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44-7507. Monitoring competition; determining competitive markets; hearing.(1) The director shall monitor competition and the availability of insurance in commercial insurance markets. Such monitoring may include requests for information from insurers regarding the lines, types, and classes of insurance that the insurer is seeking and able to write. When requested by an insurer with its response, the director shall keep such responses confidential except as they may be compiled in summaries.(2) If the director finds that a commercial insurance coverage is contributing to problems in the insurance marketplace due to excessive rates or lack of availability, the director shall report this finding to the Legislature. Such report may be a separate report or a supplement to the annual report required by section 44-113.(3) A competitive market is presumed to exist unless the director, after notice and hearing in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, determines by order that a degree of competition sufficient to warrant reliance upon competition as a regulator of rating systems, policy forms, or both does not exist in the market. In determining whether a sufficient degree of competition exists, the director may consider:(a) Relevant tests of workable competition pertaining to market structure, market performance, and market conduct;(b) The practical opportunities available to consumers in the market to acquire pricing and other consumer information and to compare and obtain insurance from competing insurers;(c) Whether long-term and short-term profitability provides evidence of excessive rates;(d) Whether rating systems filed under section 44-7508 would frequently require amendment or disapproval if filed under sections 44-7510 and 44-7511;(e) Whether additional competition would appear likely to significantly lower rates or improve the policy forms offered to insureds;(f) Whether rates would be lowered or policy forms would be improved by the imposition of a system of prior approval regulation;(g) Whether policy forms filed under section 44-7508.02 would frequently require amendment or disapproval if filed under section 44-7513; and(h) Any other relevant factors.(4) If a market for a particular type of insurance is found to lack sufficient competition to warrant reliance upon competition as a regulator of rating systems or policy forms, the director shall identify factors that appear to be the cause and the extent to which remediation can be achieved on a short-term or long-term basis. To the extent that significant remediation can be achieved consistent with the other goals of the Property and Casualty Insurance Rate and Form Act, the director shall take such action as may be within the director's authority to accomplish such remediation or to promote the accomplishment of such remediation.(5) If the director finds pursuant to a hearing held in accordance with subsection (3) of this section that the lack of sufficient competition warrants the application of sections 44-7510 and 44-7511 to the rates charged for a type of insurance, an order shall be issued pursuant to this section that applies sections 44-7510 and 44-7511 to the type of insurance. If the director finds pursuant to a hearing held in accordance with subsection (3) of this section that the lack of sufficient competition warrants the application of section 44-7513 to regulate the forms offered for a type of insurance, an order shall be issued pursuant to this section that applies section 44-7513 to the type of insurance. An order issued under this subsection shall expire no later than one year after its original issue unless the director renews the order after a hearing and a finding of a continued lack of sufficient competition. Any order that is renewed after its first year shall not exceed three years after reissue unless the director renews the order after a hearing and a finding of a continued lack of sufficient competition.(6) The director shall keep on file in one location all complaints from the public and insurance industry sources alleging that a competitive market does not exist. The director shall investigate each complaint to the extent necessary to determine the truth of the allegations. The director shall keep a summary of his or her findings and conclusions with the complaint. SourceLaws 2000, LB 1119, § 7; Laws 2003, LB 216, § 20. Cross ReferencesAdministrative Procedure Act, see section 84-920.