A filing and any supporting information shall be open to public inspection as soon as the filing is received by the commissioner. Any interested party may file a brief with the commissioner supporting his or her position concerning the filing. Any person or organization may file with the commissioner a signed statement declaring and supporting his or her or its position concerning the filing. Upon receipt of any such statement prior to the effective date of the filing, the commissioner shall mail or deliver a copy of the statement to the filer, which may file a reply. This section is not applicable to any memorandum or statement of any kind by any employee of the commissioner.
(b) Every filing shall be on file for a waiting period of ninety days before it becomes effective. The commissioner may extend the waiting period for an additional period not to exceed thirty days if he or she gives written notice within the waiting period to the insurer or rating organization which made the filing that he or she needs the additional time for the consideration of the filing. Upon written application by the insurer or rating organization, the commissioner may authorize a filing which he or she has reviewed to become effective before the expiration of the waiting period or any extension of the waiting period. A filing shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this article unless disapproved by the commissioner within the waiting period or any extension thereof.
(c) No insurer shall make or issue a contract or policy of malpractice insurance except in accordance with the filings which are in effect for the insurer as provided in this article.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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