Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 2. Certificate of Authority

Application For Certificate Of Authority

33-35-205. Application for certificate of authority. A self-funded multiple employer welfare arrangement shall apply for a certificate of authority on a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall submit the application, together with the following documents, to the commissioner:

(1) a copy of all articles, bylaws, agreements, trusts, or other documents or instruments describing the rights and obligations of the employers, employees, and beneficiaries of the arrangement;

(2) a copy of the summary plan description or summary plan descriptions of the arrangement filed or required to be filed with the United States department of labor, together with any amendments to the description;

(3) evidence of coverage of or letters of intent to participate executed by at least 2 employers providing allowable benefits to at least 75 employees;

(4) a copy of the arrangement's most recent year's financial statements or, if the arrangement has been in existence for less than 1 year, pro forma financial statements that must include, at a minimum, a balance sheet, an income statement, a statement of changes in financial position, and an actuarial opinion that the unpaid claim liability of the arrangement satisfies the standards of 33-2-514. The commissioner may, in the commissioner's discretion, waive the requirement of an actuarial opinion and require a report by an actuarial firm.

(5) proof that the arrangement maintains or will maintain fidelity bonds required by the United States department of labor pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. 1001, et seq.;

(6) a copy of any excess of loss insurance coverage policies maintained or proposed to be maintained by the arrangement;

(7) biographical reports on forms prescribed by the national association of insurance commissioners evidencing the general trustworthiness and competence of each individual who is serving or who will serve as an employee or fiduciary of the arrangement; and

(8) a statement executed by a representative of the arrangement certifying, to the best knowledge and belief of the representative, that:

(a) the arrangement is in compliance with requirements of 33-35-202;

(b) the arrangement is in compliance with the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. 1001, et seq., or a statement of any requirements with which the arrangement is not in compliance and a statement of proposed corrective actions; and

(c) the arrangement is in compliance with requirements of 33-35-209 and 33-35-210.

History: En. Sec. 7, Ch. 420, L. 1995.