The Ohio Department of Insurance has proposed a new rule, Rule 3901-11-05 (the “Proposed Rule”), to establish a process and method that allow a special purpose financial insurance company captive (a “SPFIC Captive”) to request the use of an alternative reserve methodology other than that found in the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (“NAIC”) Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual.

The Proposed Rule requires a request to use an alternative principle-based valuation method to be accompanied by a written actuarial opinion that is signed by the appointed actuary for the SPFIC Captive and the ceding insurer. The Proposed Rule prescribes certain criteria for the alternative reserve methodology being requested:

  • Must be a principle-based valuation method that uses one or more methods or one or more assumptions proposed by the SPFIC Captive.
  • Must address all material risks associated with the contracts being valued and their supporting assets and determined capable of materially affecting the valuation of its obligations with respect to the risks assumed. Examples of risks to be included in the principle-based valuation method include but are not limited to risks associated with policyholder behavior, such as lapse and utilization risk, mortality risk, interest rate risk, asset default risk, separate account fund performance, and the risk related to the performance of indices for contractual guarantees.
  • Must be consistent with current actuarial standards of practice.
  • Must consider the risk factors, risk analysis methods, and models that are incorporated in the SPFIC Captive’s overall risk assessment process. The overall risk assessment process may include, but is not limited to, asset adequacy testing, GAAP analysis, internal capital evaluation process and internal risk management and solvency assessments.
  • Must incorporate appropriate margins for uncertainty and/or adverse deviation for any assumptions not stochastically modeled.

The SPFIC Captive is required to provide any information the superintendent may require to assess the proposed alternative methodology. If an alternative methodology is approved by the superintendent, then the SPFIC Captive must use the alternative methodology until, and unless, the superintendent approves an another alternative method. Finally, upon the superintendent’s request, the SPFIC Captive is required to secure the affirmation of an independent qualified actuary that the alternative methodology complies with the criteria set forth in the Proposed Rule. The independent qualified actuary must be approved by the department and provide a written actuarial opinion detailing their affirmation and a report supporting that opinion to the superintendent. The independent qualified actuary report must comply with division (E)(3) of section 3964.03 of the Ohio Revised Code.