Property & Casualty News October 2012

The following is a brief review of selected items that may be of current interest to First Consulting & Administration, Inc. clients and friends.  Please feel free to copy it for distribution to your staff.  Contact us for more details about any item.  We welcome your comments and suggestions on this letter.  Please call our office.


ADVERTISING

Utah amended the definition of advertisement to include websites and e-mails.     R590-130-4


ASSESSMENTS

Iowa announced that a Second Injury Fund Assessment will be imposed upon insurers and self-insured employers.     Source:  "What's New" section of Iowa Insurance Division Website


AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE

California amended its Code concerning private automobile insurance issued to a peace officer, a member of the Department of the California Highway Patrol, or a firefighter.     A.B. No. 2298

California amended its Code to permit proof of motor vehicle insurance coverage and evidence of driver financial responsibility to be provided on mobile electronic devices.     A.B. 1708

Michigan issued a bulletin regarding the annual adjustment of the maximum work loss benefit payable under personal protection insurance policies. The bulletin provides the new payment for the period 10-1-12 through 9-30-13.     Bulletin No. 2012-14-INS

Nevada enacted legislation providing a standard consent form authorizing an insurer to take possession of a motor vehicle.    NAC 690B s 1 (LCB File No. R036-12)


CANCELLATION AND NONRENEWAL

Texas amended its Code concerning cancellation and nonrenewal of certain property and casualty insurance coverage.   Included are changes to clarify when an insurer may send a notice of cancellation for nonpayment of premium and updates to the statutory periods in which an insurer may cancel certain policies.   28 TAC s 5.7001 +


FILING REQUIREMENTS - GROUP FILING

Colorado revised filing requirements to permit the submission of group filings for multiple companies in the same holding group.     Reg. 5-1-10 s 5 ss A.5


FILING REQUIREMENTS - HOMEOWNERS

Colorado added a procedure for submission of homeowner’s filings containing underwriting methodologies that are not public record.     Reg. 5-1-10 s 5 ss B.6


FINANCIAL REGULATION

Alabama issued a bulletin regarding audit and examination fees effective 12-31-2012.     Bulletin 2012-08

North Carolina issued a bulletin to communicate certain reporting requirements of the Annual Financial Reporting Law, effective immediately for financial statements as of December 31, 2012.     Bulletin 12-B-04

Texas adopted amendments to its Code, primarily adopting by reference the March 2012 version of The NAIC Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual.     28 TAC §7.18


HOLDING COMPANIES                                                            

California modified the Insurance Holding Company System Regulatory Act.  Included in the changes are requirements pertaining to enterprise risk reports.   Ins s 1215 +


MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY

Pennsylvania issued a notice explaining that insurers offering basic limits medical malpractice coverage are required to report specified medical malpractice claims information to the Insurance Department for insured’s who are subject to the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act.     Notice 9-29-2012


MISCELLANEOUS

California enacted legislation requiring insurers with written premiums of $100 million or more to submit specified reports on its minority, women, and disabled veteran-owned business procurement efforts.     A.B. 53

Colorado amended regulations concerning financial responsibility requirements for health care institutions and health care providers.     3 CCR 702 Reg. 2-1-1 s 1 - s 11 & 3 CCR 702 Reg. 2-1-3 s 1 - s 10


POLICYHOLDER NOTICES
Washington adopted requirements to include OIC contact information on specified FAIR plan and PIP notices.     WAC 284-19-170, 284-30-395


PRODUCERS
Georgia adopted a regulation regarding license renewals and continuing education requirements.  It includes a transition from annual to biennial license renewals for insurance agents, insurance agencies, subagents, counselors, insurance adjusters, and certain non-resident licensees.     Regulation 120-2-3-.05+

Indiana will impose retaliatory fees for residents of California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey who renew an existing non-resident license or apply for a new non-resident license. Retaliatory fees are already in effect for residents of Illinois.     Source:  Indiana Department of Insurance Website - "Information for You from the Commissioner"

Nevada adopted changes relating to prelicensing requirements for persons who have obtained certain insurance designations.     NAC 683A.170

Nevada revised provisions relating to prelicensing requirements for persons involved in the sale or administration of insurance.     Regulation Chapter 683A.170


REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Delaware issued a bulletin concerning the mandatory reporting of the geographic allocation of premiums.  The bulletin describes reporting errors, instructs insurers to use specified software to report premiums written in certain areas, and requires all companies writing certain lines of business to submit a reporting action plan by 12-20-2012.     Domestic/Foreign Insurers Bulletin No. 55

Maryland issued a bulletin regarding reporting requirements associated with the creation of homeowners and private passenger auto rate comparison guides for consumers.  Reporting is required ONLY if an insurer received this bulletin directly from the Insurance Administration.     Bulletin 12-19

New Jersey issued a bulletin concerning completion of reporting for the annual private passenger automobile premium survey. Survey responses are due on or before 11-1-2012.     Bulletin 12-09
 


SERVICE CONTRACTS
Nebraska issued a notice regarding the adoption of amendments pertaining to Motor Vehicle Service Contract Reimbursement Insurance.     Notice 10-3-2012


SURPLUS LINES
Oklahoma issued a bulletin regarding implementation of the Federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act and related legislation.     Financial Bulletin 2012-


TRAVEL INSURANCE
California revised provisions related to travel insurance by, among other things, changing the definition of travel insurance and amending limited lines travel insurance agent license requirements.     A.B. 2354


WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Alabama amended requirements pertaining to the formation and operation of workers' compensation self-insurer funds.     480-5-3-.06 +


Stretching your Resources – Monitoring TPA’s

Working with TPA’s brings on regulatory requirements that may stretch your compliance resources beyond full.
 

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816.391.2742
scott.sheffer@firstconsulting.com


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