§ 147.2. Definitions.
The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
AffiliateAs defined in section 1401 of The Insurance Company Law of 1921 (40 P.S. § 991.1401).
Assumed premiumsTotal premiums assumed by an insurer from nonaffiliated insurers.
(i) A committee or equivalent body established by the board of directors or equivalent body of an entity for the purpose of overseeing the following functions of an insurer or insurer group:
(A) Accounting and financial reporting processes.
(B) Internal audit function.
(C) External audits of financial statements.
(D) Internal control structure.
(ii) The term includes a committee established under section 1405(c)(4) or (5) of The Insurance Company Law of 1921 (40 P.S. § 991.1405(c)(4) and (5)).
Audited financial reportThe term includes those items specified in § 147.7 (relating to contents of annual audited financial report).
CommissionerThe Insurance Commissioner of the Commonwealth.
Control, controlling, controlled by and under common control withAs defined in section 1401 of The Insurance Company Law of 1921.
DepartmentThe Insurance Department of the Commonwealth.
Direct written premiumsTotal premiums directly written by an insurer.
Domestic insurerAn insurer incorporated or organized under the laws of the Commonwealth.
Foreign insurerAn insurer not incorporated or organized under the laws of the Commonwealth.
Independent certified public accountant
(i) A certified public accountant licensed, or an accounting firm registered, to practice in this Commonwealth under The CPA Law (63 P.S. § § 9.19.16b) or in another state with similar licensing requirements, in good standing with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Inc., and in good standing in the states in which the certified public accountant is licensed or the accounting firm is registered to practice; who conforms to the standards of the profession as contained in the Code of Professional Ethics of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. and The CPA Law or similar laws.
(ii) For insurers organized in Canada or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a chartered accountant.
(i) The term includes any of the following licensed to transact business in this Commonwealth:
(A) An insurance company, association or exchange.
(B) A reciprocal or interinsurance exchange.
(C) The Inspection Bureau, the Industry Placement Facility and the Fair Plan coming under the Pennsylvania Fair Plan Act (40 P.S. § § 1600.1011600.502).
(D) A nonprofit health plan corporation, whether operating a hospital plan or a professional health services plan, or both.
(E) An employers mutual liability insurance association.
(F) A health maintenance organization.
(G) A fraternal benefit society or beneficial association.
(H) A preferred provider organization.
(I) A joint underwriting association under section 731 of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act (40 P.S. § 1303.731).
(ii) Except as otherwise noted, the term also includes a continuing care provider licensed to transact business in this Commonwealth under the Continuing Care Provider Registration and Disclosure Act (40 P.S. § § 32013255)).
Insurer groupTwo or more affiliated insurers identified by a controlling entity for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting.
Internal audit functionThe role of a person or persons in providing independent, objective and reasonable assurances that add value to and improve upon the organizations operations and assist the organization in accomplishing its objectives by employing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the risk management, control and governance processes.
Internal control over financial reportingThe process effected by the board of directors, management and other personnel of an insurer or insurer group, which provides reasonable assurances regarding the reliability of the financial statements in accordance with § 147.9a (relating to establishment and communication of internal control over financial reporting).
NAICThe National Association of Insurance Commissioners or successor organization.
NAIC Implementation GuideThe Implementation Guide for the Annual Financial Reporting Model Regulation published in the NAIC Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual, or successor publication, prescribed for financial reporting under section 320(a)(2) of The Insurance Company law of 1921 (40 P.S. § 443(a)(2)).
PersonAs defined in section 1401 of The Insurance Company Law of 1921.
Sarbanes-Oxley ActThe Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002 (15 U.S.C.A. § § 72017266).
Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliant entityAn entity that is either required to be or is voluntarily compliant with the following:
(i) The preapproval requirements of section 201 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 78j-1).
(ii) The audit committee independence requirements of section 301 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 78f).
(iii) The internal control over financial reporting requirements of section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 7262) and 17 CFR 229.308.
Section 404 ReportThe annual report on internal control over financial reporting and the related attestation report of the independent certified public accountant filed under section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 7262) and 17 CFR 229.308 (relating to Item 308 internal control over financial reporting).
Securities Exchange ActThe Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C.A. § § 78a78mm).
Ultimate controlling personA person which is not controlled by another person. The term may include one or more of the following: individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association, joint stock company, trust, unincorporated organization, or any similar entity or combination of the foregoing who controls another person.
The provisions of this § 147.2 amended under the authority of sections 206, 506, 1501 and 1502 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § § 66, 186, 411 and 412); sections 320, 630, 1007 and 2452 of The Insurance Company Law of 1921 (40 P.S. § § 443, 764a, 967 and 991.2452); sections 205 and 206 of The Pennsylvania Fair Plan Act (40 P.S. § § 1600.205 and 1600.206); section 731 of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act (40 P.S. § 1303.731); 40 Pa.C.S. § § 6125, 6331 and 6701; sections 11 and 14 of the Health Maintenance Organization Act (40 P.S. § § 1561 and 1564); and sections 7 and 25 of the Continuing-Care Provider Registration and Disclosure Act (40 P.S. § § 3207 and 3225).
The provisions of this § 147.2 adopted December 21, 1979, effective December 22, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 4164; corrected January 11, 1980, effective December 22, 1979, 10 Pa.B. 129; amended November 10, 1995, effective November 11, 1995, 25 Pa.B. 4785; amended August 20, 2004, effective August 21, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 4591; amended October 2, 2009, effective October 3, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 5730; amended December 16, 2016, effective January 17, 2017, 46 Pa.B. 7819. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (380046) and (345517) to (345519).
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