2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:18-70 - Increase in amount of required capital, surplus

17B:18-70. Increase in amount of required capital, surplus

4. The commissioner may increase the amount of capital or surplus required of any insurer pursuant to section 2 of this act, or subsequently revise or redetermine that increase, using appropriate methods and procedures established by rules and regulations adopted by him in order to provide adequate protection against risks affecting the insurer's financial condition that are not adequately or fully covered by its reserves or other assets, but under no circumstance shall an insurer's capital or surplus be less than the capital or surplus required pursuant to section 2 or, where applicable, section 3 of this act; provided, however, that any increase of capital or surplus pursuant to this section, including any increase required by a subsequent revision or redetermination, shall be made only after a formal departmental hearing, on a record, unless that hearing is waived by the affected insurer. All matters pertaining to a hearing or to an increase of capital or surplus pursuant to this section shall be confidential and not subject to subpoena or public inspection, except to the extent that the commissioner finds release of information necessary to protect the public. The hearing shall be initiated within 20 days after written notice to the insurer. Any decision regarding an increase of capital or surplus pursuant to this section, including an increase required by a subsequent revision or redetermination, shall contain findings specifying the factors deemed significant in regard to the particular insurer, and shall set forth the reasons supporting the increase of capital or surplus ordered by the commissioner. In determining any increase, revision or redetermination in the amount of capital or surplus, the commissioner shall consider the risks of:

a. Increases or decreases in the frequency and severity of losses under normal operating conditions, as well as increases or decreases in those values, beyond or below the levels contemplated by the rates that it charged for insurance and beyond or below those reasonably expected under normal conditions;

b. Increases or decreases in expenses under normal operating conditions, as well as increases or decreases in those values, beyond or below the levels contemplated by the rates that it charged for insurance and beyond or below those reasonably expected under normal conditions;

c. Increases or decreases in the value of, or return on, invested assets under normal operating conditions, as well as increases or decreases in those values, beyond or below those levels anticipated under normal conditions;

d. Changes in economic, social and market conditions that could adversely or favorably affect the financial condition of the insurer, including conditions that would make liquidity more or less important than contemplated and would prevent or facilitate timely investments or force or prohibit untimely sales of assets; and

e. Any other contingencies, including reinsurance and unfunded or extracontractual obligations, which may affect the insurer's financial condition.

L.1993,c.235,s.4.

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