John Morrison, Montana State Auditor
Commissioner of Insurance and Securities

John Morrison

JOHN MORRISON
State Auditor
Commissioner of Insurance and Securities

Morrison proposed, designed and implemented Insure Montana, a small business health care program that uses tax credits and pooling to cover more than 10,000 workers and their family members. (Great Falls Tribune 3/11/05, article on business page and editorial); (Missoulian 12/21/05. His proposal-passed in 2005 and funded by a special tobacco tax- also included funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a prescription drug program. (Missoulian 1/6/03; Great Falls Tribune 1/28/03) He also created a premium assistance program for Montana’s high risk health insurance program that covers the chronically ill, and successfully rehabiltated a Montana Health Insurer. (Interlake 9/8/02).

Morrison is currently leading a 2008 ballot initiative campaign to achieve universal health coverage for children. (Independent Record 10/28/07).

Morrison wrote and secured passage of sweeping new privacy laws restricting unauthorized use of personal medical and financial information and credit scores. (Billings Gazette 5/8/01 (privacy)); (Great Falls Tribune. 1/29/05 (credit scoring)).

Morrison wrote the Montana Captive Insurance Act and helped launch the niche industry that has brought Montana more than two dozen new domestic insurers. (Billings Gazette 3/2/02. )

As securities commissioner, Morrison wrote and secured passage of the Montana Capital Formation Act that creates a Montana based venture capital fund (www.matr.net/article-10616.html) and started InvestSmart Montana that provides investor protection education in communities across the state.(www.investsmartmt.org). Through InvestSmart, Morrison produced a feature length documentary film narrated by J.K. Simmons (Law and Order, The Closer, Oz, Spiderman, Astronaut Farmer, Rendition). (Missoulian 9/18/07).

Morrison and his staff prosecuted the largest insurance and securities cases in the state’s history, recovering millions for victims and helping to put corrupt agents and brokers in prison. (Montana Standard 10/31/03 (O'Neill); Billings Gazette 12/21/06 (Davison)).

As a member of Montana’s Board of Land Commissioners, Morrison led creation of the State Land Bank that has acquired thousands of acres of land for the state school trust, making it accessible to the public for recreation. (Billings Gazette, 8/26/01).

Through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Morrison led creation of an internet portal for insurance consumers (www.naic.org/cis) , chaired the committee that kept terrorism coverage in place after September 11 (Tribune 9/8/02; Interlake 1/31/02), led a national crackdown on fake Insurance and medical discount schemes (Consumer Reports July 03, June 06) , and was one of a three member delegation that opened relations between U.S. and Chinese insurance regulators.

Morrison has written numerous op/eds, including "The Climate Change Peril that Insurers See," Washington Post 9/27/07 (reprinted widely by newspapers and blogs).
His work has been covered in The Wall Street Journal (7/10/01, 10/10/01, 12/21/01), Consumer Reports, Money, Best Review and other national and regional publications.

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