2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:19-10 - Reserves, related actuarial items; annual opinion of qualified actuary.

17B:19-10 Reserves, related actuarial items; annual opinion of qualified actuary.

2. a. For years ending prior to the operative date of the valuation manual, every insurer authorized to transact life, health or annuity business and every fraternal benefit society doing business in this State shall annually submit the opinion of a qualified actuary as to whether the reserves and related actuarial items held in support of the policies and contracts specified by the commissioner by regulation are: computed appropriately; based on assumptions which satisfy contractual provisions; and consistent with prior reported amounts and comply with applicable laws of this State. The commissioner shall define by regulation the specifics of this opinion and add such other items deemed to be necessary to its scope.

b. (1) Every insurer authorized to transact life, health or annuity business and every fraternal benefit society, except as exempted by the commissioner by regulation, shall also annually include in the opinion required pursuant to subsection a. of this section, an opinion of the same qualified actuary as to whether the reserves and related actuarial items held in support of the policies and contracts specified by the commissioner by regulation, when considered in light of the assets held by the insurer or society with respect to the reserves and related actuarial items, including, but not limited to, the investment earnings on the assets and the considerations anticipated to be received and retained under the policies and contracts, make adequate provision for the insurer's or society's obligations under the policies and contracts, including, but not limited to, the benefits under and expenses associated with the policies and contracts.

(2) The commissioner may provide by regulation for a transition period for establishing any higher reserves which the qualified actuary may deem necessary in order to render the opinion required by this section.

c. Each opinion required pursuant to subsection b. of this section shall be governed by the following provisions:

(1) A memorandum, in form and substance acceptable to the commissioner as specified by regulation, shall be prepared to support each actuarial opinion.

(2) If the insurer or society fails to provide a supporting memorandum at the request of the commissioner within a period specified by regulation, or the commissioner determines that the supporting memorandum provided by the insurer or society fails to meet the standards prescribed by regulation or is otherwise unacceptable to the commissioner, the commissioner may engage a qualified actuary at the expense of the insurer or society to review the opinion and the basis for the opinion and prepare such supporting memorandum as is required by the commissioner.

d. Every opinion shall be governed by the following provisions:

(1) The opinion shall be submitted with the annual statement reflecting the valuation of reserves for each year ending on or after December 31, 1995.

(2) The opinion shall apply to all policies or contracts in force, including individual and group health insurance plans, in form and substance acceptable to the commissioner as specified by regulation.

(3) The opinion shall be based on standards adopted from time to time by the Actuarial Standards Board and on such additional standards as the commissioner may by regulation prescribe.

(4) In the case of an opinion required to be submitted by a foreign or alien insurer or fraternal benefit society, the commissioner may accept the opinion filed by that insurer or society with the insurance supervisory official of another state or jurisdiction if the commissioner determines that the opinion reasonably meets the requirements applicable to an insurer or society domiciled in this State.

(5) (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2014, c.81)

(6) Except in cases of fraud or willful misconduct, the qualified actuary shall not be liable for damages to any person, other than the insurer, the fraternal benefit society and the commissioner, for any act, error, omission, decision or conduct with respect to the actuary's opinion.

(7) Disciplinary action by the commissioner against the insurer, fraternal benefit society or the qualified actuary shall be defined in regulation by the commissioner.

(8) (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2014, c.81)

e. On or after the operative date of the valuation manual, every company with outstanding life insurance contracts, accident and health insurance contracts or deposit-type contracts in this State and subject to regulation by the commissioner shall annually submit the opinion of the appointed actuary as to whether the reserves and related actuarial items held in support of the policies and contracts are computed appropriately, are based on assumptions that satisfy contractual provisions, are consistent with prior reported amounts and comply with applicable laws of this State. The valuation manual will prescribe the specifics of this opinion including any items deemed to be necessary to its scope.

f. Every company with outstanding life insurance contracts, accident and health insurance contracts or deposit-type contracts in this State and subject to regulation by the commissioner, except as exempted in the valuation manual, shall also annually include in the opinion required by subsection e. of this section, an opinion of the same appointed actuary as to whether the reserves and related actuarial items held in support of the policies and contracts specified in the valuation manual, when considered in light of the assets held by the company with respect to the reserves and related actuarial items, including but not limited to the investment earnings on the assets and the considerations anticipated to be received and retained under the policies and contracts, make adequate provision for the company's obligations under the policies and contracts, including but not limited to the benefits under and expenses associated with the policies and contracts.

g. Each opinion required by subsection e. of this section shall be governed by the following provisions:

(1) A memorandum, in form and substance as specified in the valuation manual, and acceptable to the commissioner, shall be prepared to support each actuarial opinion.

(2) If the insurer fails to provide a supporting memorandum at the request of the commissioner within a period specified in the valuation manual or the commissioner determines that the supporting memorandum provided by the insurer fails to meet the standards prescribed by the valuation manual or is otherwise unacceptable to the commissioner, the commissioner may engage a qualified actuary at the expense of the company to review the opinion and the basis for the opinion and prepare the supporting memorandum required by the commissioner.

h. Every opinion required by subsection e. of this section shall be governed by the following provisions:

(1) The opinion shall be in form and substance as specified in the valuation manual and acceptable to the commissioner.

(2) The opinion shall be submitted with the annual statement reflecting the valuation of such reserve liabilities for each year ending on or after the operative date of the valuation manual.

(3) The opinion shall apply to all policies and contracts subject to subsection f. of this section, plus other actuarial liabilities as may be specified in the valuation manual.

(4) The opinion shall be based on standards adopted from time to time by the Actuarial Standards Board or its successor, and on such additional standards as may be prescribed in the valuation manual.

(5) In the case of an opinion required to be submitted by a foreign or alien company, the commissioner may accept the opinion filed by that company with the insurance supervisory official of another state if the commissioner determines that the opinion reasonably meets the requirements applicable to a company domiciled in this State.

(6) Except in cases of fraud or willful misconduct, the appointed actuary shall not be liable for damages to any person, other than the insurance company and the commissioner, for any act, error, omission, decision or conduct with respect to the appointed actuary's opinion.

(7) Disciplinary action by the commissioner against the company or the appointed actuary shall be prescribed and defined in regulations by the commissioner.

L.1995, c.339, s.2; amended 2014, c.81, s.62.

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