On November 7, 2017, the Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin issued an to be added to Section Ins. Ch. 52, Wis. Adm. Code. The rule is intended to modernize Wisconsin’s credit for reinsurance provisions by aligning them with the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010 and amendments to the NAIC Credit for Reinsurance Model Law.
As currently written, reinsurers are required to post collateral equal to their total liability for ceding insurers in order for the insurers to take full credits for reinsurance. The new rule allows for the use of certified reinsurers. Certifications will be made at different levels based on financial strength ratings and will allow certified reinsurers to post less than 100 percent collateral on the risk they assume. Reinsurers with the three highest financial ratings will have lower collateral requirements of 0-10-20 percent, respectively. Reinsurers with the three lowest financial ratings will have collateral requirements of 50-75-100 percent, respectively. By making these revisions, Wisconsin’s reinsurance provisions will be consistent with changes made in other states. The new rule becomes effective on January 1, 2018.