N.J.S.A 17:48E-13.2. Filing of contract or related form

17:48E-13.2. Filing of contract or related form

12. a. Except as otherwise provided in P.L.1992, C. 161 (C. 17B:27A-2 et seq.) and P.L.1992, C. 162 (C. 17B:27A-17 et seq.), any contract subject to the provisions of P.L.1985, C. 236 (C. 17:48E-1 et seq.), including any application, rider, or endorsement which is made a part of that contract, shall be filed with the commissioner for approval as provided in this section. Any such contract, and any related form, except those certified pursuant to section 13 of this act, shall be filed with the commissioner for approval pursuant to this section.

b. Any contract or related form filed with the commissioner for approval pursuant to this section shall be deemed approved upon the expiration of 60 days after the submission of the form unless disapproved in writing by the commissioner within that time. Any such disapproval shall be based only on the specific provisions of applicable statutes, regulations adopted by the commissioner, or guidelines published by the commissioner as of the effective date of this act, with regard to forms of that type. A disapproved contract or related form may be resubmitted.

C. Any contract or related form submitted for approval pursuant to this section and disapproved by the commissioner before the expiration of 60 days after its submission shall be deemed withdrawn at the expiration of 60 days after the transmittal of the commissioner’s specific objections unless the filer submits a complete written response to all of the commissioner’s objections regarding the submission within the 60 day period.

d. A contract or related form, resubmitted in response to the commissioner’s objections pursuant to subsection b. of this section, shall be deemed approved upon the expiration of 30 days after its resubmission unless disapproved in writing by the commissioner within that time. No disapproval by the commissioner of a resubmission shall be based on any objection not specified by the commissioner in his initial disapproval of the filing, except that the commissioner may disapprove such form based upon any new provisions introduced in the resubmission or if in addressing the specified objections cited in the commissioner’s disapproval transmission, the health service corporation changes or modifies any substantive provisions of the form. Any contract or related form resubmitted for approval pursuant to this section and disapproved by the commissioner before the expiration of 30 days after its submission shall be deemed withdrawn at the expiration of 30 days after the transmittal of the commissioner’s specific objections, unless the filer submits a complete written response to all of the commissioner’s objections regarding the submission within the 30 day period.

e. With respect to all types of contracts or related forms required to be filed pursuant to this section and currently on file with and approved by the commissioner upon enactment of this act, the commissioner shall propose regulations, which may be amended or modified by the commissioner from time to time after adoption, concerning any actuarial or form requirements consistent with applicable statutory provisions but not specified therein, not later than 180 days after enactment of this act. Any such regulation shall be adopted not later than 180 days after it is proposed. With respect to any type of form not then on file with the commissioner but filed subsequent to the enactment of this act, the commissioner shall propose regulations, which may be amended or modified by the commissioner from time to time after adoption, concerning any actuarial or form requirements consistent with applicable statutory provisions but not specified therein, within 120 days after the form is approved or deemed approved by the commissioner pursuant to this section. Any such regulation shall be adopted not later than 180 days after it is proposed. The commissioner may issue bulletins which are interpretive of existing regulations consistent with statutory provisions, with respect to any type of form that may be certified pursuant to section 13 of this act. Nothing in this section shall preclude a health service corporation from filing a certifiable contract or related form for approval by the commissioner.

f. Any such form which is filed with the commissioner or deemed filed may be so delivered or issued for delivery until such time as any subsequent withdrawal of the filing by the commissioner, following an opportunity for a hearing held in accordance with the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, C. 410 (52:14B-1. Short title et seq.) and any rules adopted thereunder, becomes final in accordance therewith.

g. For purposes of this section, “days” means calendar days, except that when the last day of any specified time period is a Saturday, Sunday, or State holiday, then the time period shall end on the next following business day. With respect to any specified time period pertaining to correspondence between a health service corporation and the commissioner, the time period shall commence on the date that such correspondence is postmarked or submitted to a private delivery service.

L.1995,C. 73,S.12.

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