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  385.302.  Registration required, fee — administrator authorized — provider requirements. — 1.  It is unlawful for any person to issue, sell or offer for sale in this state any service contract, unless each provider has registered with the director on a form prescribed by the director.  Each provider shall pay to the director a fee established by the director by rule, but not to exceed three hundred dollars annually.

  2.  A provider may, but is not required to, appoint an administrator or other designee to be responsible for any or all of the administration of service contracts and compliance with sections 385.300 to 385.320.

  3.  A provider or its designee shall provide a copy of the service contract to the service contract holder within a reasonable period of time following the date of purchase.

  4.  In order to assure the faithful performance of a provider's obligations to its contract holders, each provider who contractually is obligated to provide service under a service contract shall comply with one of the following subdivisions:

  (1)  (a)  Maintain a funded reserve account for its obligations under its contract issues and outstanding in this state.  The reserve shall not be less than forty percent of gross consideration received, less claims paid, on the sale of the service contract for all in-force contracts.  The reserve account shall be subject to examination and review by the director; and

  (b)  Place in trust with the director a financial security deposit, having a value of not less than five percent of the gross consideration received, less claims paid, on the sale of the service contract for all service contracts issued and in force, but not less than twenty-five thousand dollars, consisting of one of the following:

  a.  A surety bond issued by an authorized surety;

  b.  Securities of the type eligible for deposit by authorized insurers in this state;

  c.  Cash;

  d.  A letter of credit issued by a qualified financial institution; or

  e.  Another form of security prescribed by regulations issued by the director; or

  (2)  (a)  Maintain a net worth of one hundred million dollars; and

  (b)  Provide the director with a copy of the provider's or, if the provider's financial statements are consolidated with those of its parent company, the provider's parent company's most recent Form 10-K filed or Form 20-F with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) within the last calendar year, or if the company does not file with the SEC, a copy of the company's audited financial statements, which shows a net worth of the provider or its parent company of at least one hundred million dollars.  If the provider's parent company's Form 10-K, Form 20-F, or audited financial statements are filed to meet the provider's financial stability requirement, then the parent company shall agree to guarantee the obligations of the obligor relating to service contracts sold by the provider in this state; or

  (3)  Insure all service contracts under a reimbursement insurance policy issued by an insurer authorized to transact insurance in this state.  For the purposes of this subsection, the reimbursement insurance policy shall contain the following provisions:

  (a)  In the event that the provider is unable to fulfill its obligation under contracts issued in this state for any reason, including insolvency, bankruptcy, or dissolution, the insurer will pay losses and unearned fees under such plans directly to the contract holder making a claim under the contract;

  (b)  The insurer issuing the contractual liability policy shall assume full responsibility for the administration of claims in the event of the inability of the provider to do so; and

  (c)  The policy may be cancelled or not renewed by either the insurer or the provider not less than sixty days after written notice thereof has been given to the director and provider by the insurer;

  (4)  The reimbursement insurance referenced in subdivision (3) of this subsection* shall be obtained from an insurer that is authorized, registered or otherwise permitted to transact insurance in this state or a surplus lines insurer authorized pursuant to the laws of this state and which insurer meets one of the following requirements:

  (a)  Maintain, at the time the policy is filed with the director and continuously thereafter:

  a.  Surplus as to policyholders and paid-in capital of at least fifteen million dollars; and

  b.  Annually file copies of the insurer's financial statements, its National Association of Insurance Commissioners annual statement, and the actuarial certification if required and filed in the insurer's state of domicile; or

  (b)  Maintain, at the time the policy is filed with the director and continuously thereafter:

  a.  Surplus as to policyholders and paid-in capital of less than fifteen million dollars but at least equal to ten million dollars;

  b.  Demonstrate to the satisfaction of the director that the insurer maintains a ratio of net written premiums, wherever written, to surplus as to policyholders and paid-in capital of not greater than three to one; and

  c.  Annually file copies of the insurer's financial statements, its National Association of Insurance Commissioners annual statement, and the actuarial certification if required and filed in the insurer's state of domicile.

  5.  Provider fees collected on service agreements shall not be subject to premium taxes.  Premiums for reimbursement insurance policies shall be subject to applicable taxes.

  6.  Except for compliance with the provider's registration requirement in subsection 1 of this section, a person marketing, selling, or offering to sell service contracts for a provider that is registered under this section is exempt from licensing as a producer under the insurance laws of this state.

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(L. 2007 H.B. 221)

Effective 1-01-08

*Word "above" appears in original rolls.


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