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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 624
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F.S. 624.44
624.44 Examination by the office.
(1)(a) The office shall examine the affairs, transactions, accounts, business records, and assets of any multiple-employer welfare arrangement as often as it deems necessary for the protection of the people of the state, but not less frequently than once every 3 years. For the purpose of examinations, the office may administer oaths and examine the trustees, directors, officers, and agents of an arrangement concerning its business and affairs.
(b) The expenses of examination of each arrangement by the office are subject to the same terms and conditions as apply to insurers under part II.
(c) The office may contract, at reasonable fees for work performed, with qualified, impartial, outside sources to perform audits or examinations or portions thereof to determine continued compliance with the requirements of ss. 624.436-624.446. Any contracted assistance shall be under direct supervision of the office. The results of any contracted assistance shall be subject to review, approval, disapproval, or modification by the office.
(2) If the office preliminarily finds that an arrangement is insolvent, the office shall notify the arrangement of such insolvency. Upon being so notified, the arrangement shall within 15 days file with the office all information that proves that the arrangement is not insolvent.
(3) If the arrangement fails within the 15-day period provided in subsection (2) to supply information showing to the satisfaction of the office that the arrangement is not insolvent, the office may:
(a)1. Suspend any new enrollment;
2. Suspend or revoke the arrangement’s certificate of authority; or
3. Place the arrangement in administrative supervision under 1s. 624.80; or
(b) For the purposes of dissolution, liquidation, or rehabilitation, place the arrangement under the supervision of the department pursuant to chapter 631.
History.s. 3, ch. 83-203; s. 3, ch. 84-94; s. 9, ch. 85-62; s. 5, ch. 85-212; ss. 29, 187, 188, ch. 91-108; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 813, ch. 2003-261.
1Note.Section 624.80 defines terms applicable to part VI, dealing with administrative supervision.