N.J.S.A 17:48D-3 Application for certificate of authority.

17:48D-3 Application for certificate of authority.

3. a. No person may establish, operate or administer a dental plan organization, or sell or offer to sell, or solicit offers to purchase, or receive advance or periodic consideration in conjunction with any dental plan organization, utilizing in the aggregate the services of more than one full-time equivalent dentist, without obtaining and maintaining a certificate of authority pursuant to this act.

b. Within 90 days after the effective date of this act, every dental plan organization utilizing in the aggregate the services of more than one full-time equivalent dentist shall submit an application for a certificate of authority to the commissioner. A dental plan organization may continue to operate until the commissioner acts upon the application. If the application is denied, the dental plan organization shall be treated as if its certificate of authority has been revoked.

C. An application for a certificate of authority shall be in a form prescribed by the commissioner, shall be verified by an officer or authorized representative of the dental plan organization and shall include the following:

(1) All basic organizational documents of the dental plan organization, such as the articles of incorporation, articles of association, partnership agreement, trade name certificate, trust agreement, shareholder agreement or other applicable documents and all amendments to those documents;

(2) The bylaws, rules and regulations or similar documents regulating the conduct or the internal affairs of the dental plan organization;

(3) The names, addresses, official positions and a biographical affidavit (NAIC form) of the persons who are responsible for the conduct of the affairs of the dental plan organization, including all members of the board of directors, board of trustees, executive committee or other governing board or committee, the principal officers, in the case of a corporation, and the partners or members, in the case of a partnership or association;

(4) The form of all contracts or agreements made between any dentist and the dental plan organization;

(5) All contracts or agreements made between any person listed in paragraph (3) of this subsection and any dentist, consultant, finder, supplier of administrative services or business manager;

(6) A description of the dental plan organization, its dental plan or plans, facilities and personnel;

(7) The form of the evidence of coverage to be issued to the enrollees;

(8) The form of any group contract which is issued to employers, unions, trustees or others;

(9) A financial statement prepared by an independent certified public accountant, setting forth the applicant’s present or anticipated assets, liabilities and sources of fundS.The statement shall set forth the terms and conditions of all current liabilities and any outstanding loans made from the funds of the applicant, and shall be attested to by the applicant or an authorized officer thereof. If the commissioner requires an audit of the financial records of the applicant by an independent certified public accountant, the financial statement shall be prepared and certified by the certified public accountant having conducted the audit;

(10) The proposed method of marketing the plan, a financial plan with a 3-year projection of the initial operating results and a statement of the sources of working capital and any other sources of funding. The justifications and assumptions for the marketing and financial plan shall also be disclosed;

(11) A power of attorney duly executed by the dental plan organization, if not domiciled in this State, appointing the commissioner, the commissioner’s successors in office and duly authorized deputies as the true and lawful attorney of the dental plan organization in and for this State, upon whom lawful process in any legal action or proceeding against the dental plan organization on a cause of action arising in this State may be served;

(12) A description of the geographic area or areas to be served, by county and zip code (first 3 digits);

(13) A description of the procedures and programs to be implemented to achieve an effective dental plan as required in section 5 a.(2) of this act; and

(14) Such other information as the commissioner may require.

d. The dental plan organization shall pay a fee of $1,000 to the commissioner, upon filing an application for a certificate of authority.

e. The commissioner shall act on an application for a certificate of authority within 90 days following receipt of the application.

L.1979,C. 478,S.3; amended 1983, C. 24, S.2; 2005, C. 38, S.2.

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