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Message from Oregon's Insurance Administrator

Joel Ario, Oregon Insurance Administrator
Joel Ario, Oregon Insurance Administrator

The Oregon Insurance Division's mission is to protect insurance consumers while promoting a positive business climate. We regulate the more than 1,600 companies authorized to sell insurance in Oregon, ensuring that they remain financially solvent and treat consumers fairly. We license the more than 56,000 insurance agents and 8,000 agencies that have met Oregon's licensing requirements. We resolve complaints from consumers who have problems with insurance companies and agents. And, we discipline those companies and agents that violate insurance laws.

While protecting consumers is our primary goal, we recognize that efficient, market-oriented regulation serves the best interests of consumers as well as the insurance industry. Oregon, along with other members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, is committed to modernizing insurance regulation to meet the realities of today's financial services marketplace.

We also are committed to using technology more effectively to enhance efficiency and improve customer services. For example, we are increasingly utilizing our Web site to provide useful information for consumers, insurance agents and companies.

Here is just some of the information available on our Web site:

  • Consumer publications and information
  • How to file a complaint against an insurance company or agent
  • Insurance companies authorized to do business in Oregon
  • Agents and agencies licensed in Oregon
  • Oregon insurance laws and administrative rules
  • Enforcement actions taken against insurance companies and agents

These are just a few examples of the information you'll find on our Web site. We encourage you to explore our site and let us know if you see ways we can improve it.

Sincerely,

Joel Ario
Oregon Insurance Administrator

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This document was last revised on July 26, 2004 .