2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:29-7 - Filing of forms; premium rate schedules

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 17B:29-7 (2017)

17B:29-7. Filing of forms; premium rate schedules

17B:29-7. a. All forms of policies, certificates of insurance, notice of proposed insurance, applications for insurance, endorsements and riders delivered or issued for delivery in this State and the schedules of premium rates pertaining thereto shall be filed with the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of subsection g. of this section.

b. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1995, c.73.)

c. If a form or the schedule of premium rates pertaining thereto is disapproved by the commissioner during the 60-day period, the form may not be delivered or issued for delivery unless the form or schedule of premium rates is resubmitted in accordance with paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) of subsection g. of this section. A form or schedule of rates that is disapproved shall be subject to review in accordance with the procedure described in the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) and any rules adopted thereunder. Any such form which is filed by the commissioner or deemed filed may be so delivered or issued for delivery until such time as any subsequent withdrawal of the filing by the commissioner, following an opportunity for a hearing held in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) and any rules adopted thereunder, becomes final in accordance therewith.

d. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1995, c.73.)

e. The disapproval for filing or the withdrawal of the filing of any such form or schedule of premium rates may only be on one or both of the following grounds that may be applicable:

(1) the premium rates charged or to be charged are excessive in relation to benefits, or

(2) such form contains provisions which are unjust, unfair, inequitable, misleading, deceptive, or encourage misrepresentation of the coverage, or are contrary to any provision of this code or of any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder.

f. If a group policy of credit life insurance or credit health insurance

(1) has been delivered in this State before the effective date of this chapter, or

(2) has been or is delivered in another State before or after the effective date of this chapter,

the insurer shall be required to submit for filing only the group certificate and notice of proposed insurance delivered or issued for delivery in this State as specified in subsections b. and d. of N.J.S.17B:29-6 and such forms shall be filed by the commissioner if they conform with the requirements specified in said subsections and if the schedules of premium rates applicable to the insurance evidenced by such certificate or notice are not in excess of the insurer's schedules of premium rates filed with the commissioner.

g. (1) Any form or schedule of premium rates subject to the provisions of N.J.S.17B:29-1 et seq. shall be filed with the commissioner for approval as provided in this subsection. Any form, except those certified pursuant to section 17 of P.L.1995, c.73 (C.17B:25-18.3), and any schedule of premium rates pertaining thereto, shall be filed with the commissioner for approval pursuant to the provisions of this subsection.

(2) Any form or schedule of premium rates pertaining thereto filed with the commissioner for approval pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed approved upon the expiration of 60 days after the submission of the form or schedule of premium rates unless disapproved in writing by the commissioner within that time. Any such disapproval shall be based only on the specific provisions of applicable statutes, regulations adopted by the commissioner, or guidelines published by the commissioner as of the effective date of P.L.1995, c.73 (C.17:48-8.1 et al.) with regard to forms of that type or the schedules of premium rates pertaining thereto. A disapproved form or schedule of premium rates pertaining thereto may be resubmitted.

(3) Any form or schedule of premium rates submitted for approval pursuant to this subsection and disapproved by the commissioner before the expiration of 60 days after its submission, shall be deemed withdrawn at the expiration of 60 days after the transmittal of the commissioner's specific objections unless the filer submits a complete written response to all of the commissioner's objections regarding the submission within the 60 day period.

(4) A form or schedule of premium rates, resubmitted in response to the commissioner's objections pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection, shall be deemed approved upon the expiration of 30 days after its resubmission unless disapproved in writing by the commissioner within that time. No disapproval by the commissioner of a resubmission shall be based on any objection not specified by the commissioner in his initial disapproval of the filing, except that the commissioner may disapprove the form or schedule of premium rates based on any new provisions introduced in the resubmission or if in addressing the specified objections cited in the commissioner's disapproval transmission, the insurer changes or modifies any substantive provisions of the form or schedule of premium rates. Any form or schedule of premium rates resubmitted for approval pursuant to this subsection and disapproved by the commissioner before the expiration of 30 days after its submission, shall be deemed withdrawn at the expiration of 30 days after the transmittal of the commissioner's specific objections unless the filer submits a complete written response to all of the commissioner's objections regarding the submission within the 30 day period.

(5) With respect to all types of forms or schedules of premium rates to be filed pursuant to this subsection and currently on file with and approved by the commissioner upon enactment of P.L.1995, c.73 (C.17:48-8.1 et al.), the commissioner shall propose regulations which may be amended or modified by the commissioner from time to time after adoption, concerning any actuarial or form requirements consistent with applicable statutory provisions but not specified therein, not later than 180 days after enactment of P.L.1995, c.73 (C.17:48-8.1 et al.). Any such regulation shall be adopted not later than 180 days after it is proposed. With respect to any type of form or schedule of premium rates not then on file with the commissioner but filed subsequent to the enactment of P.L.1995, c.73 (C.17:48-8.1 et al.) the commissioner shall propose regulations, which may be amended or modified by the commissioner from time to time after adoption, concerning any actuarial or form requirements consistent with applicable statutory provisions but not specified therein, within 120 days after the form is approved or deemed approved by the commissioner pursuant to this subsection. Any such regulation shall be adopted not later than 180 days after it is proposed. The commissioner may issue bulletins which are interpretive of existing regulations consistent with statutory provisions, with respect to any type of policy form that may be certified pursuant to section 17 of P.L.1995, c.73 (C.17B:25-18.3). Nothing in this subsection shall preclude an insurer from filing a certifiable form or schedule of premium rates for approval by the commissioner.

(6) For purposes of this subsection, "days" means calendar days, except that when the last day of any specified time period is a Saturday, Sunday, or State holiday, then the time period shall end on the next following business day. With respect to any specified time period pertaining to correspondence between an insurer and the commissioner, the time period shall commence on the date that such correspondence is postmarked or submitted to a private delivery service.

h. For purposes of subsection b. of section 17 of P.L.1995, c.73 (C.17B:25-18.3), credit life and credit health insurance shall be considered a category of individual or group life or health insurance.

L.1971, c.144; amended 1995,c.73,s.23.

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