39-71-2339. Cancellation of coverage -- 20-day notice required. (1) The state fund may cancel an employer's coverage under this part for failure to report payroll or pay the premiums due or for another cause provided in the insurance policy. Cancellation may take effect only by written notice to the named insured and the department at least 20 days prior to the date of cancellation or, in cases of nonreporting of payroll or nonpayment of a premium, by failure of the employer to submit payroll reports or pay a premium within 20 days after the due date. The state fund shall notify the department of the names and effective dates of all policies canceled. However, the policy terminates on the effective date of a replacement or succeeding insurance policy issued to the insured. This section does not prevent the state fund from canceling an insurance policy before a replacement policy is issued to the insured. After the cancellation date, the employer has the same status as an employer who is not enrolled under the Workers' Compensation Act unless a replacement or succeeding insurance policy has been issued. 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 the state fund; 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 state fund's notice of cancellation.
(3) (a) The department may assess a penalty of up to $200 against the state fund if it does not comply with the notice requirement in subsection (1).
(b) The penalty may be assessed for each policy cancellation that is not reported to the department in a timely manner.
(c) The state fund may contest the penalty assessment in a hearing conducted according to department rules.