2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:32A-11 - Detection, prevention of insurer insolvencies, impairments

17B:32A-11. Detection, prevention of insurer insolvencies, impairments

11. a. To aid in the detection and prevention of insurer insolvencies or impairments, the commissioner may:

(1) notify the commissioners of insurance or comparable officials of all the other states, territories of the United States and the District of Columbia when he takes any of the following actions against a member insurer:

(a) revokes its certificate of authority or license;

(b) suspends its certificate of authority or license; or

(c) makes any formal order that the insurer restrict its premium writing, obtain additional contributions to surplus, withdraw from this State, reinsure all or part of its business, or increase capital, surplus, or any other account for the security of policyholders or creditors.

Notice shall be made in any form the commissioner deems appropriate, including notification under the auspices of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, hereinafter referred to as NAIC.

(2) report to the board of directors when he has taken any of the actions set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection or has received notification from the commissioner of insurance or comparable official of any other jurisdiction that any such action has been taken in that jurisdiction. The report to the board of directors shall contain all significant details of the action taken or of any such notification received from another jurisdiction.

(3) report to the board of directors when he has reasonable cause to believe from any examination, whether completed or in process, of any member company that the company may be an impaired or insolvent insurer. The report and the information therein shall be kept confidential by the board of directors.

(4) furnish to the board of directors the NAIC Insurance Regulatory Information System (IRIS) ratios and a list of companies not included in the ratios developed by the NAIC. The board may use the information contained therein in carrying out its duties and responsibilities under this section. The report and information contained therein shall be kept confidential by the board of directors until such time as made public by the commissioner or other lawful authority.

b. The commissioner may seek the advice and recommendations of the board of directors or member insurers concerning any matter affecting his duties and responsibilities regarding the financial condition of member insurers and companies seeking admission to transact insurance business in this State.

c. The board of directors or any member thereof may make reports and recommendations to the commissioner upon any matter germane to the solvency, liquidation, rehabilitation, conservation or receivership of any member insurer or germane to the solvency of any company seeking to do insurance business in this State. Reports and recommendations made pursuant to this subsection shall not be considered public documents.

d. It shall be the duty of the board of directors, upon majority vote, to notify the commissioner of any information indicating any member insurer may be an impaired or insolvent insurer.

e. The board of directors may, upon majority vote, request that the commissioner order an examination of any member insurer which the board in good faith believes may be an impaired or insolvent insurer. Such an examination may be conducted as a NAIC examination or may be conducted by those persons as the commissioner designates. The cost of the examination may be paid by the association and the examination report shall be treated as are other examination reports. In no event shall the examination report be released to the board of directors of the association prior to its release to the public, but this shall not preclude the commissioner from taking action permitted by subsection a. of this section.

The commissioner shall notify the board of directors when the examination is completed. The request for an examination shall be kept on file by the commissioner, but it shall not be open to public inspection, if at all, prior to the release of the examination report to the public.

f. The board of directors may, upon majority vote, make recommendations to the commissioner for the detection and prevention of insurer insolvencies.

g. The board of directors may, at the conclusion of any insurer insolvency in which the association was obligated to pay covered claims, prepare a report to the commissioner containing any information it may have in its possession bearing on the history and causes of that insolvency. The board shall cooperate with the boards of directors of guaranty associations in other states in preparing a report on the history and causes of insolvency of a particular insurer, and may adopt by reference any report prepared by another association.

L.1991,c.208,s.11.

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