THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
41-227. Examination report. (1) The director or his examiner shall make a full and true written report of every examination made by him under this chapter, and shall verify the report by his oath.
(2) The report shall comprise only facts appearing upon the books, papers, records or documents of the person being examined, or ascertained from testimony of individuals under oath concerning the affairs of such person, together with such conclusions and recommendations as may reasonably be warranted from such facts.
(3) Prior to a hearing and prior to any modifications the report shall be subject to disclosure according to chapter 1, title 74, Idaho Code.
(4) No later than sixty (60) days following completion of the examination, the examiner in charge shall file with the department a verified written report of examination under oath. Upon receipt of the verified report, the department shall transmit the report to the company examined, together with a notice which shall afford the company examined a reasonable opportunity of not more than thirty (30) days to make a written submission or rebuttal with respect to any matters contained in the examination report.
(5) Within thirty (30) days of the end of the period allowed for the receipt of written submissions or rebuttals, the director shall fully consider and review the report, together with any written submissions or rebuttals and any relevant portions of the examiner’s work papers, and enter an order:
(a) Adopting the examination report as filed or with modifications or corrections. If the examination report reveals that the company is operating in violation of any law, regulation or prior order of the director, the director may order the company to take any action the director considers necessary and appropriate to cure such violation;
(b) Rejecting the examination report with directions to the examiners to reopen the examination for purposes of obtaining additional data, documentation or information, and refiling pursuant to subsection (2)[(4)] of this section; or
(c) Calling for an investigatory hearing with no less than twenty (20) days’ notice to the company for purposes of obtaining additional documentation, data, information and testimony.
(6) (a) All orders entered pursuant to subsection (5)(a) of this section shall be accompanied by findings and conclusions resulting from the director’s consideration and review of the examination report, relevant examiner work papers and any written submissions or rebuttals. Any such order shall be considered a final order and may be appealed pursuant to sections 67-5270 through 67-5279, Idaho Code, and shall be served upon the company by certified mail, together with a copy of the adopted examination report. Within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the adopted report, the company shall file affidavits executed by each of its directors stating under oath that they have received a copy of the adopted report and related orders.
(b) Any hearing conducted under subsection (5)(c) of this section by the director or authorized representative, shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 52, title 67, Idaho Code, as a nonadversarial confidential investigatory proceeding as necessary for the resolution of any inconsistencies, discrepancies or disputed issues apparent upon the face of the filed examination report or raised by, or as a result of, the director’s review of relevant work papers or by the written submission or rebuttal of the company. Within twenty (20) days of the conclusion of any such hearing, the director shall enter an order pursuant to the provisions of subsection (5)(a) of this section.
(c) The director shall not appoint a contract examiner or an employee of the department as an authorized representative to conduct the hearing.
Nothing contained in this section shall require the department to disclose any information or records which would indicate or show the content of any investigation or activity of a criminal justice agency, except to the extent that the director relied upon information furnished to the director by such criminal justice agency in making his decision.
(7) The report when so verified and filed shall be admissible in evidence in any action or proceeding brought by the director against the person examined, or against its officers, employees or agents, and shall be presumptive evidence of the material facts stated therein. The director or his examiners may at any time testify and offer other proper evidence as to information secured or matters discovered during the course of an examination, whether or not a written report of the examination has been either made, furnished or filed in the department.
(8) After an order is entered under the provisions of subsection (5)(a) of this section, the director may publish the report or the results of the examination as contained therein which report or results are a public record and shall be exempt from the exemptions from disclosure provided in chapter 1, title 74, Idaho Code.
(9) Nothing contained in this chapter shall prevent or be construed as prohibiting the director from disclosing the content of an examination report, preliminary examination report or results, or any matter relating thereto, to the insurance department of this or any other state or country, or to law enforcement officials of this or any other state or agency of the federal government at any time, so long as the agency or office receiving the report or matters relating thereto agrees in writing to hold it confidential and in a manner consistent with this chapter.
(10) All working papers, recorded information, documents and copies thereof produced by, obtained by or disclosed to the director or any other person in the course of an examination made under the provisions of this chapter shall be made available to the person or company which was the subject of the examination in proceedings pursuant to chapter 52, title 67, Idaho Code, but shall otherwise be held by the director as a record not required to be made public pursuant to exemptions from disclosure provided in chapter 1, title 74, Idaho Code.
[41-227, added 1961, ch. 330, sec. 44, p. 645; am. 1990, ch. 213, sec. 52, p. 522; am. 1993, ch. 194, sec. 3, p. 496; am. 1995, ch. 136, sec. 2, p. 588; am. 1996, ch. 95, sec. 1, p. 280; am. 1999, ch. 30, sec. 10, p. 52; am. 2015, ch. 141, sec. 105, p. 454.]