211 CMR 132.05 - General Requirements

Current through Register 1466, April 1, 2022

(1) Submission of Statement of Actuarial Opinion.
(a) There is to be included on or attached to Page 1 of the annual statement for each year beginning with the year in which 211 CMR 132.00 becomes effective the statement of an appointed actuary, entitled "Statement of Actuarial Opinion," setting forth an opinion relating to reserves and related actuarial items held in support of policies and contracts, in accordance with 211 CMR 132.06;
(b) Upon written request by the company, the Commissioner may grant an extension of the date for submission of the statement of actuarial opinion.
(2) Qualified Actuary. A "qualified actuary" is an individual who:
(a) Is a member in good standing of the American Academy of Actuaries;
(b) Is qualified to sign statements of actuarial opinion for life and health insurance company annual statements in accordance with the American Academy of Actuaries qualification standards for actuaries signing such statements;
(c) Is familiar with the valuation requirements applicable to life and health insurance companies;
(d) Has not been found by the Commissioner (or if so found has subsequently been reinstated as a qualified actuary), following appropriate notice and hearing to have:
1. Violated any provision of, or any obligation imposed by, the Insurance Law or other law in the course of his or her dealings as a qualified actuary;
2. Been found guilty of fraudulent or dishonest practices;
3. Demonstrated his or her incompetency, lack of cooperation, or untrustworthiness to act as a qualified actuary;
4. Submitted to the Commissioner during the past five years, pursuant to 211 CMR 132.00, an actuarial opinion or memorandum that the Commissioner rejected because it did not meet the provisions of 211 CMR 132.000 including standards set by the Actuarial Standards Board; or
5. Resigned or been removed as an actuary within the past five years as a result of acts or omissions indicated in any adverse report on examination or as a result of failure to adhere to generally acceptable actuarial standards; and
(e) Has not failed to notify the Commissioner of any action taken by any Commissioner of any other state similar to that under 211 CMR 132.05(2)(d).
(3) Appointed Actuary. An "appointed actuary" is a qualified actuary who is appointed or retained to prepare the Statement of Actuarial Opinion required by 211 CMR 132.00 by the board of directors either directly or through an executive officer of the company other than the qualified actuary. The company shall give the Commissioner timely written notice of the name, title (and, in the case of a consulting actuary, the name of the firm) and manner of appointment or retention of each person appointed or retained by the company as an appointed actuary and shall state in the notice that the person meets the requirements set forth in 211 CMR 132.05(2). Once notice is furnished, no further notice is required with respect to this person, provided that the company shall give the Commissioner timely written notice in the event the actuary ceases to be appointed or retained as an appointed actuary or to meet the requirements set forth in 211 CMR 132.05(2). If any person appointed or retained as an appointed actuary replaces a previously appointed actuary, the notice shall so state and give the reasons for replacement.
(4) Standards for Asset Adequacy Analysis. The asset adequacy analysis required by 211 CMR 132.00:
(a) Shall conform to the Standards of Practice as promulgated by the Actuarial Standards Board and to any additional standards under 211 CMR 132.00, which standards are to form the basis of the statement of actuarial opinion in accordance with 211 CMR 132.06; and
(b) Shall be based on methods of analysis as are deemed appropriate for such purposes by the Actuarial Standards Board.
(5) Liabilities to be Covered.
(a) Under authority M.G.L. c. 175, § 9B, the statement of actuarial opinion shall apply to all in force business on the statement date, whether directly issued or assumed, regardless of when or where issued, e.g., reserves of Exhibits 8, 9 and 10, and claim liabilities in Exhibit 11, Part 1 and equivalent items in the separate account statement or statements.
(b) If the appointed actuary determines as the result of asset adequacy analysis that a reserve should be held in addition to the aggregate reserve held by the company and calculated in accordance with methods set forth in M.G.L. c. 175, § 9B, the company shall establish the additional reserve.
(c) Additional reserves established under 211 CMR 132.05(5)(b) and deemed not necessary in subsequent years may be released. Any amounts released shall be disclosed in the actuarial opinion for the applicable year. The release of such reserves would not be deemed an adoption of a lower standard of valuation.


211 CMR 132.05

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