(3)(a) The amount of any Class A assessment shall be determined at the discretion of the board of directors and such assessments shall be authorized and called on a non-pro rata basis. The amount of any Class B
assessment, except for assessments related to long-term care insurance, shall be allocated for assessment
purposes among the accounts
and subaccounts 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.
(b) Class B assessments against member insurers for each account and
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 or subaccount for the three most recent calendar years
for which information is available preceding the year in which the member 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
(b-5) The amount of the Class B assessment for long-term care insurance written by the impaired or insolvent insurer shall be allocated according to a methodology included in the plan of operation and approved by the Director. The methodology shall provide for 50% of the assessment to be allocated to accident and health member insurers and 50% to be allocated to life and annuity member insurers.
(c) Assessments for funds to meet the requirements of the Association
with respect to an impaired or insolvent insurer shall not be made until
necessary to implement the purposes of this Article. Classification
under subsection (2) and computations of assessments under this subsection
shall be made with a reasonable degree of accuracy, recognizing that exact
determinations may not always be possible.
(4) The Association may abate or defer, in whole or in part, the assessment of a member insurer if, in the opinion of the board, payment of the assessment would endanger the ability of the member insurer to fulfill its contractual obligations. In the event an assessment against a member insurer is abated or deferred in whole or in part the amount by which the assessment is abated or deferred may be assessed against the other member insurers in a manner consistent with the basis for assessments set forth in this Section. Once the conditions that caused a deferral have been removed or rectified, the member insurer shall pay all assessments that were deferred pursuant to a repayment plan approved by the Association.
(5) (a) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, the total of all assessments authorized by the Association with respect to a member insurer for each subaccount of the life insurance and annuity account and for the health account shall not in one calendar year exceed 2% of that member insurer's average annual premiums received in this State on the policies and contracts covered by the subaccount or account during the 3 calendar years preceding the year in which the member insurer became an impaired or insolvent insurer.
If 2 or more assessments are authorized in one calendar year with respect to member insurers that become impaired or insolvent in different calendar years, the average annual premiums for purposes of the aggregate assessment percentage limitation referenced in subparagraph (a) of this paragraph shall be equal and limited to the higher of the 3-year average annual premiums for the applicable subaccount or account as calculated pursuant to this Section.
If the maximum assessment, together with the other assets of the Association in an account, does not provide in 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 Article.
(b) 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.
(c) If the maximum assessment for a subaccount of the life insurance and annuity account in one year does not provide an amount sufficient to carry out the responsibilities of the Association, then pursuant to paragraph (b) of subsection (3), the board shall assess the other subaccounts of the life insurance and annuity account for the necessary additional amount, subject to the maximum stated in paragraph (a) of this subsection.
(6) 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 member insurer to that account, the amount by which the assets of the account
exceed the amount the board finds is necessary to carry out during the coming
year the obligations of the Association with regard to that account, including
assets accruing from 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.
(7) An assessment is deemed to occur on the date upon which the board
votes such assessment. The board may defer calling the payment of the
assessment or may call for payment in one or more installments.
(8) It is proper for any member insurer, in determining its premium
rates and policy owner dividends as to any kind of insurance or health maintenance organization business within the scope of
this Article, to consider the amount reasonably necessary to meet its assessment
obligations under this Article.
(9) The Association must issue to each member insurer paying a
Class B assessment
under this Article a certificate of contribution,
in a form acceptable to the
Director, for the amount of the assessment so paid. All outstanding certificates
are of equal
dignity and priority without reference to amounts or dates of issue. A certificate
of contribution may be shown by the member insurer in its financial statement as an asset
in such form and for such amount, if any, and period of time as the Director
may approve, provided the member insurer shall in any event at its option have
the right to show a certificate of contribution as an admitted asset at
percentages of the original face amount for calendar years as follows:
100% for the calendar year after the year of issuance;
80% for the second calendar year after the year of issuance;
60% for the third calendar year after the year of issuance;
40% for the fourth calendar year after the year of issuance;
20% for the fifth calendar year after the year of issuance.
(10) The Association may request information of member insurers in order to aid in the exercise of its power under this Section and member insurers shall promptly comply with a request.
(Source: P.A. 100-687, eff. 8-3-18.)