N.J. Admin. Code § 11:21-2.8 - Assessments for administrative and operating expenses

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) Following approval of a final audited Program statement, the Board shall determine the final administrative expense total for the fiscal year, if any.
1. Each member's final assessment shall be reduced by any interim assessment paid by the member or credited to the member by the Board.
2. Each member's final assessment shall be reduced by any deferred assessments paid by assessed carriers in proportion to the original additional assessment made to cover the deferred amount.
3. Members shall be assessed for a proportionate share of the final administrative expenses for the fiscal year on the basis of health benefits plan earned premiums for the calendar year that includes the first six months of the fiscal year. The administrative expense assessment for each member shall be equal to the total of all administrative expenses for the fiscal year multiplied by the ratio of that member's earned premium for health benefits plans to the earned premium for health benefits plans of all members of the calendar year that includes the first six months of the fiscal year.
i. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2005, if a member's proportionate share of the interim assessment or final administrative assessment is less than $ 5.00, the member shall not be assessed and the amounts uncollected will be reapportioned proportionally, based on market share, among the member carriers.
(b) The Board may make an interim assessment of members for reasonable and necessary organizational expenses and to cover anticipated interim operating expenses. At the discretion of the Board, interim assessments may be made on a monthly basis or such other periodic basis as necessary to ensure the availability of funds to meet operating expenses.
(c) ssessment amounts are due and payable upon receipt by a member of the invoice for the assessment. Payment shall be by bank draft made payable to the Treasurer--State of New Jersey, SEH Program, and mailed to the Executive Director at the address in 11:21-1.3 .
1. Members shall be subject to payment of an interest penalty on any assessment, or portion of an assessment, not paid within 45 days of the date of the invoice for the assessment, unless the member has been granted a deferral by the Commissioner of the amount not timely paid as permitted by N.J.S.A. 17B:27A-32c.
i. The interest rate shall be 1.5 percent of the assessment amount not timely paid per month, accruing from the date of the invoice for the assessment.
ii. Payment of an assessment, or portion of an assessment, for which an interest penalty amount has accrued, shall include the interest penalty amount accrued as of the invoice date; otherwise, payment shall not be considered to be in full.
iii. The interest so collected shall be applied in the assessment of the final administrative expenses as set forth in (a)3 above to reduce the liability of those members that were not subject to the payment of an interest penalty.
2. Carriers that dispute whether they are subject to an assessment, or dispute the amount of assessment for which they have been determined liable by the Board, shall be assessed for and make payment of the full amount of the assessment invoice, including any interest penalty accruing thereon, until such time as the dispute has been resolved in favor of that carrier, or, if a contested case, the Board has rendered a final determination in favor of that carrier in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, 52:14B-1 et seq.
3. A member may request that the Commissioner grant a deferral of its obligation to pay an assessment in accordance with N.J.A.C. 11:21-15.
i. If a member files a proper request for deferral within 15 days after the date of the invoice, that member may make payment of the amount of the assessment invoice to be held in an interest bearing account in accordance with the procedures set forth herein, pending final disposition by the Commissioner of the deferral request.
ii. If the member withholds payment, as permitted herein and the Commissioner denies the request for deferral, the member shall be subject to payment of the interest penalty set forth herein, accruing from the date of the invoice for the assessment.
4. Amounts deferred by the Commissioner or subject to dispute, which dispute is resolved in favor of the carrier, shall be redistributed among all other members proportionately.
(d) The Executive Director shall coordinate with the Department and other appropriate parties, including State agencies, regarding fiscal administrative matters, and develop appropriate procedures for such matters, and disburse funds for administrative expenses upon the directive of the Board.
1. Amounts of assessment in dispute or subject to deferral request, including any interest penalty paid by a carrier pursuant thereto, shall not be disbursed by the Executive Director until such time as the dispute has been settled against the disputing carrier, or the deferral denied, except that any portion of an assessment not in dispute or subject to the deferral request, or portions no longer disputed or subject to a deferral request, may be disbursed immediately according to Board directive.
2. Amounts of assessment disputed or subject to deferral wherein the dispute is settled in favor of the disputing carrier, or a deferral is granted, shall be returned to the appropriate carrier within 15 days of the date that the Executive Director receives notice of the determination by the Board or the Commissioner, as applicable along with the proportionate amount of interest penalty, if any, paid by the carrier for late payment of the amount.
(e) A member requesting a deferral from the Commissioner of an assessment amount shall concurrently provide notice of such request in duplicate to the Executive Director in order to preserve its right to the moneys owed and paid pursuant to the invoice for assessment.
(f) If a member determined liable for an assessment fails to pay the full amount of the assessment and applicable interest, if any, within 60 days after the date of the invoice, and has neither submitted notice that it is seeking a deferral from the Commissioner, nor requested a hearing, the Board may provide to the Commissioner a notice of the member's failure to make payment along with a recommendation to revoke the member's authority to write any health benefits plans or other health coverage in this State or to take such other action against the carrier as may be authorized by law. A copy of this notice shall be sent to the member by registered mail at the same time that the notice is sent to the Commissioner. In accordance with the Act, failure to pay assessments shall be grounds for removal of a member's authority to write health coverage of any kind in this State.

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N.J. Admin. Code § 11:21-2.8
Amended by 48 N.J.R. 2360(a), effective 11/7/2016

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