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Ins 17.50(5)(a)1. 1. The initial filing is complete.
Ins 17.50(5)(a)2. 2. The proposal is actuarially sound.
Ins 17.50(5)(a)3. 3. The proposal complies with ch. 655, Stats.
Ins 17.50(5)(a)4. 4. The proposal ensures the provider's continuing ability to meet the financial responsibility requirements of s. 655.23, Stats.
Ins 17.50(5)(a)5. 5. The provider is sound, reliable and entitled to public confidence and may reasonably be expected to perform its obligations continuously in the future.
Ins 17.50(5)(b) (b) If any of the conditions specified under par. (a) is not met, the office may request the provider to submit additional information in writing or may assist the provider in revising the proposal.
Ins 17.50(5)(c) (c) A self-insured plan may not begin operation without the written approval of the office which specifies the earliest date operation may begin.
Ins 17.50(6) (6)Funding requirements; prohibitions.
Ins 17.50(6)(a)(a) The minimum initial funding required for a self-insured plan is $2,000,000.
Ins 17.50(6)(b) (b) Before a self-insured plan begins operation, the provider shall establish a trust with a Wisconsin-chartered or federally-chartered bank with trust powers which is located in this state.
Ins 17.50(6)(c)1.1. If the actuarial estimate under sub. (4) (d) is less than $2,000,000, the provider shall, before the self-insured plan begins operation, deposit in the trust cash equal to the first year's estimated liabilities plus a letter of credit equal to the difference between the cash funding and $2,000,000.
Ins 17.50(6)(c)2. 2. In each of the next 3 years, the provider shall make quarterly cash payments to the trust in amounts sufficient to keep the estimated liabilities fully funded and shall keep in effect a letter of credit equal to the difference between the total estimated liabilities and $2,000,000.
Ins 17.50(6)(c)3. 3. If the total estimated liabilities for the 5th year of operation are less than $2,000,000, the provider shall, during that year, make quarterly cash payments to the trust in amounts sufficient to ensure that, by the end of that year, the trust's cash assets equal $2,000,000, except that if the provider files a written request with the commissioner before the beginning of that year, the commissioner may permit the provider to continue using a letter of credit equal to the difference between the total estimated liabilities and $2,000,000. This permission may be renewed annually if the provider files a written request with the commissioner before the beginning of each subsequent fiscal year.
Ins 17.50(6)(c)4. 4. A letter of credit under this subsection shall meet all of the following conditions:
Ins 17.50(6)(c)4.a. a. It shall be irrevocable.
Ins 17.50(6)(c)4.b. b. It shall be issued by a Wisconsin-chartered or federally-chartered bank located in this state.
Ins 17.50(6)(c)4.c. c. It shall be issued solely for the purpose of satisfying the funding requirements of the trust.
Ins 17.50(6)(c)4.d. d. It shall describe the procedure by which the trustee may draw upon it.
Ins 17.50(6)(d) (d) If the actuarial estimate under sub. (4) (d) is greater than $2,000,000, the provider shall, before the self-insured plan begins operation, deposit $2,000,000 cash in the trust. The provider shall make quarterly cash payments to the trust so that at the end of the first year of operation, the trust's cash assets equal the first year's estimated liabilities.
Ins 17.50(6)(e) (e) In each subsequent year of the self-insured plan's operation, the provider shall make quarterly cash payments to the trust in amounts sufficient to ensure that the total cash assets of the trust at the end of each year are not less than the estimated liabilities reported under sub. (8) (a) 1.
Ins 17.50(6)(f)1.1. If the provider or any natural person covered under sub. (3) (b) had claims-made coverage before the self-insured plan was established and did not purchase an extended reporting endorsement from the previous carrier, the self-insured plan shall provide coverage for prior acts by means of cash payments to the trust in addition to the funding required for the occurrence coverage.
Ins 17.50(6)(f)2. 2. If the actuarial estimate under sub. (4) (e) is less than $500,000, the provider shall, before the self-insured plan begins operation, deposit in the trust the entire amount of the estimate in cash.
Ins 17.50(6)(f)3. 3. If the actuarial estimate under sub. (4) (e) is greater than $500,000, the provider shall, before the self-insured plan begins operation, deposit in the trust $500,000 or the first year's estimated payments, whichever is greater. The provider shall make quarterly cash payments to the trust so that at the end of the first year, the trust's assets include the total estimated liabilities for prior acts.
Ins 17.50(6)(g) (g) Quarterly cash payments under this subsection shall be in equal amounts except that the amount of the last quarter's payment shall be adjusted by the amounts of the trust's investment income and actual expenses incurred, and except that the first quarter's payment shall not be less than the amount of a quarterly payment for the previous year before adjustment for income and expenses.
Ins 17.50(6)(h)1.1. A provider may not deposit in the trust, and the trustee may not pay from the trust, any funds other than those intended to meet the financial responsibility requirements of ch. 655, Stats., and to pay the administrative expenses of operating the self-insured plan and the trust.
Ins 17.50(6)(h)2. 2. The trustee may not invest any of the trust's assets in securities or real property of the provider or any of its affiliates.
Ins 17.50(6)(i) (i) If the assets of the trust at any time are insufficient to pay all claims against the self-insured plan, the liabilities are those of the provider without recourse against any employee, partner or shareholder covered by the self-insured plan.
Ins 17.50(7) (7)Filing prior to operation of self-insured plan. Before an approved self-insured plan begins operation, the provider shall file with the office all of the following:
Ins 17.50(7)(a) (a) Certified copies of the executed self-insured plan document and trust agreement.
Ins 17.50(7)(b) (b) If the provider is not a natural person, a certified copy of an executed resolution adopted by the provider's governing body approving the self-insured plan and trust agreement.
Ins 17.50(7)(c) (c) A certified copy of any trust investment policy adopted by the provider or the provider's governing body.
Ins 17.50(7)(d) (d) The trustee's certification that the initial amount of cash required under sub. (6) has been deposited in the trust.
Ins 17.50(7)(e) (e) A certified copy of any letter of credit held by the trustee.
Ins 17.50(7)(f) (f) If any part of the operation of the self-insured plan is conducted by a person other than the provider or an employee, partner or shareholder of the provider, a certified copy of an executed contract with each such person.
Ins 17.50(8) (8)Financial reporting.
Ins 17.50(8)(a)(a) Within 120 days after the end of a year, the self-insured plan shall submit to the office all of the following:
Ins 17.50(8)(a)1. 1. Actuarial estimates of the projected liabilities for the current year and of the total liabilities for all prior years covered by the self-insured plan and the risk margin for all projected and incurred claims, and an actuarial opinion of the reasonableness of the estimates.
Ins 17.50(8)(a)2. 2. A description of the proposed method of funding for the current year.
Ins 17.50(8)(a)3. 3. The provider's audited annual financial statement.
Ins 17.50(8)(a)4. 4. The self-insured plan's audited annual financial statement.
Ins 17.50(8)(b) (b) Within 60 days after the end of each quarter, the self-insured plan shall submit to the office the most recent quarterly financial statement of the trust.
Ins 17.50(9) (9)Other reporting requirements.
Ins 17.50(9)(a)(a) After a self-insured plan begins operation, the provider shall report to the office any proposed change in the self-insured plan document, trust agreement, trust investment policy, letter of credit or any other document on file with the office if the change would materially affect the operation of the self-insured plan or its funding. No proposed change may take effect without the written approval of the office.
Ins 17.50(9)(b) (b) The provider shall annually file with the patients compensation fund proof of financial responsibility under s. 655.23, Stats., in the form specified by the office. The provider shall also file proof of financial responsibility on behalf of each natural person covered under sub. (3) (b).
Ins 17.50(9)(c) (c) The provider shall immediately notify the patients compensation fund if either of the following occurs:
Ins 17.50(9)(c)1. 1. A claim filed with the self-insured plan has a reserve of 50% or more of the limit specified in s. 655.23 (4), Stats., for one occurrence.
Ins 17.50(9)(c)2. 2. The self-insured plan's total aggregate reserves for the provider or for any natural person covered under sub. (3) (b) for a single year exceed 66% of the limit specified in s. 655.23 (4), Stats., for all occurrences in one year.
Ins 17.50(9)(c)3. 3. A claim filed with the self-insured plan creates potential exposure for the patients compensation fund, regardless of the amount reserved.
Ins 17.50(9)(d) (d) The provider shall ensure that all claims paid by the self-insured plan are reported to the medical examining board and the board of governors of the patients compensation fund as required under s. 655.26, Stats.
Ins 17.50(10) (10)Discounting prohibited. All actuarial estimates required under this section shall be reported on a nondiscounted basis.
Ins 17.50(11) (11)Levels of confidence.
Ins 17.50(11)(a)(a) The risk margin used in determining the initial funding under sub. (6) shall be at not less than a 90% level of confidence and, except as provided in pars. (b) and (c), shall remain at that level.
Ins 17.50(11)(b) (b) After a self-insured plan has operated for at least 5 years and experience can be reasonably predicted, the office may permit the use of a risk margin of less than a 90%, but not less than a 75%, level of confidence in determining annual funding of the trust. For at least 5 years after such permission is granted, the provider shall fund the difference between the cash required at the lower level of confidence and the 90% level of confidence with funds restricted by the provider or the provider's governing body for the purpose of paying obligations of the self-insured plan. The restricted funds may be part of the provider's operating budget rather than assets of the trust.
Ins 17.50(11)(c) (c) After a self-insured plan has operated for at least 5 years under par. (b), the office may permit the use of a risk margin of not less than a 75% level of confidence without additional restricted funds if the self-insured plan's actuary states that the self-insured plan's exposure base is stable enough to estimate the required liabilities.
Ins 17.50(12) (12)Monitoring; orders.
Ins 17.50(12)(a)(a) If the office determines that a self-insured plan's operation does not ensure that the provider can continue to satisfy the conditions specified in sub. (5) (a), the commissioner may order the provider to take any action necessary to ensure compliance with those conditions.
Ins 17.50(12)(b) (b) If the provider does not comply with the commissioner's order within the time specified in the order, the commissioner may order the provider to terminate the self-insured plan and the office may take whatever action is necessary to ensure the continued existence of the trust for a sufficient length of time to meet all of the obligations of the self-insured plan.
Ins 17.50(13) (13)Existing self-insured plans; compliance. After this section takes effect, the office may review any approved self-insured plan to determine if it complies with this section. If the office determines that any self-insured plan is not in compliance, the commissioner may order the provider to take any action necessary to achieve compliance.
Ins 17.50 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90.
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