2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:27A-16.1 - Board actions subject to provisions of section; "action" defined; procedure
17B:27A-16.1. Board actions subject to provisions of section; "action" defined; procedure
8. Effective January 1, 1994, all actions adopted by the board shall be subject to the provisions of this section, notwithstanding the provisions of P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) to the contrary.
a. For the purposes of this section, "action" includes, but is not limited to:
(1) the establishment and modification of health benefits plans;
(2) procedures and standards for the: (a) assessment of members and the apportionment thereof; (b) filing of policy forms; (c) making of rate filings; (d) evaluation of material submitted by carriers with respect to loss ratios; and (e) establishment of refunds to policy or contract holders; and
(3) the promulgation or modification of policy forms.
"Action" shall not include the hearing and resolution of contested cases, personnel matters and applications for withdrawal or exemptions.
b. Prior to the adoption of an action of the board, the board shall publish notice of its intended action in three newspapers of general circulation in this State, and may publish the notice of intended action in any trade or professional publication which it deems necessary. The notice of intended action shall include procedures for obtaining a detailed description of the intended action and the time, place and manner by which interested persons may present their views. The board shall provide the notice of intended action and a detailed description of the intended action by mail, or otherwise, to affected trade and professional associations, carriers subject to the provisions of P.L.1992, c.161 (C.17B:27A-2 et al.) and such other interested persons or organizations which may request notification. The board shall forward the notice of intended action and the detailed description of the intended action concurrently to the Office of Administrative Law for publication in the New Jersey Register.
The board shall not charge any fee for placement upon the mailing list of associations, carriers or other persons to be notified, but the board may charge a fee to an association, carrier or other person requesting a copy of the text of the intended action, which fee shall not be in excess of the actual cost of reproducing and mailing the copy.
A copy of the text of the intended action shall be available in the Department of Insurance in accordance with the provisions of P.L.1963, c.73 (C.47:1A-1 et seq.).
c. The board shall hold a public hearing on the establishment and modification of health benefits plans, and the board may hold a public hearing on any other intended action. Notice of a hearing shall be given in the notice of intended action provided for in subsection b. of this section.
d. Whether or not a public hearing is held, the board shall afford all interested persons an opportunity to comment in writing on the intended action. Written comments shall be submitted to the board within the time established by the board in the notice of intended action, which time shall not be less than 20 calendar days from the date of notice.
The board shall give due consideration to all comments received. Within a reasonable period of time following submission of the comments pursuant to this subsection, the board shall prepare for public distribution a report listing all parties who provided written submissions concerning the intended action, summarizing the content of the submissions and providing the board's response to the data, views and arguments contained in the submissions. A copy of the report shall be filed with the Office of Administrative Law for publication in the New Jersey Register.
e. The board may adopt the intended action immediately following the expiration of the public comment period provided in subsection d. of this section, or the hearing provided for in subsection c. of this section, whichever date is later. The final action adopted by the board shall be submitted for publication in the New Jersey Register to the Office of Administrative Law, and shall be effective on the date of the submission or such later date as the board may establish.
f. Actions filed with the Office of Administrative Law pursuant to this section shall be filed subject to the provisions of subsections (a), (c), (d) and (e) of section 5 of P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-5).
g. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the board from adopting any action pursuant to the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).
h. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the commissioner from adopting any rule or regulation pursuant to the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), or from taking any other action required or authorized by P.L.1992, c.161 (C.17B:27A-2 et al.).