§ 27-20.7-12. Certificate of authority required.
(a) No person shall act as, or offer to act as, or hold himself or herself out to be an administrator in this state without a valid certificate of authority as an administrator issued by the commissioner.
(b) Applicants to be an administrator shall make an application to the commissioner upon a form to be furnished by the commissioner. The application shall include or be accompanied by the following information and documents:
(1) All basic organizational documents of the administrator, including any articles of incorporation, articles of association, partnership agreement, trade name certificate, trust agreement, shareholder agreement and other applicable documents and all amendments to those documents;
(2) The bylaws, rules, regulations or similar documents regulating the internal affairs of the administrator;
(3) The names, addresses, official positions and professional qualifications of the individuals who are responsible for the conduct of affairs of the administrator; including all members of the board of directors, board of trustees, executive committee or other governing board or committee; the principal officers in the case of a corporation or the partners or members in the case of a partnership or association; shareholders holding directly or indirectly ten percent (10%) or more of the voting securities of the administrator; and any other person who exercises control or influence over the affairs of the administrator;
(4) Annual financial statements or reports for the two (2) most recent years which prove that the applicant is solvent and any information that the commissioner may require in order to review the current financial condition of the applicant;
(5) A statement describing the business plan including information on staffing levels and activities proposed in this state and nationwide. The plan must provide details setting forth the administrator's capability for providing a sufficient number of experienced and qualified personnel in the areas of claims processing, record keeping and underwriting;
(6) If the applicant will be managing the solicitation of new or renewal business, proof that it employs or has contracted with an agent licensed by this state for solicitation and taking of applications. An applicant that intends to directly solicit insurance contracts or to act as an insurance producer must provide proof that it has a license as an insurance producer in this state; and
(7) Any other pertinent information that may be required by the commissioner.
(c) The applicant shall make available, for inspection by the commissioner, copies of all contracts with insurers or other persons utilizing the services of the administrator.
(d) The commissioner may refuse to issue a certificate of authority if the commissioner determines that the administrator, or any individual responsible for the conduct of affairs of the administrator as defined in subdivision (b)(3) of this section, is not competent, trustworthy, financially responsible or of good personal and business reputation, or has had an insurance or an administrator license denied or revoked for cause by any state.
(e) A certificate of authority issued under this section shall remain valid, unless surrendered, suspended or revoked by the commissioner, for so long as the administrator continues in business in this state and remains in compliance with this chapter.
(f) An administrator is not required to hold a certificate of authority as an administrator in this state if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The administrator has its principal place of business in another state;
(2) The administrator is not soliciting business as an administrator in this state;
(3) In the case of any group policy or plan of insurance serviced by the administrator, the lesser of five percent (5%) or one hundred (100) certificate holders reside in this state.
(g) A person is not required to hold a certificate of authority as an administrator in this state if the person exclusively provides services to one or more bona fide employee benefit plans each of which is established by an employer or an employee organization, or both, and for which the insurance laws of this state are preempted pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. These persons shall register with the commissioner annually, verifying their status as described in this section.
(h) An administrator shall immediately notify the commissioner of any material change in its ownership, control or other fact or circumstance affecting its qualification for a certificate of authority in this state.
(i) No bonding shall be required by the commissioner of any administrator whose business is restricted solely to benefit plans which are either fully insured by an authorized insurer or which are bona fide employee benefit plans established by an employer or any employee organization, or both, for which the insurance laws of this state are preempted pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq.
(P.L. 2001, ch. 83, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 242, § 1.)