Texas Insurance Code - INS § 443.303. Early Access Payments
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(a) For purposes of this section, “distributable assets” means all general assets of the liquidation estate less:
(1) amounts reserved, to the extent necessary and appropriate, for the entire Section 443.301(a) expenses of the liquidation through and after its closure; and
(2) to the extent necessary and appropriate, reserves for distributions on claims other than those of the guaranty associations falling within the priority classes of claims established in Section 443.301(b).
(b) Early access payments to guaranty associations must be made as soon as possible after the entry of a liquidation order and as frequently as possible after the entry of the order, but at least annually if distributable assets are available to be distributed to the guaranty associations, and must be in amounts consistent with this section. Amounts advanced to an affected guaranty association pursuant to this section shall be accounted for as advances against distributions to be made under Section 443.302. Where sufficient distributable assets are available, amounts advanced are not limited to the claims and expenses paid to date by the guaranty associations; however, the liquidator may not distribute distributable assets to the guaranty associations in excess of the anticipated entire claims of the guaranty associations falling within the priority classes of claims established in Sections 443.301(a) and (b).
(c) Within 120 days after the entry of an order of liquidation by the receivership court, and at least annually after the entry of the order, the liquidator shall apply to the receivership court for approval to make early access payments out of the general assets of the insurer to any guaranty associations having obligations arising in connection with the liquidation or shall report that there are no distributable assets at that time based on financial reporting as required in Section 443.016. The liquidator may apply to the receivership court for approval to make early access payments more frequently than annually based on additional information or the recovery of material assets.
(d) Within 60 days after approval by the receivership court of the applications in Subsection (c), the liquidator shall make any early access payments to the affected guaranty associations as indicated in the approved application.
(e) Notice of each application for early access payments, or of any report required pursuant to this section, must be given in accordance with Section 443.007 to the guaranty associations that may have obligations arising from the liquidation. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 443.007, the liquidator shall provide these guaranty associations with at least 30 days' actual notice of the filing of the application and with a complete copy of the application prior to any action by the receivership court. Any guaranty association that may have obligations arising in connection with the liquidation has:
(1) the right to request additional information from the liquidator, who may not unreasonably deny such request; and
(2) the right to object as provided by Section 443.007 to any part of each application or to any report filed by the liquidator pursuant to this section.
(f) In each application regarding early access payments, the liquidator shall, based on the best information available to the liquidator at the time, provide, at a minimum, the following:
(1) to the extent necessary and appropriate, the amount reserved for the entire expenses of the liquidation through and after its closure and for distributions on claims falling within the priority classes of claims established in Sections 443.301(b) and (c);
(2) the computation of distributable assets and the amount and method of equitable allocation of early access payments to each of the guaranty associations; and
(3) the most recent financial information filed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners by the liquidator.
(g) Each guaranty association that receives any payments pursuant to this section agrees, upon depositing the payment in any account to its benefit, to return to the liquidator any amount of these payments that may be required to pay claims of secured creditors and claims falling within the priority classes of claims established in Section 443.301(a), (b), or (c). No bond may be required of any guaranty association.
(h) Nothing in this section affects the method by which a guaranty association determines the association's statutory coverage obligations.
(i) Without the consent of the affected guaranty associations or an order of the receivership court, the liquidator may not offset the amount to be dispersed to any guaranty association by the amount of any specific deposit or any other statutory deposit or asset of the insolvent insurer held in that state unless the association has actually received the deposit.
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