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Pennsylvania Statutes Title 40 P.S. Insurance § 991.1802. Definitions

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As used in this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this section:

“Account.”  Either of the two accounts provided for under section 1808(a). 1

“Association.”  The Pennsylvania Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association.

“Commissioner.”  The Insurance Commissioner of the Commonwealth.

“Covered claim.”

(1) An unpaid claim, including one for unearned premiums, submitted by a claimant, which arises out of and is within the coverage and is subject to the applicable limits of an insurance policy to which this article applies issued by an insurer if such insurer becomes an insolvent insurer after the effective date of this article and:

(i) the claimant or insured is a resident of this Commonwealth at the time of the insured event:  Provided, That for entities other than an individual, the residence of a claimant or insured is the state in which its principal place of business is located at the time of the insured event;  or

(ii) the property from which the claim arises is permanently located in this Commonwealth.

(2) The term shall not include any amount awarded as punitive or exemplary damages;  sought as a return of premium under any retrospective rating plan;  or due any reinsurer, insurer, insurance pool or underwriting association as subrogation recoveries or otherwise.

(3) The term shall not include any first-party claim by an insured whose net worth exceeds twenty-five million ($25,000,000) dollars on December 31 of the year prior to the year in which the insurer becomes an insolvent insurer:  Provided, That an insured's net worth on that date shall be deemed to include the aggregate net worth of the insured and all of its subsidiaries as calculated on a consolidated basis.

“Department.”  The Insurance Department of the Commonwealth.

“Exhaust.”  The term, with respect to other insurance, means obtaining the maximum limit under the policy.  The term, with respect to another insurance guaranty association or its equivalent, means obtaining the statutory limit of recovery or a final judgment from a court of competent jurisdiction determining the amount of the claim payable by the other insurance guaranty association or its equivalent.

“Insolvent insurer.”  An insurer licensed to transact insurance in this Commonwealth, either at the time the policy was issued or when the insured event occurred, and against whom an order of liquidation with a finding of insolvency has been entered after the effective date of this article by a court of competent jurisdiction in the insurer's state of domicile or of this Commonwealth and which order of liquidation has not been stayed or been the subject of a writ of supersedeas or other comparable order.

“Insurer” or “member insurer.”  Any insurance company, association or exchange which is licensed to write and is engaged in writing within this Commonwealth, on a direct basis, property and casualty insurance policies.

“Net direct written premiums.”  Direct gross premiums written in this Commonwealth on property and casualty insurance policies, including policies issued to self-insurers, whether or not designated as reinsurance contracts, less return premiums thereon and dividends paid or credited to policyholders of such policies, but does not include premiums on contracts between insurers or reinsurers.

“Person.”  An individual, a corporation, a partnership, an association or any other holder of or claimant under a property and casualty insurance policy.

“Property and casualty insurance policy.”  Any contract, including any endorsement, rider, binder (written or oral), cover note, certificate or other instrument of insurance attached or relating thereto, without regard to the nature of the form of the same, which provides any of the coverages enumerated in section 202,  2 except:

(1) Life, annuity, health or disability insurance.

(2) Mortgage guaranty, financial guaranty or other forms of insurance offering protection against investment risks.

(3) Fidelity or surety bonds or any other bonding obligations.

(4) Credit insurance, vendors' single interest insurance or collateral protection insurance or any similar insurance protecting the interests of a creditor arising out of a creditor-debtor transaction.

(5) Insurance of warranties or service contracts.

(6) Title insurance.

(7) Ocean marine insurance.

(8) Any transaction or combination of transactions between a person, including affiliates of such person, and an insurer, including affiliates of such insurer, which involves the transfer of investment or credit risk unaccompanied by transfer of insurance risk.

(9) Any insurance provided by or guaranteed by government.

(10) Workmen's compensation and employer's liability insurance.

1  40 P.S. § 991.1808(a).
2  40 P.S. § 382.

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