2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:32A-8 - Member insurers assessed to provide funding for association

17B:32A-8. Member insurers assessed to provide funding for association

8. a. For the purpose of providing the funds necessary to carry out the powers and duties of the association, the board of directors shall assess the member insurers, separately for each account, at such time and for such amounts as the board finds necessary. Assessments shall be due not less than 30 days after prior written notice to the member insurers and shall accrue interest at the percentage of interest prescribed in the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey for judgments, awards and orders for the payment of money, on and after the due date.

b. There shall be two classes of assessments, as follows:

(1) Class A assessments shall be made for the purpose of meeting administrative and legal costs of the association which are not objected to by the commissioner and other expenses and examinations conducted under the authority of subsection e. of section 11 of this act. Class A assessments shall also be made, upon the request of the commissioner, for the purpose of meeting costs incurred by or on behalf of the department in the administration of an insolvent insurer to the extent those costs exceed assets of the insolvent insurer available for that purpose. Class A assessments need not be related to a particular impaired or insolvent insurer. The amount of any Class A assessment shall be determined by the board.

(2) Class B assessments shall be made to the extent necessary to carry out the powers and duties of the association under section 7 of this act with respect to an impaired or an insolvent insurer. The amount of any Class B assessment shall be allocated for assessment purposes among the accounts pursuant to an allocation formula which may be based on the premiums or reserves of the impaired or insolvent insurer or any other standard deemed by the board in its sole discretion as being fair and reasonable under the circumstances.

c. (1) Class B assessments against member insurers for each account and subaccount shall be in the proportion that the premiums received on business in this State by each assessed member insurer on policies or contracts covered by each account for the three most recent calendar years for which information is available preceding the year in which the insurer became impaired or insolvent, as the case may be, bears to such premiums received on business in this State for such calendar years by all assessed member insurers.

(2) Assessments for funds to meet the requirements of the association with respect to an impaired or insolvent insurer shall be made as necessary to implement the purposes of this act. Classification of assessments under subsection b. of this section and computation of assessments under this subsection c. shall be made with a reasonable degree of accuracy, recognizing that exact determinations may not always be possible.

d. The association shall exempt, abate or defer, in whole or in part, the assessment of a member insurer if, in the opinion of the commissioner, payment of the assessment would endanger the ability of the member insurer to fulfill its contractual obligations or places the member insurer in an unsafe or unsound financial condition. In the event an assessment against a member insurer is exempted, abated or deferred, in whole or in part, the amount by which that assessment is exempted, abated or deferred shall be assessed against the other member insurers in a manner consistent with the basis for assessments set forth in this section.

e. (1) The total of all assessments imposed under subsection b. of this section upon a member insurer for the life insurance and annuity account and for each subaccount thereunder shall not in any one calendar year exceed two percent and for the health insurance account shall not in any one calendar year exceed two percent of that insurer's average premiums, as reported in the annual statement in a form prescribed by the commissioner, received in this State on the policies and contracts covered by the account during the three calendar years preceding the year in which the insurer became an impaired or insolvent insurer. If the maximum assessment, together with the other assets of the association in any account, does not provide in any one year in either account an amount sufficient to carry out the responsibilities of the association, the necessary additional funds shall be assessed as soon thereafter as permitted by this act.

(2) If a one percent assessment for any subaccount of the life insurance and annuity account in any one year does not provide an amount sufficient to carry out the responsibilities of the association, then pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection c. of this section, the board shall assess all subaccounts of the life insurance and annuity account for the necessary additional amount, subject to the maximum stated in paragraph (1) of this subsection.

(3) The board may provide in the plan of operation a method of allocating funds among claims, whether relating to one or more impaired or insolvent insurers, when the maximum assessment will be insufficient to cover anticipated claims.

f. The board may, by an equitable method as established in the plan of operation, refund to member insurers, in proportion to the contribution of each insurer to that account, the amount by which the assets of an account exceed the amount the board, with the concurrence of the commissioner, finds is necessary to carry out the obligations of the association with respect to that account, including assets accruing from assignment, subrogation, net realized gains and income from investments. A reasonable amount may be retained in any account to provide funds for the continuing expenses of the association and for future losses.

g. Except for that portion of assessments which may be offset against premium taxes pursuant to section 18 of this act, it shall be proper for any member insurer, in determining its premium rates and policyowner dividends as to any kind of insurance within the scope of this act, to consider the amount reasonably necessary to meet its assessment obligations under this act.

h. The association shall issue to each insurer paying an assessment pursuant to this act, other than a Class A assessment, a certificate of contribution, in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner, for the amount of the assessment so paid. All outstanding certificates shall be of equal dignity and priority without reference to amount or date of issue. A certificate of contribution may be shown by the insurer in its financial statement as an asset in such form and manner and for such amount and period of time as the commissioner may approve.

L.1991,c.208,s.8; amended 1994,c.180.

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