Inc.proceeds.


is taking a wait-and-see approach after MetLife won its legal challenge againstthe FSOC to remove its SIFI tag.

AIGrecently hosted more than 20 sell-side analysts at its New York headquarters,as it tries to restore confidence in its management team following aturbulent period. 

entered intoagreements with shareholders and secured their support for Ambac board'srecommended slate of directors up for election at the upcoming annual meeting..

WhileRaging Capital ManagementLLC expressed fullsupport for Ambac's board, Canyon Capital Advisors LLC raised about Ambac's president andCEO, Nader Tavakoli, including those from current and former employees of thecompany.

Theimpact of a newFederal Housing Finance Agency rule restricting captive insurance companiesfrom continued membership in the federal home loan bank system will vary widelyby institution. 

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