39-71-2205. Policy in effect until canceled or replaced -- 20-day notification of cancellation required -- penalty. (1) The policy remains in effect until canceled, and cancellation may take effect only by written notice to the named insured and to the department at least 20 days prior to the date of cancellation. However, the policy terminates on the effective date of a replacement or succeeding workers' compensation insurance policy issued to the insured. Nothing in this section prevents an insurer from canceling a policy of workers' compensation insurance before a replacement policy is issued to the insured. Notice to the department under this section must be provided electronically.
(2) The department:
(a) may recognize the advisory organization designated under 33-16-1023 or recognize other organizations as agents for authorized workers' compensation insurers in Montana; and
(b) shall, under terms and conditions acceptable to the department, accept notice of cancellation received from the agents recognized under subsection (2)(a) as the insurer's notice of cancellation.
(3) (a) The department may assess a penalty of up to $200 against an insurer that does not comply with the notice requirement in subsection (1). The penalty may be assessed for each policy cancellation that is not reported to the department in a timely manner.
(b) An insurer may contest the penalty assessment in a hearing conducted according to department rules.