Senate Bill No. 217
(By Senator Minard)
[Introduced January 19, 2011; referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §33-4-14 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing that certain information provided by insurance companies to the Insurance Commissioner is confidential and exempt from the freedom of information disclosure requirements; providing that the information is not subject to subpoena or discoverable in a private civil action; and authorizing rulemaking.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §33-4-14 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 4. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
§33-4-14. Financial statement filings; annual and quarterly statements; required format; foreign insurers; agents of the commissioner.
(a) Each licensed insurer shall annually on or before March 1, unless the time is extended by the commissioner for good cause shown, file with the commissioner a true statement of its financial condition, transactions and affairs as of the preceding December 31. Such statement shall be on the appropriate National Association of Insurance Commissioners annual statement blank; shall be prepared in accordance with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners annual statement instructions handbook; and shall follow the accounting practices and procedures prescribed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners accounting practices and procedures manual as amended: Provided, That each licensed insurer shall also file true statements of financial condition on a more frequent basis if the commissioner so orders. The commissioner shall establish the frequency, due date and form acceptable to him or her for such filings: Provided, however, That the statement of an alien insurer shall relate only to its transactions and affairs in the United States unless the commissioner requires otherwise.
(b) Each domestic insurer shall also file with the commissioner a true quarterly statement of its financial condition, transactions and affairs as of March 31, June 30, and September 30, of each year. Quarterly statements shall be due forty-five days after the end of each quarter. All quarterly statements shall be submitted on the appropriate National Association of Insurance Commissioners quarterly statement blank; shall be prepared in accordance with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners quarterly statement instructions; and shall follow the accounting practices and procedures prescribed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners accounting practices and procedures manual, as amended. The commissioner may subject any licensed insurer to the requirements of this section whenever the commissioner deems it necessary.
(c) The commissioner may require that all or part of the information contained in the annual statement blank and the quarterly statement blanks be submitted to the department in a computer-readable form compatible with the electronic data processing system of the department.
(d) Each domestic, foreign and alien insurer, organization or corporation who that is subject to the requirements of this section shall annually, on or before March 1 each year, and forty-five days after the end of the first, second and third calendar quarters, file with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners a copy of its annual statement convention blank and the quarterly statement blanks, along with such additional filings as prescribed by the commissioner and shall pay the fee established by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for filing, review or processing of the information. The information filed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners shall be in the same format and scope as that required by the commissioner and shall include the signed jurat page and any other required information. Any amendments and addenda to the annual statement filing and quarterly statement filings subsequently filed with the commissioner shall also be filed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
(e) Foreign insurers that are domiciled in a state which has a law substantially similar to subsection (a) of this section shall be deemed in compliance with this section.
(f) In the absence of actual malice, members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, their duly authorized committees, subcommittees and task forces, their delegates, National Association of Insurance Commissioners employees and all others charged with the responsibility of collecting, reviewing, analyzing and disseminating the information developed from the filing of the annual statement convention blanks and the quarterly statement blanks shall be acting as agents of the commissioner under the authority of this article and shall not be subject to civil liability for libel, slander or any other cause of action by virtue of their collection, review, and analysis or dissemination of the data and information collected from the filings required hereunder.
(g) All financial analysis ratios and examination synopses concerning insurance companies that are submitted to the department commissioner by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners insurance regulatory information system, are confidential and may not be disclosed by the department and all actuarial reports, work papers and actuarial summaries submitted by insurers in conjunction with their annual financial statements is confidential by law and privileged. These documents are not subject to disclosure pursuant to chapter twenty-nine-b of this code, are not subject to subpoena and are not subject to discovery or admissible as evidence in any private civil action.
(h) The commissioner may suspend, revoke or refuse to renew the certificate of authority of any insurer failing to file its annual statement or the quarterly statement blanks, or any other statement of financial condition required by this section, when due or within any extension of time which the commissioner, for good cause, may have granted.
(i) Any variance to the requirements of this section shall require the express authorization of the commissioner.
(j) The commissioner shall promulgate legislative propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to effectuate the requirements of this article.
NOTE: The bill provides that certain information submitted by insurance companies to the insurance commissioner is confidential and exempt from the freedom of information disclosure requirements. The bill provides those documents may not be subject to subpoena or discoverable in a private civil action. The bill also authorizes rulemaking.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.