2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 85A. Administrative Workers' Compensation System
§85A-98. Funds to be transferred to Self-insurance Guaranty Fund.
The Self-insurance Guaranty Fund shall be derived from the following sources:
1. Any unexpended funds, including interest thereon, held by the State Treasurer in the Workers' Compensation Self-insurance Guaranty Fund transferred to the Self-insurance Guaranty Fund as provided in Section 124 of this title;
2. Until the Self-insurance Guaranty Fund contains Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) or in the event the amount in the fund falls below One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00), an assessment against each private self-insurer and group self-insurance association based on an assessment rate to be determined by the commissioners, not exceeding one percent (1%) of actual paid losses of the self-insurer during the preceding calendar year, payable to the Tax Commission for deposit to the fund. The assessment against private self-insurers shall be determined using a rate equal to the proportion that the deficiency in the fund attributable to private self-insurers bears to the actual paid losses of all private self-insurers for the year period of January 1 through December 31 preceding the assessment. The assessment against group self-insurance associations shall be determined using a rate equal to the proportion that the deficiency in excess of the surplus of the Group Self-Insurance Association Guaranty Fund at the date of the transfer attributable to group self-insurance associations bears to the actual paid losses of all group self-insurance associations cumulatively for any calendar year preceding the assessment. Each self-insurer shall provide the Workers' Compensation Commission with such information as the Commission may determine is necessary to effectuate the purposes of this paragraph. For purposes of this paragraph, "actual paid losses" means all medical and indemnity payments, including temporary disability, permanent disability, and death benefits, and excluding loss adjustment expenses and reserves.
a.The assessment shall be paid within thirty (30) calendar days after the date the commissioners notify the self-insurer of the assessment.
b.A private employer or group self-insurance association which ceases to be a self-insurer shall remain liable for any and all assessments of the self-insurer as provided in this paragraph based on actual paid losses for the calendar year period preceding the assessment.
c.Failure of a self-insurer to pay, or timely pay, an assessment required by this paragraph, or to report payment of the same to the Commission within ten (10) days of payment, shall be grounds for revocation by the Commission of the self-insurer's permit to self-insure in this state, after notice and hearing. A former self-insurer failing to make payments required by this paragraph promptly and correctly, or failing to report payment of the same to the Commission within ten (10) days of payment, shall be subject to administrative penalties as allowed by law, including but not limited to, a fine in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or an amount equal to one percent (1%) of the unpaid amount, whichever is greater, to be paid and deposited to the credit of the Workers' Compensation Fund created in Section 28 of this title. It shall be the duty of the Tax Commission to collect the assessment provided for in this paragraph. The Tax Commission is authorized to bring an action for recovery of any delinquent or unpaid assessments, and may enforce payment of the assessment by proceeding in accordance with Section 79 of this title.
d.An impaired self-insurer shall be exempt from assessments beginning on the date of the Commission's designation until the Commission determines the self-insurer is no longer impaired.
e.The Tax Commission shall determine the fund balance as of March 1 and September 1 of each year, and when otherwise requested by the Workers' Compensation Commission, and shall advise the Workers' Compensation Commission in writing within thirty (30) days of each such determination; and
3. Any interest accruing on monies paid into the fund.
Added by Laws 2013, c. 208, § 98, eff. Feb. 1, 2014. Amended by Laws 2014, c. 169, § 4, emerg. eff. April 25, 2014.
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