According to Reuters, state regulators have alleged that insurers used the Social Security Administration's "death master file" -- a list of recently deceased people -- to stop making annuity payments to dead customers but, at the same time, did not use the list to check whether any life insurance policyholders had died.
The AIG settlement is with Pennsylvania, Florida, North Dakota, California, Illinois, New Hampshire and Texas, Reuters said.
Pennsylvania regulators said AIG agreed to use the death master file "on a uniform basis" to find dead policyholders and pay beneficiaries, Reuters reported. AIG is the latest insurer to settle state probes, the news service said.
West Virginia Insurance Commission spokesman Jason Butcher was asked why the Mountain State wasn't part of the settlement.
"We have been in on these, but we were not one of the 'lead states' on the suit so we won't get any press over it," Butcher said. "Usually the lead states are the ones where the company is domiciled and the states with the most premium dollar. We do not have any life companies domiciled in West Virginia and we are not in the top premium dollar."
West Virginia is expected to receive $72,370 from the AIG settlement, according to an email from Butcher. That figure is based on AIG's life insurance premium volume and annuity contracts in West Virginia.
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