Chapter 52: MAINE EMPLOYERS' MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY HEADING: PL 1991, C. 615, PT. D, §1 (NEW)
§3714. Accounting; assessments
The following provisions apply to the financial operation of the company. [2001, c. 350, §6 (AMD).]
2001, c. 350, §7 (RP)
Rates developed and filed by the company must be in accordance with chapter 25, subchapter II-B.
Rates filed within the rate-band are considered voluntary for purposes of chapter 25, subchapter II-B. If a rate is filed
outside the rate band, the superintendent may disapprove the rate if it is excessive, inadequate or unfairly discriminatory,
using the standards set forth in section 2382.
"Rate band" means the range of rates from 85% to 145% of the benchmark rate. For the purposes of this subsection, "benchmark
rate" is the pure premium rate filing filed by the State's advisory organization as defined in section 2381-C and currently
approved by the superintendent.
1997, c. 661, §13 (AMD)
2001, c. 350, §8 (RP)
The surplus of the company is indivisible and is available for the benefit of all policyholders once certified by the superintendent.
1991, c. 885, Pt. C, §8 (NEW)
Any assessment levied against policyholders is for the exclusive benefit of the policyholders subject to the assessment.
Any policyholder not paying an undisputed assessment is not eligible for coverage from the company or in the voluntary market.
1997, c. 661, §13 (AMD)
6.Deficits in the high-risk division.
2001, c. 350, §9 (RP)
The company shall maintain a high-risk program subject to the following provisions.
A. An employer must be placed in the high-risk program if the employer has at least 2 lost-time claims, each greater than $10,000
of incurred loss, and a loss ratio greater than 1.0 during the previous 3-year experience rating period. Notwithstanding
paragraph C, an employer may also be placed in the high-risk program during the term of a policy for noncompliance with reasonable
safety standards. [2001, c. 350, §10 (NEW).]
B. The board, with the approval of the superintendent, may modify the eligibility standards for the high-risk program if those
standards limit those in the program to employers who have measurably adverse loss experience, have a relatively high claim
frequency record or have demonstrated an attitude or practice of noncompliance with reasonable safety requirements or claims
management standards. [2001, c. 350, §10 (NEW).]
C. Eligibility requirements must be applied annually at the policy renewal date or, if the necessary claim history is not available
at that time, 30 days after notice to the insured. [2001, c. 350, §10 (NEW).]
D. Deductibles in the high-risk program are subject to this paragraph.
(1) A deductible applies to all coverage for policyholders in the high-risk program that meet the following qualifications:
(a) A net annual premium of $20,000 or more, subject to adjustment pursuant to this paragraph, in the State;
(b) A premium not subject to retrospective rating; and
(c) The policyholder's threshold loss ratio is 1.0 or greater.
The deductible is $1,000 a claim but applies only to wage loss benefits paid on injuries occurring during the year of coverage.
The sum of all deductibles in one year of coverage may not exceed the lesser of 15% of net annual payment for coverage or
$25,000. Each loss to which a deductible applies must be paid in full by the company. After the year of coverage has expired,
the policyholder shall reimburse the company the amount of the deductibles. This reimbursement is considered as payment for
coverage for purposes of cancellation or nonrenewal.
The board shall adjust annually the $20,000 payment-of-coverage level established in this subparagraph to reflect any change
in rates for the high-risk program and any change in wage levels in the preceding calendar year. Changes in wage levels are
determined by reference to changes in the state average weekly wage, as computed by the Department of Labor. Any adjustment
is rounded off to the nearest $1,000 increment.
(2) The board may modify, with the approval of the superintendent, the mandatory deductible elements. Any modification
or elimination of this rating feature must consider the incentive impact on an employer, the reasonableness of the retained
cost relative to the claim history, safety record or claims management practices of affected employers and the ability of
all employers to absorb these costs. [2001, c. 350, §10 (NEW).]
E. The board may file with the superintendent retrospective rating plans that, after hearing, may be imposed on an employer
with a demonstrated record of repeated serious violations of workplace health and safety rules and regulations such as those
adopted under Title 26, chapter 6 or 29 United States Code, Chapter 15, whichever is applicable. [2001, c. 350, §10 (NEW).]
F. The board shall develop and file with the superintendent and, if not disapproved by the superintendent, make available to
policyholders on a voluntary basis retrospective rating plans. [2001, c. 350, §10 (NEW).]
G. Not more than 30 days after assignment to the high-risk program, a policyholder may appeal the assignment in writing to
the bureau. [2001, c. 350, §10 (NEW).]
H. The board, with the approval of the superintendent, shall implement a plan for surcharges for policyholders in the high-risk
program based on the policyholder's specific loss experience beyond the uniform experience rating plan approved by the superintendent.
Any plan of surcharges must consider the actual claims experience of the employer and must provide for rate adjustments reasonably
related to the employer's risk of loss. [2001, c. 350, §10 (NEW).]
2001, c. 350, §10 (NEW)
1991, c. 885, §C8 (NEW).
RR 1993, c. 1, §66 (COR).
1997, c. 661, §13 (AMD).
2001, c. 350, §§6-10 (AMD).
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