Utah Department of Administrative Services Office of Administrative Rules

File No. 32962

This notice was published in the October 1, 2009, issue (Vol. 2009, No. 19) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Insurance, Administration

Rule R590-129

Unfair Discrimination Based Solely Upon Blindness or Physical or Mental Impairment

Five-Year Notice of Review and Statement of Continuation

DAR File No.: 32962
Filed: 09/10/2009 03:40:35 PM


Concise explanation of the particular statutory provisions under which the rule is enacted and how these provisions authorize or require the rule:

This rule gets its authority from Subsections 31A-2-201(1) and (3), which authorizes the commissioner to make rules to implement the provisions of Title 31A of the Utah Code. The specific rulemaking authority comes from the Marketing Practices part of the code, Subsection 31A-23a-402(8). Subsection 31A-23a-402(8) gives the commissioner the authority to define unfair business practices by rule after a finding that it is misleading, deceptive, unfairly discriminatory, etc. This rule prohibits discrimination in all new and renewal insurance contracts based on blind, new, or physical impairment.

Summary of written comments received during and since the last five-year review of the rule from interested persons supporting or opposing the rule:

The department has not received any written comments regarding this rule within the past five years.

Reasoned justification for continuation of the rule, including reasons why the agency disagrees with comments in opposition to the rule, if any:

This rule should be continued in force because it provides important protection for consumers and insurers and allows the department to regulate against unfair and discriminatory transactions between insurers and consumers. Repealing this rule could give the impression that the department does not care about unfair discrimination based on physical and mental impairments.

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84114-1201

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Jilene Whitby at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3803, by FAX at 801-538-3829, or by Internet E-mail at jwhitby@utah.gov



Authorized by:

Jilene Whitby, Information Specialist

Additional Information

The Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the Bulletin is the official version. The PDF version of this issue is available at http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull-pdf/2009/b20091001.pdf. The HTML edition of the Bulletin is a convenience copy. Any discrepancy between the PDF version and HTML version is resolved in favor of the PDF version.

For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Jilene Whitby at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3803, by FAX at 801-538-3829, or by Internet E-mail at jwhitby@utah.gov.