Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 54

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 27-2-22; IC 27-4-1-4.

Synopsis: Insurance practices and victims of abuse. Imposes certain prohibitions on automobile insurers and homeowners insurers related to insuring an individual who is a victim or a potential victim of abuse. Makes the violation of a prohibition an unfair and deceptive act or practice in the business of insurance.

Effective: July 1, 2007.





Lanane




    January 8, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions.







Introduced

First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


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SENATE BILL No. 54



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning insurance.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 27-2-22; (07)IN0054.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 27-2-22 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]:
     Chapter 22. Automobile and Homeowners Insurance Coverage for Victims of Abuse
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "abuse" means the occurrence of one (1) or more of the following acts:

         (1) Attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing:
            (A) bodily injury (as defined in IC 35-41-1-4) to;
            (B) physical harm to;
            (C) sexual assault on;
            (D) involuntary sexual intercourse with; or
            (E) rape (as described in IC 35-42-4-1) of;
        a victim.
        (2) Knowingly engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts, including stalking (as defined in

IC 35-45-10-1) or impermissible contact (as defined in IC 35-45-10-3), under circumstances that place the victim in reasonable fear of bodily injury or physical harm.
        (3) Subjecting a victim to false imprisonment.
        (4) Attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing damage to property in order to intimidate or attempt to control the behavior of a victim.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "automobile insurance policy" has the meaning set forth in IC 27-7-6-2.
    Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "homeowners insurance policy" means an insurance policy that provides one (1) or more of the types of coverage described in Class 2(c), Class 2(h), and Class 3(a) of IC 27-1-5-1, with respect to the dwelling of the policyholder.
    Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "individual" means a human being, whether an adult or a minor.
    Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "insurance policy" means:
        (1) an automobile insurance policy; or
        (2) a homeowners insurance policy.
    Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "insurer" has the meaning set forth in IC 27-1-2-3(x).
    Sec. 7. (a) For purposes of this chapter, an individual is a "significant other" of another person if the individual:
        (1) is a current or former spouse of the other person;
        (2) is dating or has dated the other person;
        (3) is or was engaged in a sexual relationship with the other person;
        (4) is related by blood or adoption to the other person;
        (5) is or was related by marriage to the other person;
        (6) cohabits or formerly cohabited with the other person; or
        (7) has or previously had an established legal relationship:
            (A) as a guardian of the other person;
            (B) as a ward of the other person;
            (C) as a custodian of the other person;
            (D) as a foster parent of the other person; or
            (E) in a capacity with respect to the other person similar to those listed in clauses (A) through (D).
    (b) For purposes of this chapter, an individual is a "significant other" of both persons to whom subsection (a) applies if the individual is a minor child of one (1) of the persons.
    Sec. 8. As used in this chapter, "victim" means:
        (1) an individual who has been subjected to an act of abuse committed by a significant other of the individual; or


        (2) an individual who has been granted a:
            (A) civil order for protection under IC 34-26-5; or
            (B) workplace violence restraining order under IC 34-26-6;
        and who has been subjected to an act of abuse committed by the respondent against whom the protective order or restraining order is directed.

    Sec. 9. An insurer may not do any of the following:
        (1) Refuse to issue or renew coverage on an individual under an insurance policy because the individual:
            (A) is, has been, or has the potential to be a victim of abuse; or
            (B) seeks, has sought, or should have sought:
                (i) protection from abuse;
                (ii) shelter from abuse; or
                (iii) medical or psychological treatment for abuse.
        (2) Restrict or terminate coverage on an individual under an insurance policy because the individual:
            (A) is, has been, or has the potential to be a victim of abuse; or
            (B) seeks, has sought, or should have sought:
                (i) protection from abuse;
                (ii) shelter from abuse; or
                (iii) medical or psychological treatment for abuse.
        (3) Add a surcharge or rating factor to a premium of an individual's insurance policy because the individual:
            (A) is;
            (B) has been; or
            (C) has the potential to be;
        a victim of abuse.
        (4) Exclude or limit coverage for losses incurred by a victim or deny a claim filed by a victim who is covered under an insurance policy, if the losses incurred or claim filed is the result of abuse or the potential for abuse.
        (5) Ask an individual who is covered under or applies for an insurance policy if the individual:
            (A) is, has been, or has the potential to be a victim of abuse; or
            (B) is seeking, has sought, or should have sought:
                (i) protection from abuse;
                (ii) shelter from abuse; or
                (iii) medical or psychological treatment for abuse.
    Sec. 10. A violation of this chapter is an unfair and deceptive act

or practice in the business of insurance under IC 27-4-1-4.

SOURCE: IC 27-4-1-4; (07)IN0054.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 27-4-1-4, AS AMENDED BY P.L.1-2006, SECTION 487, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 4. The following are hereby defined as unfair methods of competition and unfair and deceptive acts and practices in the business of insurance:
        (1) Making, issuing, circulating, or causing to be made, issued, or circulated, any estimate, illustration, circular, or statement:
            (A) misrepresenting the terms of any policy issued or to be issued or the benefits or advantages promised thereby or the dividends or share of the surplus to be received thereon;
            (B) making any false or misleading statement as to the dividends or share of surplus previously paid on similar policies;
            (C) making any misleading representation or any misrepresentation as to the financial condition of any insurer, or as to the legal reserve system upon which any life insurer operates;
            (D) using any name or title of any policy or class of policies misrepresenting the true nature thereof; or
            (E) making any misrepresentation to any policyholder insured in any company for the purpose of inducing or tending to induce such policyholder to lapse, forfeit, or surrender the policyholder's insurance.
        (2) Making, publishing, disseminating, circulating, or placing before the public, or causing, directly or indirectly, to be made, published, disseminated, circulated, or placed before the public, in a newspaper, magazine, or other publication, or in the form of a notice, circular, pamphlet, letter, or poster, or over any radio or television station, or in any other way, an advertisement, announcement, or statement containing any assertion, representation, or statement with respect to any person in the conduct of the person's insurance business, which is untrue, deceptive, or misleading.
        (3) Making, publishing, disseminating, or circulating, directly or indirectly, or aiding, abetting, or encouraging the making, publishing, disseminating, or circulating of any oral or written statement or any pamphlet, circular, article, or literature which is false, or maliciously critical of or derogatory to the financial condition of an insurer, and which is calculated to injure any person engaged in the business of insurance.
        (4) Entering into any agreement to commit, or individually or by

a concerted action committing any act of boycott, coercion, or intimidation resulting or tending to result in unreasonable restraint of, or a monopoly in, the business of insurance.
        (5) Filing with any supervisory or other public official, or making, publishing, disseminating, circulating, or delivering to any person, or placing before the public, or causing directly or indirectly, to be made, published, disseminated, circulated, delivered to any person, or placed before the public, any false statement of financial condition of an insurer with intent to deceive. Making any false entry in any book, report, or statement of any insurer with intent to deceive any agent or examiner lawfully appointed to examine into its condition or into any of its affairs, or any public official to which such insurer is required by law to report, or which has authority by law to examine into its condition or into any of its affairs, or, with like intent, willfully omitting to make a true entry of any material fact pertaining to the business of such insurer in any book, report, or statement of such insurer.
        (6) Issuing or delivering or permitting agents, officers, or employees to issue or deliver, agency company stock or other capital stock, or benefit certificates or shares in any common law corporation, or securities or any special or advisory board contracts or other contracts of any kind promising returns and profits as an inducement to insurance.
        (7) Making or permitting any of the following:
            (A) Unfair discrimination between individuals of the same class and equal expectation of life in the rates or assessments charged for any contract of life insurance or of life annuity or in the dividends or other benefits payable thereon, or in any other of the terms and conditions of such contract; however, in determining the class, consideration may be given to the nature of the risk, plan of insurance, the actual or expected expense of conducting the business, or any other relevant factor.
            (B) Unfair discrimination between individuals of the same class involving essentially the same hazards in the amount of premium, policy fees, assessments, or rates charged or made for any policy or contract of accident or health insurance or in the benefits payable thereunder, or in any of the terms or conditions of such contract, or in any other manner whatever; however, in determining the class, consideration may be given to the nature of the risk, the plan of insurance, the actual or expected expense of conducting the business, or any other

relevant factor.
            (C) Excessive or inadequate charges for premiums, policy fees, assessments, or rates, or making or permitting any unfair discrimination between persons of the same class involving essentially the same hazards, in the amount of premiums, policy fees, assessments, or rates charged or made for:
                (i) policies or contracts of reinsurance or joint reinsurance, or abstract and title insurance;
                (ii) policies or contracts of insurance against loss or damage to aircraft, or against liability arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of any aircraft, or of vessels or craft, their cargoes, marine builders' risks, marine protection and indemnity, or other risks commonly insured under marine, as distinguished from inland marine, insurance; or
                (iii) policies or contracts of any other kind or kinds of insurance whatsoever.
        However, nothing contained in clause (C) shall be construed to apply to any of the kinds of insurance referred to in clauses (A) and (B) nor to reinsurance in relation to such kinds of insurance. Nothing in clause (A), (B), or (C) shall be construed as making or permitting any excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory charge or rate or any charge or rate determined by the department or commissioner to meet the requirements of any other insurance rate regulatory law of this state.
        (8) Except as otherwise expressly provided by law, knowingly permitting or offering to make or making any contract or policy of insurance of any kind or kinds whatsoever, including but not in limitation, life annuities, or agreement as to such contract or policy other than as plainly expressed in such contract or policy issued thereon, or paying or allowing, or giving or offering to pay, allow, or give, directly or indirectly, as inducement to such insurance, or annuity, any rebate of premiums payable on the contract, or any special favor or advantage in the dividends, savings, or other benefits thereon, or any valuable consideration or inducement whatever not specified in the contract or policy; or giving, or selling, or purchasing or offering to give, sell, or purchase as inducement to such insurance or annuity or in connection therewith, any stocks, bonds, or other securities of any insurance company or other corporation, association, limited liability company, or partnership, or any dividends, savings, or profits accrued thereon, or anything of value whatsoever not specified in the contract. Nothing in this subdivision and

subdivision (7) shall be construed as including within the definition of discrimination or rebates any of the following practices:
            (A) Paying bonuses to policyholders or otherwise abating their premiums in whole or in part out of surplus accumulated from nonparticipating insurance, so long as any such bonuses or abatement of premiums are fair and equitable to policyholders and for the best interests of the company and its policyholders.
            (B) In the case of life insurance policies issued on the industrial debit plan, making allowance to policyholders who have continuously for a specified period made premium payments directly to an office of the insurer in an amount which fairly represents the saving in collection expense.
            (C) Readjustment of the rate of premium for a group insurance policy based on the loss or expense experience thereunder, at the end of the first year or of any subsequent year of insurance thereunder, which may be made retroactive only for such policy year.
            (D) Paying by an insurer or insurance producer thereof duly licensed as such under the laws of this state of money, commission, or brokerage, or giving or allowing by an insurer or such licensed insurance producer thereof anything of value, for or on account of the solicitation or negotiation of policies or other contracts of any kind or kinds, to a broker, an insurance producer, or a solicitor duly licensed under the laws of this state, but such broker, insurance producer, or solicitor receiving such consideration shall not pay, give, or allow credit for such consideration as received in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to the insured by way of rebate.
        (9) Requiring, as a condition precedent to loaning money upon the security of a mortgage upon real property, that the owner of the property to whom the money is to be loaned negotiate any policy of insurance covering such real property through a particular insurance producer or broker or brokers. However, this subdivision shall not prevent the exercise by any lender of the lender's right to approve or disapprove of the insurance company selected by the borrower to underwrite the insurance.
        (10) Entering into any contract, combination in the form of a trust or otherwise, or conspiracy in restraint of commerce in the business of insurance.
        (11) Monopolizing or attempting to monopolize or combining or conspiring with any other person or persons to monopolize any

part of commerce in the business of insurance. However, participation as a member, director, or officer in the activities of any nonprofit organization of insurance producers or other workers in the insurance business shall not be interpreted, in itself, to constitute a combination in restraint of trade or as combining to create a monopoly as provided in this subdivision and subdivision (10). The enumeration in this chapter of specific unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts and practices in the business of insurance is not exclusive or restrictive or intended to limit the powers of the commissioner or department or of any court of review under section 8 of this chapter.
        (12) Requiring as a condition precedent to the sale of real or personal property under any contract of sale, conditional sales contract, or other similar instrument or upon the security of a chattel mortgage, that the buyer of such property negotiate any policy of insurance covering such property through a particular insurance company, insurance producer, or broker or brokers. However, this subdivision shall not prevent the exercise by any seller of such property or the one making a loan thereon of the right to approve or disapprove of the insurance company selected by the buyer to underwrite the insurance.
        (13) Issuing, offering, or participating in a plan to issue or offer, any policy or certificate of insurance of any kind or character as an inducement to the purchase of any property, real, personal, or mixed, or services of any kind, where a charge to the insured is not made for and on account of such policy or certificate of insurance. However, this subdivision shall not apply to any of the following:
            (A) Insurance issued to credit unions or members of credit unions in connection with the purchase of shares in such credit unions.
            (B) Insurance employed as a means of guaranteeing the performance of goods and designed to benefit the purchasers or users of such goods.
            (C) Title insurance.
            (D) Insurance written in connection with an indebtedness and intended as a means of repaying such indebtedness in the event of the death or disability of the insured.
            (E) Insurance provided by or through motorists service clubs or associations.
            (F) Insurance that is provided to the purchaser or holder of an

air transportation ticket and that:
                (i) insures against death or nonfatal injury that occurs during the flight to which the ticket relates;
                (ii) insures against personal injury or property damage that occurs during travel to or from the airport in a common carrier immediately before or after the flight;
                (iii) insures against baggage loss during the flight to which the ticket relates; or
                (iv) insures against a flight cancellation to which the ticket relates.
        (14) Refusing, because of the for-profit status of a hospital or medical facility, to make payments otherwise required to be made under a contract or policy of insurance for charges incurred by an insured in such a for-profit hospital or other for-profit medical facility licensed by the state department of health.
        (15) Refusing to insure an individual, refusing to continue to issue insurance to an individual, limiting the amount, extent, or kind of coverage available to an individual, or charging an individual a different rate for the same coverage, solely because of that individual's blindness or partial blindness, except where the refusal, limitation, or rate differential is based on sound actuarial principles or is related to actual or reasonably anticipated experience.
        (16) Committing or performing, with such frequency as to indicate a general practice, unfair claim settlement practices (as defined in section 4.5 of this chapter).
        (17) Between policy renewal dates, unilaterally canceling an individual's coverage under an individual or group health insurance policy solely because of the individual's medical or physical condition.
        (18) Using a policy form or rider that would permit a cancellation of coverage as described in subdivision (17).
        (19) Violating IC 27-1-22-25, IC 27-1-22-26, or IC 27-1-22-26.1 concerning motor vehicle insurance rates.
        (20) Violating IC 27-8-21-2 concerning advertisements referring to interest rate guarantees.
        (21) Violating IC 27-8-24.3 concerning insurance and health plan coverage for victims of abuse.
        (22) Violating IC 27-8-26 concerning genetic screening or testing.
        (23) Violating IC 27-1-15.6-3(b) concerning licensure of insurance producers.
        (24) Violating IC 27-1-38 concerning depository institutions.


        (25) Violating IC 27-8-28-17(c) or IC 27-13-10-8(c) concerning the resolution of an appealed grievance decision.
        (26) Violating IC 27-8-5-2.5(e) through IC 27-8-5-2.5(j) or IC 27-8-5-19.2.
        (27) Violating IC 27-2-21 concerning use of credit information.
        (28) Violating IC 27-4-9-3 concerning recommendations to senior consumers.
        (29) Violating IC 27-2-22 concerning insurance coverage for a victim or a potential victim of abuse.