1739.16 Contracts with third-party administrator.

(A) If a multiple employer welfare arrangement operating a group self-insurance program contracts with a third-party administrator that is not an employee of the arrangement, it shall enter into a written agreement. The agreement is subject to review and approval by the superintendent of insurance in accordance with this section.

(B) The agreement may provide both of the following:

(1) The right of substitution of the third-party administrator and the revocation of the agreement upon notice to the superintendent;

(2) Restrictions upon the exercise of powers by the third-party administrator.

(C) The terms of the agreement shall be reasonable and equitable. The agreement and any amendments to the agreement shall be filed by the arrangement with the superintendent at least thirty days prior to their use. Any agreement and amendments that have not been disapproved by the superintendent within thirty days after their filing with him shall be deemed to be approved.

(D) The multiple employer welfare arrangement shall furnish a copy of the agreement and any amendments to the agreement to each member upon request.

(E) Except as provided in this division and division (D) of this section, the agreement and any amendments to the agreement are confidential and privileged and shall not be released to the public by the superintendent without the prior written consent of the parties to the agreement. However, the superintendent, without the prior written consent of the parties, may release to the public, in the manner the superintendent considers appropriate, all or any part of the agreement or any amendments to the agreement if the superintendent does both of the following:

(1) Prior to release, gives notice and opportunity to be heard to the arrangement and its affiliates that would be affected by the release;

(2) Determines that the release will serve the interests of the members and their employees, or the public.

Effective Date: 04-09-1993