Usa Alaska

USA Statutes : alaska
Title : Insurance
Chapter : Chapter 06. The Director of Insurance

A person aggrieved by an order of the director may appeal the order to the superior court using procedures provided by court rule.

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The commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development shall appoint the director, division of insurance, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The director serves at the pleasure of the commissioner.

(a) A copy of a record or document in the office of the director that is certified as a true copy by the director shall be received in evidence in any court as if it were the original.

(b) The director shall furnish upon request a certificate as to the authority of a person to transact insurance. The certificate is evidence of the facts set out in the certificate.

Not less than 20 days in advance, the administrative law judge or director shall give notice of the time and place of the hearing, stating the matters to be considered at the hearing. If the persons to be given notice are not specified in the provision under which the hearing is held, the administrative law judge or director shall give notice to all persons whose pecuniary interests are to be directly and immediately affected by the hearing.

The director shall regularly inform the public of matters concerning the purchase, price, coverage, benefits, and rights of insurance marketed in this state and make available information on availability of the services of the division of insurance. The director shall prepare, publish, and revise as it becomes useful or necessary to do so, an information pamphlet on insurance and the rights of a consumer of insurance and on how to take advantage of the services of the division of insurance.

(a) The director may delegate to a deputy, assistant, examiner, or employee of the division the exercise or discharge in the director's name of a power, duty, or function, whether ministerial or discretionary, vested by this title in the director.

(b) The director is responsible for the official acts of a deputy, assistant, examiner, or employee of the director acting in the name of and by the authority of the director.

(a) There is created within the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development a division of insurance, which shall be located in or convenient to the office occupied by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.

(b) The division of insurance shall be under the administrative control of the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development and the supervision of the director of the division of insurance.

The hearing and appeal procedures provided for in AS 21.06.180 - 21.06.230 do not apply to matters covered by AS 21.39 (Rates and Rating Organizations).

The director shall collect in advance a fee for each license and for services performed by the division of insurance. Fees may be collected for but are not limited to applications, licenses and license renewals, certificates of authority, service of process, printed or photocopied material, and postage. The director shall adopt regulations setting the fees in an amount the director determines to be sufficient to reimburse the state for the actual expense incurred in providing a service. The director may require by regulation that an insurer or other licensee pay a fee by electronic means.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, a natural person who applies for a license or requests renewal of a license issued by the director under this title shall provide the director with the person's social security number. Upon request, the director shall provide a social security number provided under this section to the child support services agency created in AS 25.27.010 , or the child support enforcement agency of another state, for child support purposes authorized under law.

(a) A demand for a hearing received by the director before the effective date of an order issued or within 10 days after an order is delivered stays the effectiveness of the order pending the hearing and an order made thereon, except as to action taken or proposed under an order

(1) on hearing;

(2) under and supplemental to an order on hearing; or

(3) based upon impairment of assets or unsound financial condition of an insurer.

(b) If an automatic stay is not provided for and the director after receipt of a written request for a stay fails to grant it, the person aggrieved may apply to the superior court for a stay of the director's proposed action.

(a) To determine compliance with this title, the director may as often as the director considers advisable examine or require a written report from a person of the accounts, records, documents, and transactions pertaining to or affecting the insurance affairs or proposed insurance affairs of

(1) an insurance producer or independent adjuster; or

(2) a person engaged in or proposing to be engaged in or assisting in the promotion or formation of a domestic insurer or insurance holding corporation, or corporation to finance a domestic insurer or the production of its business.

(b) [Repealed, Sec. 223 ch 67 SLA 1992].

(a) In conducting the hearing, the administrative law judge or director shall sit in a quasi-judicial capacity. Within 45 days after termination of the hearing, rehearing, or reargument, the director shall make an order on hearing, covering matters involved in the hearing, rehearing, or reargument, and shall give a copy of the order to the same persons given notice of the hearing.

(b) The order must contain a concise statement of the facts found by the director, the conclusions of the director, and the matters required by AS 21.06.100 .

(c) The order may affirm, modify, or nullify a previous action or may constitute the taking of new action within the scope of the notice of hearing.

(a) The director shall adopt by regulation uniform claims forms, uniform standards, and uniform procedures for the processing of data relating to billing for and payment of health care services provided to state residents. A health care insurer shall use the uniform claims forms and comply with the uniform standards and procedures established under this section.

(b) In this section,

(1) 'health care insurer' has the meaning given in AS 21.54.500 ;

(2) 'health care services' has the meaning given in AS 21.86.900 .

(a) The director, employees or agents of the division, and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and its employees, are not liable for civil damages for an act or omission in the execution of their authorized activities or duties under this title, or for the publication or dissemination of a report or bulletin related to their authorized activities or duties.

(b) A person may not bring a civil action if the civil action arises out of the act of communicating or delivering information to the director, a representative of the director, or an examiner who is performing an examination under this title.

(c) This section does not abrogate or modify the common law or other statutory privilege or immunity.

(d) This section does not preclude liability for civil damages as a result of reckless, wilful, or intentional misconduct.

(a) Orders and notices of the director are not effective unless in writing signed by or under the authority of the director.

(b) Every order must state its effective date and must concisely state

(1) its intent or purpose;

(2) the grounds on which it is based;

(3) the provisions of this title under which the action is taken or proposed to be taken; the failure of an order to designate a particular provision of this title does not deprive the director of the right to rely on the particular provision.

(c) Except as may be provided in this title respecting particular procedures, an order or notice may be given by delivery to the person to be ordered or notified or by mailing it, postage prepaid, addressed to the person at the principal place of business as last of record in the director's office. A mailed order or notice is considered given when mailed.

(a) The director may adopt reasonable regulations to effectuate this title. A regulation may not extend, modify, or conflict with any law of this state or the reasonable implications thereof. Except for regulations adopted under AS 21.06.250 , a regulation affecting a person or matter other than the personnel or the internal affairs of the director's office shall be adopted or amended only after a hearing, of which notice was given as required by AS 21.06.200 . If reasonably possible the director shall set out the proposed regulation or amendment in or with the notice of hearing. A regulation or amendment as to which a hearing is required is not effective until it has been on file as a public record in the director's office for at least 10 days.

(b) In addition to any other penalty provided, wilful violation of a regulation subjects the violator to the administrative penalty prescribed for that violation.

(a) The director may hold hearings for any purpose within the scope of this title considered to be necessary.

(b) The office of administrative hearings (AS 44.64.010 ) shall conduct a hearing on behalf of the director if required under AS 44.64.030 . Otherwise, the director shall conduct a hearing if required by a provision of this title, or upon written demand to the director by a person aggrieved by an act, threatened act, or failure of the director to act, or by a report, regulation, or order of the director (other than an order for the holding of a hearing, or an order on hearing or under it). A demand must specify the grounds to be relied upon at the hearing as a basis for the relief. Unless postponed by mutual consent or for good cause shown, the hearing shall be held within 30 days after receipt by the director of the written demand.

(c) If within the 30-day period the director does not either (1) grant the hearing, or (2) issue an order refusing the hearing, as to the previous report, regulation, or order as to which the person so claims to be aggrieved, the hearing shall be considered to have been refused.

(a) The director shall require reporting of and shall compile information necessary to evaluate the effect of the measures enacted in chapter 26, SLA 1997 on the availability and cost of insurance in the state.

(b) Information described in (a) of this section shall be provided by all insurers doing business in this state in the format specified by the director and must include factual information stating premiums, claims, losses, expenses, and solvency of the company as a whole. Information shall be compiled by the division in a way that protects the identity of individual insureds.

(c) The director shall adopt regulations to implement and interpret this section, including requiring insurers doing business in the state to provide information necessary for the division to carry out its responsibilities under (a) and (b) of this section. If there are indications of market disruption, the director may waive all or part of the reporting requirements in this section.

(d) Beginning June 1, 2000, the information compiled under (a) of this section shall be reported annually to the governor and the judiciary committees of both houses of the legislature.

(e) The division may consult with the Alaska Judicial Council when determining what information to require to be reported under (a) - (c) of this section and when implementing the compilation required under (a) of this section.

(a) The director may appoint a chief deputy, who shall be in charge of the division of insurance under the direction and control of the director.

(b) The director may appoint additional deputies for purposes designated by the director.

(c) The director may employ a competent insurance actuary to perform actuarial duties, if any, of the division, to take charge of or assist in the examination of insurers, and to perform other assigned duties.

(d) The director may appoint or employ examiners to conduct or assist in examinations provided for under this title as may be competent because of experience or special education or training to fulfill the responsibilities of an insurance examiner.

(e) The director may appoint and employ a field investigator whose primary duty is to make investigations in this state of violations or claimed violations of this title.

(f) The director may appoint a chief clerk for the division, and employ other assistants and clerks necessary to discharge the duties of the director under this title.

(g) The director may contract for and procure, on a fee or part-time basis, or both, actuarial, technical, or other professional services required for the discharge of the director's duties.

(h) A volunteer member of an advisory committee who has been appointed by the director under a provision of this title to assist and advise the director on issues or matters concerning a specific area of insurance is not entitled to payment of per diem or travel expenses authorized under AS 39.20.180 .

(a) The director shall enforce the provisions of this title, and shall execute the duties imposed by this title.

(b) The director has the power and authority expressly conferred by or reasonably implied from the provisions of this title.

(c) The director may conduct examinations and investigations of insurance matters, in addition to examinations and investigations expressly authorized, considered proper to determine whether any person has violated a provision of this title or to secure information useful in the lawful administration of its provisions.

(d) If the director determines that a catastrophe has occurred in this state and in good faith believes that the governor or the President of the United States has issued or is about to issue a declaration of disaster, the director may take the action that the director considers necessary to assure that a contract of insurance already issued will be honored under the terms of the contract. Actions that the director may take include emergency orders permitting the immediate licensing of adjusters to facilitate handling of claims, permitting a licensee to open or close an office, permitting a licensee to move or remove a record as required by the existence of the catastrophe, or permitting the issuance by an insurer of checks or drafts drawn on an out-of-state bank in payment of a claim. Until a declaration of the disaster has been lifted, the director may take action to respond to a disaster without a hearing. An action taken under this subsection may not remain in effect more than six months from the date that the director determines that a catastrophe has occurred unless, after a hearing, the director determines that the action is still necessary to respond to the disaster.

(e) The director has such additional powers and duties as may be provided by other laws of this state.

(a) Each person examined, other than examinations under AS 21.06.130 , shall pay a reasonable rate calculated on salary, benefit costs, and estimated division overhead for time spent directly or indirectly related to the examination. Each person examined, other than examinations under AS 21.06.130 , shall pay actual out-of-pocket business expenses, including travel expenses, incurred by division staff examiners and shall pay the compensation of a contract examiner, to be set at a reasonable customary rate, for conducting the examination upon presentation of a detailed account of the charges and expenses by the director or under an order of the director. The accounting may either be presented periodically during the course of the examination or at the termination of the examination. A person may not pay and an examiner may not accept additional compensation for an examination.

(b) The director shall pay into the general fund of the state all money received under (a) of this section. Instead of charging and collecting the costs and expenses of the examination under (a) of this section, the director may give written authorization for the person examined to make direct payment to the contract examiner for all or part of the contract examiner's compensation or expenses. The contract between the state and a contract examiner who will receive direct payment under this subsection must require that the examiner provide the director with a copy of each billing for the examination.

(c) In addition to other penalties provided by this title, if the person fails to pay the charges and expenses prescribed in (a) of this section, the amount may be recovered by suit by the attorney general on behalf of the state and restored to the general fund. The amount due shall be a first lien upon all of the assets and property of the person in this state.

As early in each calendar year as is reasonably possible, the director shall prepare and deliver an annual report to the commissioner, who shall notify the legislature that the report is available, showing, with respect to the preceding calendar year,

(1) a list of the authorized insurers transacting insurance in this state, with a summary of their financial statement as the director considers appropriate;

(2) the name of each insurer whose certificate of authority was surrendered, suspended, or revoked during the year and the cause of surrender, suspension, or revocation;

(3) the name of each insurer authorized to do business in this state against which delinquency or similar proceedings were instituted and, if against an insurer domiciled in this state, a concise statement of the facts with respect to each proceeding and its present status;

(4) a statement in regard to examination of rating organizations, advisory organizations, joint underwriters, and joint reinsurers as required by AS 21.39.120 ;

(5) the receipt and expenses of the division for the year;

(6) recommendations of the director as to amendments or supplementation of laws affecting insurance or the office of director;

(7) statistical information regarding health insurance, including the number of individual and group policies sold or terminated in the state; this paragraph does not authorize the director to require an insurer to release proprietary information;

(8) the annual percentage of health claims paid in the state that meets the requirements of AS 21.54.020 (a) and (d); and

(9) other pertinent information and matters the director considers proper.

(a) With respect to the subject of an examination, investigation, or hearing being conducted by the director or an examiner, if general written authority has been given the examiner by the director, the director or the examiner may subpoena witnesses and administer oaths or affirmations and examine any person under oath, and may compel the production of records, books, papers, contracts, and other documents by attachments, if necessary. If, in connection with an examination of an insurer, the director desires to examine an officer, director, or manager who is then outside this state, the director is authorized to conduct and to enforce by appropriate and available means an examination under oath in another state or a territory of the United States in which the officer, director, or manager may then presently be, to the full extent permitted by the laws of the other state or territory, this special authorization considered. An administrative law judge from the office of administrative hearings (AS 44.64.010 ) conducting a hearing under this title may, in the course of the hearing, exercise the powers granted to the director under this subsection.

(b) Witness fees and mileage, if claimed, shall be allowed the same as for testimony in a court. Witness fees, mileage, and the actual expenses necessarily incurred in securing attendance of witnesses and their testimony shall be itemized, and shall be paid by the person being examined if the person is found to have violated the law regarding the matter for which the witness was subpoenaed, or shall be paid by the person, if other than the director, at whose request the hearing is held.

(c) Subpoenas of witnesses shall be served in the same manner as if issued from a court.

(d) If a person disobeys or resists a lawful order of the administrative law judge or director, refuses to respond to a subpoena, refuses to take oath or affirmation as a witness, refuses to be examined, or is guilty of misconduct at a hearing or so near the hearing as to obstruct the proceeding, the administrative law judge or director shall certify the facts to the superior court where the hearing is held, and, upon certification, the court shall issue an order directing the person to appear before the court and show cause why the person should not be punished for contempt.

(e) [Repealed, Sec. 22 ch 149 SLA 1984].

(a) The administrative law judge or director shall allow a party to the hearing to appear in person and by counsel, to be present during the giving of all evidence, to have a reasonable opportunity to inspect all documentary evidence and to examine witnesses, to present evidence in support of the party's interest, and to have subpoenas issued by the administrative law judge or director to compel attendance of witnesses and production of evidence in the party's behalf.

(b) The administrative law judge or director shall permit to become a party to the hearing by intervention, if timely, any person who was not an original party to the proceeding and whose pecuniary interests are to be directly and immediately affected by the director's order made upon the hearing.

(c) Formal rules of pleading or evidence need not be observed at a hearing.

(d) Upon written request seasonably made by a party to the hearing and at that person's expense, the administrative law judge or director shall cause a full stenographic record of the proceedings to be made by a competent reporter. If transcribed, a copy of the stenographic record shall be furnished to the director, without cost to the director or the state, and shall be a part of the director's record of the hearing. If transcribed, a copy of the stenographic record shall be furnished to any other party to the hearing at the request and expense of the other party. If no stenographic record is made or transcribed, the administrative law judge or director shall prepare an adequate record of the evidence and of the proceedings.

(e) Upon written request of a party to a hearing filed with the director within 30 days after an order made pursuant to a hearing has been mailed or delivered to the persons entitled to receive it, the director may grant a rehearing or reargument of the matters involved in the hearing. Notice of the rehearing or reargument must conform to the requirements of AS 21.06.200 .

(f) If the parties agree, the administrative law judge or director may conduct a hearing under this section by teleconference.

(g) A witness at a hearing under this section may testify telephonically.

(h) The administrative law judge or director may close a hearing to the public when the administrative law judge or director finds the closure is necessary to protect a person against unwarranted injury or is in the public interest.

(a) An examination report may only consist of facts appearing upon the books, records, or other documents of the examined person, the person's agents, or other persons examined, or facts determined from the testimony of officers, agents, or other persons examined concerning the person's affairs, and the conclusions and recommendations that the examiners find reasonably warranted from the facts.

(b) The examiner shall file with the division a written report of an examination, signed by the examiner under oath, not later than 60 days following the last day of examination field work. The period for filing the report may be extended for 60 additional days upon approval of the director. Upon receipt of the report, the division shall transmit the report to the person being examined, together with a notice that gives the person being examined a period of 30 days to make a written submission or rebuttal with respect to matters contained in the examination report. Within 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

(1) approving the examination report as filed or approving the examination report with modification or corrections;

(2) rejecting the examination report with directions to the examiners to reopen the examination for the purpose of obtaining additional data, documentation, or information and refiling the report under this section; or

(3) setting an investigatory hearing under the procedures of AS 21.06.200 and 21.06.210(a) - (d) for purposes of obtaining additional information and testimony.

(c) In the event the director determines that regulatory action is appropriate as a result of an examination, the director may enter orders and initiate proceedings as provided by law. The director may use an examination report, work papers or other documents, the testimony of the examiners, or other information discovered or developed during the course of an examination in a judicial or administrative proceeding, whether or not a written report of the examination at the time has been made, transmitted, or approved by the director.

(d) The director may disclose the content of an examination report, preliminary examination report or results, or a matter relating to it to the insurance division of this or another state or country and to law enforcement officers of this or another jurisdiction. Except as allowed by this section or other provision of law, the director may not disclose the contents of a preliminary examination report before the report is filed in the office of the director under AS 21.06.060 .

(e) An order entered under (b)(1) of this section must be accompanied by findings of fact and conclusions of law resulting from the director's consideration and review of the examination report, relevant examiner work papers, and written submissions or rebuttals.

(f) Within 30 days of the receipt of the approved report, the person examined shall file affidavits executed by each director and the chief executive officer or equivalent officer stating under oath that they have received and reviewed a copy of the approved report and related orders.

(g) Information or records obtained by the director under AS 21.06.120 or 21.06.140 and any related work papers of an examination are confidential. The director may publish an examination report or a summary of it in a newspaper or electronic media in the state if the director determines that the publication is in the public interest.

(a) The director shall conduct the examination at the home office of a domestic, foreign, or Canadian insurer, or the United States branch office of an alien insurer, or in any of its branch or agency offices; or with respect to persons other than insurers, at the office or other place or places where the records are kept.

(b) Every person being examined, or from whom information is sought, and its officers, employees, agents, and representatives shall provide to the director timely, convenient, and free access, at all reasonable hours at its office, the books, accounts, records, documents, files, information, assets, and matters in their possession or control relating to the subject of the examination, including all computer or other recordings relating to the property, assets, business, and affairs of the person being examined, and shall facilitate and aid the examination as far as it is in their power to do so, including providing to the director, at the expense of the person being examined, a copy of any document requested during the examination. The director may suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew a license or authority of a person engaging in the business of insurance or other business under the jurisdiction of the director if the person or an officer, director, employee, or agent of the person refuses to submit to examination or to comply with a reasonable written request of an examiner.

(c) If the director finds financial or other records to be inadequate or inadequately kept or posted or if an insurer's financial records are not kept as required by the Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual currently approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners after the director has issued an order citing the inadequacy of the accounts and given a reasonable opportunity to complete or correct the accounting, the director may employ experts to rewrite, post, or balance them at the expense of the person being examined.

(d) When conducting an examination under this section, the director may retain attorneys, appraisers, independent actuaries, independent certified public accountants, or other professionals and specialists as examiners, the reasonable cost of which shall be paid by the person being examined under AS 21.06.160 (a).

(e) As far as practical the director shall conduct the examination of a foreign or alien insurer in cooperation with the insurance supervisory officials of other states in which the insurer transacts business, and for this purpose the director may participate in joint examinations of insurers or be represented at an examination by an examiner of another state.

(f) In conducting an examination under this section, the examiner shall observe at a minimum those guidelines and procedures set out in the Examiners' Handbook currently approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners that are consistent with this title.

(g) An examiner may not be appointed by the director if the examiner, either directly or indirectly, has a conflict of interest or is affiliated with the management of or owns a pecuniary interest in a person subject to examination under this title. This section may not be construed to automatically preclude an examiner from being, in the ordinary course of business,

(1) a policyholder or claimant under an insurance policy;

(2) a grantor of a mortgage or similar instrument on the examiner's residence to a regulated entity if obtained under customary terms;

(3) an investment owner in shares of regulated mutual fund companies; or

(4) a settlor or beneficiary of a blind trust into which otherwise impermissible holdings have been placed.

(h) The director may terminate or suspend an examination in order to pursue other legal or regulatory action under this title.

(i) In a judicial or administrative proceeding a factual determination made in an examination report approved under AS 21.06.150 (b)(1) is prima facie evidence of the fact.

(a) The director may examine the affairs, transactions, accounts, records, and assets of each authorized and formerly authorized insurer and each licensed and formerly licensed managing general agent, reinsurance intermediary broker, reinsurance intermediary manager, surplus lines broker, and surplus lines association as often as the director considers advisable. In scheduling and determining the nature, scope, and frequency of examinations, the director may consider any factor or material that the director determines is appropriate, including the results of financial statement analysis and ratios, competency of management or change of ownership, actuarial opinions, reports of independent certified public accountants, number and nature of consumer complaints, results of prior examinations, frequency of prior violations of statute and regulation, and criteria set out in the Examiners' Handbook most recently approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and in effect when the director conducts an examination. Examination of an alien insurer may be limited to its insurance transactions and affairs in the United States. Examination of a reciprocal insurer may also include examination of its attorney-in-fact to the extent that the transactions of the attorney-in-fact relate to the insurer.

(b) The director shall in like manner examine each insurer applying for an initial certificate of authority to do business in this state.

(c) In place of an examination by the director, the director may accept a full report of the last recent examination of a foreign or alien insurer, issued by the insurance supervisory official of another state, territory, commonwealth, or district of the United States. The director may require that the

(1) insurance regulatory agency conducting the examination be, at the time of the examination, accredited by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners;

(2) examination be performed under the supervision of an insurance regulatory agency accredited by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and the supervising examiner, after a review of the examination work papers and report, state under oath that the examination and report comply with the standards and procedures required by their accredited state insurance regulatory agency; or

(3) examiner conducting the examination be employed by an insurance regulatory agency accredited at the time of the examination by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and that the examiner, after review of the examination work papers and report, state under oath that the examination and report comply with the standards and procedures required by the accredited insurance regulatory agency.

(d) The director may examine insurers in participation with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

(e) The director may use a contract examiner to carry out the functions of this section. The selection of a contract examiner and the award of a contract is subject to AS 36.30 (State Procurement Code), except when the director makes a written determination that an emergency selection and contract award is necessary.

(f) For the purpose of completing an examination of a person under this title, the director may examine or investigate any person, or the business of any person, if the director determines that the examination or investigation is necessary or material to the examination of the person.

(g) The director shall examine a domestic insurer at least once every three years. The director may examine a domestic insurer at any time when the director determines that an examination or investigation is necessary. Unless the director determines an insurer is in danger of becoming impaired, when the director intends to conduct an interim examination of a domestic insurer covering the same subjects that were included in the scope of the last examination report, the director shall give at least 10 days prior written notice stating the scope and purpose of the examination. In this subsection, 'interim examination' means an examination of a domestic insurer that occurs within three years after the start of the domestic insurer's last examination.

(a) The director shall enter in permanent form records of official transactions, examinations, investigations, and proceedings and keep those records in the office of the director. The records and insurance filings in the office of the director are open to public inspection, except as otherwise provided in (b) - (g) of this section or other provisions of this title with respect to particular records or filings.

(b) Information and records, including written documents and electronic data, designated as confidential or not available for public inspection under this section or other provisions of this title

(1) are not subject to inspection and copying under AS 40.25.110 - 40.25.220;

(2) may not be obtained from the director by subpoena, except for a subpoena issued by a state or federal law enforcement agency or grand jury;

(3) may be used by the director in a regulatory or legal proceeding; and

(4) may be released for public inspection if the person who provided the information or records to the director consents or releases incomplete or misleading information on the same topic to the public.

(c) The director or a person acting under the authority of the director who receives information or records designated in this title as confidential or not available for public inspection may not be permitted or required to testify about the information or records in a civil action not involving the state or a state agency, officer, or employee.

(d) A person required or requested to provide information or records to the director under this title does not waive a claim of privilege that the person may have by providing the information or records to the director.

(e) In the performance of duties under this title, the director may

(1) disclose confidential information or records to the legislature, state, federal, and international regulatory or law enforcement agencies, or the National Association of Insurance Commissioners if the recipient will maintain the confidentiality of the information or records;

(2) receive information or records from state, federal, and international regulatory or law enforcement authorities or the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and maintain the confidentiality of the information or records if requested to do so or given notice that the information or records are confidential under the law of the jurisdiction supplying them; and

(3) enter into agreements consistent with this section governing the sharing of information or records that are confidential under this title with other state, federal, and international regulatory or law enforcement agencies or the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for the purpose of furthering any regulatory or legal action that may be taken as part of the recipient's official duties.

(f) The following information or records submitted to or obtained by the director are confidential:

(1) personally identifiable consumer information; however, the director may disclose the information or records for the purpose of attempting to resolve a consumer complaint;

(2) information or records established by a showing satisfactory to the director to be a trade secret or proprietary business information, including

(A) detailed health insurance claim cost data; and

(B) justification for usual, customary, and reasonable charge determinations;

(3) information or records provided by a person not subject to this title at the request of the director if the information or records are identified as confidential by the director; and

(4) financial analysis ratios and examination synopses concerning insurance companies that are submitted to the director by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

(g) The director may withhold information or records from public inspection for as long as the director finds the withholding is

(1) necessary to protect a person against unwarranted injury; or

(2) in the public interest.