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Certificate of authorityApplicationFormDocumentation.

A self-funded multiple employer welfare arrangement must apply for a certificate of authority on a form prescribed by the commissioner and must submit the application, together with the following documents, to the commissioner:
(1) A copy of all articles, bylaws, agreements, trusts, or other documents or instruments describing the rights and obligations of the employers, employees, and beneficiaries of the arrangement;
(2) A copy of the summary plan description or summary plan descriptions of the arrangement, including those filed or required to be filed with the United States department of labor, together with any amendments to the description;
(3) Evidence of coverage of or letters of intent to participate executed by at least twenty employers providing allowable benefits to at least seventy-five employees;
(4) A copy of the arrangement's most recent year's financial statements that must include, at a minimum, a balance sheet, an income statement, a statement of changes in financial position, and an actuarial opinion signed by a qualified actuary stating that the unpaid claim liability of the arrangement satisfies the standards under this title;
(5) Proof that the arrangement maintains or will maintain fidelity bonds required by the United States department of labor under the employee retirement income security act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 et seq.;
(6) A copy of any excess of loss insurance coverage policies maintained or proposed to be maintained by the arrangement;
(7) Biographical reports on forms prescribed by the national association of insurance commissioners evidencing the general trustworthiness and competence of each individual who is serving or who will serve as an officer, director, trustee, employee, or fiduciary of the arrangement;
(8) Third-party verification reports from a vendor authorized by the national association of insurance commissioners to perform a state, national, and international criminal background history check of any person who exercises control over the financial dealings and operations of the self-funded multiple employer welfare arrangement, including collection of employer contributions, investment of assets, payment of claims, rate setting, and claims adjudication. The third-party verification reports and any additional information must be submitted to the office of the insurance commissioner. The results may be disseminated to any governmental agency or entity authorized to receive them; and
(9) A statement executed by a representative of the arrangement certifying, to the best knowledge and belief of the representative, that:
(a) The arrangement is in compliance with RCW 48.125.030;
(b) The arrangement is in compliance with the requirements of the employee retirement income security act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 et seq., or a statement of any requirements with which the arrangement is not in compliance and a statement of proposed corrective actions; and
(c) The arrangement is in compliance with RCW 48.125.060 and 48.125.070.
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