31 Pa. Code § 147.5 - Designation of independent certified public accountant

Current through Register Vol. 52, No. 16, April 16, 2022

(a) Each insurer required by this chapter to file an annual audited financial report shall, within 60 days after becoming subject to the requirement, register with the Commissioner in writing the name and address of the independent certified public accountant or accounting firm retained to conduct the annual audit set forth in this chapter.
(b) The insurer shall obtain a letter from its independent certified public accountant and file a copy with the Commissioner, in accordance with the Department's instructions, stating that the independent certified public accountant is aware of the provisions of the insurance statutes and regulations that relate to accounting and financial matters of the State in accordance with whose regulation the audited financial report is made and affirming that the independent certified public accountant will express an opinion on the financial statements in terms of their conformity to the statutory accounting practices prescribed or otherwise permitted by the Department, specifying the exceptions the independent certified public accountant may believe appropriate.
(c) If an independent certified public accountant who was the independent certified public accountant for the immediately preceding filed audited financial report is dismissed, resigns or is otherwise replaced, the insurer shall within 5 business days notify the Department of the dismissal, resignation or replacement.
(1) Within 10 business days of submitting a notification of dismissal, resignation or replacement, the insurer shall also furnish the Commissioner with a separate letter stating whether, in the 24 months preceding the dismissal, resignation or replacement, there were disagreements with the former independent certified public accountant on a matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of the former independent certified public accountant, would have caused the independent certified public accountant to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreement in connection with the independent certified public accountant's opinion.
(2) The disagreements required to be reported include both those resolved to the former independent certified public accountant's satisfaction and those not resolved to the former independent certified public accountant's satisfaction. For purposes of this subsection, disagreements are those that occur at the decision making level-that is, between personnel of the insurer responsible for presentation of its financial statements and personnel of the accounting firm responsible for rendering the report. The insurer shall also in writing request the former independent certified public accountant to furnish it a letter addressed to the insurer stating whether the independent certified public accountant agrees with the statements contained in the letter of the insurer and, if not, stating the reasons for which the independent certified public accountant does not agree. The insurer shall furnish the responsive letter from the former independent certified public accountant to the Commissioner together with its own.
(3) Within 60 business days of submitting a notification of dismissal, resignation or replacement, the insurer shall register with the Commissioner in writing the name and address of the independent certified public accountant or accounting firm retained to conduct the annual audit required under this chapter and shall obtain and file an awareness letter from the independent certified public accountants as required under subsection (b).
(d) Subsection (b) does not apply to continuing care providers. A continuing care provider shall obtain a letter from its independent certified public accountant and file a copy with the Commissioner, stating that the independent certified public accountant is aware of the provisions of the Commonwealth's statutes and regulations that relate to accounting and financial matters applicable to continuing care providers and affirming that the independent certified public accountant will express an opinion on the financial statements in terms of their conformity with generally acceptable accounting principles.

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31 Pa. Code § 147.5

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