CHAPTER 104--S.F.No. 1581
relating to insurance; regulating continuation coverage for life insurance; regulating life policies with accelerated benefits; authorizing the use of certain mortality tables to calculate reserves for certain life policies; regulating life insurance policy illustrations and interest rate disclosures; requiring auto insurers to notify the commissioner of decision to withdraw from the market; regulating certain notices of cancellation and certain policy renewals; providing for inflation protection in long-term care partnership policies; providing minimum comprehensive health insurance plan benefits; modifying a definition; modifying motor carrier insurance requirements;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 60A.351; 61A.072; 61A.092, subdivision 6; 61A.25, subdivision 4; 62E.12; 62S.23, subdivision 1; 65B.17, by adding a subdivision; 72A.52, subdivision 1; 72B.02, subdivision 7; 221.141, subdivision 1e; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 61A; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 45.025, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10; Minnesota Rules, parts 2790.1750; 2790.1751.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
60A.351 RENEWAL OF INSURANCE POLICY WITH ALTERED RATES.
If an insurance company licensed to do business in this state offers or purports to offer to renew any commercial liability and/or property insurance policy at less favorable terms as to the dollar amount of coverage or deductibles, higher rates, and/or higher rating plan, the new terms, the new rates and/or rating plan may take effect on the renewal date of the policy if the insurer has sent to the policyholder notice of the new terms, new rates and/or rating plan at least 60 days prior to the expiration date. If the insurer has not so notified the policyholder, the policyholder may elect to cancel the renewal policy within the 60-day period after receipt of the notice. Earned premium for the period of coverage, if any, shall be calculated pro rata upon the prior rate. This section does not apply to ocean marine insurance, accident and health insurance, reinsurance, and coverage under the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.
This section does not apply if the change relates to guide "a" rates or excess rates also known as "consent to rates" or if there has been any change in the risk insured.
61A.072 POLICIES WITH ACCELERATED BENEFITS.
A life insurance contract or supplemental contract that contains a provision to permit the accelerated payment of benefits as authorized under section 60A.06, subdivision 1, clause (4), must contain the following disclosure: "This is a life insurance policy which pays accelerated death benefits at your option under conditions specified in the policy. This policy is not a long-term care policy meeting the requirements of sections 62A.46 to 62A.56 or chapter 62S."
Long-term care expenses.
If the right to receive accelerated benefits is contingent upon the insured receiving long-term care services, the contract or supplemental contract shall include the following provisions:
(1) the minimum accelerated benefit shall be $1,200 per month if the insured is receiving nursing facility services and $750 per month if the insured is receiving home services with a minimum lifetime benefit limit of $50,000;
(2) coverage is effective immediately and benefits shall commence with the receipt of services as defined in section 62A.46, subdivision 3, 4, or 5, or 62S.01, subdivision 25, but may include a waiting period of not more than 90 days, provided that no more than one waiting period may be required per benefit period as defined in section 62A.46, subdivision 11;
(3) premium shall be waived during any period in which benefits are being paid to the insured during confinement to a nursing home facility;
(4) coverage may not be canceled or renewal refused except on the grounds of nonpayment of premium;
(5) coverage must include preexisting conditions during the first six months of coverage if the insured was not diagnosed or treated for the particular condition during the 90 days immediately preceding the effective date of coverage;
(6) coverage must include mental or nervous disorders which have a demonstrable organic cause such as Alzheimer's and related dementias;
(7) no prior hospitalization requirement shall be allowed unless a similar requirement is allowed by section 62A.48, subdivision 1, or 62S.06; and
(8) the contract shall include a cancellation provision that meets the requirements of section 62A.50, subdivision 2, or 62S.07.
Subdivision 4 does not apply to contracts or supplemental contracts granting the right to receive accelerated benefits if (1) one of the options for payment provides for lump-sum payment; (2) no conditions or restrictions are imposed on the use of the funds by the insured; and (3) the offeree or insured is given written notice at the time the contract or supplemental contract is offered or sold that (i) Minnesota law sets minimum requirements for life insurance contracts where the right to receive accelerated benefits is contingent upon the insured receiving long-term care services, and (ii) the contract or supplemental contract being offered or sold does not meet those minimum requirements.
(a) "Accelerated benefits" covered under this section are benefits payable under the life insurance contract:
(1) to a policyholder or certificate holder, during the lifetime of the insured, upon the occurrence of a specified life-threatening or catastrophic condition as defined by the policy or rider;
(2) that reduce the death benefit otherwise payable under the life insurance contract; and
(3) that are payable upon the occurrence of a single qualifying event that results in the payment of a benefit amount fixed at the time of acceleration.
(b) "Qualifying event" means one or more of the following:
(1) a medical condition that would result in a drastically limited life span as specified in the contract;
(2) a medical condition that has required or requires extraordinary medical intervention, such as, but not limited to, major organ transplant or continuous artificial life support without which the insured would die;
(3) a condition that requires continuous confinement in an eligible institution as defined in the contract if the insured is expected to remain there for the rest of the insured's life;
(4) a long-term care illness or physical condition that results in cognitive impairment or the inability to perform the activities of daily life or the substantial and material duties of any occupation
(5) other qualifying events that the commissioner approves for a particular filing.
This section applies to a policy, certificate of insurance, or similar evidence of coverage issued to a Minnesota resident or issued to provide coverage to a Minnesota resident. This section does not apply to: (1) a certificate of insurance or similar evidence of coverage that meets the conditions of section 61A.093, subdivision 2; or (2) a group life insurance policy that contains a provision permitting the certificate holder, upon termination or layoff from employment, to retain the coverage provided under the group policy by paying premiums directly to the insurer, provided that the employer shall give the employee notice of the employee's and each related certificate holder's right to continue the insurance by paying premiums directly to the insurer. The insurer may reserve the right to increase premium rates after the first 18 months of continued coverage provided for under clause (2). A related certificate holder is an insured spouse or dependent child of the employee. Upon termination of this group policy or at the option of the insured who has continued coverage under clause (2), each covered employee, spouse, and dependent child is entitled to have issued to them a life conversion policy as prescribed in section 61A.09, subdivision 1, paragraph (h).
Reserve valuation of life insurance and endowment benefits; modified premiums.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) and subdivisions 4a and 7, reserves according to the commissioners reserve valuation method, for the life insurance and endowment benefits of policies providing for a uniform amount of insurance and requiring the payment of uniform premiums shall be the excess, if any, of the present value at the date of valuation of future guaranteed benefits provided for by the policies over the then present value of any future modified net premiums therefor. The modified net premiums for a policy shall be the uniform percentage of the respective contract premiums for the benefits that the present value, at the date of issue of the policy, of all the modified net premiums shall be equal to the sum of the then present value of the benefits provided for by the policy and the excess of clause (1) over clause (2) as follows:
(1) a net level annual premium equal to the present value, at the date of issue, of the benefits provided for after the first policy year, divided by the present value at the date of issue of an annuity of one per annum payable on the first and each subsequent anniversary of the policy on which a premium falls due; but the net level annual premium shall not exceed the net level annual premium on the 19 year premium whole life plan for insurance of the same amount at an age one year higher than the age at issue of the policy;
(2) a net one year term premium for the benefits provided for in the first policy year.
(b) For a life insurance policy issued on or after January 1, 1985, for which the contract premium in the first policy year exceeds that of the second year and for which no comparable additional benefit is provided in the first year for the excess and which provides an endowment benefit or a cash surrender value or a combination thereof in an amount greater than the excess premium, the reserve according to the commissioners reserve valuation method as of a policy anniversary occurring on or before the assumed ending date defined herein as the first policy anniversary on which the sum of any endowment benefit and any cash surrender value then available is greater than the excess premium shall, except as otherwise provided in subdivision 7, be the greater of the reserve as of the policy anniversary calculated as described in paragraph (a) and the reserve as of the policy anniversary calculated as described in that paragraph, but with the value defined in clause (1) of that paragraph being reduced by 15 percent of the amount of the excess first year premium; all present values of benefits and premiums being determined without reference to premiums or benefits provided for by the policy after the assumed ending date; the policy being assumed to mature on that date as an endowment; and the cash surrender value provided on that date being considered as an endowment benefit. In making the above comparison the mortality and interest bases stated in subdivisions 3 and 3b shall be used.
(c) Reserves according to the commissioners reserve valuation method for (1) life insurance policies providing for a varying amount of insurance or requiring the payment of varying premiums, (2) group annuity and pure endowment contracts purchased under a retirement plan or plan of deferred compensation, established or maintained by an employer, including but not limited to a partnership or sole proprietorship, or by an employee organization, or by both, other than a plan providing individual retirement accounts or individual retirement annuities under Section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, (3) disability and accidental death benefits in all policies and contracts, and (4) all other benefits, except life insurance and endowment benefits in life insurance policies and benefits provided by all other annuity and pure endowment contracts, shall be calculated by a method consistent with the principles of paragraphs (a) and (b), except that any extra premiums charged because of impairments or special hazards shall be disregarded in the determination of modified net premiums.
62E.12 MINIMUM BENEFITS OF COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN.
(a) The association through its comprehensive health insurance plan shall offer policies which provide the benefits of a number one qualified plan and a number two qualified plan, except that the maximum lifetime benefit on these plans shall be $2,800,000; and an extended basic Medicare supplement plan and a basic Medicare supplement plan as described in sections 62A.3099 to 62A.44. The association may also offer a plan that is identical to a number one and number two qualified plan except that it has a $2,000 annual deductible and a $2,800,000 maximum lifetime benefit. The association, subject to the approval of the commissioner, may also offer plans that are identical to the number one or number two qualified plan, except that they have annual deductibles of $5,000 and $10,000, respectively; have limitations on total annual out-of-pocket expenses equal to those annual deductibles and therefore cover 100 percent of the allowable cost of covered services in excess of those annual deductibles; and have a $2,800,000 maximum lifetime benefit. The association, subject to approval of the commissioner, may also offer plans that meet all other requirements of state law except those that are inconsistent with high deductible health plans as defined in sections 220 and 223 of the Internal Revenue Code and supporting regulations. As of January 1, 2006, the association shall no longer be required to offer an extended basic Medicare supplement plan.
(b) The requirement that a policy issued by the association must be a qualified plan is satisfied if the association contracts with a preferred provider network and the level of benefits for services provided within the network satisfies the requirements of a qualified plan. If the association uses a preferred provider network, payments to nonparticipating providers must meet the minimum requirements of section 72A.20, subdivision 15.
(c) The association shall offer health maintenance organization contracts in those areas of the state where a health maintenance organization has agreed to make the coverage available and has been selected as a writing carrier.
(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 62E.06 and unless those charges are billed by a provider that is part of the association's preferred provider network, the state plan shall exclude coverage of services of a private duty nurse other than on an inpatient basis and any charges for treatment in a hospital located outside of the state of Minnesota in which the covered person is receiving treatment for a mental or nervous disorder, unless similar treatment for the mental or nervous disorder is medically necessary, unavailable in Minnesota and provided upon referral by a licensed Minnesota medical practitioner.
Inflation protection feature.
No insurer may offer a long-term care insurance policy unless the insurer also offers to the policyholder, in addition to any other inflation protection, the option to purchase a policy that provides for benefit levels to increase with benefit maximums or reasonable durations which are meaningful to account for reasonably anticipated increases in the costs of long-term care services covered by the policy. In addition to other options that may be offered, insurers must offer to each policyholder, at the time of purchase, the option to purchase a policy with an inflation protection feature no less favorable than one of the following:
(1) increases benefit levels annually in a manner so that the increases are compounded annually at a rate not less than five percent;
(2) guarantees the insured individual the right to periodically increase benefit levels without providing evidence of insurability or health status so long as the option for the previous period has not been declined. The amount of the additional benefit shall be no less than the difference between the existing policy benefit and that benefit compounded annually at a rate of at least five percent for the period beginning with the purchase of the existing benefit and extending until the year in which the offer is made; or
(3) covers a specified percentage of actual or reasonable charges and does not include a maximum specified indemnity amount or limit.
In addition to all other legal requirements a policy or contract of insurance described in section 72A.51 shall show the name and address of the insurer and the seller of the policy or contract and shall state, clearly and conspicuously in boldface type of a minimum size of ten points, a notice in the following form or its equivalent: "RIGHT TO CANCEL. You may cancel this policy by delivering or mailing a written notice or sending a telegram to (insert name and mailing address of the insurer or the seller of the policy or contract) and by returning the policy or contract before midnight of the tenth day after the date you receive the policy. Notice given by mail and return of the policy or contract by mail are effective on being postmarked, properly addressed and postage prepaid. The insurer must return all payments made for this policy within ten days after it receives notice of cancellation and the returned policy."
For variable annuity contracts issued pursuant to sections 61A.13 to 61A.21, this notice shall be suitably modified so as to notify the purchaser that the purchaser is entitled to a refund of the amount calculated in accordance with the provisions of section 72A.51, subdivision 3.
"Staff adjuster" means an adjuster who is a salaried employee of an insurance company and who is engaged in adjusting insured losses solely for that company or other companies under common control or ownership.
Insurer must be authorized.
A policy of insurance, bond, or other evidence of financial responsibility does not satisfy the requirements of this section unless
the insurer or surety furnishing the evidence of financial responsibility is authorized or registered by the Department of Commerce to issue the policies, bonds, or certificates in this state.
Presented to the governor May 18, 2007
Signed by the governor May 21, 2007, 2:52 p.m.