DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE

Statutory Authority: 18 Delaware Code, Sections 314 and 3403 (18 Del.C. §§314 & 3403)

18 DE Admin. Code 2201

PUBLIC NOTICE

PROPOSED

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER MATTHEW DENN hereby gives notice of proposed Department of Insurance Regulation 2201 relating to medical malpractice relief. The docket number for this proposed regulation is 528.

The purpose of this regulation is to provide procedures governing the Medical Malpractice Relief Initiative Pilot Program established by the Fiscal Year 2007 Appropriations Act. The text of the proposed regulation is reproduced in the October 2007 edition of the Delaware Register of Regulations. The text can also be viewed at the Delaware Insurance Commissioner's website at: http://www.delawareinsurance.gov/departments/documents/ProposedRegs/ProposedRegs.shtml.

The Department of Insurance does not plan to hold a public hearing on the proposed changes. Any person can file written comments, suggestions, briefs, compilations of data or other materials concerning the proposed amendments. Any written submission in response to this notice and relevant to the proposed changes must be received by the Department of Insurance no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, November 5, 2007, and should be addressed to Regulatory Specialist Mitch Crane, c/o Delaware Department of Insurance, 841 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, DE 19904, or email to mitch.crane@state.de.us.

2201 Implementation of Medical Malpractice Relief Initiative Pilot Program

1.0 Purpose

The purpose of this section is to provide regulations governing the Medical Malpractice Relief Initiative Pilot Program established by the Fiscal Year 2007 Appropriations Act.

2.0 Authorization

These regulations are adopted in accordance with 18 Del.C. §311 and the Fiscal Year 2007 Appropriations Act.

3.0 Scope

These regulations shall govern the application of entities seeking state funding pursuant to the Medical Malpractice Relief Initiative Pilot Program for the purpose of establishing a Delaware-domiciled risk retention and/or captive entity.

4.0 Approval

4.1 No entity shall receive funding pursuant to the Medical Malpractice Relief Initiative Pilot Program unless such entity receives the recommendation of the Delaware Insurance Commissioner and the approval of the Controller General, the Co-Chairs of the Joint Finance Committee, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

4.2 An entity seeking low or no interest loans pursuant to the Medical Malpractice Relief Initiative Pilot Program for the purpose of fostering the establishment of risk reduction group(s) and/or captive insurance entities shall make application to the Delaware Department of Insurance on forms provided by the Department.

4.3 The Delaware Insurance Commissioner shall review any applications submitted pursuant to these provisions and shall determine whether to recommend such applicant for receipt of Medical Malpractice Relief Initiative Pilot Program funding. The Insurance Commissioner may require any documents reasonably necessary to verify the information contained in an application.

4.4 If the Insurance Commissioner decides to recommend an applicant for funding, the Commissioner shall make a funding recommendation for such applicant to the Controller General, the Co-Chairs of the Joint Finance Committee, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for their final review and approval.

4.5 If the Commissioner recommends funding for the application, the Commissioner's recommendation shall include the amount and type of funding, when said funds must be repaid to the State, and any conditions to be placed on the funding award.

5.0 Requirements and Considerations for Funding Awards

5.1 No applicant for funding under the Medical Malpractice Relief Initiative Pilot Program shall be recommended for funding unless the Insurance Commissioner finds that the applicant:

5.1.1 Is organized for the purpose of increasing the availability of medical malpractice insurance and reducing the costs of medical malpractice insurance through enhanced risk management and lower administrative costs; and

5.1.2 Is a Delaware-domiciled captive insurance company licensed pursuant to 18 Del.C. §6903 or a Delaware-domiciled risk retention group chartered pursuant to 18 Del.C. §8003.

5.2 In reviewing such applications and determining whether to recommend an applicant for funding, the Insurance Commissioner shall consider all factors the Commissioner considers relevant to the success of the applicant and the protection of Delaware consumers, including but not limited to the following criteria:

5.2.1 The likelihood that receiving the funding will assist the applicant in increasing the availability of and reducing the cost of medical malpractice insurance and of increasing the predictability of such costs;

5.2.2 The need of the medical professionals who are members of the applicant for an alternative to the traditional medical malpractice insurance market;

5.2.3 The applicant's structure and business plan;

5.2.4 The number of medical professionals who are members of the applicant; and

5.2.5 The applicant's provisions for and emphasis on risk management.

6.0 Funding

Funding pursuant to this program shall be limited to low or non-interest loans, via a surplus note, letter of credit, or otherwise. Funding awards must be conditioned upon binding agreements requiring that such funds be repaid to the State.

7.0 Length of Pilot Program

The pilot portion of any program funded under this provision must be completed within 12 months of approval of these regulations.

11 DE Reg. 456 (10/01/07) (Prop.)