Bill Summary for H 240 (SL 2013-199) (2013-2014)

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Jul 1 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 240 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO EXPAND THE CHOICES FOR HEALTH INSURANCE IN NORTH CAROLINA BY EXEMPTING HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM OUTDATED RISK EXPOSURE REQUIREMENTS; TO REMOVE A PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR NEW DOMESTIC COMPANIES; TO HELP MORTGAGE GUARANTY COMPANIES ADJUST THEIR CAPITAL AND SURPLUS REQUIREMENTS; TO REVISE CERTAIN RISK-BASED CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN NORTH CAROLINA'S NAIC ACCREDITATION; TO CLARIFY CONSUMER CHOICE IN HOMEOWNER'S COVERAGE FOR WIND AND HAIL; TO CLARIFY THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ACTUARY WHO PRESENTS A SCHEDULE OF PREMIUM RATES; TO SHORTEN CERTAIN TIME PERIODS FOR AN EXTERNAL REVIEW BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CERTAIN INSURER DETERMINATIONS; TO EXPAND ACCESS OF COVERAGE TO BUSINESSES WHO NEED BLANKET ACCIDENT AND HEALTH COVERAGE; TO MAKE CERTAIN CONFORMING CHANGES RELATED TO THE RENAMING OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGED CARE PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AS HEALTH INSURANCE SMART NC; TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF PRIVATE PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE; TO CLARIFY WHEN AN INSURER CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THE INSURED AFTER A PUBLIC ADJUSTER HAS BEEN RETAINED; AND TO CLARIFY WHEN AN AUTOMATIC STAY OF PROOF OF LOSS REQUIREMENTS, PREMIUM AND DEBT DEFERRALS, AND LOSS ADJUSTMENTS ARE TRIGGERED; TO PROVIDE NOTICE AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEARING WHEN A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE IS CALLED UPON TO SELECT AN UMPIRE IN CERTAIN PROPERTY INSURANCE DISPUTES; AND TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO ENFORCE CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT BY REQUIRING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO COMPLY WITH THOSE PROVISIONS WITHIN THIS STATE.
Intro. by Dockham.

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AN ACT TO EXPAND THE CHOICES FOR HEALTH INSURANCE IN NORTH CAROLINA BY EXEMPTING HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM OUTDATED RISK EXPOSURE REQUIREMENTS; TO REMOVE A PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR NEW DOMESTIC COMPANIES; TO HELP MORTGAGE GUARANTY COMPANIES ADJUST THEIR CAPITAL AND SURPLUS REQUIREMENTS; TO REVISE CERTAIN RISK-BASED CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN NORTH CAROLINA'S NAIC ACCREDITATION; TO CLARIFY CONSUMER CHOICE IN HOMEOWNER'S COVERAGE FOR WIND AND HAIL; TO CLARIFY THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ACTUARY WHO PRESENTS A SCHEDULE OF PREMIUM RATES; TO SHORTEN CERTAIN TIME PERIODS FOR AN EXTERNAL REVIEW BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CERTAIN INSURER DETERMINATIONS; TO EXPAND ACCESS OF COVERAGE TO BUSINESSES WHO NEED BLANKET ACCIDENT AND HEALTH COVERAGE; TO MAKE CERTAIN CONFORMING CHANGES RELATED TO THE RENAMING OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGED CARE PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AS HEALTH INSURANCE SMART NC; TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF PRIVATE PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE; TO CLARIFY WHEN AN INSURER CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THE INSURED AFTER A PUBLIC ADJUSTER HAS BEEN RETAINED; AND TO CLARIFY WHEN AN AUTOMATIC STAY OF PROOF OF LOSS REQUIREMENTS, PREMIUM AND DEBT DEFERRALS, AND LOSS ADJUSTMENTS ARE TRIGGERED; TO PROVIDE NOTICE AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEARING WHEN A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE IS CALLED UPON TO SELECT AN UMPIRE IN CERTAIN PROPERTY INSURANCE DISPUTES; AND TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO ENFORCE CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT BY REQUIRING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO COMPLY WITH THOSE PROVISIONS WITHIN THIS STATE. Enacted June 26, 2013. Section 10 is effective January 1, 2016. Section 20 is effective January 1, 2015. Sections 22 and 24 are effective June 26, 2013. Section 23 is effective October 1, 2013. The remainder is effective July 1, 2013.

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