The DOI’s Docket Number for this issue is R2014-02
The Division of Insurance issued a Notice of Hearing announcing that it has scheduled on February 5th, 2015 at 10:00 AM to discuss “… whether the Commissioner of Insurance should approve a filing for Dwelling Liability coverage to be insured through the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association (“MPIUA”) also known as the FAIR Plan.”
According to the DOI, the MPIUAA submitted a rate filing which includes rate, rule and form provisions for the new Dwelling Liability Insurance product. The MPIUAA requested that the proposed effective date for the filing be January 7, 2015.
The hearing, conducted pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c. 174A, c.175A, c. 175C and c.30A and 211 CMR 101.00 allows for the public to provide either oral or written testimony at the public hearing. The DOI requests, however, that any person who wishes to make an oral statement, submit a Notice of Intent To Make A Statement on or before February 4th, 2015. Notices of Intent should be sent to the DOI’s Docket Clerk and can be sent either via snail mail to 1000 Washington Street, Suite 810, Boston, MA 02118-6200 or via e-mail to Doidocket.Mailbox@state.ma.us.
Here is some more important information from the DOI:
Any person, other than the State Rating Bureau or a statutory intervenor, who wishes to appear and present testimony in this matter may file a written petition for leave to intervene or to participate, which includes any data that the petitioner intends to introduce at the hearing, no more than four business days after publication of this hearing notice, and must serve the petition on the MPIUA, the State Rating Bureau and any statutory intervenor that appeared in the most recent hearing on MPIUA rates. The MPIUA, the State Rating Bureau and any statutory intervenor who has filed a notice of appearance shall file any response to the petitions to intervene or to participate within five days after service of the petition.
The State Rating Bureau and any statutory intervenor shall promptly commence discovery pursuant to 211 CMR 101.08 (2). Discovery shall be conducted utilizing the definitions applicable to discovery set out in Massachusetts Superior Court Standing Order 1-09. The parties shall further comply with the principles in that order applicable to requests for the production of documents, within the time frames set out in 211 CMR 101.08 (2)(b). Motions relating to discovery disputes shall be filed in accordance with the time permitted under 211 CMR 101.08 (2)(b).
A prehearing conference pursuant to 211 CMR 101.08 (1) will take place at the Division on February 5, 2015, immediately following the conclusion of the public comment portion of the hearing. The conference will address the topics listed in 211 CMR 101.08 (1) and scheduling matters. All parties, including those who have been given permission to intervene or to participate must attend.
Division also issues Notice Postponing Hearing On Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Groups
On January 22nd, the Division of Insurance also issued a Notice of Postponement of Hearing regarding Docket No. G2014-09 which was a hearing to discuss “Proposed Amendments to 211 CMR 67.00 Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Groups.”
The Division said that the hearing to take public comment on the proposed amendments scheduled for February 6, 2015 has been postponed indefinitely. Once the DOI has selected a new date, a new Notice of Hearing will be issued.