1998 Regular Session
By: Representatives Guice, Barnett (116th), Broomfield, Compretta, Dedeaux, Endt, Formby, Fredericks, Frierson, Hamilton, Ishee, Janus, Maples, Peranich, Read, Ryan, Simpson, Wells-Smith
House Bill 1893
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 83-2-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN PROPERTY INSURANCE PLANS SHALL OFFER BUY-BACK PROVISIONS FOR DEDUCTIBLES AT ACTUARIALLY SOUND RATES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 83-2-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
83-2-3. (1) Rates shall comply with the following standards:
(a) Rates shall not be excessive, inadequate or unfairly discriminatory.
(b) A rate is excessive if it is likely to produce a profit that is unreasonably high for the insurance provided or if the expense provision included therein is unreasonably high in relation to the services rendered.
(c) A rate is inadequate if it threatens the solvency of the insurance company or tends to create a monopoly.
(d) Unfair discrimination exists if, after allowing for practical limitations, price differentials fail to reflect equitably the differences in expected losses and expenses. A rate is not unfairly discriminatory because different premiums result for policyholders with like loss exposures with different expenses, or like expenses but different loss exposures, so long as the rate reflects the differences with reasonable accuracy.
(2) In determining whether rates comply with the standards set forth in subsection (1), the following criteria shall apply:
(a) Due consideration shall be given to past and prospective loss and expense experience within and outside this state; to catastrophe hazards; to any residual market loss redistributions and other similar obligations; to a reasonable provision for profit and contingencies; to trends within and outside this state; to loadings for leveling premium rates over a reasonable period of time or for dividends or savings to be allowed or returned by insurers to their policyholders, members or subscribers; and to all other relevant factors, including the judgment of the filer.
(b) Risks may be classified in any reasonable way for the establishment of rates except that no risks may be grouped by classifications based in whole or in part on race, color, creed, or national origin of the risk. Rates may be modified for individual risks in accordance with rating plans or schedules which provide for recognition of probable variations in hazards, expenses or both.
(c) The systems of expense provisions included in rates for use by an insurer or group of insurers may differ from those of other insurers or group of insurers to reflect the operating methods of such insurer or group with respect to any kind of insurance, or with respect to any subdivision or combination thereof.
(d) Any insurance policy filed for any of the three (3) Coast counties that offers a percentage deductible for the peril of wind from a named storm shall offer a buy-back provision for that deductible to the otherwise applicable deductible at the actuarially sound rates and as determined under the provisions of this section.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after January 1, 1999.