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SENATE BILL NO. 234
INTRODUCED BY F. THOMAS
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE STATE FUND TO CONTRACT WITH PUBLIC OR PRIVATE ENTITIES TO PROVIDE WORKERS' COMPENSATION, OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE, AND EMPLOYERS' LIABILITY CLAIMS ADMINISTRATION, LOSS CONTROL, AND OTHER RELATED SERVICES; AMENDING SECTION 39-71-2316, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 39-71-2316, MCA, is amended to read:
"39-71-2316. Powers of state fund. For the purposes of carrying out its functions, the state fund may:
(1) insure any employer for workers' compensation and occupational disease liability as the coverage is required by the laws of this state and, as part of the coverage, provide related employers' liability insurance upon approval of the board;
(2) sue and be sued;
(3) except as provided in section 21, Chapter 4, Special Laws of May 1990, enter into contracts relating to the administration of the state fund, including claims management, servicing, and payment;
(4) collect and disburse money received;
(5) adopt classifications and charge premiums for the classifications so that the state fund will be neither more nor less than self-supporting. Premium rates for classifications may only be adopted and changed using a process, a procedure, formulas, and factors set forth in rules adopted under Title 2, chapter 4, parts 2 through 4. After the rules have been adopted, the state fund need not follow the rulemaking provisions of Title 2, chapter 4, when changing classifications and premium rates. The contested case rights and provisions of Title 2, chapter 4, do not apply to an employer's classification or premium rate. The state fund is required to belong to a licensed workers' compensation advisory organization or a licensed workers' compensation rating organization under Title 33, chapter 16, part 4, and may use the classifications of employment adopted by the designated workers' compensation advisory organization, as provided in Title 33, chapter 16, part 10, and corresponding rates as a basis for setting its own rates. Except as provided in Title 33, chapter 16, part 10, a workers' compensation advisory organization or a licensed workers' compensation rating organization under Title 33, chapter 16, part 4, or other person may not, without first obtaining the written permission of the employer, use, sell, or distribute an employer's specific payroll or loss information, including but not limited to experience modification factors.
(6) pay the amounts determined due under a policy of insurance issued by the state fund;
(7) hire personnel;
(8) declare dividends if there is an excess of assets over liabilities. However, dividends may not be paid until adequate actuarially determined reserves are set aside.
(9) upon approval of the board, contract with licensed resident insurance producers;
(10) upon approval of the board, enter into agreements with licensed workers' compensation insurers, insurance associations, or insurance producers to provide workers' compensation coverage in other states to Montana-domiciled employers insured with the state fund;
(11) contract to provide to public or private entities workers' compensation, occupational disease, and employers' liability claims administration, loss control, and other related services; and
(11)(12) perform all functions and exercise all powers of a private insurance carrier that are necessary, appropriate, or
convenient for the administration of the state fund."
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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