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State Affairs

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Alison Cooper
Vice President for State Affairs, Northeast Region

Alison Cooper serves as vice president for state affairs, Northeast region at the American Insurance Association. This includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Ms. Cooper works to advance the business and financial interests of AIA’s member companies in the public policy arena by providing representation before state legislators and regulators. She is based in AIA’s regional office in Albany, New York.
Ms. Cooper has held a variety of staff positions in both the New York State Assembly and the State Senate. Most recently, she served as director of the Senate Insurance Committee on behalf of New York State Senator James L. Seward. 

Ms. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from New York University and earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

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AIA's Alison Cooper praises New York's move toward a drug formulary in Business Insurance

January 10, 2018 - “Formularies play a critical role in reducing the dangers to injured workers caused by inappropriate pharmaceutical prescriptions. They also have proven to be effective in reining in prescription drug costs overall....

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AIA's Alison Cooper praises the implementation of updated SLU guidelines in WorkCompCentral

October 31, 2017 - “The adoption of new, up-to-date guidelines should help to reduce costs to the system, while ensuring that SLU awards for injured workers are based on the most current medical evidence in order to accurately determine levels of impairment,” AIA Northeast region Vice President Alison Cooper said....

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AIA’s Alison Cooper expresses disappointment with NY court ruling in workers’ comp case

October 25, 2017 - New York's highest court ruled against a coalition of 20 insurance carriers that argued the closure of New York’s Fund for Reopened Cases was unconstitutional because it subjected them to between $1.1 billion and $1.6 billion in retroactive liabilities. Alison Cooper, vice president of state affairs for the Northeast region, stated “AIA is disappointed by the court’s decision - a retroactive imposition of more than $1 billion in unfunded liabilities on workers’ compensation insurers.”...

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AIA’s Alison Cooper addresses outdated Scaffold Laws in New York

October 5, 2017 - “Last week, legislation was introduced to make very basic reforms to New York's law — permitting a judge and jury to weigh the evidence of all parties' negligence, just like they would for any other lawsuit. Some called these changes "callous, cold-hearted" assaults "on working men and women." But the data tells a very different story.”...

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AIA’s Alison Cooper talks about ways to combat opioid abuse

September 25 - “This pilot program is positive in that it seeks to better coordinate care as well as to resolve treatment disputes more quickly and efficiently. This is a win-win for all stakeholders including insurers, the court system and, most importantly, injured workers,” Cooper said....

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AIA’s Alison Cooper addresses efforts to reform NY Scaffold Law

September 22, 2017 - "AIA has long supported efforts to reform New York’s Scaffold Law," AIA's northeast regional vice president, Alison Cooper, told WorkCompCentral in an emailed statement. "No other state in the country has an absolute liability standard that holds construction contractors 100% liable for any gravity-related workplace injury, regardless of any negligence on the part of the injured worker.”...

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AIA's Alison Cooper praises proposed changes to New York's workers' compensation system in WorkCompCentral

September 6, 2017 - The American Insurance Association (AIA) lauds the Workers' Compensation Board for updating the guidelines. "The adoption of new, up-to-date guidelines should help reduce costs to the system while ensuring that schedule loss of use awards for injured workers are based on the most current medical evidence in order to accurately determine levels of impairment," says AIA Northeast Region Vice President for State Affairs Alison Cooper. "We also appreciate the efforts to bring structure and guidance to the independent medical examination process and look forward to working with the board to effectuate this goal."...

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AIA's Alison Cooper discusses tort reform in the New York Law Journal

July 20, 2017 - Lobbyists for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. and the Washington-based American Insurance Association also have lobbied lawmakers in support of reforming the litigation funding industry, according to disclosures with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. "Regulating this industry is an important tort reform measure because it will help protect consumers and keep judicial system costs low," said Alison Cooper, AIA's vice president for state affairs in the Northeast region....

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