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Chapter 376

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  376.724.  Impaired insurers, association's options, duties — insolvent insurers, association's options, duties — alternative policies, requirements. — 1.  If a member insurer is an impaired insurer, the association may, in its discretion, and subject to any conditions imposed by the association that do not impair the contractual obligations of the impaired insurer, that are approved by the director:

  (1)  Guarantee, assume or reinsure, or cause to be guaranteed, assumed, or reinsured, any or all of the policies or contracts of the impaired insurer; or

  (2)  Provide such moneys, pledges, notes, loans, guarantees, or other means as are proper to effectuate subdivision (1) of this subsection and assure payment of the contractual obligations of the impaired insurer pending action under subdivision (1) of this subsection.

  2.  If a member insurer is an insolvent insurer, the association shall, in its discretion, either:

  (1)  (a)  a.  Guarantee, assume or reinsure, or cause to be guaranteed, assumed or reinsured, the policies or contracts of the insolvent insurer; or

  b.  Assure payment of the contractual obligations of the insolvent insurer; and

  (b)  Provide such moneys, pledges, loans, notes, guarantees, or other means as are reasonably necessary to discharge such duties; or

  (2)  Provide benefits and coverages in accordance with the following provisions:

  (a)  With respect to life and health insurance policies and annuities, assure payment of benefits for premiums identical to the premiums and benefits, except for terms of conversion and renewability, that would have been payable under the policies of the insolvent insurer, for claims incurred:

  a.  With respect to group policies and contracts, not later than the earlier of the next renewal date under such policies or contracts or forty-five days, but in no event less than thirty days, after the date on which the association becomes obligated with respect to such policies and contracts;

  b.  With respect to individual policies, contracts, and annuities, not later than the earlier of the next renewal date, if any, under such policies or contracts or one year, but in no event less than thirty days, from the date on which the association becomes obligated with respect to such policies and contracts;

  (b)  Make diligent efforts to provide all known insureds or annuitants for individual policies and contracts, or group policyholders with respect to group policies or contracts, thirty days notice of the termination, under paragraph (a) of this subdivision, of the benefits provided;

  (c)  With respect to individual policies, make available to each known insured, annuitant, or owner if other than the insured or annuitant, and with respect to an individual formerly insured or formerly an annuitant under a group policy who is not eligible for replacement group coverage, make available substitute coverage on an individual basis in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (d) of this subdivision, if the insureds or annuitants had a right under law or the terminated policy to convert coverage to individual coverage or to continue an individual policy in force until a specified age or for a specified time, during which the insurer had no right unilaterally to make changes in any provision of the policy or had a right only to make changes in premium by class;

  (d)  a.  In providing the substitute coverage required under paragraph (c) of this subdivision, the association may offer either to reissue the terminated coverage or to issue an alternative policy;

  b.  Alternative or reissued policies shall be offered without requiring evidence of insurability, and shall not provide for any waiting period or exclusion that would not have applied under the terminated policy;

  c.  The association may reinsure any alternative or reissued policy;

  (e)  a.  Alternative policies adopted by the association shall be subject to the approval of the director.  The association may adopt alternative policies of various types for future issuance without regard to any particular impairment or insolvency;

  b.  Alternative policies shall contain at least the minimum statutory provisions required in this state and provide benefits that shall not be unreasonable in relation to the premium charged.  The association shall set the premium in accordance with a table of rates which it shall adopt.  The premium shall reflect the amount of insurance to be provided and the age and class of risk of each insured, but shall not reflect any changes in the health of the insured after the original policy was last underwritten;

  c.  Any alternative policy issued by the association shall provide coverage of a type similar to that of the policy issued by the impaired or insolvent insurer, as determined by the association;

  (f)  In carrying out its duties in connection with guaranteeing, assuming, or reinsuring policies or contracts under this subsection, the association may, subject to approval of the receivership court, issue substitute coverage for a policy or contract that provides an interest rate, crediting rate, or similar factor determined by use of an index or other external reference stated in the policy or contract employed in calculating returns or changes in value by issuing an alternative policy or contract in accordance with the following provisions:

  a.  In lieu of the index or other external reference provided for in the original policy or contract, the alternative policy or contract provides for a fixed interest rate, payment of dividends with minimum guarantees, or a different method for calculating interest or changes in value;

  b.  There is no requirement for evidence of insurability, waiting period, or other exclusion that would not have applied under the replaced policy or contract; and

  c.  The alternative policy or contract is substantially similar to the replaced policy or contract in all other terms.

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(L. 1988 S.B. 430 § 7, A.L. 2010 S.B. 583)


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