KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) today announced a new partnership with actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley as part of its Insure U consumer education campaign. The partnership highlights Williams-Paisley's experiences coping with her mother's battle with primary progressive aphasia, a form of dementia with no treatment or cure. The unexpected diagnosis led her family down a challenging and heart-wrenching path, culminating in the decision to move her mother into long-term care. Through this partnership, the NAIC and Williams-Paisley hope to share the importance of proper insurance planning.
"Mom's diagnosis was shocking, and we didn't know where to turn as her illness progressed," Williams-Paisley said. "That helpless feeling is one our family knows all too well which is why I've partnered with the NAIC. Their free and unbiased resources would have been helpful for us as we navigated mom's illness, and I'm confident these resources will help the millions of American families facing similar situations."
Drawing from her own experience with an unexpected family illness, Williams-Paisley shares a few observations from what she's learned:
- Have the difficult conversations: Even if your parents are still living on their own, make sure trusted family members are aware of their financial commitments and long term wishes. Insure U's Five Tough Questions to Ask Aging Parents can help facilitate a more productive conversation.
- Take action: Establish a plan to protect your future. Insure U offers recommendations on 10 insurance-smart things consumers can do as they approach age 50 to ensure unforeseen insurance needs do not get in the way of financial stability.
- Trust the experts: Insurance can be confusing. Before you buy, consider all your options. Insure U's tips and tools can help make this complex topic easier to understand.
Insure U, NAIC's award-winning online education resource, helps consumers evaluate their insurance options. The site offers unbiased insurance information for every life stage including planning for retirement, college-bound kids, caring for an aging parent and everything in between.
For more tips and tools to help consumers navigate insurance issues for every life stage, visit www.InsureUOnline.org. Consumers interested in insurance information specific to where they live can contact their state insurance commissioner.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review and coordinate their regulatory oversight. NAIC staff supports these efforts and represents the collective views of state regulators domestically and internationally. NAIC members, together with the central resources of the NAIC, form the national system of state-based insurance regulation in the U.S. For more information, visit www.naic.org.
ABOUT KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY
Most recently seen in the hit ABC TV series "Nashville," Kimberly Williams-Paisley first lit up the screen as the radiant young bride in the comedy feature film series "Father of the Bride" and "Father of the Bride Part II." Williams-Paisley's other television credits include "According to Jim" and "Two and a Half Men." She also is an accomplished writer, having penned articles for InStyle and Redbook magazines as well as "Henry and the Hidden Veggie Garden," a children's book she co-wrote with her father. She is actively involved with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, The Alzheimer's Association of America and the Entertainment Council for Feeding America. Kimberly resides with her family in Nashville, Tenn.
SOURCE National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)