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  436.450.  Insurance-funded preneed contract requirements. — 1.  An insurance-funded preneed contract shall comply with sections 436.400 to 436.520 and the specific requirements of this section.

  2.  A seller, provider, or any preneed agent shall not receive or collect from the purchaser of an insurance-funded preneed contract any amount in excess of what is required to pay the premiums on the insurance policy as assessed or required by the insurer as premium payments for the insurance policy except for any amount required or authorized by this chapter or by rule.  A seller shall not receive or collect any administrative or other fee from the purchaser for or in connection with an insurance-funded preneed contract, other than those fees or amounts assessed by the insurer.  As of August 29, 2009, no preneed seller, provider, or agent shall use any existing preneed contract as collateral or security pledged for a loan or take preneed funds of any existing preneed contract as a loan for any purpose other than as authorized by this chapter.

  3.  Payments collected by or on behalf of a seller for an insurance-funded preneed contract shall be promptly remitted to the insurer or the insurer's designee as required by the insurer; provided that payments shall not be retained or held by the seller or preneed agent for more than thirty days from the date of receipt.

  4.  It is unlawful for a seller, provider, or preneed agent to procure or accept a loan against any insurance contract used to fund a preneed contract.

  5.  Laws regulating insurance shall not apply to preneed contracts, but shall apply to any insurance or annuity sold with a preneed contract; provided, however, the provisions of sections 436.400 to 436.520 shall not apply to annuities or insurance polices regulated by chapters 374, 375, and 376 used to fund preneed funeral agreements, contracts, or programs.

  6.  This section shall apply to all preneed contracts including those entered into before August 28, 2009.

  7.  For any insurance-funded preneed contract sold after August 28, 2009, the following shall apply:

  (1)  The purchaser or beneficiary shall be the owner of the insurance policy purchased to fund a preneed contract; and

  (2)  An insurance-funded preneed contract shall be valid and enforceable only if the seller or provider is named as the beneficiary or assignee of the life insurance policy funding the contract.

  8.  If the proceeds of the life insurance policy exceed the actual cost of the goods and services provided pursuant to the nonguaranteed preneed contract, any overage shall be paid to the estate of the beneficiary, or, if the beneficiary received public assistance, to the state of Missouri.

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(L. 2009 S.B. 1, A.L. 2011 H.B. 265 merged with S.B. 325)


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