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Chapter 33  |  Article 33 - 20C  |  Section 1

1 - DEFINITIONS

2 - INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

3 - LICENSING, FEES AND TAXATION OF

3A - STATE OF ENTRY FOR FOREIGN INS

4 - GENERAL PROVISIONS

4A - ALL-PAYER CLAIMS DATABASE

5 - ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURES OF

6 - THE INSURANCE POLICY

6A - CANCELLATION OR NONRENEWAL OF

6B - DECLINATION OF AUTOMOBILE LIAB

6C - GUARANTEED LOSS RATIOS AS APPL

6D - MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR AND REPLA

6F - DISCLOSURE OF NONPUBLIC PERSON

7 - ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

8 - INVESTMENTS

8A - USE OF CLEARING CORPORATIONS A

9 - ADMINISTRATION OF DEPOSITS

10 - REHABILITATION AND LIQUIDATIO

11 - UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES

11A - INSURANCE SALES CONSUMER PRO

12 - INSURANCE PRODUCERS AND SOLIC

12A - CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIPS BE

12B - ADJUSTERS

12C - SURPLUS LINE

13 - LIFE INSURANCE

13A - VARIABLE CONTRACTS

13B - CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES

13C - VIATICAL SETTLEMENTS ACT

14 - GROUP LIFE INSURANCE

15 - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURAN

15A - WEST VIRGINIA LONG-TERM CARE

15B - UNIFORM HEALTH CARE ADMINIST

15C - DIABETES INSURANCE

15D - INDIVIDUAL LIMITED HEALTH BE

15E - DISCOUNT MEDICAL PLAN ORGANI

16 - GROUP ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS I

16A - GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE CONVE

16B - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS RATES

16C - EMPLOYER GROUP ACCIDENT AND

16D - MARKETING AND RATE PRACTICES

16E - CONTRACEPTIVE COVERAGE

16F - GROUP LIMITED HEALTH BENEFIT

16G - WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH BENEFIT

16H - REVIEW OF ADVERSE DETERMINAT

17 - FIRE AND MARINE INSURANCE

17A - PROPERTY INSURANCE DECLINATI

18 - CASUALTY INSURANCE

19 - SURETY INSURANCE

20 - RATES AND RATING ORGANIZATION

20A - WEST VIRGINIA ESSENTIAL INSU

20B - RATES AND MALPRACTICE INSURA

20C - CANCELLATION OR NONRENEWAL O
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20D - TAIL INSURANCE

20E - WEST VIRGINIA MEDICAL PROFES

20F - PHYSICIANS' MUTUAL INSURANCE

21 - RECIPROCAL INSURERS

22 - FARMERS' MUTUAL FIRE INSURANC

23 - FRATERNAL BENEFIT SOCIETIES

24 - HOSPITAL SERVICE CORPORATIONS

25 - HEALTH CARE CORPORATIONS

25A - HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZAT

25B - FEDERAL INSURANCE SUBSIDY FO

25C - HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZAT

25D - PREPAID LIMITED HEALTH SERVI

25E - PATIENTS' EYE CARE ACT

25F - COVERAGE FOR PATIENT COST OF

25G - PROVIDER SPONSORED NETWORKS

26 - WEST VIRGINIA GUARANTY ASSOCI

26A - WEST VIRGINIA LIFE AND HEALT

26B - WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH MAINTEN

27 - INSURANCE HOLDING COMPANY SYS

28 - INDIVIDUAL ACCIDENT AND SICKN

29 - LIFE AND ACCIDENT AND SICKNES

30 - MINE SUBSIDENCE INSURANCE

31 - CAPTIVE INSURANCE

31A - SPONSORED CAPTIVE INSURANCE

32 - RISK RETENTION ACT

33 - ANNUAL AUDITED FINANCIAL REPO

34 - ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION

34A - STANDARDS AND COMMISSIONER'S

35 - CRIMINAL SANCTIONS FOR FAILUR

36 - BUSINESS TRANSACTED WITH PROD

37 - MANAGING GENERAL AGENTS

38 - REINSURANCE INTERMEDIARY ACT

39 - DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL TRANSA

40 - RISK-BASED CAPITAL (RBC) FOR

41 - PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITY

42 - WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

43 - INSURANCE TAX PROCEDURES ACT

44 - UNAUTHORIZED INSURERS ACT

45 - ETHICS AND FAIRNESS IN INSURE

46 - THIRD-PARTY ADMINISTRATOR ACT

46A - PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYER ORGANI

47 - INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT

48 - MODEL HEALTH PLAN FOR UNINSUR

49 - FLOOD INSURANCE

WVC 33 - CHAPTER 33. INSURANCE.
WVC 33 - 20 C- ARTICLE 20C. CANCELLATION OR NONRENEWAL OF MALPRACTICE INSURANCE POLICIES.

WVC 33 - 20 C- 1 §33-20C-1. Scope of article.
This article applies to malpractice insurance as defined in subdivision (9), subsection (e), section ten, article one of this chapter. This article applies to malpractice insurance policies which have been in effect for at least sixty days or have been renewed at least once.

WVC 33 - 20 C- 2 §33-20C-2. Cancellation prohibited except for specified reasons; notice.
No insurer once having issued or delivered a policy providing malpractice insurance in this state may cancel the policy, except for one or more of the following reasons:

(a) The named insured fails to discharge any of his or her obligations to pay premiums for the policy or any installment of the policy within a reasonable time of the due date;

(b) The policy was obtained through material misrepresentation;

(c) The insured violates any of the material terms and conditions of the policy; or

(d) Reinsurance is unavailable. The insurer shall supply sufficient proof of the unavailability to the commissioner.

(e) Any purported cancellation of a policy providing malpractice insurance attempted in contravention of this section is void.

WVC 33 - 20 C- 3 §33-20C-3. Insurer to specify reasons for cancellation.
In every instance in which a policy or contract of malpractice insurance is canceled by the insurer, the insurer or its duly authorized agent shall cite within the written notice of the action the allowable reason in section two of this article for which the action was taken and shall state with specificity the circumstances giving rise to the allowable reason cited. The notice of the action shall further state that the insured has a right to request a hearing, pursuant to section five of this article, within thirty days.

WVC 33 - 20 C- 4 §33-20C-4. Notice period for cancellation; ninety-day notice required for nonrenewal.
(a) No insurer shall fail to renew a policy or contract providing malpractice insurance unless written notice of the nonrenewal is forwarded to the insured by certified mail, return receipt requested, not less than ninety days prior to the expiration date of the policy.

(b) No insurer shall cancel a policy or contract providing malpractice insurance during the term of the policy unless written notice of the cancellation is forwarded to the insured by certified mail, return receipt requested, not more than thirty days after the reason for the cancellation, as provided in section two of this article, arose or occurred or the insurer learned that it arose or occurred and not less than thirty days prior to the effective cancellation date.

WVC 33 - 20 C- 5 §33-20C-5. Hearings and review.
Any insured aggreived by the cancellation of a policy or contract providing malpractice insurance may request a hearing before the commissioner or his designee within thirty days of the receipt of any such notice. The hearing shall be conducted pursuant to section thirteen, article two of this chapter. The policy shall remain in effect until entry of the commissioner's order. Any party aggrieved by an order of the commissioner may seek judicial review in the circuit court of the county in which the insured resides in accordance with section fourteen, article two of this chapter.

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