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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 14. Insurance
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
Chapter 345. Rules Governing Rate Stabilization in Property and Casualty Insurance

14VAC5-345-20. Definitions.

The following words or terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Commission" means the State Corporation Commission.

"Rate" means any rate of premium, policy fee, membership fee, or any other charge made by an insurer for or in connection with a contract or policy of insurance. The term "rate" shall not include a membership fee paid to become a member of an organization or association, one of the benefits of which is the purchasing of insurance coverage.

"Rate stabilization plan" or "capping" means a way to control or cap the impact of premium changes to renewals due to the insurer's (i) revision of its own rating plan; (ii) introduction of a new rating plan that replaces an existing rating plan; (iii) acquisition from another insurer pursuant to a written agreement of acquisition, merger, or sale that transfers all or part of the other insurer's book of business; or (iv) acquisition by an agent book of transfer.

"Rate stabilization rule" means the rating methodology filed by an insurer to describe the application of a rate stabilization plan.

"Renewal" means the continuation of an insurer's current policies; policies acquired by an insurer from another insurer pursuant to a written agreement of acquisition, merger, or sale that transfers all or part of the other insurer's book of business; or policies transferred by an agent or agency pursuant to an agent book of transfer.

"Supplementary rate information" includes any manual or plan of rates, experience rating plan, statistical plan, classification, rating schedule, minimum premium, or minimum premium rule, policy fee, rating rule, rate-related underwriting rule, and any other information not otherwise inconsistent with the purposes of Chapter 19 (§ 38.2-1900 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia, this chapter, or as required by the commission.

"Tier" means mutually exclusive pricing levels within the same insurer that are based on an indivisible group of risk characteristics.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-223 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 25, eff. September 1, 2016; Errata, 33:1 VA.R. 30 September 5, 2016.

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