SEC. 71-3-174. Special assessment plans where association assumes obligations of individual or group self-insurer exceeding the assets of such association.
If an association assumes any obligations of an individual self-insurer or group self-insurer under this chapter, and payments of such obligations exceed the assets of such association, such association shall within not less than sixty (60) days thereafter submit for approval by the commission a plan for special assessment of each individual self-insurer and group self-insurer who may be responsible for payment of such obligations in excess of the assets of such association. Such plan for special assessment shall also include the expenses of such association related to the processing of obligations covered by the special assessment plan. Failure to comply with a commission-approved special assessment plan of an association shall create a cause of action in favor of such association against any noncompliant member self-insurer and any noncompliant group self-insurer for recovery of payments and expenses by such association for which the noncompliant member self-insurer or noncompliant group self-insurer should have been obligated. It shall be presumed that all obligations paid by an association pursuant to a commission-approved special assessment plan, including, but not limited to, expenses associated with processing such obligations, are reasonable, necessary and otherwise in compliance with the requirements of this chapter. There shall be added to any recovery under this section expenses of litigation of such association related to such cause of action, interest at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum beginning on the date of such noncompliance and a ten percent (10%) penalty.
SOURCES: Laws, 2004, ch. 555, § 10, HB 834, eff from and after July 1, 2004.
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