According to the Arizona Department of Insurance, state statutes require life and health insurance administrators operating in the state to be registered with the Department and provide an Arizona third party administrator surety bond, unless they are exempt by statute (A.R.S. §20-485.12 et seq.). (Life and Health Administrators are more commonly referred to as third party administrators (TPAs).) Generally, at “TPA” is defined under Arizona law as any person who collects charges or premiums from or paid on behalf of, or who adjusts or settles claims by, residents of the state in connection with life or health insurance coverage or annuities.
An applicant for a license to operate must multiple requirements, many of which address the TPA’s solvency and financial responsibility. You may review those requirements at http://www.azinsurance.gov/forms/Outline_of_TPA_requirements.pdf. The surety bond amount must be equivalent to ten percent of the “total funds handled” (relating to Life & Health coverage on Arizona residents), or $5,000 (whichever is greater). Funds handled include premiums collected for and/or claims paid on behalf of an “insurer.” The Arizona third party administrator bond form states the the Principal shall faithfully perform (his/her/its) duties as Administrator and fulfill all obligations imposed upon him/her/it by the provisions of Title 20, Chapter 2, Article 9, Arizona Revised Statutes. Said provisions generally require the TPA to act in a fiduciary capacity while handling charges, premiums, return premiums or any other funds belonging to others while performing the duties of a TPA, however the obligation is also a license/permit compliance surety guarantee which backs the TPA’s promise to file the appropriate annual financial reports and other license specific responsibilities. Application materials and the surety bond, as well any inquiries should be submitted to the DOI at:
Arizona Department of Insurance
Life and Health Division
Arizona Life and Health Administrator Surety Bond
2910 N. 44th Street, Ste. 210
Phoenix, AZ 85018
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