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31 Pa. Code § 25.12. Forms—general requirements.

§ 25.12. Forms—general requirements.

 (a)  Forms A—F located in Appendix A are intended to be guides in the preparation of the statements required by sections 1402—1405 of the act (40 P. S. § §  991.1402—991.1405). They are not intended to be blank forms which are to be filled in. The forms filed shall contain the numbers and captions of all items, but the text of the items may be omitted if the answers are prepared in a manner that indicates clearly the scope and coverage of the items. Instructions, whether appearing under the items of the form or elsewhere therein, shall be omitted. Unless expressly provided otherwise, if an item is inapplicable or the answer thereto is in the negative, an appropriate statement to that effect shall be made.

 (b)  Two copies of Forms A and E and one copy of Forms B—D and F, including exhibits and other papers and documents filed as a part thereof, shall be filed with the Commissioner by personal delivery, mail, facsimile or other form of electronic transmission acceptable to the Department. At least one copy shall be signed in the manner prescribed on the form. Unsigned copies shall be conformed. If the signature of a person is affixed under a power of attorney or other similar authority, a copy of the power of attorney or other authority shall also be filed with the form.

 (c)  One of the filed copies of Form A shall be available for public inspection as of the date the filing is made; except that copies of personal financial statements of nonpublicly held ultimate controlling persons shall be given confidential treatment. Form A filings also may contain or reference other materials that are confidential, proprietary or privileged under statute, regulation, case law, administrative or court order, or other authority.

   (1)  If a person filing a Form A wishes to assert that personal financial statements or other materials included or referenced within the filing are confidential, proprietary or privileged and should not be available for public inspection, the person shall notify the Department at the time the initial filing is made as follows:

     (i)   Identify the specific information, document, report or other material that is asserted to be confidential, proprietary or privileged.

     (ii)   State the basis upon which the assertion of confidentiality, proprietary or privilege is premised.

     (iii)   Identify the person to whom inquiries regarding the issue of confidential treatment should be directed.

     (iv)   Submit one copy of the filing with the materials asserted to be confidential, proprietary or privileged physically separate from the remainder of the filing, or as otherwise instructed by the Department.

   (2)  If an applicant requests a hearing on a consolidated basis under section 1402(f)(2.1) of the act, in addition to filing Form A with the Commissioner, the applicant shall file a copy of the Form A with the NAIC in electronic form.

 (d)  Forms shall be prepared on 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches paper and preferably bound at the top or the top left-hand corner. Exhibits and financial statements, unless specifically prepared for the filing, may be submitted in their original size. Copies of forms, financial statements or exhibits shall be clear, easily readable and suitable for review and reproduction. Debits in credit categories and credits in debit categories shall be designated so that they are clearly distinguishable on photocopies. An insurer may request that the Department accept a form in an electronic format only. Upon the Department’s request, an insurer shall prepare an electronic version of the form, which may be submitted by secure e-mail, if this option is available to a company, or on CD-ROM mailed or hand-delivered to the Department.

 (e)  Forms shall be completed in the English language and monetary values shall be stated in United States currency. If a financial statement, exhibit or other paper or document filed with the form is in a foreign language, it shall be accompanied by a translation into the English language and monetary value shown in a foreign currency normally shall be converted into United States currency utilizing the conversion rate in effect as of the financial statement date.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  25.12 issued under Article XIV of The Insurance Company Law of 1921 (40 P. S. § §  991.1401—991.1413); amended under section 337.8 and Article XIV of The Insurance Company Law of 1921 (40 P. S. § §  459.8 and 991.1401—991.1413); and sections 206, 506, 1501 and 1502 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § §  66, 186, 411 and 412).

Source

   The provisions of this §  25.12 adopted September 3, 1993, effective September 4, 1993, 23 Pa.B. 4216; amended August 10, 2001, effective August 11, 2001, 31 Pa.B. 4406; amended May 16, 2014, effective June 16, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 2851. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (281682) to (281683).



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