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6 LONG TITLE
7 General Description:
8 This bill modifies various provisions of the Insurance Code.
9 Highlighted Provisions:
10 This bill:
11 . addresses general powers and duties of the commissioner;
12 . requires insurers to pay taxes required by Title 59, Revenue and Taxation, to the
13 State Tax Commission;
14 . corrects citations;
15 . increases from three to five years the amount of time that insurers must maintain
16 certain records;
17 . addresses termination of insurance policies by insurers;
18 . addresses reporting requirements;
19 . addresses unfair marketing practices;
20 . extends the sunset date for comparison tables;
21 . repeals a provision related to transitioning prior licensees; and
22 . makes technical changes.
23 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 31A-2-201, as last amended by Chapter 108, Laws of Utah 2004
30 31A-5-211, as last amended by Chapter 116, Laws of Utah 2001
31 31A-8-201, as enacted by Chapter 204, Laws of Utah 1986
32 31A-8-301, as last amended by Chapter 90, Laws of Utah 2004
33 31A-21-201, as last amended by Chapter 252, Laws of Utah 2003
34 31A-21-303, as last amended by Chapter 266, Laws of Utah 2004
35 31A-22-633, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 2002
36 31A-23a-402, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 298, Laws of Utah 2003
37 63-55-231, as last amended by Chapter 254, Laws of Utah 2003
39 31A-3-205, Utah Code Annotated 1953
41 31A-8-302, as enacted by Chapter 204, Laws of Utah 1986
43 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
44 Section 1. Section 31A-2-201 is amended to read:
45 31A-2-201. General duties and powers.
46 (1) The commissioner shall administer and enforce this title.
47 (2) The commissioner has all powers specifically granted, and all further powers that
48 are reasonable and necessary to enable [
49 by this title.
50 (3) (a) The commissioner may make rules to implement the provisions of this title
51 according to the procedures and requirements of Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
52 Rulemaking Act.
53 (b) In addition to the notice requirements of Section 63-46a-4 , the commissioner shall
54 provide notice under Section 31A-2-303 of hearings concerning insurance department rules.
55 (4) (a) The commissioner shall issue prohibitory, mandatory, and other orders as
56 necessary to secure compliance with this title. An order by the commissioner is not effective
57 unless the order:
58 (i) is in writing; and
59 (ii) is signed by the commissioner or under the commissioner's authority.
60 (b) On request of any person who would be affected by an order under Subsection
61 (4)(a), the commissioner may issue a declaratory order to clarify the person's rights or duties.
62 (5) (a) The commissioner may hold informal adjudicative proceedings and public
63 meetings, for the purpose of:
64 (i) investigation[
65 (ii) ascertainment of public sentiment[
66 (iii) informing the public.
67 (b) [
68 unless the requirement of a hearing under [
69 (6) The commissioner shall inquire into violations of this title and may conduct any
70 examinations and investigations of insurance matters, in addition to examinations and
71 investigations expressly authorized, that [
72 (a) whether or not any person has violated any provision of this title; or
73 (b) to secure information useful in the lawful administration of [
75 (7) (a) Each year, the commissioner shall:
76 (i) conduct an evaluation of the state's health insurance market;
77 (ii) report the findings of the evaluation to the Health and Human Services Interim
78 Committee before October 1; and
79 (iii) publish the findings of the evaluation [
80 (b) The evaluation required by Subsection (7)(a) shall:
81 (i) analyze the effectiveness of the insurance regulations and statutes in promoting a
82 healthy, competitive health insurance market that meets the needs of Utahns by assessing such
83 things as:
84 (A) the availability and marketing of individual and group products[
85 (B) rate charges[
86 (C) coverage and demographic changes[
87 (D) benefit trends[
88 (E) market share changes[
89 (F) accessibility;
90 (ii) assess complaint ratios and trends within the health insurance market, which
91 assessment shall integrate complaint data from the Office of Consumer Health Assistance
92 within the department;
93 (iii) contain recommendations for action to improve the overall effectiveness of the
94 health insurance market, administrative rules, and statutes; and
95 (iv) include claims loss ratio data for each insurance company doing business in the
97 (c) When preparing the evaluation required by this [
98 commissioner may seek the input of insurers, employers, insured persons, providers, and others
99 with an interest in the health insurance market.
100 Section 2. Section 31A-3-205 is enacted to read:
101 31A-3-205. Taxation of insurance companies.
102 An admitted insurer shall pay to the State Tax Commission taxes imposed on the
103 admitted insurer by Title 59, Revenue and Taxation.
104 Section 3. Section 31A-5-211 is amended to read:
105 31A-5-211. Minimum capital or permanent surplus requirements.
106 (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsections (4) and (5), insurers being organized or
107 operating under this chapter shall maintain minimum capital or permanent surplus for a mutual,
108 in amounts specified in Subsection (2).
109 (b) The certificate of authority issued under Section 31A-5-212 does not permit an
110 insurer to transact types of insurance for which the insurer does not have the required minimum
111 capital or permanent surplus for a mutual, in at least the amounts specified under Subsection
113 (c) [
114 Minimum capital and permanent surplus requirements under this section are based upon all
115 types of insurance transacted by the insurer in any and all areas which it operates, whether or
116 not only a portion of those types of insurance is or is to be transacted in this state.
117 (2) The minimum capital, or permanent surplus for a nonassessable mutual, is as
118 follows for the indicated types of insurance:
119 (a) life, annuity, accident and health, or any combination of these
120 (b) subject to an aggregate maximum of $1,000,000 for more than one of the following
121 types of coverages:
122 (i) property insurance
123 (ii) surety insurance
124 (iii) bail bonds insurance only
125 (iv) marine and transportation insurance
126 (v) vehicle liability insurance, residential dwelling liability insurance,
127 or both
128 (vi) liability insurance
129 (vii) workers' compensation insurance
130 (c) title insurance
131 (d) professional liability insurance, excluding medical malpractice
132 (e) professional liability, including medical malpractice
133 (f) all types of insurance, except life, annuity, or title
134 (3) Prior to beginning operations, an insurer licensed under this chapter shall have total
135 adjusted capital in excess of the company action level RBC as defined in Subsection
136 31A-17-601 (8)(b).
137 (4) (a) Subject to Subsections (4)(b) and (4)(c), an insurer holding a valid certificate of
138 authority to transact insurance in this state prior to July 1, 1986, continues to be authorized to
139 transact the same kinds of insurance as permitted by that certificate of authority, if the insurer
140 maintains not less than the amount of minimum capital or permanent surplus required for that
141 authority under the laws of this state in force immediately prior to July 1, 1986.
142 (b) If, after July 1, 1986, an insurer ever has minimum capital or permanent surplus
143 that meets or exceeds the requirements of Subsections (2) and (3), then Subsection (4)(a) is
144 inapplicable to that insurer and it shall comply with Subsections (2) and (3).
145 (c) Any insurer satisfying the minimum capital or permanent surplus requirement
146 through application of Subsection (4)(a) shall comply with Subsections (2) and (3) by July 1,
148 (d) Beginning July 1, 1987, former county mutuals shall comply with the capital and
149 surplus requirements of this section.
150 (5) (a) (i) An assessable mutual may be organized under this chapter, but it may not
151 issue life insurance or annuities.
152 (ii) An assessable mutual need not have a permanent surplus if the assessment liability
153 of its policyholders is unlimited and all insurance policies clearly state that.
154 (iii) If assessments are limited to a specified amount or a specified multiple of annual
155 advance premiums, the minimum permanent surplus is the amount that would be required
156 under Subsections (2) and (3) if the corporation were not assessable, reduced by an amount that
157 reasonably reflects the value of the policyholders' assessment liability in satisfying the financial
158 needs of the corporation.
159 (iv) The liability of members in an assessable mutual is joint and several up to the
160 limits provided by:
161 (A) the articles of incorporation of the assessable mutual; or
162 (B) this title.
163 (b) (i) Except as provided in Subsections (5)(c) and (d), [
164 may not be issued to an assessable mutual until it has at least 400 bona fide applications for
165 insurance from not less than 400 separate applicants, on separate risks located in this state, in
166 each of the classes of business upon which assessments may be separately levied. A full year's
167 premium shall be paid with each application and the aggregate premium is at least $50,000 for
168 each class.
169 (ii) If at any time while the corporation is an assessable mutual, the business plan is
170 amended to include an additional class of business on which assessments may be separately
171 levied, identical requirements of Subsection (5)(b)(i) are applicable to each additional class.
172 (c) Five or more employers may join in the formation of an assessable mutual to write
173 only workers' compensation insurance if, instead of the requirements of Subsection (5)(b),
174 policies are simultaneously put into effect that cover at least 1,500 employees, with no single
175 employer having more than 1/5 of the employees insured by the assessable mutual. A full
176 year's premium shall be paid by each employer, aggregating at least $200,000.
177 (d) (i) The number and amount of required initial applications and premium payments
178 may be reduced by substituting surplus for the applications or premium payments.
179 (ii) The commissioner shall determine the reduction in required initial applications and
180 premium payments that is appropriate for a given amount of surplus.
181 (iii) The insurer shall continue to be assessable until conversion under Subsection
183 (6) (a) The capital or permanent surplus requirements of Subsection (2) apply to
184 persons seeking certificates of authority under this chapter to write reinsurance.
185 (b) This Subsection (6) may not be construed as requiring reinsurers to obtain a
186 certificate of authority. [
187 (c) Section 31A-17-404 imposes alternate safety prerequisites to reserve credit being
188 granted for reinsurance ceded to a reinsurer without a certificate of authority.
189 Section 4. Section 31A-8-201 is amended to read:
190 31A-8-201. Scope of part.
191 This part applies to all organizations doing business in this state[
193 Section 5. Section 31A-8-301 is amended to read:
194 31A-8-301. Requirements for doing business in state.
195 (1) [
196 incorporated and licensed under Part 2, Domestic Organizations, may do business in this state
197 as an organization.
198 (2) To do business in this state as an organization, foreign corporations doing a similar
199 business in other states shall incorporate a subsidiary and license if under Part 2, Domestic
200 Organizations, for its Utah business. Except as to Chapter 16, Insurance Holding Companies,
201 the laws applicable to domestic organizations apply only to the organization and not to its
202 foreign parent corporation.
203 Section 6. Section 31A-21-201 is amended to read:
204 31A-21-201. Filing of forms.
205 (1) (a) Except as exempted under Subsections 31A-21-101 (2) through (6), a form may
206 not be used, sold, or offered for sale unless the form has been filed with the commissioner.
207 (b) A form is considered filed with the commissioner when the commissioner receives:
208 (i) the form;
209 (ii) the applicable filing fee as prescribed under Section 31A-3-103 ; and
210 (iii) the applicable transmittal forms as required by the commissioner.
211 (2) In filing a form for use in this state the insurer is responsible for assuring that the
212 form is in compliance with this title and rules adopted by the commissioner.
213 (3) (a) The commissioner may prohibit the use of a form at any time upon a finding
215 (i) the form is:
216 (A) inequitable;
217 (B) unfairly discriminatory;
218 (C) misleading;
219 (D) deceptive;
220 (E) obscure;
221 (F) unfair;
222 (G) encourages misrepresentation; or
223 (H) not in the public interest;
224 (ii) the form provides benefits or contains other provisions that endanger the solidity of
225 the insurer;
226 (iii) in the case of the basic policy and the application for a basic policy, the basic
227 policy or application for the basic policy fails to conspicuously, as defined by rule, provide:
228 (A) the exact name of the insurer;
229 (B) the state of domicile of the insurer filing the basic policy or application for the
230 basic policy; and
231 (C) for life insurance and annuity policies only, the address of the administrative office
232 of the insurer filing the basic policy or application for the basic policy;
233 (iv) the form violates a statute or a rule adopted by the commissioner; or
234 (v) the form is otherwise contrary to law.
235 (b) Subsection (3)(a)(iii) does not apply to riders and endorsements to a basic policy.
236 (c) (i) Whenever the commissioner prohibits the use of a form under Subsection (3)(a),
237 the commissioner may order that, on or before a date not less than 15 days after the order, the
238 use of the form be discontinued.
239 (ii) Once a form has been prohibited, the form may not be used unless appropriate
240 changes are filed with and reviewed by the commissioner.
241 (iii) Whenever the commissioner prohibits the use of a form under Subsection (3)(a),
242 the commissioner may require the insurer to disclose contract deficiencies to existing
244 (d) If the commissioner prohibits use of a form under this Subsection (3), the
245 prohibition shall:
246 (i) be in writing;
247 (ii) constitute an order; and
248 (iii) state the reasons for the prohibition.
249 (4) (a) If, after a hearing, the commissioner determines that it is in the public interest,
250 the commissioner may require by rule or order that certain forms be subject to the
251 commissioner's approval prior to their use.
252 (b) The rule or order described in Subsection (4)(a) shall prescribe the filing
253 procedures for the forms if the procedures are different than the procedures stated in this
255 (c) The types of forms that may be addressed under Subsection (4)(a) include:
256 (i) a form for a particular class of insurance;
257 (ii) a form for a specific line of insurance;
258 (iii) a specific type of form; or
259 (iv) a form for a specific market segment.
260 (5) (a) An insurer shall maintain a complete and accurate record of the following for
261 the time period described in Subsection (5)(b):
262 (i) any form:
263 (A) filed under this section for use; and
264 (B) that is in use; and
265 (ii) any document filed under this section with a form described in Subsection (5)(a)(i).
266 (b) The insurer shall maintain a record required under Subsection (5)(a) for the balance
267 of the current year, plus [
268 (i) the last day on which the form is used; or
269 (ii) the last day any policy that is issued using the form is in effect.
270 Section 7. Section 31A-21-303 is amended to read:
271 31A-21-303. Termination of insurance policies by insurers.
272 (1) (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, in other statutes, or by rule under
273 Subsection (1)(c), this section applies to all policies of insurance [
274 (i) except for:
275 (A) life[
276 (B) accident and health insurance[
277 (C) annuities[
278 (ii) if the policies of insurance are issued on forms that are subject to filing [
280 (b) A policy may provide terms more favorable to insureds than this section requires.
281 (c) The commissioner may by rule totally or partially exempt from this section classes
282 of insurance policies in which the insureds do not need protection against arbitrary or
283 unannounced termination.
284 (d) The rights provided by this section are in addition to and do not prejudice any other
285 rights the insureds may have at common law or under other statutes.
286 (2) (a) As used in this Subsection (2), "grounds" means:
287 (i) material misrepresentation;
288 (ii) substantial change in the risk assumed, unless the insurer should reasonably have
289 foreseen the change or contemplated the risk when entering into the contract;
290 (iii) substantial breaches of contractual duties, conditions, or warranties;
291 (iv) attainment of the age specified as the terminal age for coverage, in which case the
292 insurer may cancel by notice under Subsection (2)(c), accompanied by a tender of proportional
293 return of premium; or
294 (v) in the case of automobile insurance, revocation or suspension of the driver's license
296 (A) the named insured; or
297 (B) any other person who customarily drives the car.
298 (b) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(e) or unless the conditions of Subsection
299 (2)(b)(ii) are met, an insurance policy may not be canceled by the insurer before the earlier of:
300 (A) the expiration of the agreed term; or
301 (B) one year from the effective date of the policy or renewal.
302 (ii) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(b)(i), an insurance policy may be canceled by the
303 insurer for:
304 (A) nonpayment of a premium when due; or
305 (B) on grounds defined in Subsection (2)(a).
306 (c) (i) The cancellation provided by Subsection (2)(b), except cancellation for
307 nonpayment of premium, is effective no sooner than 30 days after the delivery or first-class
308 mailing of a written notice to the policyholder.
309 (ii) Cancellation for nonpayment of premium is effective no sooner than ten days after
310 delivery or first class mailing of a written notice to the policyholder.
311 (d) (i) Notice of cancellation for nonpayment of premium shall include a statement of
312 the reason for cancellation.
313 (ii) Subsection (6) applies to the notice required for grounds of cancellation other than
314 nonpayment of premium.
315 (e) (i) Subsections (2)(a) through (d) do not apply to any insurance contract that has not
316 been previously renewed if the contract has been in effect less than 60 days when the written
317 notice of cancellation is mailed or delivered.
318 (ii) A cancellation under this Subsection (2)(e) may not be effective until at least ten
319 days after the delivery to the insured of a written notice of cancellation.
320 (iii) If the notice required by this Subsection (2)(e) is sent by first-class mail, postage
321 prepaid, to the insured at the insured's last-known address, delivery is considered accomplished
322 after the passing, since the mailing date, of the mailing time specified in the Utah Rules of
323 Civil Procedure.
324 (iv) A policy cancellation subject to this Subsection (2)(e) is not subject to the
325 procedures described in Subsection (6).
326 (3) A policy may be issued for a term longer than one year or for an indefinite term if
327 the policy includes a clause providing for cancellation by the insurer by giving notice as
328 provided in Subsection (4)(b)(i) 30 days prior to any anniversary date.
329 (4) (a) Subject to Subsections (2), (3), and (4)(b), a policyholder has a right to have the
330 policy renewed:
331 (i) on the terms then being applied by the insurer to similar risks; and
332 (ii) (A) for an additional period of time equivalent to the expiring term if the agreed
333 term is one year or less; or
334 (B) for one year if the agreed term is longer than one year.
335 (b) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(c), the right to renewal under Subsection
336 (4)(a) is extinguished if:
337 (i) at least 30 days prior to the policy expiration or anniversary date a notice of
338 intention not to renew the policy beyond the agreed expiration or anniversary date is delivered
339 or sent by first-class mail by the insurer to the policyholder at the policyholder's last-known
341 (ii) not more than 45 nor less than 14 days prior to the due date of the renewal
342 premium, the insurer delivers or sends by first-class mail a notice to the policyholder at the
343 policyholder's last-known address, clearly stating:
344 (A) the renewal premium;
345 (B) how the renewal premium may be paid; and
346 (C) that failure to pay the renewal premium by the due date extinguishes the
347 policyholder's right to renewal;
348 (iii) the policyholder has:
349 (A) accepted replacement coverage; or
350 (B) requested or agreed to nonrenewal; or
351 (iv) the policy is expressly designated as nonrenewable.
352 (c) Unless the conditions of Subsection (4)(b)(iii) or (iv) apply, an insurer may not fail
353 to renew an insurance policy as a result of a telephone call or other inquiry that:
354 (i) references a policy coverage; and
355 (ii) does not result in the insured requesting payment of a claim.
356 (5) (a) (i) Subject to Subsection (5)(b), if the insurer offers or purports to renew the
357 policy, but on less favorable terms or at higher rates, the new terms or rates take effect on the
358 renewal date if the insurer delivered or sent by first-class mail to the policyholder notice of the
359 new terms or rates at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of the prior policy.
360 (ii) If the insurer did not give the prior notification described in Subsection (5)(a)(i) to
361 the policyholder, the new terms or rates do not take effect until 30 days after the notice is
362 delivered or sent by first-class mail, in which case the policyholder may elect to cancel the
363 renewal policy at any time during the 30-day period.
364 (iii) Return premiums or additional premium charges shall be calculated
365 proportionately on the basis that the old rates apply.
366 (b) Subsection (5)(a) does not apply if the only change in terms that is adverse to the
367 policyholder is:
368 (i) a rate increase generally applicable to the class of business to which the policy
370 (ii) a rate increase resulting from a classification change based on the altered nature or
371 extent of the risk insured against; or
372 (iii) a policy form change made to make the form consistent with Utah law.
373 (6) (a) If a notice of cancellation or nonrenewal under Subsection (2)(c) does not state
374 with reasonable precision the facts on which the insurer's decision is based, the insurer shall
375 send by first-class mail or deliver that information within ten working days after receipt of a
376 written request by the policyholder.
377 (b) A notice under Subsection (2)(c) is not effective unless it contains information
378 about the policyholder's right to make the request.
379 (7) If a risk-sharing plan under Section 31A-2-214 exists for the kind of coverage
380 provided by the insurance being cancelled or nonrenewed, a notice of cancellation or
381 nonrenewal required under Subsection (2)(c) or (4)(b)(i) may not be effective unless it contains
382 instructions to the policyholder for applying for insurance through the available risk-sharing
384 (8) There is no liability on the part of, and no cause of action against, any insurer, its
385 authorized representatives, agents, employees, or any other person furnishing to the insurer
386 information relating to the reasons for cancellation or nonrenewal or for any statement made or
387 information given by them in complying or enabling the insurer to comply with this section
388 unless actual malice is proved by clear and convincing evidence.
389 (9) This section does not alter any common law right of contract rescission for material
391 Section 8. Section 31A-22-633 is amended to read:
392 31A-22-633. Exemptions from standards.
393 Notwithstanding the provisions of Title 31A, Insurance Code, any accident and health
394 insurer or health maintenance organization may offer a choice of coverage that is less or
395 different than is otherwise required by applicable state law if:
396 (1) the Department of Health offers a choice of coverage as part of a Medicaid waiver
397 under Title 26, Chapter 18, Medical Assistance Act, which includes:
398 (a) less or different coverage than the basic coverage;
399 (b) less or different coverage than is otherwise required in an insurance policy or health
400 maintenance organization contract under applicable state law; or
401 (c) less or different coverage than required by Subsection 31A-22-605 (4)(b); and
402 (2) the choice of coverage offered by the carrier:
403 (a) is the same or similar coverage as the coverage offered by the Department of Health
404 under Subsection (1);
405 (b) is offered to the same or similar population as the coverage offered by the
406 Department of Health under Subsection (1); and
407 (c) contains an explanation for each insured of coverage exclusions and limitations;
408 (3) the commissioner [
409 the executive director of the Department of Health shall report to the Health and Human
410 Services Interim Committee prior to November 15 of each year concerning:
411 (a) the number of lives covered under any policy offered under the provisions of this
412 section or under the Medicaid waiver described in Subsection (1);
413 (b) the claims experienced under the policies or Medicaid programs described in
414 Subsection (3)(a);
415 (c) any cost shifting to the private sector for care not covered under the programs or
416 policies described in Subsection (3)(a); and
417 (d) efforts or agreements between the Department of Health, the commissioner,
418 insurers regulated under this chapter, and health care providers regarding combining publicly
419 funded coverage with private, employer-based coverage to increase benefits and health care
421 Section 9. Section 31A-23a-402 is amended to read:
422 31A-23a-402. Unfair marketing practices -- Communication -- Inducement --
423 Unfair Discrimination -- Coercion or intimidation -- Restriction on choice.
424 (1) (a) (i) Any of the following may not make or cause to be made any communication
425 that contains false or misleading information, relating to an insurance product or contract, any
426 insurer, or [
427 because it is incomplete:
428 (A) a person who is or should be licensed under this title;
429 (B) an employee or producer of a person described in Subsection (1)(a)(i)(A);
430 (C) a person whose primary interest is as a competitor of a person licensed under this
431 title; and
432 (D) a person on behalf of any of the persons listed in this Subsection (1)(a)(i).
433 (ii) As used in this Subsection (1), "false or misleading information" includes:
434 (A) assuring the nonobligatory payment of future dividends or refunds of unused
435 premiums in any specific or approximate amounts, but reporting fully and accurately past
436 experience is not false or misleading information; and
437 (B) with intent to deceive a person examining it[
438 (I) filing a report[
439 (II) making a false entry in a record[
440 (III) wilfully refraining from making a proper entry in a record.
441 (iii) A licensee under this title may not:
442 (A) use any business name, slogan, emblem, or related device that is misleading or
443 likely to cause the insurer or other licensee to be mistaken for another insurer or other licensee
444 already in business; or
445 (B) use any advertisement or other insurance promotional material that would cause a
446 reasonable person to mistakenly believe that a state or federal government agency:
447 (I) is responsible for the insurance sales activities of the person;
448 (II) stands behind the credit of the person;
449 (III) guarantees any returns on insurance products of or sold by the person; or
450 (IV) is a source of payment of any insurance obligation of or sold by the person.
451 (iv) A person who is not an insurer may not assume or use any name that deceptively
452 implies or suggests that it is an insurer.
453 (v) A person other than persons licensed as health maintenance organizations under
454 Chapter 8 may not use the term "Health Maintenance Organization" or "HMO" in referring to
456 (b) [
457 also committed by the insurer if:
458 (i) the licensee under this title distributes cards or documents, exhibits a sign, or
459 publishes an advertisement that violates Subsection (1)(a), with reference to a particular
461 (A) that the licensee represents[
462 (B) for whom the licensee processes claims[
463 (ii) the cards, documents, signs, or advertisements are supplied or approved by that
466 (2) (a) (i) A licensee under this title, or an officer or employee of a licensee may not
467 induce any person to enter into or continue an insurance contract or to terminate an existing
468 insurance contract by offering benefits not specified in the policy to be issued or continued,
469 including premium or commission rebates.
470 (ii) An insurer may not make or knowingly allow any agreement of insurance that is
471 not clearly expressed in the policy to be issued or renewed.
472 (iii) This Subsection (2)(a) does not preclude:
473 (A) insurers from reducing premiums because of expense savings;
474 (B) the usual kinds of social courtesies not related to particular transactions; or
475 (C) an insurer from receiving premiums under an installment payment plan.
476 (b) A licensee under this title may not absorb the tax under Section 31A-3-301 .
477 (c) (i) A title insurer or producer or any officer or employee of either may not pay,
478 allow, give, or offer to pay, allow, or give, directly or indirectly, as an inducement to obtaining
479 any title insurance business[
480 (A) any rebate, reduction, or abatement of any rate or charge made incident to the
481 issuance of the insurance[
482 (B) any special favor or advantage not generally available to others[
483 (C) any money or other consideration or material inducement.
484 (ii) "Charge made incident to the issuance of the insurance" includes escrow charges,
485 and any other services that are prescribed by the commissioner.
486 (iii) An insured or any other person connected, directly or indirectly, with the
487 transaction, including a mortgage lender, real estate broker, builder, attorney, or any officer,
488 employee, or agent of any of them, may not knowingly receive or accept, directly or indirectly,
489 any benefit referred to in Subsection (2)(c)(i).
490 (3) (a) An insurer may not unfairly discriminate among policyholders by charging
491 different premiums or by offering different terms of coverage, except on the basis of
492 classifications related to the nature and the degree of the risk covered or the expenses involved.
493 (b) Rates are not unfairly discriminatory if they are averaged broadly among persons
494 insured under a group, blanket, or franchise policy, and the terms of those policies are not
495 unfairly discriminatory merely because they are more favorable than in similar individual
497 (4) [
498 (i) a person who is or should be licensed under this title[
499 (ii) an employee of that licensee or person who should be licensed[
500 (iii) a person whose primary interest is as a competitor of a person licensed under this
502 (iv) one acting on behalf of any [
503 (4)(a)(i) through (iii).
504 (b) A person described in Subsection (4)(a) may not commit or enter into any
505 agreement to participate in any act of boycott, coercion, or intimidation that:
510 (5) (a) [
511 of an insurer or licensee under this chapter, another person who is required to pay for insurance
512 as a condition for the conclusion of a contract or other transaction or for the exercise of any
513 right under a contract. [
514 (ii) A person requiring [
515 the insurer or the coverage selected on reasonable grounds.
516 (b) The form of corporate organization of an insurer authorized to do business in this
517 state is not a reasonable ground for disapproval, and the commissioner may by rule specify
518 additional grounds that are not reasonable. This Subsection (5) does not bar an insurer from
519 declining an application for insurance.
520 (6) A person may not make any charge other than insurance premiums and premium
521 financing charges for the protection of property or of a security interest in property, as a
522 condition for obtaining, renewing, or continuing the financing of a purchase of the property or
523 the lending of money on the security of an interest in the property.
524 (7) (a) A licensee under this title may not refuse or fail to return promptly all indicia of
525 agency to the principal on demand.
526 (b) A licensee whose license is suspended, limited, or revoked under Section
527 31A-2-308 , 31A-23a-111 , or 31A-23a-112 may not refuse or fail to return the license to the
528 commissioner on demand.
529 (8) A person may not engage in any other unfair method of competition or any other
530 unfair or deceptive act or practice in the business of insurance, as defined by the commissioner
531 by rule, after a finding that they are misleading, deceptive, unfairly discriminatory, provide an
532 unfair inducement, or unreasonably restrain competition.
533 Section 10. Section 63-55-231 is amended to read:
534 63-55-231. Repeal dates, Title 31A.
535 (1) Section 31A-2-208.5 , Comparison tables, is repealed July 1, [
536 (2) Section 31A-2-217 , Coordination with other states, is repealed July 1, 2013.
537 (3) Section 31A-3-104 , Electronic [
538 fees, is repealed July 1, 2006.
539 (4) Section 31A-22-315 , Motor [
540 reporting, is repealed July 1, 2010.
541 (5) Section 31A-22-625 , Catastrophic [
542 coverage of mental health conditions, is repealed July 1, 2011.
543 (6) Title 31A, Chapter 31, Insurance Fraud Act, is repealed July 1, 2007.
544 Section 11. Repealer.
545 This bill repeals:
546 Section 31A-8-302, Transition period for prior licensees.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-7-05 9:26 AM
Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.