TITLE 27
Insurance

CHAPTER 27-12.3
Property and Casualty Actuarial Opinion Law

SECTION 27-12.3-3


§ 27-12.3-3 Confidentiality.

(a) The statement of actuarial opinion shall be provided with the annual statement in accordance with the appropriate national association of insurance commissioners property and casualty annual statement instructions and shall be treated as a public document.

(b)(1) Documents, materials or other information in the possession or control of the department of insurance that are considered an actuarial report, work papers or actuarial opinion summary provided in support of the opinion, and any other material provided by the company to the commissioner in connection with the actuarial report, work papers or actuarial opinion summary, shall be confidential by law and privileged, shall not be subject to the access to public records act Rhode Island general laws § 38-2-1 et seq., shall not be subject to subpoena, and shall not be subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in any private civil action.

(2) This provision shall not be construed to limit the commissioner's authority to release the documents to the actuarial board for counseling and discipline (ABCD) so long as the material is required for the purpose of professional disciplinary proceedings and that the ABCD establishes procedures satisfactory to the commissioner for preserving the confidentiality of the documents, nor shall this section be construed to limit the commissioner's authority to use the documents, materials or other information in furtherance of any regulatory or legal action brought as part of the commissioner's official duties.

(c) Neither the commissioner nor any person who received documents, materials or other information while acting under the authority of the commissioner shall be permitted or required to testify in any private civil action concerning any confidential documents, materials or information subject to subsection (b).

(d) In order to assist in the performance of the commissioner's duties, the commissioner:

(1) May share documents, materials or other information, including the confidential and privileged documents, materials or information subject to subsection (b) with other state, federal and international regulatory agencies, with the national association of insurance commissioners and its affiliates and subsidiaries, and with state, federal and international law enforcement authorities, provided that the recipient agrees to maintain the confidentiality and privileged status of the document, material or other information and has the legal authority to maintain confidentiality:

(e) No waiver of any applicable privilege or claim of confidentiality in the documents, materials or information shall occur as a result of disclosure to the commissioner under this section or as a result of sharing as authorized in subsection (d).

History of Section.
(P.L. 2008, ch. 28, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 31, § 1.)