2006 Georgia Code - 33-23-100

33-23-100. (a) As used in this article, the term: (1) 'Administrator' means any business entity that, directly or indirectly, collects charges, fees, or premiums; adjusts or settles claims, including investigating or examining claims or receiving, disbursing, handling, or otherwise being responsible for claim funds; and provides underwriting or precertification and preauthorization of hospitalizations or medical treatments for residents of this state for or on behalf of any insurer, including business entities that act on behalf of multiple employer self-insurance health plans, and self-insured municipalities or other political subdivisions. Licensure is also required for administrators who act on behalf of self-insured plans providing workerścompensation benefits pursuant to Chapter 9 of Title 34. For purposes of this article, each activity undertaken by the administrator on behalf of an insurer or the client of the administrator is considered a transaction and is subject to the provisions of this title. (2) 'Business entity' means a corporation, association, partnership, sole proprietorship, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, or other legal entity. (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this Code section, the following are exempt from licensure as long as such entities are acting directly through their officers and employees: (1) An employer on behalf of its employees or the employees of one or more subsidiary or affiliated corporations of such employer; (2) A union on behalf of its members; (3) An insurance company licensed in this state or its affiliate unless the affiliate administrator is placing business with a nonaffiliate insurer not licensed in this state; (4) An insurer which is not authorized to transact insurance in this state if such insurer is administering a policy lawfully issued by it in and pursuant to the laws of a state in which it is authorized to transact insurance; (5) A life or accident and sickness insurance agent or broker licensed in this state whose activities are limited exclusively to the sale of insurance; (6) A creditor on behalf of its debtors with respect to insurance covering a debt between the creditor and its debtors; (7) A trust established in conformity with 29 U.S.C. Section 186 and its trustees, agents, and employees acting thereunder; (8) A trust exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and its trustees and employees acting thereunder or a custodian and its agents and employees acting pursuant to a custodian account which meets the requirements of Section 401(f) of the Internal Revenue Code; (9) A bank, credit union, or other financial institution which is subject to supervision or examination by federal or state banking authorities; (10) A credit card issuing company which advances for and collects premiums or charges from its credit card holders who have authorized it to do so, provided that such company does not adjust or settle claims; (11) A person who adjusts or settles claims in the normal course of his or her practice or employment as an attorney and who does not collect charges or premiums in connection with life or accident and sickness insurance coverage or annuities; (12) A business entity that acts solely as an administrator of one or more bona fide employee benefit plans established by an employer or an employee organization, or both, for whom the insurance laws of this state are preempted pursuant to the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. Section 1001, et seq.; or (13) An association that administers workerścompensation claims solely on behalf of its members. (c) A business entity claiming an exemption shall submit an exemption notice on a form provided by the Commissioner. This form must be signed by an officer of the company and submitted to the department by December 31 of the year prior to the year for which an exemption is to be claimed. Such exemption notice shall be updated in writing within 30 days if the basis for such exemption changes. (d) Obtaining a license as an administrator does not exempt the applicant from other licensing requirements under this title.
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