The Vermont Statutes Online
NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.
NOTE: The online version of the Vermont Statutes does NOT yet include the actions of the 2023 legislative session. The 2023 updates should be available by the end of October.
§ 4853. Nonassessable policies
(a) If a reciprocal insurer has a surplus of assets over all liabilities at least equal to the minimum capital stock and surplus required to be maintained by a domestic stock insurer authorized to transact like kinds of insurance, upon application of the attorney and as approved by the subscribers’ advisory committee, the Commissioner shall issue his or her certificate authorizing the insurer to extinguish the contingent liability of subscribers under its policies then in force in this State, and to omit provisions imposing contingent liability in all policies delivered or issued for delivery in this State for so long as all of the surplus remains unimpaired.
(b) Upon impairment of such surplus, the Commissioner shall immediately revoke the certificate. The revocation shall not render subject to contingent liability any policy then in force and for the remainder of the period for which the premium has previously been paid; but after the revocation no policy shall be issued or renewed without providing for contingent assessment liability of the subscriber.
(c) The Commissioner shall not authorize a domestic reciprocal insurer so to extinguish the contingent liability of any of its subscribers or in any of its policies to be issued, unless it is qualified to and does extinguish the liability of all its subscribers and in all policies for all kinds of insurance transacted by it. Nevertheless, if required by the laws of another state in which the insurer is transacting insurance as an authorized insurer, the insurer may issue policies providing for the contingent liability of such of its subscribers as may acquire such policies in that state, and need not extinguish the contingent liability applicable to policies previously in force in that state. (Added 1971, No. 31, § 1, eff. March 31, 1971; amended 2021, No. 105 (Adj. Sess.), § 234, eff. July 1, 2022.)