Congress votes to remove state insurance monopoly

Costa Rica's Congress approved a bill that will remove the state's monopoly of the insurance market.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

As stipulated by the Constitutional Court, the bill was passed by a simple majority on a second reading. The bill also includes measures to strengthen the state insurance sector.

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Incomplete Opening of the Insurance Market

November 2012

In Costa Rica compulsory motor insurance remains the monopoly of the state run insurance company, the INS.

A constitutional action filed against the opening up of the market for the Workplace Insurance, arguing that "this social insurance is designed to provide universal coverage at no cost to all people working in the country, against any accident or illness resulting from their activity ", has also detained the liberalization of the market for compulsory insurance for motor vehicles.

Change comes to Costa Rica's national insurance company

July 2008

Costa Rica's passage of the Law to Regulate the Insurance Market has brought the National Insurance Company to a new stage, under which it gives up monopoly status at home but is allowed to enter foreign markets.

As a first stage of the internationalization of operations, the company is proposing to expand into Nicaragua over the next six months, and in 2009 it plans to enter the Panamanian marketplace.

Costa Rica's insurance market opening up

June 2008

A bill to change the regulatory environment of the insurance industry in Costa Rica appears to have the 38 votes needed to pass second reading.

There appears to be no serious opposition to the Regulatory Law of the Insurance Market, and it looks as though it will have smooth sailing in Congress.

Costa Rica's insurance opening delayed by snafu in legislature

June 2008

The opening of Costa Rica's insurance market has been delayed – possibly by a month - by an error in the bill passed by the Legislative Assembly.

The Constitutional Court, which has to approve the measure, says the minutes of a session of the assembly's special insurance commission are missing from the file that the court was given.

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