130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 212As Introduced
As Introduced

124th General Assembly
Regular Session
2001-2002
H. B. No. 212


REPRESENTATIVES Wolpert, G. Smith, Seitz, Willamowski, Kearns, Faber, Gilb, Britton, Rhine



A BILL
To amend sections 3901.64 and 3903.32 of the Revised Code to permit assuming insurers, in the event of the insolvency of a ceding insurer, to make reinsurance payments directly to an insured or beneficiary when this is provided for in a reinsurance agreement, and to permit assuming insurers to introduce defenses in an insolvency proceeding that it deems to be available to the ceding insurer.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That sections 3901.64 and 3903.32 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 3901.64.  (A) A domestic ceding insurer may take credit for any reinsurance ceded as provided in sections 3901.61 to 3901.63 of the Revised Code only if the reinsurance agreement contained in the reinsurance contract, and any agreement that provides security for the payment of the obligations under the reinsurance agreement, including any trust agreement, provide, in substance, for the following:
(1) The In the event of the insolvency of the ceding insurer, the reinsurance, whether paid directly or from trust assets securing the reinsurance agreement, shall be payable by the assuming insurer on the basis of the liability of the domestic ceding insurer under the policy or contract reinsured, without any diminution because the domestic ceding insurer is insolvent or because the liquidator or statutory receiver has failed to pay all or any portion of any claims;
(2) The reinsurance payments, whether paid directly or from trust assets securing the reinsurance agreement, shall be made by the assuming insurer directly to the domestic ceding insurer, or in the event of its insolvency or liquidation, to its liquidator or statutory receiver except where the reinsurance contract or other written agreement specifically provides for direct payment of the reinsurance to the insured or beneficiary of the insurance policy in the event of the insolvency of the ceding insurer.
(B)(1) The reinsurance agreement may provide that the domiciliary liquidator or statutory receiver shall give written notice to the assuming insurer that a claim is pending against the domestic ceding insurer on the policy or contract reinsured. The notice shall be given within a reasonable amount of time after the claim is filed with the liquidator or statutory receiver. During the pendency of the claim, any assuming insurer may investigate the claim and interpose, at its own expense, in the proceeding where the claim is to be adjudicated any defenses which it deems to be available to the ceding insurer or its liquidator.
(2) The expense may be filed as a claim against the insolvent ceding insurer to the extent of a proportionate share of the benefit that may accrue to the ceding insurer solely as a result of the defense undertaken by the assuming insurer. Where two or more assuming insurers are involved in the same claim and a majority in interest elect to interpose a defense to the claim, the expense shall be apportioned in accordance with the terms of the reinsurance agreement as though the expense had been incurred by the ceding insurer.
Sec. 3903.32.  The amount recoverable by the liquidator from reinsurers shall not be reduced as a result of delinquency proceedings, regardless of any provision in the reinsurance contract or other agreement. Payment made by a reinsurer directly to an insured or other creditor does not diminish the reinsurer's obligation to the insurer's estate except when the reinsurance contract, and any or other written agreement that provides security for the payment of the obligations under the contract, provides for direct coverage of a named insured and the payment is made in discharge of that obligation and the contract or agreement has been approved pursuant to division (A)(3) of section 3901.341 or section 3907.12 or 3925.33 of the Revised Code for direct payment of the reinsurance to the insured or beneficiary of the insurance policy in the event of the insolvency of the ceding insurer.
Section 2. That existing sections 3901.64 and 3903.32 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.
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