2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 85. Workers' Compensation
§85-380. Volunteer firefighters - Volunteer Firefighters Group Insurance Pool.

85 OK Stat § 85-380 (2015) What's This?

A. 1. Volunteer fire departments organized pursuant to state law may obtain workers' compensation insurance for volunteer firefighters through the Volunteer Firefighter Group Insurance Pool pursuant to requirements established by CompSource Mutual Insurance Company which shall administer the Pool. For the premium set by CompSource Mutual Insurance Company, the state shall provide Fifty-five Dollars ($55.00) per firefighter per year. Except as otherwise provided by subsection D of this section, the total amount paid by the state shall not exceed Three Hundred Twenty Thousand Three Hundred Thirty-eight Dollars ($320,338.00) per year or so much thereof as may be necessary to fund the Volunteer Firefighter Group Insurance Pool.

2. CompSource Mutual Insurance Company shall collect the premium from state agencies, public trusts and other instrumentalities of the state. Any funds received by CompSource Mutual Insurance Company from any state agency, public trust, or other instrumentality for purposes of workers' compensation insurance pursuant to this section shall be deposited to the credit of the Volunteer Firefighter Group Insurance Pool. CompSource Mutual Insurance Company shall collect premiums, pay claims, and provide for excess insurance as needed.

B. CompSource Mutual Insurance Company shall report, annually, to the Governor, the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate the number of enrollees in the Volunteer Firefighter Group Insurance Pool, and the amount of any anticipated surplus or deficiency of the Pool; and shall also provide to the Governor, the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate sixty (60) days advance notice of any proposed change in rates for the Volunteer Firefighter Group Insurance Pool.

C. The amount of claims paid, claim expenses, underwriting losses, loss ratio, or any other financial aspect of the Volunteer Firefighter Group Insurance Pool shall not be considered when determining or considering bids for the amount of any premiums, rates, or expenses owed by, or any discounts, rebates, dividends, or other financial benefits owed to any other policyholder of CompSource Mutual Insurance Company.

D. Except as otherwise provided by law, any increase in the state payment rate for volunteer firefighters under the Volunteer Firefighter Group Insurance Pool shall not exceed five percent (5%) per annum. Any proposed change in rates for the Volunteer Firefighter Group Insurance Pool must be approved by the Board of Directors of CompSource Mutual Insurance Company with notice provided pursuant to subsection B of this section. CompSource Mutual Insurance Company shall not increase premiums for the Volunteer Firefighter Group Insurance Pool more than once per annum.

E. For purposes of this section, the term "volunteer fire departments" includes those volunteer fire departments which have authorized voluntary or uncompensated workers rendering services as firefighters and are created by statute pursuant to Section 592 of Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Sections 29-201 through 29-204 of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and those defined by Section 351 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Added by Laws 2001, c. 367, § 1, emerg. eff. June 4, 2001. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 403, § 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 2004. Renumbered from § 132a of this title by Laws 2011, c. 318, § 88. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 254, § 45, eff. Jan. 1, 2015.

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