ISSUES & POLICIES
First elected in 2007, Chaney brings extensive business knowledge and experience to the office combined with 15 years of service in the Mississippi House and Senate. His priorities throughout his terms in office remain steadfastly committed to consumer protection and application of technology for efficiency of the department to serve the state and consumers. He is leading the department in making strides in healthcare reform; disaster recovery from flood, tornado and hurricane events; bail bond industry reform; cybersecurity; and reductions in state fire deaths.
MOVING MISSISSIPPI FORWARD
Commissioner Chaney executes all laws relative to insurance companies, agents, adjusters and others. In addition, he is charged with providing Mississippians with the maximum amount of consumer protection possible. The aim is to create the highest degree of economic security, quality of life and public safety for citizens at the lowest possible cost. In 2017, the Mississippi Insurance Department, under Commissioner Chaney’s direction, handled 14,723 telephone calls for assistance and more than 1,200 written complaints. Many of the complaints were resolved in favor of the consumer and $5,300,000.00 in claims were returned to consumers. Commissioner Chaney is also steadfastly committed to reducing the number of fire deaths in his capacity as State Fire Marshal. There were 80 fire deaths in 2018. In February 2019, Commissioner Chaney announced a new safety campaign aimed at reducing deaths and asked Mississippians to “Turn Your Attention to Fire Prevention.”
The greatest challenge facing Mississippi is access to healthcare. Since 2010, five rural hospitals have closed their doors and not reopened. Additionally, several facilities filed for bankruptcy protection in 2018. Successful economic development in Mississippi rests on the backs of men and women who are healthy, able to work and want to be here – dependent on access to healthcare. For that reason, we should all be concerned about the numerous hospitals reporting financial woes.
Mississippi’s greatest strength are the people that live here. After storms like Hurricane Katrina, for example, people banded together, rebuilt, and invested in our beautiful state. As a result, there are now stronger building codes to keep our coast solid and that means more economic development.
The committed employees at the Mississippi Insurance Department are another example of Mississippi’s greatest strength. The Consumer Services division alone handles thousands of calls from citizens every year. They are Mississippians working for Mississippians, helping them resolve claims resulting in millions of dollars back to the consumer.
At the State Fire Marshal’s Office, we continue to look out for our neighbors, responding to fires and investigating when necessary. Safety education is a huge part of the division and educators visited over 300 schools in 2018 to share safety information that could save your life.