2013 Maryland Code
INSURANCE
§ 2-112 - Fees


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§2-112.

(a) Fees for the following certificates, licenses, and services shall be collected in advance by the Commissioner, and shall be paid by the appropriate persons to the Commissioner:

(1) fees for certificates of authority:

(i) application fee for initial certificate of authority, including filing the application, articles of incorporation and other charter documents, except as provided in item (2) of this subsection, bylaws, financial statement, examination report, power of attorney to the Commissioner, and all other documents and filings in connection with the application $1,000

(ii) fee for initial certificate of authority $200

(iii) fee for annual renewal of certificate of authority for all foreign insurers and for domestic insurers with their home or executive office in the State $500

(iv) fee for annual renewal of certificate of authority for domestic insurers with their home or executive office outside the State, except those domestic insurers that had their home or executive office outside the State before January 1, 1929:

1. with premiums written in the most recent calendar year not exceeding $500,000 $2,500

2. with premiums written in the most recent calendar year not exceeding $1,000,000 $5,000

3. with premiums written in the most recent calendar year not exceeding $2,000,000 $7,000

4. with premiums written in the most recent calendar year not exceeding $5,000,000 $9,000

5. with premiums written in the most recent calendar year of more than $5,000,000 $11,000

(v) reinstatement of certificate of authority $500

(2) fees for articles of incorporation of a domestic insurer or foreign insurer, exclusive of fees required to be paid to the Department of Assessments and Taxation:

(i) fee for filing the articles of incorporation with the Commissioner for approval $25

(ii) fee for amendment of the articles of incorporation $10

(3) fees for filing bylaws or amendments to bylaws with the Commissioner $10

(4) fees for certificates of qualification:

(i) application fee $25

(ii) managing general agent certificate of qualification:

1. fee for initial certificate $30

2. annual renewal fee $30

(iii) surplus lines broker certificate of qualification:

1. fee for initial certificate within 1 year of renewal $100

2. fee for initial certificate over 1 year from renewal$100

3. biennial renewal fee $200

(5) fee for temporary insurance producer licenses and appointments $27

(6) fees for licenses:

(i) public adjuster license:

1. fee for initial license within 1 year of renewal $25

2. fee for initial license over 1 year from renewal $50

3. biennial renewal fee $50

(ii) adviser license:

1. fee for initial license within 1 year of renewal $100

2. fee for initial license over 1 year from renewal $200

3. biennial renewal fee $200

(iii) insurance producer license:

1. fee for initial license $54

2. biennial renewal fee $54

(iv) application fee $25

(7) fee for each insurance vending machine license, for each machine, every second year $50

(8) fees for filing the annual statement by an unauthorized insurer applying for approval to become an accepted insurer or applying for approval to become an accepted reinsurer or surplus lines carrier or both $1,000

(9) fees for required filings, including form and rate filings, under Title 11, Subtitles 2 through 4, Title 26, and §§ 12-203, 13-110, 14-126, and 27-613 of this article $125

(10) service of legal process fee under §§ 3-318(d), 3-319(d), and 4-107 of this article $15

(b) A court may award reimbursement of a service of process fee imposed under subsection (a)(10) of this section to a prevailing plaintiff in any proceeding against an insurer or surplus lines broker.

§ 2-112 - 1. Additional fees

Abrogated.

§ 2-112 - 2. Health care regulatory assessment

(a) Definitions. --

(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

(2) "Carrier" means a person that offers a health benefit plan and is:

(i) an authorized insurer that provides health insurance in the State;

(ii) a nonprofit health service plan;

(iii) a health maintenance organization;

(iv) a dental plan organization; or

(v) except for a managed care organization as defined in Title 15, Subtitle 1 of the Health - General Article, any other person that provides health benefit plans subject to regulation by the State.

(3) (i) "Health benefit plan" means:

1. a hospital or medical policy, contract, or certificate, including those issued under multiple employer trusts or associations;

2. a hospital or medical policy, contract, or certificate issued by a nonprofit health service plan;

3. a health maintenance organization contract; or

4. a dental plan.

(ii) "Health benefit plan" does not include one or more, or any combination of the following:

1. long-term care insurance;

2. disability insurance;

3. accidental travel and accidental death and dismemberment insurance;

4. credit health insurance;

5. any insurance, medical policy, or certificate for which payment of benefits is conditioned on a determination of medical necessity made solely by the treating health care provider not acting on behalf of the carrier;

6. any other insurance, medical policy, or certificate for which payment of benefits is not conditioned on a determination of medical necessity; or

7. a health benefit plan issued by a managed care organization, as defined in Title 15, Subtitle 1 of the Health - General Article.

(4) (i) "Premium" has the meaning stated in § 1-101 of this article to the extent it is allocable to health insurance policies or contracts issued or delivered in this State.

(ii) "Premium" includes any amounts paid to a health maintenance organization as compensation for providing to members and subscribers the services specified in Title 19, Subtitle 7 of the Health - General Article to the extent the amounts are allocable to this State.

(b) Health care regulatory assessment. -- The Commissioner shall:

(1) collect a health care regulatory assessment from each carrier for the costs attributable to the implementation of § 2-303.1 of this title and Title 15, Subtitles 10A, 10B, and 10C of this article; and

(2) deposit the amounts collected under paragraph (1) of this subsection into the Health Care Regulatory Fund established in § 2-112.3 of this subtitle.

(c) Calculation of assessment. -- The health care regulatory assessment that is payable by each carrier shall be calculated by taking the total costs under subsection (b)(1) of this section multiplied by the percentage of gross direct health insurance premiums written in the State attributable to that carrier in the prior calendar year.

§ 2-112 - 3. Health Care Regulatory Fund

(a) "Fund" defined. -- In this section, "Fund" means the Health Care Regulatory Fund.

(b) Establishment. -- There is a Health Care Regulatory Fund.

(c) Purpose of Fund. -- The purpose of the Fund is to pay all costs and expenses incurred by the Administration related to the implementation of § 2-303.1 of this title and Title 15, Subtitles 10A, 10B, and 10C of this article.

(d) Deposits and income. -- The Fund shall consist of:

(1) all revenue deposited into the Fund that is received through the imposition and collection of the health care regulatory assessment under § 2-112.2 of this subtitle; and

(2) income from investments that the State Treasurer makes for the Fund.

(e) Expenditures. --

(1) Expenditures from the Fund to cover the costs and expenses for the implementation of § 2-303.1 of this title and Title 15, Subtitles 10A, 10B, and 10C of this article may only be made:

(i) with an appropriation from the Fund approved by the General Assembly in the annual State budget; or

(ii) by the budget amendment procedure provided for in § 7-209 of the State Finance and Procurement Article.

(2) (i) If, in any given fiscal year, the amount of the health care regulatory assessment revenue collected by the Commissioner and deposited into the Fund exceeds the actual expenditures incurred by the Administration for the implementation of § 2-303.1 of this title and Title 15, Subtitles 10A, 10B, and 10C of this article, the excess amount shall be carried forward within the Fund for the purpose of reducing the assessment imposed by the Administration for the following fiscal year.

(ii) If, in any given fiscal year, the amount of the health care regulatory assessment revenue collected by the Commissioner and deposited into the Fund is insufficient to cover the actual expenditures incurred by the Administration to implement § 2-303.1 of this title and Title 15, Subtitles 10A, 10B, and 10C of this article because of an unforeseen emergency and expenditures are made in accordance with the budget amendment procedure provided for in § 7-209 of the State Finance and Procurement Article, an additional health care regulatory assessment may be made.

(f) Custodian of Fund; investments; deposits. --

(1) The State Treasurer is the custodian of the Fund.

(2) The Fund shall be invested and reinvested in the same manner as State funds.

(3) The State Treasurer shall deposit payments received from the Commissioner into the Fund.

(g) Nature and use of funds. --

(1) The Fund is a continuing, nonlapsing fund and is not subject to § 7-302 of the State Finance and Procurement Article, and may not be deemed a part of the General Fund of the State.

(2) No part of the Fund may revert or be credited to:

(i) the General Fund of the State; or

(ii) a special fund of the State, unless otherwise provided by law.

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