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TPA Exception

§41-901. DEFINITIONS. For the purposes of this chapter:

(1)  "Administrator" or "third party administrator" or "TPA" means any person who directly or indirectly underwrites, collects charges or premiums from or adjusts or settles claims on residents of this state in connection with life, annuity or health insurance coverage offered or provided by an insurer, except any of the following:

(a)  An employer, or a wholly owned direct or indirect subsidiary of an employer, on behalf of its employees or the employees of one (1) or more subsidiaries or affiliated corporations of such employer.

(b)  A union on behalf of its members.

(c)  An insurance company that is either authorized to transact insurance in this state or acting as an insurer with respect to a policy lawfully issued and delivered by such company in and pursuant to the laws of a state in which the insurer was authorized to transact an insurance business, or a hospital, medical, dental or optometric service corporation or a health care service organization, including their sales representatives, possessing a valid certificate of authority in this state when engaged in the performance of their duties.

(d)  An insurance producer licensed to sell life, annuities or health coverage in this state whose activities are limited exclusively to the sale, solicitation and negotiation of insurance.

(e)  A creditor on behalf of its debtors with respect to insurance covering a debt between the creditor and its debtors.

(f)  A trust, its trustees, agents and employees acting pursuant to such trust established in conformity with 29 U.S.C. 186.

(g)  A trust exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, its trustees and employees acting pursuant to such trust or a custodian and the custodian's agents or employees acting pursuant to a custodian account that meets the requirements of section 401(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(h)  A credit union or a financial institution that is subject to supervision or examination by federal or state banking authorities, or a mortgage lender, to the extent they collect and remit premiums to licensed insurance producers or to limited lines producers or authorized insurers in connection with loan payments.

(i)  A credit card issuing company that advances for and collects premiums or charges from its credit cardholders who have authorized such collection.

(j)  A person who adjusts or settles claims in the normal course of that person's practice or employment as an attorney at law and who does not collect charges or premiums in connection with life, annuity or health insurance coverage.

(k)  A person licensed as a managing general agent in this state whose activities are limited exclusively to the scope of activities conveyed under such license.

(l)  A person who is affiliated with an insurer and who acts solely as an administrator for the direct and assumed insurance business of an affiliated insurer. The insurer is responsible for the acts of the administrator and is responsible for providing all of the administrator's books and records to the insurance director upon a request from the insurance director. For purposes of this paragraph, "insurer" means a licensed insurance company, hospital or professional service corporation or a managed care organization.