☰ Revisor of Missouri

Title XXIV BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Chapter 385

Effective - 28 Aug 1995 bottom

  385.045.  Filings required to be made with director — disapproval by director, effect of — rules, procedure. — 1.  All policies, certificates of insurance, notices of proposed insurance, applications for insurance, endorsements, and riders delivered or issued for delivery in this state, and the schedules of premium rates pertaining thereto, shall be filed with the director prior to use.

  2.  The director shall within sixty days after the filing of the schedule of premium rates, policies, certificates of insurance, notices of proposed insurance, applications for insurance, endorsements, and riders, disapprove any form if the benefits provided therein are not reasonable in relation to the premium charge in accordance with the provisions of section 385.070, or if it contains provisions which are unjust, unfair, inequitable, misleading, deceptive, or encourage misrepresentation of the coverage, or are contrary to any provision of the insurance code or of any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder.  No rule or portion of a rule promulgated under the authority of sections 385.010 to 385.080 shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions of section 536.024. A premium rate or schedule of premium rates shall be deemed reasonable for all purposes under sections 385.010 to 385.080 if the rate or schedule produces or reasonably may be expected to result in claims incurred of not less than fifty percent of earned premium.  To assist his decision, the director may extend the stipulated time up to an additional sixty days.

  3.  If the director notifies the insurer that the form is disapproved, it is unlawful for the insurer to issue or use the form.  In the notice, the director shall specify the reason for his disapproval and state that a hearing will be granted within twenty days after receipt of request in writing by the insurer.  No such policy, certificate of insurance, notice of proposed insurance, nor any application, endorsement, or rider, shall be issued or used until the expiration of sixty days after it has been so filed, unless the director shall give his prior written approval thereto.  The director may, at any time after a hearing held not less than twenty days after written notice to the insurer, withdraw his approval of any such form on any ground set forth in subsection 2 of this section.  The written notice of the hearing shall state the reason for the proposed withdrawal.  It is unlawful for the insurer to issue such forms or use them after the effective date of the withdrawal.

  4.  If a group policy of credit life insurance or credit accident and sickness insurance has been delivered in this state before September 28, 1977, the insurer shall be required to file only the group certificate and notice of proposed insurance delivered or issued for delivery in this state as specified in subsections 2 and 4 of section 385.040.  Such forms shall be approved by the director if they conform with the requirements specified in said subsections and if the schedules of premium rates applicable to the insurance evidenced by the certificate or notice are not in excess of the insurer's schedules of premium rates filed with the director; provided, however, the premium rate in effect on existing group policies may be continued until the first policy anniversary date following September 28, 1977.  If a group policy has been or is delivered in another state insuring citizens of this state, the forms to be filed by the insurer with the director are the group certificates and notice of proposed insurance.  He shall approve them only if:

  (1)  They provide the information that would be required if the group policy were delivered in this state;

  (2)  The applicable premium rates or charges do not exceed those approved by the director.

  5.  Any order or final determination of the director under the provisions of this section shall be subject to judicial review.

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(L. 1977 H.B. 610 § 8, A.L. 1981 S.B. 200, A.L. 1995 S.B. 3)


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