Colorado Insurance Commissioner Receives Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award

"Commissioner Conway champions the needs of consumers."

DENVER (Dec. 9, 2019) – Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner, Michael Conway, is the 2019 recipient of the Consumer Representative Excellence in Consumer Advocacy award. This is an award presented by the Consumer Representatives group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The award was presented today at the Consumer Representatives meeting as part of the NAIC national meeting in Austin, Texas. 

In presenting the award, the Consumer Representatives offered the following.  

“The NAIC consumer representatives enjoy the great fortune to work with Commissioner Michael Conway and his staff on a variety of critical consumer protection issues. In Colorado and at the NAIC, Commissioner Conway champions the needs of consumers, especially in promoting access to affordable, quality health insurance products. In Colorado, his leadership has been critical to innovative new programs such as the Peak Health Alliance, a state-based reinsurance program that directs additional premium relief to rural communities, and some of the nation’s most extensive consumer protections against surprise medical bills. His office is currently in the process of engaging stakeholders around a unique public option proposal that could be introduced in the state soon, offering additional affordable options for consumers. Beyond these broad-scale initiatives, Commissioner Conway and his staff continue to ensure that Colorado consumers, including consumers with preexisting medical conditions, have equal access to the health care they need. These policies include new drug formulary protections for patients with chronic conditions and nondiscrimination provisions for LGBTQ Coloradans. 

“In addition to his leadership in Colorado, Commissioner Conway devotes a significant amount of time to promoting consumer interests at the NAIC. He serves as chair of the Regulatory Framework (B) Task Force—which is tasked with ensuring that the major working groups of the Health Insurance and Managed Care (B) Committee continue their important work—and chair of the NAIC/American Indian and Alaska Native Liaison Committee, among other leadership positions at the NAIC. His office is always open to hearing input from the consumer representatives, and his staff goes out of their way to help on issues at the NAIC and beyond. It is therefore our privilege and honor to present the 2019 NAIC Consumer Representative Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award to Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway.”

"I'm grateful for the recognition of the NAIC Consumer Reps on the work we do at the Colorado Division of Insurance to put the consumer at the center of our mission,” said Conway. “And I am extremely proud of the team we have built at the Division, who come to work every day focused on better protecting consumers. Our work is a vital component in Governor Polis’ mission of making health care more accessible and affordable for Coloradans.”

Conway was appointed as Colorado Insurance Commissioner by Governor Jared Polis on December 21, 2018, and was confirmed to this position by the Colorado State Senate on January 22, 2019. As Commissioner, Conway serves as the chief executive of the Division of Insurance (DOI) and oversees the regulation of the insurance industry in Colorado. At the DOI, he has also served as interim Commissioner and a Deputy Commissioner. Before joining the Division, Conway was an assistant Attorney General for the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office from 2010 to 2016, where he represented the Division of Insurance in all facets of insurance regulation.


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The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regulates the insurance industry and assists consumers and other stakeholders with insurance issues.  Visit dora.colorado.gov/insurance for more information or call 303-894-7499 / toll free 800-930-3745


The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate their regulatory oversight. For more information, visit naic.org.

DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675


Media Contact:
Vincent Plymell
Division of Insurance
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