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PDFWAC 284-16-320

Manner in which commissioner will exercise authority.

(1) For the purpose of making a determination of an insurer's financial condition under this regulation, the commissioner may:
(a) Disregard any credit or amount receivable resulting from transactions with a reinsurer which is insolvent, impaired, or otherwise subject to a delinquency proceeding;
(b) Make appropriate adjustments including disallowance to asset values attributable to investments in or transactions with parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates consistent with the NAIC Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual, state laws or regulations;
(c) Refuse to recognize the stated value of accounts receivable if the ability to collect receivables is highly speculative in view of the age of the account or the financial condition of the debtor; or
(d) Increase the insurer's liability in an amount equal to any contingent liability, pledge, or guarantee not otherwise included if there is a substantial risk that the insurer will be called upon to meet the obligation undertaken within the next twelve-month period.
(2) If the commissioner determines that the continued operation of the insurer authorized to transact business in this state may be hazardous to its policyholders, creditors or the general public, then the commissioner may, in conjunction with or in lieu of a notice required or permitted by RCW 48.05.150, issue an order requiring the insurer to:
(a) Reduce the total amount of present and potential liability for policy benefits by reinsurance;
(b) Reduce, suspend, or limit the volume of business being accepted or renewed;
(c) Reduce general insurance and commission expenses by specified methods;
(d) Increase the insurer's capital and surplus;
(e) Suspend or limit the declaration and payment of dividend by an insurer to its stockholders or to its policyholders;
(f) File reports in a form acceptable to the commissioner concerning the market value of an insurer's assets;
(g) Limit or withdraw from certain investments or discontinue certain investment practices to the extent the commissioner deems necessary;
(h) Document the adequacy of premium rates in relation to the risks insured;
(i) File, in addition to regular annual statements, interim financial reports on the form adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners or in such format as promulgated by the commissioner;
(j) Correct corporate governance practice deficiencies, and adopt and utilize governance practices acceptable to the commissioner;
(k) Provide a business plan to the commissioner in order to continue to transact business in the state; or
(l) Notwithstanding any other provision of law limiting the frequency or amount of premium rate adjustments, adjust rates for any nonlife insurance product written by the insurer that the commissioner considers necessary to improve the financial condition of the insurer.
If the insurer is a foreign insurer, the commissioner's order may be limited to the extent provided by statute.
(3) Any insurer subject to an order under subsection (2) of this section may make a written demand for a hearing, subject to the requirements of RCW 48.04.010, by specifying in what respects it is aggrieved and the grounds to be relied upon as basis for the relief to be demanded at the hearing.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.31.435, 48.44.050, and 48.46.200. WSR 09-24-053 (Matter No. R 2009-06), § 284-16-320, filed 11/24/09, effective 12/25/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060. WSR 92-19-039 (Order R 92-9), § 284-16-320, filed 9/9/92, effective 10/10/92.]
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