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Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund; Notice of and Amount of Assessment Action; Notice No. 2011-09

[41 Pa.B. 5852]
[Saturday, October 29, 2011]

 The Insurance Department (Department), Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund, by Joseph DiMemmo, Deputy Insurance Commissioner, under section 712 of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act (act) (40 P. S. § 1303.712), has determined that the annual assessment to be levied for calendar year 2012 shall be 23% applied to the prevailing primary premium for each participating health care provider.

 The act defines ''prevailing primary premium'' as the schedule of occurrence rates approved by the Insurance Commissioner for the Joint Underwriting Association (JUA). For purposes of the 2012 annual assessment, the rates shall be those currently approved for use by the JUA.

 Participating health care providers having approved self-insurance plans shall be assessed an amount equal to the assessment imposed on a participating health care provider of like class, size, risk and kind as determined by the Department.

 The total assessment cost for 2012 will be $203,824,513. This amount is $26,741,075 more than what was collected from the 2011 assessment to cover claims, expenses and a 10% buffer. The difference will be paid from MCARE's carryover balance. The increase in the assessment percentage for 2012 is attributable to an increase in claims in 2011, as well as a rate reduction by the JUA.

 This action is subject to 1 Pa. Code Part II (relating to General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure).

JOSEPH DIMEMMO, 
Deputy Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-1855. Filed for public inspection October 28, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]



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