RISK-BASED CAPITAL (RBC) FOR INSURERS ACT
41-5408. Confidentiality — Prohibition on announcements, prohibition on use in ratemaking. (1) All RBC reports, to the extent the information therein is not required to be set forth in a publicly available annual statement schedule, and RBC plans, including the results or report of any examination or analysis of an insurer performed pursuant hereto and any corrective order issued by the director pursuant to examination or analysis, with respect to any domestic insurer or foreign insurer which are filed with the director, constitute information that might be damaging to the insurer if made available to its competitors, and therefore shall be kept confidential by the director and shall be considered privileged. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 1, title 74, Idaho Code, this information shall not be made public or be subject to subpoena and shall not be subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in any private civil action. However, the director is authorized to use the documents, materials or other information in the furtherance of any regulatory or legal action brought as a part of the director’s official duties.
(2) Neither the director nor any person who received documents, materials or other information while acting under the authority of the director shall be permitted or required to testify in any private civil action concerning any confidential documents, materials or information obtained or provided pursuant to subsection (1) of this section.
(3) In order to assist in the performance of his duties under this chapter, the director may:
(a) Share documents, materials or other information, including the confidential and privileged documents, materials or information subject to subsection (1) of this section, with other states, federal and international regulatory agencies, with the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries and with state, federal and international law enforcement authorities, provided that the recipient agrees to maintain the confidentiality and privileged status of the document, material or other information;
(b) Receive documents, materials or information, including otherwise confidential and privileged documents, materials or information, from the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries and from regulatory and law enforcement officials of other foreign or domestic jurisdictions and shall maintain as confidential or privileged any document, material or information received with notice of or the understanding that it is confidential or privileged under the laws of the jurisdiction that is the source of the document, material or information; and
(c) Enter into agreements governing the sharing and use of information consistent with the provisions of this subsection.
(4) No waiver of any applicable privilege or claim of confidentiality in the documents, materials or information referenced in this section shall occur as a result of disclosure to the director under this section or as a result of sharing as authorized in subsection (3) of this section.
(5) It is the judgment of the legislature that the comparison of an insurer’s total adjusted capital to any of its RBC levels is a regulatory tool which may indicate the need for possible corrective action with respect to the insurer, and is not intended as a means to rank insurers generally. Therefore, except as otherwise required under the provisions of this chapter, the making, publishing, disseminating, circulating or placing before the public, or causing, directly or indirectly, to be made, published, disseminated, circulated or placed before the public in a newspaper, magazine or other publication, or in the form of a notice, circular, pamphlet, letter or poster, or over any radio or television station, or in any other way, an advertisement, announcement or statement containing an assertion, representation or statement with regard to the RBC levels of any insurer, or of any component derived in the calculation, by any insurer, agent, broker or other person engaged in any manner in the insurance business would be misleading and is therefore prohibited; provided however, that if any materially false statement with respect to the comparison regarding an insurer’s total adjusted capital to its RBC levels, or any of them, or an inappropriate comparison of any other amount to the insurers’ RBC levels is published in any written publication and the insurer is able to demonstrate to the director with substantial proof the falsity of such statement, or the inappropriateness, as the case may be, then the insurer may publish an announcement in a written publication if the sole purpose of the announcement is to rebut the materially false statement.
(6) It is the further judgment of the legislature that the RBC instructions, RBC reports, adjusted RBC reports, RBC plans and revised RBC plans are intended solely for use by the director in monitoring the solvency of insurers and the need for possible corrective action with respect to insurers and shall not be used by the director for ratemaking nor considered or introduced as evidence in any rate proceeding nor used by the director to calculate or derive any elements of an appropriate premium level or rate of return for any line of insurance which an insurer or any affiliate is authorized to write.
[41-5408, added 1996, ch. 96, sec. 1, p. 291; am. 2014, ch. 319, sec. 5, p. 789; am. 2015, ch. 141, sec. 116, p. 465.]