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Mississippi Code Title 83. Insurance § 83-23-115

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(1) The association shall:

(a) Be obligated to the extent of the covered claims existing prior to the determination of insolvency and arising within thirty (30) days after the determination of insolvency, or before the policy expiration date if less than thirty (30) days after the determination, or before the insured replaces the policy or causes its cancellation if he does so within thirty (30) days of the determination. Such obligation shall be satisfied by paying the claimant an amount as follows:

(i) The full amount of a covered claim for benefits under a workers' compensation insurance coverage;

(ii) An amount in excess of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per policy for a covered claim for the return of unearned premium;

(iii) An amount in excess of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) but not exceeding Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00) per claimant for all other covered claims.

In no event shall the association be obligated to a policyholder or claimant in an amount in excess of the obligation of the insolvent insurer under the policy from which the claim arises. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, a covered claim shall not include a claim filed with the association after final date set by the court for the filing of claims against the liquidator or receiver of an insolvent insurer.

(b) Be deemed the insurer to the extent of its obligation on the covered claims and to such extent shall have all rights, duties, and obligations of the insolvent insurer as if the insurer had not become insolvent.

(c) Assess insurers amounts necessary to pay the obligations of the association under paragraph (a) subsequent to an insolvency, the expenses of handling covered claims subsequent to an insolvency, and the cost of examinations under Section 83-23-125 and other expenses authorized by this article. The assessments of each member insurer shall be in the proportion that the net direct written premiums of the member insurer for the preceding calendar year bears to the net direct written premiums of all member insurers for the preceding calendar year. Each member insurer shall be notified of the assessment not later than thirty (30) days before it is due. No member insurer may be assessed in any year an amount greater than one percent (1%) of that member insurer's net direct written premiums for the preceding calendar year. If the maximum assessment, together with the other assets of the association, does not provide in any one (1) year an amount sufficient to make all necessary payments, the funds available shall be prorated and the unpaid portion shall be paid as soon thereafter as funds become available. The association may exempt or defer, in whole or in part, the assessment of any member insurer, if the assessment would cause the member insurer's financial statement to reflect amounts of capital or surplus less than the minimum amounts required for a certificate of authority by any jurisdiction in which the member insurer is authorized to transact insurance. Each member insurer may set off, against any assessment, authorized payments made on covered claims and expenses incurred in the payment of such claims by the member insurer.

(d) Investigate claims brought against the association; adjust, compromise, settle, and pay covered claims to the extent of the association's obligation; deny all other claims; and may review settlements, releases, and judgments to which the insolvent insurer or its insureds were parties, to determine the extent to which such settlements, releases, and judgments may be properly contested.

(e) Notify such persons as the commissioner directs under Section 83-23-119(2)(a).

(f) Handle claims through its employees or through one or more insurers or other persons designated as servicing facilities. Designation of a servicing facility is subject to the approval of the commissioner, but such designation may be declined by a member insurer.

(g) Reimburse each servicing facility for obligations of the association paid by the facility and for expenses incurred by the facility while handling claims on behalf of the association, and shall pay the other expenses of the association authorized by this article.

(2) The association may:

(a) Employ or retain such persons as are necessary to handle claims and perform other duties of the association.

(b) Borrow funds necessary to effect the purposes of this article in accord with the plan of operation.

(c) Sue or be sued.

(d) Negotiate and become a party to such contracts as are necessary to carry out the purpose of this article.

(e) Perform such other acts as are necessary or proper to effectuate the purpose of this article.

(f) Refund to the member insurers in proportion to the contribution of each member insurer to the association that amount by which the assets of the association exceed the liabilities if, at the end of any calendar year, the board of directors finds that the assets of the association exceed the liabilities of the association as estimated by the board of directors for the coming year.

Cite this article: - Mississippi Code Title 83. Insurance § 83-23-115 - last updated January 01, 2018 |

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