17:29A-46.6 Proposed alteration to rating system, expedited.
34. a. Notwithstanding section 14 of P.L.1944, c.27 (C.17:29A-14), an insurer, affiliated group of insurers or rating organization may elect to file a proposed alteration to its rating system pursuant to the expedited process set forth in this section when the filer requests either an increase of no more than 7% or any decrease in its Statewide average base rate for private passenger automobile insurance.
b.A filer electing to use this expedited process shall file with the commissioner that reasonable information and calculations necessary to support the rate change which the commissioner prescribes by regulation. The prescribed filing requirements shall recognize the intent of this section to provide an expedited process that will not produce rates that are excessive, inadequate for the safety and soundness of the insurer, or unfairly discriminatory between risks in the State involving substantially the same hazards and expense elements.
c.If the commissioner determines that the filing includes all the information and calculations required to support the rate change, the commissioner shall approve the filing.
d.A decision on a filing requesting an increase of up to 3% shall be rendered not later than 30 days after receipt of the filing, unless the commissioner grants an extension, in which case a decision shall be rendered not later than 45 days after receipt of the filing. A decision on a filing requesting an increase of more than 3%, but not more than 7%, shall be rendered not less than 45 days after receipt of the filing, unless the commissioner grants an extension, in which case a decision shall be rendered not later than 60 days after receipt of the filing. A filing shall be complete and received when the filing is accompanied by a certification by a qualified actuary which states that the material, data and documentation, which is part of the filing, includes the documents set forth in regulations, supports the requested rate change and is consistent with generally accepted ratemaking principles of the actuarial profession. A filing shall be deemed to be approved unless rejected or modified by the commissioner within the time provided.
e.The commissioner shall not approve any rate change pursuant to this expedited process that results in an overall increase of more than 7% or an increase in any single coverage of more than 10%.
f.An insurer shall not file more than one request for an increase in rates pursuant to this section in any 12-month period, provided that this limitation shall not apply to a filing for an overall reduction in rates or prohibit a filing to recover an overall reduction in rates, or to a filing reflecting a statutory change in coverage.
g.An insurer not using this expedited process in a 12-month period may elect to file a proposed alteration to its rating system that will result in a rate change of not more than double the increase permitted pursuant to subsection e. of this section if the filing complies with subsections b. and c. of this section and is made not more than once within a twenty-four month period.
L.1997,c.151,s.34; amended 2003, c.89, s.42.
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