§1071. Enforcement provisions
A. Health insurance issuers that issue, sell, renew, or offer health insurance coverage in this state in the small or large group markets shall meet the requirements of this Subpart with respect to such issuers.
B. The commissioner of insurance shall enforce the provisions of this Subpart and is authorized to enter into agreements with the federal government for enforcement of federal statutes, rules, policy issuances, and guidelines insofar as they relate to the issuance, sale, renewal, and offering of health insurance coverage in connection with group health plans.
C.(1) Any nonfederal governmental plan that is a group health plan and any health insurance issuer that fails to meet a provision of this Subpart, or provisions included under an agreement with the federal government for the enforcement of federal statutes, applicable to such plan or issuer shall be subject to a civil money penalty under this Subsection.
(2) In the case of a failure by:
(a) A health insurance issuer, the issuer is liable for such penalty.
(b) A group health plan that is a nonfederal governmental plan which is:
(i) Sponsored by two or more employers, the plan is liable for such penalty, or
(ii) Not so sponsored, the employer is liable for such penalty.
(3)(a) The maximum amount of penalty imposed under this Subsection is one hundred dollars for each day for each individual with respect to which such a failure occurs.
(b) In determining the amount of any penalty to be assessed under this Paragraph, the commissioner of insurance shall take into account the previous record of compliance of the entity being assessed with the applicable provisions of this Subpart and the gravity of the violation.
(c)(i) No civil money penalty shall be imposed under this Paragraph on any failure during any period for which it is established to the satisfaction of the commissioner of insurance that none of the entities against whom the penalty would be imposed knew, or exercising reasonable diligence would have known, that such failure existed.
(ii) No civil money penalty shall be imposed under this Paragraph on any failure if such failure was due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect, and such failure is corrected during the thirty-day period beginning on the first day any of the entities against whom the penalty would be imposed knew, or exercising reasonable diligence would have known, that such failure existed.
(d) The entity assessed shall be afforded an opportunity for hearing in accordance with Chapter 12 of this Title, R.S. 22:2191 et seq.
D.(1) Penalties collected for enforcement of this Subpart or enforcement of agreements with the federal government shall be paid to the Department of Insurance.
(2)(a) In addition to all other taxes and assessments, each insurer subject to this Subpart shall be assessed on July first of each year and by July thirtieth of each year shall pay to the commissioner of insurance a sum not to exceed five one-hundredths of one percent of the amount of premiums received in this state by such insurer during the preceding year ending December thirty-first.
(b) On March first of each year, each insurer shall file with the commissioner of insurance a form provided by the commissioner of insurance, which shall include information requested by the commissioner to determine the total premiums received by each insurer subject to this Subpart in the preceding calendar year and for the commissioner to calculate the basis of the July first assessment.
(c) The commissioner shall provide notice of the annual assessment percentage amount for each calendar year which shall be published in the Louisiana Register no later than July first.
(d) The commissioner shall establish the annual assessment percentage amount based on the cost of administering and enforcing the provisions of this Subpart. In determining the cost of administering and enforcing the provisions of this Subpart, the commissioner shall deduct any amounts collected from penalties imposed which are available and appropriated for use.
(3)(a) Funds received by the Department of Insurance from such assessments and penalties shall be deposited immediately upon receipt into the state treasury.
(b) After compliance with the requirements of Article VII, Section 9(B) of the Constitution of Louisiana relative to the Bond Security and Redemption Fund, and prior to monies being placed in the state general fund, an amount equal to that deposited as required by Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph shall be credited to a special fund hereby created in the state treasury to be known as the Administrative Fund of the Department of Insurance. The monies in this fund shall be used solely as provided by Subparagraph (c) of this Paragraph and only in the amounts appropriated by the legislature. All unexpended and unencumbered monies in this fund at the end of the fiscal year shall remain in such fund. The monies in this fund shall be invested by the state treasurer in the same manner as monies in the state general fund and interest earned on the investment of these monies shall be credited to this fund.
(c) The monies in the Administrative Fund of the Department of Insurance shall be used solely for the expenses in connection with the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this Subpart.
Acts 1997, No. 1138, §1, eff. July 14, 1997; Acts 1999, No. 445, §1, eff. June 18, 1999; Acts 2001, No. 63, §1, eff. May 24, 2001; Redesignated from R.S. 22:250.10 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 226, §13(S), eff. June 30, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 317, §1; Acts 2013, No. 220, §7, eff. June 11, 2013.
NOTE: See Acts 2005, No. 179, §1, eff. June 28, 2005, relative to R.S. 22:250.10(D)(3).
NOTE: Former R.S. 22:1071 redesignated as R.S. 22:845 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.
NOTE: Acts 2009, No. 226, §13(S), eff. June 30, 2009, provides that the state treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to transfer One Hundred Forty-Three Thousand Five Hundred Thirty-Eight Dollars from the Administrative Fund of the Department of Insurance to the Overcollections Fund (R.S. 39:100.21).