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      RS 22:436     


§436. Approved unauthorized insurers; list; requirements; removal

            A. The commissioner of insurance shall maintain a list of approved unauthorized insurers from those eligible unauthorized insurers that apply for approval and satisfy the criteria established by the commissioner. Placement on the list of approved unauthorized insurers shall be prima facie evidence that an unauthorized insurer meets the financial and eligibility criteria of R.S. 22:435(A) and (B).

            B. To obtain and maintain placement on the list of approved unauthorized insurers, an unauthorized insurer shall comply with the provisions of R.S. 22:435 applicable to foreign or alien insurers, respectively, and shall annually file with the commissioner all of the following, unless available to the commissioner through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners or from public sources:

            (1) A copy of the insurer's annual statement as of the preceding December thirty-first, evidencing that the insurer has complied with the provisions of R.S. 22:435.

            (2) Evidence that, if the insurer issues workers' compensation insurance in this state, it has established and maintained a workers' compensation claims office pursuant to R.S. 23:1161.1 or has retained a licensed claims adjuster.

            (3) A copy of the producer production report in a form required by the commissioner listing all business placed with the company by licensed surplus lines brokers. The report shall be filed with the commissioner no later than April fifteenth of each year.

            (4) Evidence obtained from the insurer's domiciliary jurisdiction showing the types of insurance it may write in that jurisdiction.

            (5) The contact information required for submission pursuant to R.S. 22:41.2.

            C. The commissioner may remove an approved unauthorized insurer from the list if:

            (1) The insurer fails to pay any required fee.

            (2) The insurer fails to deliver any information requested by the commissioner within thirty days.

            (3) The insurer issues workers' compensation insurance within the state, and fails to establish and maintain a workers' compensation claims office pursuant to R.S. 23:1161.1 or fails to retain a licensed claims adjuster.

            (4) The insurer is in unsound financial condition or has acted in an untrustworthy manner.

            (5) The insurer no longer satisfies the requirements set forth in R.S. 22:435.

            (6) The insurer has willfully violated the laws of this state.

            (7) The insurer conducts improper claims practices, including but not limited to unfair trade practices as defined in Part IV of Chapter 7 of this Title, R.S. 22:1961 et seq.

            D. Upon removing an insurer from the list of approved unauthorized insurers, the commissioner shall notify the insurer and all licensed surplus lines brokers of such action in writing. Such notice to licensed surplus lines brokers may, at the option of the surplus lines broker, be sent by the commissioner via electronic mail.

            E. The commissioner shall have the authority to adopt and promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this Section in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

            Acts 1985, No. 432, §1, eff. July 10, 1985; Acts 1990, No. 885, §1; Acts 1993, No. 902, §1; Acts 1997, No. 310, §1; Acts 1997, No. 1340, §1, eff. July 15, 1997; Acts 2004, No. 466, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Acts 2005, No. 167, §§1, 2, eff. June 28, 2005; Redesignated from R.S. 22:1262.1 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 503, §1; Acts 2013, No. 203, §1, eff. June 10, 2013; Acts 2017, No. 9, §1, eff. July 1, 2017; Acts 2022, No. 74, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2023.

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