Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 12. Limit of Risk -- Reinsurance

Bulk Reinsurance -- Mutual Insurers

33-2-1212. Bulk reinsurance -- mutual insurers. (1) A domestic mutual insurer may reinsure all or substantially all its business in force, or all or substantially all of a major class of its business, with another insurer, stock or mutual, by an agreement of bulk reinsurance after compliance with this section. An agreement may not become effective unless filed with the commissioner and approved by the commissioner in writing after a hearing on the agreement.

(2) The commissioner shall approve an agreement within a reasonable time after filing if the commissioner finds it to be fair and equitable to each domestic insurer involved and that the reinsurance if effectuated would not substantially reduce the protection or service to its policyholders. If the commissioner does not approve the agreement, the commissioner shall notify each insurer involved in writing specifying the reasons for disapproval.

(3) The plan and agreement for reinsurance must be approved by vote of not less than two-thirds of each domestic mutual insurer's members voting on the plan and agreement at meetings of members called for the purpose, pursuant to reasonable notice and procedure that the commissioner may approve. If the insurer is a life insurer, the right to vote may be limited to members whose policies are other than term or group policies and have been in effect for more than 1 year.

(4) If the agreement is for reinsurance of a mutual insurer in a stock insurer, the agreement must provide for payment in cash to each member of the insurer entitled to a payment upon conversion of the insurer, pursuant to 33-3-216, of the member's equity in the business reinsured as determined under a fair formula approved by the commissioner. The equity must be based upon the member's equity in the reserves, assets, whether or not "admitted" assets, and surplus, if any, of the mutual insurer to be taken over by the stock insurer.

History: En. Sec. 465, Ch. 286, L. 1959; R.C.M. 1947, 40-4748; amd. Sec. 1097, Ch. 56, L. 2009.