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TITLE 23 -- PUBLIC UTILITIES AND REGULATED INDUSTRIES...Subtitle 3. Insurance...Chapter 94 -- LIABILITY RISK RETENTION...Subchapter 2. Registration and Regulation



23-94-205

Foreign risk retention groups

Risk retention groups chartered and licensed in states other than this state and seeking to do business as a risk retention group in this state must apply for and obtain a certificate of registration from the commissioner using the forms prescribed by the department. The commissioner shall issue a certificate of registration to risk retention groups chartered and licensed under the laws of other states when the commissioner is satisfied that the applicant groups have complied with the provisions of this subchapter. No risk retention group chartered and licensed in states other than this state shall transact business in this state unless so authorized by a subsisting certificate of registration issued by the commissioner. Each such group shall comply with the laws of this state as follows:

A. Notice of operations and designation of commissioner as agent.

(1) Before offering insurance in this state, a risk retention group shall submit to the commissioner on a form prescribed by the NAIC:

(a) A statement identifying the state or states in which the risk retention group is chartered and licensed as a liability insurance company, charter date, its principal place of business, and such other information, including information on its membership, as the commissioner may require to verify that the risk retention group is qualified under s 23-94-203K;

(b) A copy of its plan of operation or feasibility study and revisions of such plan or study submitted to the state in which the risk retention group is chartered and licensed; provided, however, that the provision relating to the submission of a plan of operation or feasibility study shall not apply with respect to any line or classification of liability insurance which:

(i) Was defined in the Product Liability Risk Retention Act of 1981* before October 27, 1986; and

(ii) Was offered before that date by any risk retention group which had been chartered and operating for not less than three (3) years before that date; and

(2) The risk retention group shall submit a copy of any revision to its plan of operation or feasibility study required pursuant to s 23-94-204B at the same time that such revision is submitted to the commissioner of its chartering state.

(3) The risk retention group shall submit a statement of registration, for which a filing fee shall be determined by the commissioner, which designates the commissioner as its agent for the purpose of receiving service of legal documents or process.

B. Financial condition. Any risk retention group doing business in this state shall submit to the commissioner annually on or before March 1, or within any extension of time therefor which the commissioner for good cause may have granted, an annual statement in a form prescribed by the NAIC and completed in accordance with the instructions and the NAIC Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual. Additional information that must be submitted to the commissioner by the risk retention group doing business in this state shall include all of the following:

(1) A copy of the group's financial statement submitted to the state in which the risk retention group is chartered and licensed which shall be certified by an independent public accountant and contain a statement of opinion on loss and loss adjustment expense reserves made by a member of the American Academy of Actuaries or a qualified loss reserve specialist under criteria established by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners;

(2) A copy of each examination of the risk retention group as certified by the commissioner or public official conducting the examination;

(3) Upon request by the commissioner, a copy of any information or document pertaining to any outside audit performed with respect to the risk retention group; and

(4) Such information as may be required to verify its continuing qualification as a risk retention group under s 23-94-203K.

C. Agent and Broker Records. To the extent that insurance agents or brokers are utilized pursuant to s 23-94-213, such agent or broker shall keep a complete and separate record of all policies procured from each such risk retention group, which record shall be open to examination by the commissioner. These records shall, for each policy and each kind of insurance provided thereunder, include the following:

(1) The limit of liability;

(2) The time period covered;

(3) The effective date;

(4) The name of the risk retention group which issued the policy;

(5) The gross premium charged; and

(6) The amount of return premiums, if any.

D. Compliance with Trade Practices Act. Any risk retention group, its agents and representatives shall comply with the provisions of the Trade Practices Act, s 23-66-201 et seq. and other pertinent provisions of the Arkansas Insurance Code, s 23-60-101 et seq. Any risk retention group, its agents and representatives shall comply with the provisions of the claims settlement practices in s 23-66-206(9) and (10) and other pertinent provisions of the Arkansas Insurance Code. Any risk retention group shall comply with the provisions of Arkansas law regarding deceptive, false, or fraudulent acts or practices. If the commissioner seeks an injunction regarding deceptive, false or fraudulent conduct, the injunction must be from a court of competent jurisdiction.

E. Examination regarding financial condition. Any risk retention group must submit to an examination by the commissioner to determine its financial condition if the commissioner of the jurisdiction in which the group is chartered and licensed has not initiated an examination or does not initiate an examination within sixty (60) days after a request by the commissioner of this state. Any such examination shall be coordinated to avoid unjustified repetition and conducted in an expeditious manner and in accordance with the most current edition of the NAIC's Examiner Handbook.

F. Notice to purchasers. Every application form for insurance from a risk retention group, and every policy on its front and declaration pages issued by a risk retention group, shall contain in ten (10) point type the following notice:

NOTICE

This policy is issued by your risk retention group. Your risk retention group may not be subject to all of the insurance laws and regulations of your state. State insurance insolvency guaranty funds are not available for your risk retention group.

G. Prohibited acts regarding solicitation or sale. The following acts by a risk retention group are hereby prohibited:

(1) The solicitation or sale of insurance by a risk retention group to any person who is not eligible for membership in such group; and

(2) The solicitation or sale of insurance by, or operation of, a risk retention group that is in hazardous financial condition or financially impaired.

H. Prohibition on ownership by an insurance company. No risk retention group shall be allowed to do business in this state if an insurance company is directly or indirectly a member or owner of such risk retention group, other than in the case of a risk retention group all of whose members are insurance companies.

I. Prohibited coverage. The terms of any insurance policy issued by any risk retention group shall not provide, or be construed to provide, coverage prohibited generally by statute of this state or declared unlawful by the highest court of this state whose law applies to such policy.

J. Delinquency proceedings. A risk retention group not chartered in this state and doing business in this state shall comply with a lawful order issued in a voluntary dissolution proceeding or in a delinquency proceeding commenced by a state insurance commissioner if there has been a finding of financial impairment after an examination under subdivision E of this section.

K. Penalties. A risk retention group that violates any provision of this act will be subject to fines and penalties, including revocation of its right to do business in this state, applicable to licensed insurers generally.

L. Operation prior to enactment of this subchapter. In addition to complying with the requirements of this section, any risk retention group operating in this state prior to March 14, 1995, shall, within thirty (30) days after March 14, 1995, comply with the provisions of subdivision A(1) of this section.

*15 U.S.C. s 3901 et seq.





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