For filing a copy of articles of merger of a nondomestic insurer, other than with a domestic corporation, $25.
For filing an application by a nondomestic insurer for amended certificate of authority to transact business in this state, $25.
For filing an application to reserve a corporate name, $25.
For filing a notice of transfer of a reserved corporate name, $25.
For issuing or enlarging the scope of a license, amounts to be set by the commissioner by rule but not to exceed:
Corporation, limited liability company or partnership intermediary, $100; and
For each biennial recertification as an independent review organization under s. 632.835
For regulating resident intermediaries and nonresident intermediaries, annually after the year in which the initial license is issued, amounts to be set by the commissioner by rule and paid at times and under procedures set by the commissioner.
For regulating a holder of a license to place business under s. 618.41
, annually after the year in which the initial license is issued, an amount to be set by the commissioner by rule and paid at times and under procedures set by the commissioner, but not to exceed $100.
For each annual renewal of a license as a viatical settlement provider under s. 632.68 (2)
For listing, or renewing a listing of, an agent under s. 628.11
, a fee to be set by the commissioner by rule but not to exceed $8 annually for resident agents or $24 annually for nonresident agents.
For examination of an applicant for a license as an insurance intermediary, an amount to be set by the commissioner by rule.
For substituted service of process on the commissioner under s. 601.72
For a copy of a paper filed in the commissioner's office, actual cost.
For preparation and furnishing of lists of insurers or intermediaries, actual cost.
For filing documents for examination preliminary to initial listing by the commissioner for surplus lines insurance under s. 618.41 (6) (d)
For preparation and furnishing of an agent's letter of certification, $10.
For preparation and furnishing of an agent's letter of clearance, $10.
For initial issuance and for each annual renewal of a license as an administrator under ch. 633
For issuing approval to an organization to offer prelicensing or continuing education courses or programs for intermediaries under s. 628.04 (3)
, a fee to be set by the commissioner by rule, but not to exceed $500.
By organizations approved under subd. 1.
, for renewing the approval of such organizations, annually after the year in which the approval under subd. 1.
is issued, an amount to be set and paid at times and under procedure set by the commissioner by rule, but not to exceed $100.
By organizations approved under subd. 1.
, for submitting, for initial approval or approval of any subsequent modification, each course for prelicensing or continuing education, a fee to be set by the commissioner by rule, but not to exceed $25 per credit hour.
For certifying a copy of an annual statement, an examination report, a certificate of authority or articles and bylaws, or amendments to any of those documents, $10.
For a duplicate certification that is requested at the same time as the certification under subd. 1.
The commissioner may not increase fees under sub. (1) (m)
above the amounts in effect on March 25, 1988, except for the purpose of funding projected expenses for the office's supervision of the insurance industry.
History: 1971 c. 40
; 1971 c. 125
; 1975 c. 223
; 1979 c. 102
; 1979 c. 261
; 1981 c. 20
, 2202 (26) (a)
; 1981 c. 38
; 1983 a. 358
; 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 27
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 112
; 1995 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
Legislative Council Note on sub. (2), 1979: In addition to some editorial corrections, this provision has been amended to apply s. 601.31 (2) [(1) (b)] and (3) [(1) (c)] to former ch. 185 insurers, now operating under subch. I of ch. 616. It also applies s. 601.31 (2) [(1) (b)] and (3) [(1) (c)] to town mutuals. The exemption of fraternals in sub. (25) from certain fees is not justified and is deleted. [Bill 21-S]
Supervision of industry, supplementary fee. 601.32(1)(1)
If the moneys credited to s. 20.145 (1) (g)
under other sections of the statutes prove inadequate for the office's supervision of insurance industry program, the commissioner may increase any or all of the fees imposed by s. 601.31
, or may in any year levy a special assessment on all domestic insurers, or both, for the general operation of that program.
Any special assessment shall be in addition to all other taxes, fees, dues and charges and shall not exceed for any such company a maximum of 25 cents per $1,000 of gross premiums received by it during the preceding calendar year on direct insurance in this state, less returned premiums and cancellations.
Any assessment made by the commissioner which is less than the maximum shall be prorated among said companies in the same proportion as if it were a maximum assessment. Any such assessment shall be paid to the commissioner on or before July 31 of each year.
The commissioner may omit the levy of any assessment which would be smaller than the cost of processing and collecting it.
Exemption from taxation.
Municipal insurance mutuals organized under s. 611.11 (4)
are not subject to any taxes or fees except those imposed by ss. 601.31
History: 1977 c. 346
Loan to general fund. 601.34(1)
No later than October 1, 2002, an amount equal to $850,000 shall be lapsed from the appropriation account under s. 20.145 (1) (g)
to the general fund. The amount lapsed from the appropriation account shall be considered a loan to the general fund and interest shall accrue on the amount lapsed at the average rate earned by the state on its deposits in the state investment fund during the period of the loan.
The secretary of administration shall pay the principle and interest costs on the loan from the appropriation account under s. 20.855 (1) (ch)
After the close of the 2002-03 fiscal year, the secretary shall make principle and interest payments equal to the moneys lapsed to the general fund from the appropriation account under s. 20.515 (2) (a)
in that year, if any, and from moneys lapsed to the general fund from the appropriation account under s. 20.515 (2) (g)
in the amounts specified in s. 40.98 (6m)
, if any.
After the close of each fiscal year thereafter, the secretary shall make principle and interest payments equal to the moneys lapsed to the general fund from the appropriation account under s. 20.515 (2) (g)
in the amounts specified in s. 40.98 (6m)
, if any.
If the secretary determines during any fiscal year that the moneys paid under pars. (a)
will not be sufficient to repay the loan within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the secretary and the commissioner, the secretary shall pay all remaining principle and interest costs on the loan after the close of that fiscal year.
History: 2001 a. 109
POWERS AND DUTIES OF COMMISSIONER
General duties and powers. 601.41(2)
The commissioner shall have all powers specifically granted to the commissioner, or reasonably implied in order to enable the commissioner to perform the duties imposed by sub. (1)
The commissioner may, without the consent of the revisor or the attorney general as required under s. 227.21 (2)
, adopt standards of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners by incorporating by reference in rules promulgated by the commissioner any materials published, adopted, or approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, without reproducing the standards in full. The standards referred to in this paragraph do not include any model act or model regulation proposed or adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Any materials of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners that are incorporated by reference in rules promulgated by the commissioner shall be obtainable from, and are only required to be kept on file at, the office, which shall be stated in any rule containing such an incorporation by reference. Nothing in this paragraph prohibits the commissioner from adopting standards of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners through incorporation by reference in rules in the manner provided under s. 227.21 (2)
The commissioner shall issue such prohibitory, mandatory and other orders as are necessary to secure compliance with the law.
On request of any person who would be affected by an order under par. (a)
, the commissioner may issue a declaratory order to clarify the person's rights or duties.
(5) Informal hearings and public meetings.
The commissioner may at any time hold informal hearings and public meetings, whether or not called hearings, for the purposes of investigation, the ascertainment of public sentiment, or informing the public. No effective rule or order may result from the hearing unless the requirements of ch. 227
(6) Regulation of risk retention groups and risk purchasing groups. 601.41(6)(a)(a)
The commissioner may by rule regulate the condition and conduct of risk retention groups and risk purchasing groups doing business in this state. The commissioner may by order prohibit a risk retention group or risk purchasing group from doing business in this state.
The regulation of risk retention groups and risk purchasing groups under ss. 601.72
is in addition to any other provisions of chs. 600
which apply to risk retention groups or risk purchasing groups and does not authorize a risk retention group or risk purchasing group to do an insurance business except as permitted under chs. 600
(7) Information and technical assistance to employees and former employees who lose health care coverage.
The commissioner shall provide to employees and former employees who lose health care coverage under a group health insurance plan or self-insured health plan information and technical assistance regarding all of the following:
Any rights that the individuals may have under state or federal laws affecting health benefit plans, including laws that relate to portability or continuation coverage or conversion coverage under s. 632.897
The availability of individual health benefit plans in the area in which the individual resides.
(8) Uniform employee application form. 601.41(8)(b)
In consultation with the life and disability advisory council established by the commissioner, the commissioner shall by rule develop a uniform employee application form that a small employer insurer must use when a small employer applies for coverage under a group health benefit plan offered by the small employer insurer. The commissioner shall revise the form at least every 2 years.
If the federal government has not developed by July 1, 2003, a uniform claim processing form that must be used by all health care providers for submitting claims to insurers and by all insurers for processing claims submitted by health care providers, the commissioner shall develop, by December 31, 2003, a uniform claim processing form for that purpose.
See also Ins
, Wis. adm. code.
Why process consumer complaints? A case study of the office of the commissioner of insurance of Wisconsin. Whitford, Kimball, 1974 WLR 639.