The New York Insurance Department has proposed Regulation 189 – Mandatory Catastrophe Reserves for Property/Casualty Insurance Companies. The rule proposal would require every authorized property/casualty insurer issuing a policy of insurance or contract of reinsurance covering losses resulting form a catastrophe to property located in New York, and receiving New York subject premiums, to establish a New York mandatory contingent catastrophe reserve, which shall only be used toward the payment of claims from qualifying losses. In developing this rule proposal, the Department reviewed the research of the NAIC – Catastrophe Insurance Working Group, Casualty Actuarial Society, and performed outreach to property/casualty insurers, consumer groups, and other interested parties. The Department has published the text of the proposed regulation, and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking notes that comments will be accepted until 45 days after the publication of the Notice. The comment period closes May 26, 2009.