The Arizona Department of Insurance is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.
The purpose of this Bulletin is to advise all surety insurers that engage bail bond agents to post appearance (bail) bonds in Arizona courts of a change of procedure within the Department. As of the date of this Bulletin, the Department will now refer indemnitors with unreleased liens on vehicles and real property directly to the surety insurer that issued a bail bond that the court has exonerated if it cannot communicate with the bail bond agent or the bail bond agent fails to cooperate in releasing the lien.
As a Meritus policyholder, What will happen to my insurance?
Your Meritus coverage will end on 12/31/2015. Meritus cannot write new policies or renew existing policies in Arizona for plan year 2016. If you do not want to have a gap in coverage, you should purchase a new plan prior to December 15, 2015 during Open Enrollment, or by December 31, 2015 during a Special Enrollment Period. Individuals may shop on Healthcare.gov, or select a plan off-exchange, but remember that tax credits are only available through plans offered on Healthcare.gov...
Two Arizona health insurance companies have been placed under supervision by the Arizona Director of Insurance, Andy Tobin. Director Tobin filed an Order for Supervision on October 30, 2015, to place Meritus Health Partners and Meritus Mutual Health Partners into supervision. Meritus declined to consent to the Order for Supervision. The Meritus companies’ ability to write new policies or renew existing policies is suspended. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has removed the Meritus plans from the Marketplace. Director Tobin, appointed as Supervisor under Arizona law, will oversee the two companies.
On October 23, 2015, the Arizona Department of Insurance (“Department”) published a Notice of Final Exempt Rulemaking in the Arizona Register, (21 A.A.R. 2448, October 23, 2015). The rulemaking conforms Article 16 – Credit for Reinsurance, AAC R20-6-1601 through R20-6-6012 and Exhibits A through D, to recent updates to A.R.S. §§ 20-261.03, 20-261.05 through 20-261.08 (Credit for Reinsurance)....
On October 16, 2015, the Arizona Department of Insurance published a Notice of Rulemaking in the Arizona Register, (21 A.A.R. 2401, October 16, 2015). The rulemaking proposes to amend Article 11 – Medicare Supplement Insurance, AAC R20-6-1101, to update the incorporation by reference of the NAIC Model Regulation to Implement the NAIC Medicare Supplement Insurance Minimum Standards Model Act, which includes the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (Model Regulation).
H.R. 1624, better known as the PACE Act, was signed into law on October 7, 2015. The PACE Act amends the provision of the Affordable Care Act (42 USC 18024) that defines small and large group employers. Further, the PACE Act permits individual states to define "small employer" as "...an employer who employed an average of at least 1 but not more than 100 employees on business days during the preceding calendar year and who employs at least 1 employee on the first day of the plan year."
In light of the changes contained in the PACE Act, Arizona will retain its existing definition of small group insurance...
Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Department of Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Donald Parra, 41, of Mesa. Mr. Parra is the owner of “Precision 1 Auto Glass” (recently re-named to “Family Glass Shop”) located at 1947 North Lindsey Road, #107 in Mesa, AZ. Mr. Parra was booked at the MCSO jail charged with several felony charges including Identity Theft and Insurance Fraud after making fictitious automobile glass claims to insurance companies.
PHOENIX – With wildfire season upon us, the Arizona Department of Insurance reminds homeowners that now is the time to take steps to protect your property against loss. Although it’s impossible to predict when and where wildfires will occur in Arizona, it is possible to predict that they will occur. Each year an estimated 1,500 wildfires occur in Arizona.