Oregon Statutes - Chapter 734 - Rehabilitation, Liquidation and Conservation of Insurers - Section 734.570 - Required functions of association.

The Oregon Insurance Guaranty Association shall:

(1) Be obligated to pay covered claims existing at the time of determination of insolvency of an insurer or arising within 30 days after the determination of insolvency. Except for covered claims arising out of workersí compensation policies, such obligation shall include only that amount of each covered claim that is less than $300,000. The association shall pay the full amount of any covered claim arising out of a workersí compensation policy, less any amount paid on a covered claim by the Workersí Benefit Fund pursuant to ORS chapter 656. In no event shall the association be obligated in an amount in excess of the obligation of the insolvent insurer under the policy from which the claim arises, or for claims arising after the policy expiration, policy replacement by the insured or policy cancellation caused by the insured.

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

(3) Assess member insurers the amounts necessary to pay the expenses incurred by the association in meeting its obligations and exercising its duties and powers under ORS 734.510 to 734.710. 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, but shall in no event exceed in any one year two percent of the member insurerís net direct written premiums for the preceding calendar year. Each member insurer shall be notified of an assessment not later than the 30th day before the day it is due. If the funds of the association do not provide in any one year an amount sufficient to pay the obligations and expenses of the association, the funds available shall be prorated among the obligations and expenses, and the unpaid portions shall be paid as soon thereafter as funds become available. If an assessment would cause a member insurerís 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, the association may exempt from or defer payment of the assessment, in whole or in part, by the member insurer. However, if the member insurer is a controlled insurer, the association, in making determinations regarding the exemption or deferral of assessments, shall treat all dividends paid during the three calendar years immediately preceding the year in which the assessment is made as assets of the insurer just as if such dividends had not been paid. Each member insurer designated as a servicing facility 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 in its capacity as a servicing facility.

(4) Investigate claims brought against the association and adjust, compromise, settle and pay covered claims to the extent of the associationís obligation, and 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.

(5) Reimburse servicing facilities and employees of the association for obligations and expenses incurred and paid in the handling of claims on behalf of the association, and pay all other expenses the association incurs in carrying out ORS 734.510 to 734.710. [1971 c.616 §8; 1977 c.793 §9; 2001 c.974 §9]

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