6.6.3520 EXEMPTIONS AND EFFECTIVE DATES
(1) Upon written application of any insurer, the commissioner may grant an exemption from compliance with any and all provisions of these rules if the commissioner finds, upon review of the application, that compliance would constitute a financial or organizational hardship upon the insurer. An exemption may be granted at any time and from time to time for a specified period or periods. Within ten days from a denial of an insurer's written request for an exemption, such insurer may make a written request for a hearing on its application for an exemption. Such hearing shall be held in accordance with 33-2-701, MCA.
(2) Domestic insurers retaining certified public accountants on the effective date of this rule who qualify as independent shall comply with these rules for the year ending December 31, 2009, and each year thereafter unless the commissioner permits otherwise.
(3) Domestic insurers not retaining certified public accountants on the effective date of these rules who qualify as independent may meet the following schedule for compliance, unless the commissioner permits otherwise.
(a) as of December 31, 2009, file with the commissioner an audited financial report.
(b) for the year ending December 31, 2010, and each year thereafter, such insurers shall file with the commissioner all reports and communications required by these rules.
(4) Foreign insurers shall comply with these rules for the year ending December 31, 2009, and each year thereafter, unless the commissioner permits otherwise.
(5) The requirements of ARM 6.6.3506(4) shall be in effect for audits of the year beginning January 1, 2010, and thereafter.
(6) The requirements of ARM 6.6.3515 are to be in effect January 1, 2010. An insurer, or group of insurers, that is not required to have independent audit committee members, or only a majority of independent audit committee members (as opposed to a supermajority), because the total written and assumed premium is
below the threshold, and subsequently becomes subject to one of the independence
requirements due to changes in premium shall have one year following the
year the threshold is exceeded (but not earlier than January 1, 2010) to comply with the independence requirements. Likewise, an insurer that becomes subject to one of the independence requirements as a result of a business combination shall have one calendar year following the date.
(7) The requirements of ARM 6.6.3517 and ARM 6.6.3510 are effective beginning with the reporting period ending December 31, 2010, and each year thereafter. An insurer, or group of insurers, that is not required to file a report because the total written premium is below the threshold, and subsequently becomes subject to the reporting requirements, shall have two years following the year the threshold is exceeded (but not earlier than December 31, 2010) to file a report. Likewise, an insurer acquired in a business combination shall have two calendar years following the date of acquisition or combination to comply with the reporting requirements.
(8) If an insurer or group of insurers that is exempt from ARM 6.6.3518 requirements no longer qualifies for that exemption, it shall have one year after the year the threshold is exceeded to comply with the requirements of ARM 6.6.3518.
History: 33-1-313, 33-2-1517, MCA; IMP, 33-1-701, 33-2-1517, 33-4-313, 33-5-413, MCA; NEW, 1993 MAR p. 2408, Eff. 10/15/93; TRANS and AMD, from ARM 6.6.3513, 2010 MAR p. 315, Eff. 2/12/10; AMD, 2017 MAR p. 1888, Eff. 10/14/17; AMD, 2019 MAR p. 1740, Eff. 10/5/19.