2006 New Mexico Statutes - Section 59A-46-16 — Filing requirements for rating information.

59A-46-16. Filing requirements for rating information.

A.     No premium rate may be used until either a schedule of premium rates or methodology for determining premium rates has been filed with and approved by the superintendent.  At the time the health maintenance organization files the rate with the superintendent it shall also file a schedule of benefits to which the rate applies.   

B.     Either a specific schedule of premium rates, or a methodology for determining premium rates, shall be established in accordance with actuarial principles for various categories of enrollees; provided that the premium applicable to an enrollee shall not be individually determined based on the status of the enrollee's health.  A certification by a qualified actuary or other qualified person acceptable to the superintendent as to the appropriateness of the rates or of the use of the methodology, based on reasonable assumptions, shall accompany the filing along with adequate supporting information.   

C.     The superintendent may disapprove any such rates, or methodology for determining rates, found by him to be excessive, inadequate or unfairly discriminatory, considering the benefits to be provided. If the superintendent disapproves such filing, he shall notify the health maintenance organization, specifying the reasons for his disapproval.  A hearing shall be conducted within thirty days after a request in writing by the person filing.  The schedule or methodology shall be deemed approved if the superintendent does not disapprove the filing within thirty days, but the superintendent in his sole discretion may postpone taking action for an additional thirty days as necessary for proper consideration of the filing.   

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