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WVC 33 - 34 A- 4 §33-34A-4. Commissioner's authority.

(a) For the purposes of making a determination of an insurer's financial condition under this regulation, the commissioner may:

(1) Disregard any credit or amount receivable resulting from transactions with a reinsurer which is insolvent, impaired or otherwise subject to a delinquency proceeding;

(2) Make appropriate adjustments to asset values attributable to investments in or transactions with parents, subsidiaries or affiliates;

(3) Refuse to recognize the stated value of accounts receivable if the ability to collect receivables is highly speculative in view of the age of the account or the financial condition of the debtor; or

(4) Increase the insurer's liability in an amount equal to any contingent liability, pledge or guarantee not otherwise included if there is a substantial risk that the insurer will be called upon to meet the obligation undertaken within the next twelve-month period.

(b) If, after notice of hearing, the commissioner determines that the continued operation of the insurer licensed to transact business in this state may be hazardous to the policyholders or the general public, then the commissioner may, upon his determination, issue an order requiring the insurer to:

(1) Reduce the total amount of present and potential liability for policy benefits by reinsurance;

(2) Reduce, suspend or limit the volume of business being accepted or renewed;

(3) Reduce general insurance and commission expenses by specified methods;

(4) Increase the insurer's capital and surplus;

(5) Suspend or limit the declaration and payment of dividend by an insurer to its stockholders or to its policyholders;

(6) File reports in a form acceptable to the commissioner concerning the market value of an insurer's assets;

(7) Limit or withdraw from certain investments or discontinue certain investment practices to the extent the commissioner deems necessary;

(8) Document the adequacy of premium rates in relation to the risks insured; or

(9) File, in addition to regular annual statements, interim financial reports on the form adopted by the national association of insurance commissioners or on such format as promulgated by the commissioner. If the insurer is a foreign insurer the commissioner's order may be limited to the extent provided by statute.

(c) An order issued pursuant to the provisions of this article is subject to review pursuant to applicable state administrative proceedings under article two of this chapter: Provided, That all hearings pursuant to this section shall be held privately, unless the insurer requests a public hearing, in which case the hearing shall be public.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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