33-2-521. Standard valuation of reserve liabilities law -- life insurance. (1) The commissioner shall annually value or cause to be valued the reserve liabilities (reserves) for all outstanding life insurance policies and annuity and pure endowment contracts of every life insurer doing business in this state and may certify the amount of any reserves, specifying the mortality table or tables, rate or rates of interest, and methods (net level premium method or other) used in the calculation of reserves. In calculating the reserves, the commissioner may use group methods and approximate averages for fractions of a year or otherwise.
(2) In lieu of the valuation of the reserves required in this section of any foreign or alien insurer, the commissioner may accept any valuation made or caused to be made by the insurance supervisory official of any state or other jurisdiction when the valuation complies with the minimum standard provided in this section and if the official of the other state or jurisdiction accepts as sufficient and valid for all legal purposes the certificate of valuation of the commissioner when the certificate states the valuation to have been made in a specified manner according to which the aggregate reserves would be at least as large as if they had been computed in the manner prescribed by the law of that state or jurisdiction.
(3) Any insurer that has adopted any standard of valuation producing greater aggregate reserves than those calculated according to the minimum standard provided in this section may, with the approval of the commissioner, adopt any lower standard of valuation but not lower than the minimum in this section. For the purposes of this section, the holding of additional reserves previously determined by a qualified actuary to be necessary to render the opinion required in subsection (4) may not be considered to be the adoption of a higher standard of valuation.
(4) (a) Each life insurer doing business in this state shall annually submit the opinion of a qualified actuary as to whether the reserves and related actuarial items held in support of the policies and contracts specified by the commissioner by rule are computed appropriately, are based on assumptions that satisfy contractual provisions, are consistent with prior reported amounts, and comply with applicable laws of this state. The commissioner by rule shall define the specifics of this opinion and add any other items considered necessary to its scope.
(b) Each life insurer, except as exempted by or pursuant to regulation, shall also annually include in the opinion required by subsection (4)(a) an opinion of the same qualified actuary as to whether the reserves and related actuarial items held in support of the policies and contracts specified by the commissioner by rule, when considered in light of the assets held by the insurer with respect to the reserves and related actuarial items, including but not limited to the investment earnings on the assets and the considerations anticipated to be received and retained under the policies and contracts, make adequate provision for the insurer's obligations under the policies and contracts, including but not limited to the benefits under and expenses associated with the policies and contracts.
(c) The commissioner may provide by rule for a transition period for establishing any higher reserves that the qualified actuary may consider necessary in order to render the opinion required by this subsection (4).
(d) Each opinion required by this subsection (4) must be governed by the following provisions:
(i) A memorandum, in form and substance acceptable to the commissioner as specified by rule, must be prepared to support each actuarial opinion.
(ii) If the insurer fails to provide a supporting memorandum at the request of the commissioner within a period specified by rule or if the commissioner determines that the supporting memorandum provided by the insurer fails to meet the standards prescribed by the rules or is otherwise unacceptable to the commissioner, the commissioner may engage a qualified actuary at the expense of the insurer to review the opinion and the basis for the opinion and to prepare any supporting memorandum as is required by the commissioner.
(iii) The opinion must be submitted with the annual statement reflecting the valuation of the reserve liabilities for each year ending on or after December 31, 1996.
(iv) The opinion must apply to all business in force, including individual and group health insurance plans, in form and substance acceptable to the commissioner as specified by rule.
(v) The opinion must be based on standards adopted from time to time by the actuarial standards board and on additional standards as the commissioner may prescribe by rule.
(vi) In the case of an opinion required to be submitted by a foreign or alien insurer, the commissioner may accept the opinion filed by that insurer with the insurance supervisory official of another state if the commissioner determines that the opinion reasonably meets the requirements applicable to a company domiciled in this state.
(vii) Except in cases of fraud or willful misconduct, the qualified actuary is not liable for damages to any person, other than the insurer and the commissioner, for any act, error, omission, decision, or conduct with respect to the actuary's opinion.
(viii) Disciplinary action by the commissioner against the insurer or the qualified actuary must be defined in rules by the commissioner.
(ix) Any memorandum in support of the opinion and any other material provided by the insurer to the commissioner in connection with those items must be kept confidential by the commissioner, may not be made public, and is not subject to subpoena, other than for the purpose of defending an action seeking damages from any person by reason of any action required by this subsection (4) or by rules promulgated under this subsection (4). However, the memorandum or other material may otherwise be released by the commissioner:
(A) with the written consent of the insurer; or
(B) to the American academy of actuaries upon request stating that the memorandum or other material is required for the purpose of professional disciplinary proceedings and setting forth procedures satisfactory to the commissioner for preserving the confidentiality of the memorandum or other material. Once any portion of the confidential memorandum is cited by the insurer in its marketing, is cited before any governmental agency other than a state insurance department, or is released by the insurer to the news media, all portions of the confidential memorandum are no longer confidential.
(5) For purposes of this section, "qualified actuary" means a member in good standing of the American academy of actuaries who meets the requirements set forth in the academy's rules.
History: En. Sec. 92, Ch. 286, L. 1959; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 61, L. 1961; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 41, L. 1965; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 341, L. 1973; R.C.M. 1947, 40-3011(1); amd. Sec. 13, Ch. 379, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 14, Ch. 472, L. 1999.