2017 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 22 - Insurance
RS 22:1641 - Definitions
PART III. THIRD-PARTY ADMINISTRATORS
As used in this Part, unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions shall be applicable:
(1) "Administrator" or "third-party administrator" or "TPA" means any person, except an employee of a fund or plan that serves as an administrator, who directly or indirectly solicits or effects coverage of, underwrites, collects charges or premiums from, or adjusts or settles claims on residents of this state, or residents of another state from offices in this state, in connection with life or health insurance coverage or annuities, or plans of self-insurance providing accident and health protection or self-insurance of workers' compensation coverage, or any individual, partnership, corporation, or other person who contracts directly or indirectly with a group self-insurance fund licensed pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 23:1195 et seq. to provide claims adjusting, underwriting, safety engineering, loss control, marketing, investment advisory, or administrative services to the fund or its membership, other than bookkeeping, auditing, or claims investigation services, except any of the following:
(a) An employer on behalf of its employees or the employees of one or more subsidiaries or affiliated corporations of such employer.
(b) A union on behalf of its members.
(c) An insurance producer licensed to sell life or health insurance in this state, whose activities are limited exclusively to the sale of insurance.
(d) A creditor on behalf of its debtors with respect to insurance covering a debt between the creditor and its debtors.
(e) A trust and its trustees, agents, and employees acting pursuant to such trust established in conformity with 29 U.S.C. 186.
(f) A trust exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, its trustees and employees acting pursuant to such trust, or a custodian and the custodian's agents or employees acting pursuant to a custodian account which meets the requirements of Section 401(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(g) A credit union or a financial institution which is subject to supervision or examination by federal or state banking authorities, or a mortgage lender, to the extent they collect and remit premiums to licensed insurance producers or authorized insurers in connection with loan payments.
(h) A credit card issuing company which advances for and collects premiums or charges from its credit card holders who have authorized collection if the company does not adjust or settle claims.
(i) A person who adjusts or settles claims in the normal course of that person's practice or employment as an attorney at law and who does not collect charges or premiums in connection with life or health insurance coverage or annuities.
(j) A person who 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 which the insurance laws of this state are preempted pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.).
(k) A person licensed as a managing general agent in this state, whose activities are limited exclusively to the scope of activities conveyed under such license.
(2) "Affiliate" or "affiliated" means any entity or person who directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls or is controlled by, or is under common control with, a specified entity or person.
(3) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of insurance through the Department of Insurance.
(4) "Control" means as defined in R.S. 22:691.2.
(5) "Insurance" or "insurance coverage" means any coverage offered or provided by an insurer. For the purposes of this Part, the term shall also mean any coverage for workers' compensation benefits or health and accident protection offered by a group self-insurance fund or any plan of self-insurance for which the insurance laws of this state are preempted pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.).
(6) "Insurer" means any person undertaking to provide life or health and accident insurance coverage or workers' compensation insurance in this state. For the purposes of this Part, insurer includes a licensed insurance company, a prepaid hospital or medical care plan, a health maintenance organization, a multiple employer welfare arrangement, or any other person or entity providing such coverages for its members or employees a plan of insurance subject to state insurance regulation. "Insurer" shall not include a bona fide employee benefit plan established by an employer or an employee organization, or both, for which the insurance laws of this state are preempted pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.).
(7) "Person" shall have the same meaning as set forth in R.S. 22:1542.
(8) "Pharmacy benefit manager" means a person, business, or other entity and any wholly or partially owned or controlled subsidiary of such entity that administers the prescription drug or device portion of one or more health benefit plans on behalf of a third party, including plan sponsors, insurance companies, unions, and health maintenance organizations, in accordance with a pharmacy benefit management plan.
(9) "Underwrites" or "underwriting" means but is not limited to the acceptance of employer or individual applications for coverage of individuals in accordance with the written rules of the insurer, the overall planning and coordinating of an insurance program, and the ability to procure bonds and excess insurance.
Acts 1993, No. 144, §1; Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 71, §1, eff. May 10, 1996; Redesignated from R.S. 22:3031 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 99, §1; Acts 2011, No. 94, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2012; Acts 2016, No. 6, §1.