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      RS 22:1451     




§1451.  Systems for ratemaking

A.  As used in this Subpart, the term "commissioner" shall mean the commissioner of insurance.

B.  The commissioner shall have the exclusive authority to accept, review, and approve any application for insurance rates or rate changes for all lines of property and casualty insurance.  The commissioner shall exercise his authority in accordance with the provisions of this Section.

C.(1)  Subject to the exception specified in Subsection D of this Section, each filing submitted to the commissioner shall be on file for a waiting period of forty-five days before it becomes effective.  Upon written application by such insurer or rating organization, the commissioner may authorize a filing which he has reviewed to become effective before the expiration of the waiting period.  A filing shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this Subpart unless disapproved in writing by the commissioner within the forty-five-day waiting period.  The commissioner may by rule, regulation, or order reduce or eliminate the waiting period specified in this Subsection.  For any filing that is disapproved, the insurer may appeal such disapproval to the Nineteenth Judicial District Court within fifteen days from the receipt of written notice of disapproval.

(2)  Unless notified by the commissioner that a filing is incomplete, or that the filing is disapproved pursuant to this Subpart, the insurer or rating organization may commence use of the filed rates upon expiration of forty-five days from the date of receipt by the commissioner.

D.  Insurers negotiating with and insuring commercial entities, except with regard to workers' compensation and medical malpractice insurance, with at least ten thousand dollars in annual insurance premiums, shall be required to file insurance rates or rate changes for such entities with the commissioner for informational purposes only.  The commissioner may by rule, regulation, or order reduce or eliminate the annual premium threshold for those entities that enables rate filings to be made under this Subsection.

E.  All provisions of this Section shall be applicable when a competitive market in property and casualty lines insurance exists.  The commissioner may determine if there exists a competitive or noncompetitive market pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 22:1453, including requiring reasonable notice and a public hearing prior to determining a market to be noncompetitive.  If, after a public hearing, the commissioner determines the market to be noncompetitive, all rate filings shall follow the provisions of Subsection C of this Section without regard to the exception specified in Subsection D of this Section.  An aggrieved party affected by the commissioner's decision, act, or order may demand a hearing in accordance with Chapter 12 of this Title, R.S. 22:2191 et seq.

F.  No provision of this Section shall prohibit the commissioner from conducting market conduct exams to ensure the rates being charged by insurers are not inadequate, excessive, or unfairly discriminatory.

Acts 1958, No. 125.  Amended by Acts 1960, No. 296, §1; Acts 1960, No. 571, §1; Acts 1962, No. 82, §1; Acts 1967, No. 22, §1; Acts 1970, No. 300, §1; Acts 1970, No. 307, §1; Acts 1972, No. 591, §1, eff.  Sept. 1, 1972; Acts 1977, No. 269, §1, eff. July 7, 1977; Acts 1980, No. 775, §1, eff. July 31, 1980; Acts 1983, No. 310, §1; Acts 1985, No. 520, §2; Acts 1988, No. 358, §1, eff. Sept. 1, 1988; Acts 1993, No. 1022, §1; Acts 1999, No. 66, §1; Acts 2002, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 160, §1; Acts 2003, No. 351, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004; Acts 2003, No. 456, §§1 and 2; Acts 2003, No. 774, §5; Acts 2003, No. 1133, §3; Acts 2004, No. 878, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Acts 2007, No. 459, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2008; Redesignated from R.S. 22:1401 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 317, §1.

NOTE:  Former R.S. 22:1451 redesignated as R.S. 22:571 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.

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