that Engrossed House Bill 1221 be amended to read as follows:
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SOURCE: IC 27-2-22; (11)MO122101.8. --> "SECTION 8. IC 27-2-22 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]:
Chapter 22. Retained Asset Accounts
Sec. 1. This chapter applies to a claim that is filed under a policy after June 30, 2011.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "commissioner" refers to the insurance commissioner appointed under IC 27-1-1-2.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "insured" means the individual whose life is the subject of insurance under a policy.
Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "insurer" means an insurance company that issues a policy.
Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "policy" means a policy or certificate that provides the kind of insurance described in Class 1 of IC 27-1-5-1.
Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "retained asset account" means a mechanism through which the settlement of proceeds payable under a policy occurs by the insurer's deposit of the proceeds into a checking or draft account:
(1) in which the proceeds are retained by the insurer; and
(2) under a contract that is supplemental to the policy and does not involve annuity benefits.
Sec. 7. An insurer may not use a retained asset account unless, before the policy proceeds are transferred to the retained asset account, the insurer:
(A) the beneficiary;
(B) the legal representative of the beneficiary; or
(C) in the case of a group policy, the policy owner;
of the beneficiary's right to a lump sum payment of the full amount of the policy proceeds; and
(2) makes the disclosure described in section 8(c) of this chapter to the beneficiary.
Sec. 8. (a) An insurer that pays a policy death benefit in any manner other than a lump sum payment of the full amount of the policy proceeds shall provide, in written or electronic form, a disclosure containing a complete list and clear explanation of all payment options available to the beneficiary.
(b) An insurer described in subsection (a) shall not use a retained asset account as the default manner of payment of the policy death benefit unless the insurer conspicuously discloses to the beneficiary that, in the event that the beneficiary does not choose another payment option, a retained asset account will be used as the default manner of payment.
(c) The disclosure required by section 7 of this chapter must include the following information:
(1) A recommendation for the beneficiary to consult a tax, investment, or other financial adviser regarding tax liability and investment options.
(A) method by which interest rates are determined;
(B) timing and method of interest rate changes; and
(C) dividends or other gains that may be paid to the beneficiary;
applicable to the funds in the retained asset account.
(3) The identity of the custodian of the funds in the retained asset account.
(4) Whether the retained asset account is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and, if so, the amount of the coverage.
(5) Any limitations on the number and amount of withdrawals of funds from the retained asset account, including minimum or maximum benefit payment amounts.
(6) Services related to the retained asset account that are provided for a fee, including a list of the fees or method of calculation of the fees.
(7) The nature and frequency of statements of account for the retained asset account.
(8) That the payment of some or all of the proceeds may be by the delivery of checks, drafts, or other instruments to access the available funds.
(9) That the entire proceeds are available to the beneficiary by the use of one (1) check, draft, or other instrument.
(10) That the insurer or a related party may derive income, in addition to fees charged on the retained asset account, from the total gains received on the investment of the balance of funds in the retained asset account.
(11) The telephone number, address, and other contact information, including Internet web site address, from which the beneficiary may obtain additional information regarding the retained asset account.
(12) The following statement:
"FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE
CONTACT YOUR STATE DEPARTMENT OF
(d) The disclosures described in this section must be written in:
(1) layman's terms; and
(2) bold or at least 12 point type.
Sec. 9. A violation of this chapter is an unfair and deceptive act in the business of insurance under IC 27-4-1-4.
SOURCE: IC 27-4-1-4; (11)MO122101.9. --> SECTION 9. IC 27-4-1-4, AS AMENDED BY P.L.1-2009, SECTION 146, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 4. (a) 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;
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
(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) (expired July 1, 2007, and removed) or IC 27-8-5-19.2 (expired July 1, 2007, and repealed).
(27) Violating IC 27-2-21 concerning use of credit information.
(28) Violating IC 27-4-9-3 concerning recommendations to consumers.
(29) Engaging in dishonest or predatory insurance practices in marketing or sales of insurance to members of the United States Armed Forces as:
(A) described in the federal Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act, P.L.109-290; or
(B) defined in rules adopted under subsection (b).
(30) Violating IC 27-8-19.8-20.1 concerning stranger originated life insurance.
(31) Violating IC 27-2-22 concerning retained asset accounts.
(b) Except with respect to federal insurance programs under Subchapter III of Chapter 19 of Title 38 of the United States Code, the commissioner may, consistent with the federal Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act (P.L.109-290), adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to:
(1) define; and
(2) while the members are on a United States military installation or elsewhere in Indiana, protect members of the United States Armed Forces from;
dishonest or predatory insurance practices.".
Renumber all SECTIONS consecutively.
(Reference is to EHB 1221 as printed April 8, 2011.)