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WVC 18 B- 5 - 10 §18B-5-10. Medical professional liability insurance and risk management functions.
(a) The Legislature finds that, while recent reforms have helped to address the rising costs and limited availability of medical malpractice and risk management insurance in West Virginia, the state's doctoral-granting research universities and their medical schools continue to face significant challenges related to the cost and operation of insurance and risk management programs.

(b) The Legislature further finds that the availability of cost-efficient insurance and risk management programs is essential to the long-term financial integrity and viability of these universities and their medical and other health professional schools.

(c) It is the responsibility of the Legislature to make the best use of available resources and to assure the availability of high quality medical education to meet the needs of the citizens of the state.

(d) Therefore, to aid the medical and other health professional schools in meeting these goals and objectives, the following program is authorized:

(1) Upon the agreement of the West Virginia State Board of Risk and Insurance Management, the health professionals schools under the jurisdiction of the governing boards of Marshall University, West Virginia University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, respectively, may participate, separately, in a self-insurance retention program in conjunction with the state insurance program administered by the West Virginia State Board of Risk and Insurance Management to provide medical professional liability coverage to its health care professionals and students.

(2) In administering the self-insurance retention program, each governing board has the authority to administer, manage and/or settle its own medical professional liability insurance claims.

(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of article twelve, chapter twenty-nine of this code, the West Virginia State Board of Risk and Insurance Management is hereby authorized and empowered to enter into separate agreements with the health professionals schools under the jurisdiction of the governing boards of Marshall University, West Virginia University, and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, respectively, to develop and implement a self-insurance retention program for medical professional liability insurance.

(f) Prior to the implementation of any self-insurance retention program, the governing boards of Marshall University, West Virginia University, and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, respectively, shall submit the proposed program plan to the state Insurance Commissioner for review:

(1) The review shall include, but is not limited to, claims handling procedures, investment policies, and reserving practices.

(2) A governing board may not implement a plan until it has been reviewed by the state Insurance Commissioner.

(g) The Insurance Commissioner and Board of Risk and Insurance Management each may promulgate an emergency rule as necessary pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to specify further the requirements of self-insurance retention programs under this section.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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