Jessica Altman was appointed Acting Insurance Commissioner on
August 19, 2017 and unanimously confirmed on March 20, 2018. Prior to this, Ms. Altman served as Chief of Staff for the
Pennsylvania Insurance Department alongside former Insurance Commissioner
Teresa Miller beginning in June 2015. In this position, Ms. Altman served
as the top aide to former Commissioner Miller, oversaw policy initiatives for the
agency, and coordinated policy with other state government agencies and
Ms. Altman represented the department in a number of
statewide initiatives including coordinating aspects of Health Innovation in
Pennsylvania, which leverages funds from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services’ State Innovation Model Initiative and sitting as a board member for
ABC-MAP, the Commonwealth’s initiative to implement a prescription drug
monitoring program. Commissioner Altman serves as vice chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). One of the main tasks of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee is to analyze policy implications and effects of proposed and enacted federal legislation and regulations on states.
Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Ms.
Altman worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for
Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, where she developed policy and
facilitated implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, she served
as a policy analyst for the health division of the White House Office of
Management and Budget while completing her master’s degree.
Ms. Altman has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard
University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in
Policy Analysis and Management, with a concentration in Health Care Policy,
from Cornell University.
Pennsylvania is the fifth largest insurance market in the United States, in terms of premium volume, and the 14th largest insurance market in the world.
The Insurance Commissioner is entrusted with enforcing the insurance laws of Pennsylvania, including protecting consumers and monitoring the financial solvency of Pennsylvania domestic insurance companies. Pennsylvania serves as the lead regulator for an array of insurance companies from small mutuals that trace their history to the 1700's to a number of large internationally active insurance groups. Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of advancing the regulation of domestic IAIGs.
The department also investigates and enforces state laws and regulations pertaining to insurance and responds to consumer inquiries. The department provides the public with information and educational brochures regarding various types of insurance.
The Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner administers the following:
Catastrophic Loss Benefits Continuation Fund
Workers' Compensation Security Fund
Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund (Mcare)
The Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner is a member of:
Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
Children’s Health Insurance Advisory Board
Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board
Coal and Clay Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund
State Worker's Insurance Fund
Pennsylvania Employees Benefits Trust Fund Board of Trustees
Assigned Risk Plan board member, ex-officio
PA Fair Plan board member, ex-officio
The department also investigates and enforces state laws and regulations pertaining to insurance and responds to consumer inquiries. The department provides the public with information and educational brochures regarding various types of insurance