HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 739 FILED ON: 1/9/2009
HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 888
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Paul J. Donato
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill:
An Act relative to an appeal process of motor vehicle insurance surcharges under managed competition.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand and Nine
Act relative to an appeal process of motor vehicle insurance surcharges under managed competition.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Section 7A. Any insured aggrieved by any determination of an insurer as to the application of any provision of an insurer’s merit rating plan filed and approved by the commissioner pursuant to regulations promulgated in accordance with Section 10 of this chapter and section 15 of Chapter 175A, may within thirty days thereafter, file a written complaint with the board of appeals on motor vehicle policies and bonds, hereinafter called the board. Such complaint shall be accompanied by a filing fee to be determined by the board. The board may deny such appeal without a hearing on the basis of the standards of fault to be promulgated by the board. In the notice of its decision to deny the complaint by the insured, the board shall notify the insured that he has a right to a hearing on the application of the safe driver insurance plan.
The board shall provide the ins urer and the insured with at least ten days notice of any hearing held under this section. If, after a hearing, the board finds that the application of the safe driver insurance plan was in accordance with the standards promulgated by the board and an ins urer’s provisions of the safe driver insurance plan approved by the commissioner, it shall deny the appeal. If the board finds that the insurer’s application of the safe driver insurance plan was not in accordance with said standards and provisions, it sh all order the insurer to make the appropriate premium adjustment. The board may designate a person to act as a hearing officer pursuant to this section. The hearing officer shall file a memorandum of his findings or order in the office of the board, and shall send a copy to the insurer and the insured.
Any person or company aggrieved by any finding or order of the board may appeal therefrom to the superior court department of the trail court, pursuant to the provisions of section fourteen of chapter thir ty A. The appellant shall file with his appeal a duly certified copy of the complaint and of the finding and order thereon, and, if the appeal is taken from a finding and order of the board in respect to a cancellation, the clerk of such court shall forth with, upon the filing of such an appeal, give written notice of the filing thereof to the registrar of motor vehicle and to the appellee. Said court shall, after such notice to the parties as it deems reasonable, give a summary hearing on such appeal and shall have such jurisdiction in equity to review all questions of fact and law, and to affirm or reverse such finding or order and may make any appropriate decree. Said court or justice may allow such appeal, finding or order to be amended. The decisio n of the court or justice shall be final. The clerk of such court shall, within two days after entry thereof, send an attested copy of the decree to each of the parties and the commissioner and to said registrar, or his office. Said court or justice may make such order as to costs as it or he deems equitable. Said court may make reasonable rules to secure prompt hearings on such appeals and a speedy disposition thereof.