Commissioner of Insurance

The Commissioner of Insurance educates North Carolinians about insurance options and insurance scams. They make sure insurance rates don’t get too high. The Commissioner of Insurance protects public safety by improving building codes and making sure fire departments are ready to respond to disasters.

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There are 2 candidates for the office of North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance in 2020.


Mike Causey (R)
Wayne Goodwin (D)

There were 3 primary candidates for the office of Commissioner of Insurance (2 republican candidates, and 1 democratic candidate).  The candidates were:

Mike Causey (R)
Wayne Goodwin (D)
Ronald Pierce (R)

Ronald Pierce did not win the primary election.  His answers are preserved below for informational purposes and are marked by a grey background and italic text. 

All answers are provided in text and audio files for each candidate. To navigate through the questions you may either scroll through this page to read or listen to their answers, or use the links below to jump directly to specific questions.

The primary candidates for the office of Commissioner of Insurance were each asked the following questions.

The complete audio of all responses for the Commissioner of Insurance race:

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Question 1: What are your top three priorities?

Mike Causey (R)

1. Protect consumer rights

2. Vigorously fight insurance fraud, arson and white collar crime

3. Enforce state regulations in a fair and even-handed manner along with superior customer service in the Department of Insurance

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Wayne Goodwin (D)

1. Health insurance reforms (e.g., protecting pre-existing condition coverage, saving the Affordable Care Act) and lower health care costs, and Medicaid Expansion

2. Lower, fairer auto & homeowners insurance rates

3. More competitive market, insurance choices, discounts, refunds to policyholder families

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Ronald Pierce (R)

1. Make insurance companies actually follow NC Law and hold them accountable to include their insurance adjusters on breaking NCGS 58-63-15-11.

2. Remove the people in the Department of Insurance that are not performing there job as required. This includes instituting and requiring a non- compete clause for all employees.

3. Institute laws back in favor of the citizen of NC instead of the insurance companies. Then making insurance companies follow those laws.

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Question 2: What will you do to improve access to medical care in rural and low-income communities?

Mike Causey (R)

Work with medical providers, pharmaceutical companies, insurers, nonprofits and elected officials to make sure residents have access to proper healthcare.

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Wayne Goodwin (D)

Actively support (a) NC Medicaid Expansion, which would provide health insurance & medical care access to 600,000+ NC citizens, keep doors to rural hospitals & clinics open, help lower everyone’s costs; and (b) preserve & improve the ACA. I’m the only NC Insurance Commissioner candidate who’s an active, actual advocate for closing the gap with Medicaid Expansion, and has a 20+ year history (NCDOI, General Assembly, etc.) of fighting for rural & low- income communities.

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Ronald Pierce (R)

I would like to bring Medicaid over to the Department of Insurance from Health and Human Services. One to try and end corruption and fraud, and two, institute medical programs for rural hospitals and family care facilities as needed. Start paying for and/or continuing to pay for scholarships for medical doctors and others like nurses who form their businesses in Rural Counties.

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Question 3: What role could you play in increasing access to healthcare through Medicaid and/or health insurance?

Mike Causey (R)

Will continue to work with health insurers, medical groups, healthcare providers, continuing care communities. Pharmaceutical companies and elected of cials to make quality healthcare available and affordable to North Carolinians.

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Wayne Goodwin (D)

Although Medicaid is not directly regulated by the Insurance Commissioner, Medicaid and the lack thereof impacts everyone’s insurance rates. As NC Insurance Commissioner, I’d actively join with Governor Cooper, the HHS Secretary, & advocates to persuade NCGA to pass Medicaid Expansion. We need an Insurance Commissioner who’s a healthcare access leader, not a silent, absent insurance regulator and not one beholden to radical, uncaring policies that throw citizens to the wolves regarding healthcare access.

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Ronald Pierce (R)

Medicare and Medicaid need to address the medical needs of people who do not have insurance. I would like to have a separate department formed inside the Department of Insurance to handle this. Right now Health and Human services is running this program with the help of the Department of Insurance but no one has taken 100% control of this situation. Until this happens everyone will just not do anything.

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