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  379.012.  Insurance forms and endorsements may be available on insurer's website, when, requirements — rulemaking authority. — 1.  In addition to and notwithstanding any other provisions or requirements of section 379.011 to the contrary, insurance policy forms and endorsements for insurance as described in subdivisions (1), (2), (3), and (5) of subsection 1 of section 379.010 issued or renewed in this state, or covering risks in this state, which do not contain personally identifiable information, may be made available electronically on the insurer's website in lieu of mailing or delivering a paper copy of policy forms and endorsements to an insured.  Any insurer, including any insurer organized under chapter 380, issuing any insurance of the types described in this section may make policy forms and endorsements available electronically on the insurer's website in the manner prescribed herein under this section.

  2.  If the insurer elects to make such insurance policy forms and endorsements available electronically on the insurer's website in lieu of mailing or delivering a paper copy to the insured, it shall comply with all the following conditions with respect to such policy forms and endorsements:

  (1)  The policy forms and endorsements issued or sold in this state shall be easily and publicly accessible on the insurer's website and remain that way for as long as the policy form or endorsement is in force or actively sold in this state;

  (2)  The insurer shall retain and store the policy forms and endorsements after they are withdrawn from use or replaced with other policy forms and endorsements for a period of five years and make them available to insureds and former insureds upon request and at no cost;

  (3)  The policy forms and endorsements shall be available on the insurer's website in an electronic format that enables the insured to print and save the policy forms and endorsements using programs or applications that are widely available on the internet and free to use;

  (4)  At policy issuance and renewal, the insurer shall provide clear and conspicuous notice to the insured, in the manner it customarily communicates with an insured, that it does not intend to mail or deliver a paper copy of the policy forms or documents.  The notice shall provide instructions on how the insured may access the policy forms and endorsements on the insurer's website.  The insurer shall also notify the insured of their right to obtain a paper copy of the policy forms and endorsements at no cost and provide either a toll-free telephone number or the telephone number of the insured's producer by which the insured can make this request;

  (5)  At policy renewal, the insurer shall provide clear and conspicuous notice to the insured, in the manner it customarily communicates with an insured, of any changes which have been made to the policy forms or endorsements since the prior coverage period.  Such notice shall be made in accordance with the requirements of subdivision (4) of this subsection; and

  (6)  On each declarations page, or similar coverage summary document, issued to an insured, the insurer shall clearly identify the exact policy forms and endorsements purchased by the insured, so that the insured may easily access those forms on the insurer's website.

  3.  The director may promulgate any rules necessary to implement and administer the provisions of this section.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2013, shall be invalid and void.

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(L. 2013 H.B. 322, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1079 merged with S.B. 609)


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