Section 10A-20-6.10

Regulation of rates, charges, fees, and dues.

The rates, charges, fees, and dues to be paid by the public for benefits under a health service plan and for contracts or certificates covering same shall not be unreasonably high or excessive, shall be adequate to meet the liability assumed under the contracts and all expenses in connection therewith, shall be adequate for the safeness and soundness of the corporation, and shall take into account past and prospective loss experience. A health care service corporation shall file with the Commissioner of Insurance any change in its rates, charges, fees, and dues, and, as soon as reasonably possible after the filing has been made the commissioner shall, in writing, approve or disapprove the same, provided that, unless disapproved within 30 days after filing, the changed rates, charges, fees, or dues shall be deemed to be approved. The commissioner shall approve the rates, charges, fees, and dues which are consistent with and shall disapprove the rates, charges, fees, and dues which are not consistent with the standards and factors set forth in the first sentence of this section; provided, that notwithstanding the foregoing, when a filing of changes in rates, charges, fees, and dues for existing classifications of risks does not involve a change in the relationship between the rates and the expense portion thereof or does not involve a change of the element of expenses which are paid as a percentage of premiums and does not involve a change in rate relativities among the classifications on any basis other than loss experience, the changed rates in the filing shall become effective upon the date or dates specified in the filing and shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this section.

(Acts 1935, No. 544, p. 1157; Code 1940, T. 28, §311; Acts 1945, No. 50, p. 52, §4; Acts 1973, No. 1041, p. 1631, §1; §10-4-109; amended and renumbered by Act 2009-513, p. 967, §334.)