17:48D-16 Suspension, revocation of certificate of authority.
16. a. The commissioner may suspend or revoke any certificate of authority issued to a dental plan organization pursuant to this act, if he finds that any of the following conditions exist:
(1) The dental plan organization is operating in a manner significantly contrary to that described in sections 3 and 4 of this act;
(2) The dental plan organization issues an evidence of coverage which does not comply with the requirements of section 9 of this act;
(3) The dental plan organization does not provide or arrange for an effective dental plan, as determined by the commissioner;
(4) The dental plan organization can no longer be expected to meet its obligations to covered persons;
(5) The dental plan organization, or any authorized person on its behalf, has advertised or merchandised its services in an untrue or misleading manner;
(6) The dental plan organization has failed to comply with this act or any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder;
(7) Any person responsible for conducting the affairs of the dental plan organization is: (a) not of good moral character, or (b) has been convicted, within 7 years of the filing of the application for a certificate of authority, of a crime listed in N.J.S.2C:41-1 or, at any time, of engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity, as defined in N.J.S.2C:41-1 and 2C:41-2. Prohibited activities.
b. When the commissioner has cause to believe that grounds for the suspension or revocation of a certificate of authority exist, he shall notify the dental plan organization in writing, specifically stating the grounds for suspension or revocation. A hearing on the matter shall be granted by the commissioner within 20 days after a request in writing by the dental plan organization. After the hearing, or upon failure of the dental plan organization to appear at the hearing, the commissioner shall take action on his findingS.
C. If the commissioner suspends the certificate of authority, the dental plan organization shall not accept any additional covered persons, except newborn children, new employees and new dependents of current employees, or engage in any advertising or solicitation during the period of the suspension.
d. If the commissioner revokes the certificate of authority, the dental plan organization shall proceed to dissolve its structure immediately following the effective date of the order of revocation, and shall conduct no further business, except as may be essential to the orderly conclusion of the affairs of the dental plan organization. The commissioner by written order, however, may permit such further operation of the dental plan organization as he finds to be in the best interest of covered persons to the end that covered persons shall be afforded the greatest practical opportunity to obtain continuing dental plan coverage.
e. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections C. and d. of this section, a dental plan organization which has had its certificate of authority suspended or revoked, or has suffered an adverse decision by the commissioner, shall be entitled to a hearing pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, C. 410 (52:14B-1. Short title et seq.).
L.1979,C. 478,S.16; amended 1983, C. 24, S.5; 2005, C. 38, S.14.
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