Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 34175

This rule was published in the November 15, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 22) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Insurance, Administration

Rule R590-133

Variable Contracts

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 34175
Filed: 10/28/2010 02:05:25 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose of the rule is to update language, correct code citations, add a penalty and an enforcement section, and require a producer to be licensed as a variable contract producer in order to recommend the termination of a variable contract.

Summary of the rule or change:

The rule includes the following changes in language: "insurance code" to "title", "agent" to "producer", "which" to "that", "company" to "insurer", "National Association of Security Dealers" to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority", and made it gender neutral. The Authority section has been broadened from just covering variable contracts issued by domestic companies to variable contracts issued by any insurer. The definition section has been broadened to include the definitions in Section 31A-1-301, and deletes the definition of "agent" in the rule. Two new sections have been added to the rule, a Penalties section and an Enforcement Date section. The rule will now require producers be licensed as a variable contract producer in order to recommend to consumers that they terminate their variable contract.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 31A-2-201
  • Section 31A-5-217.5

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

There may be an increase in revenue if producers purchase the variable line of insurance license to be able to recommend that a person terminate their variable contract. The cost for this license is $25 a year. Currently there are around 24,000 life agents. Some of these already have this limited line license. It is unknown how many may add this line to their license.

local governments:

This rule will have no impact on local governments since it deals solely with the relationship between the department and their licensees.

small businesses:

This could be a big impact on agencies who often pay for exams and license fees for their agents. The cost for a limited line insurance license would cost $25. There would also be the cost for two securities license exams and a broker security license for a total of $284. Currently there are around 24,000 life agents licensed to do business in Utah. Not all of these agents are actively selling life insurance products and some of them already have the limited line license so it is impossible to tell how many will obtain the limited license.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

Those agents who are required to pay for the cost of the limited license and securities exam and license would be required to pay a total of $309.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

Agents or agencies who decide to obtain the limited line insurance license will pay $309 for the cost of the limited license and securities exam and license.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

This could bring additional licensing revenues into the state and provide consumer protection. Agents who obtain the additional licensing will be more educated and able to direct their clients in regard to variable contracts.

Neal T. Gooch, Commissioner

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

Insurance
Administration
450 N MAIN ST
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

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

12/15/2010

Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:

  • 12/07/2010 03:00 PM, State Office Building, 450 N State, Rm 3112, Salt Lake City, UT

This rule may become effective on:

12/22/2010

Authorized by:

Jilene Whitby, Information Specialist

RULE TEXT

R590. Insurance, Administration.

R590-133. Variable Contracts.

R590-133-1. Authority.

This rule is adopted pursuant to Subsection 31A-2-201(3) which authorizes rules to implement [the Insurance Code]Title 31A and [31A-5-217.5(6)]Subsection 31A-20-106(1)(b)(ii) [which]that gives the commissioner authority to regulate by rulemaking the issuance and sale of variable contracts.

 

R590-133-2. Definition.

In addition to the definitions of Section 31A-1-301, the following definitions shall apply for the purposes of this rule:

A. [The term "variable]"Variable contract," [shall mean]means a[ny] policy or contract [which]that provides [for] life insurance or annuity benefits [which]that may vary according to the investment experience of any separate account or accounts maintained by the insurer as to the policy or contract, as provided for in Sections 31A-5-217 and 31A-18-102.

B. ["Agent," when used in this rule, shall mean any person licensed as an agent, broker or consultant under the laws of this state.

C.] "Variable contract [agent]producer," [when used in this rule, shall] mean s [an agent, broker and]a licensed producer or licensed consultant [who is licensed to sell or offer to sell any]with a variable contract s line of authority.

 

R590-133-3. Qualification of [Insurance Companies]Insurers to Issue Variable Contracts.

No [company]insurer may deliver or issue for delivery a variable contract[s] within this state unless [it]the insurer is licensed [or organized] to do a variable life, annuity, or both, business in this state in accordance with Section 31A-20-106.

 

R590-133-4. Governance of Separate Accounts.

All separate accounts shall be governed specifically by Sections 31A-5-217; 31A-5-217.5; 31A-18-102; 31A-20-106; 31A-21-301 and 31A-22-411 and this rule. They shall be governed generally by the provisions of the code applicable to life insurance companies not explicitly exempted by the code.

 

R590-133-5. Required Reports.

A. An[y] [company]insurer issuing an individual variable contract[s] providing benefits in variable amounts shall mail to the contract holder at least once in each contract year after the first at [his]the last address known to the [company]insurer, a statement or statements reporting the investments held in the separate account.

B. The [company]insurer shall submit annually to the [Insurance Commissioner]commissioner a statement of the business of its separate account or accounts in a form as may be prescribed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

C. An[y] [company]insurer issuing an individual variable contract[s] shall mail to the contract holder, at least once in each contract year after the first, at [his]the last address known to the [company]insurer, a statement reporting as of a date not more than four months previous to the date of mailing:

(1) in the case of an annuity contract under which payments have not yet commenced:

([i]a) the number of accumulation units credited to the contract and the dollar value of a unit; or

([ii]b) the value of the contract holder's account; and

(2) in the case of a life insurance policy, the dollar amount of the death benefit.

 

R590-133-6. Foreign [Companies]Insurers.

If the law or rule in the place of domicile of a foreign [company]insurer provides a degree of protection to the [policyholders]contract holders and the public [which]that is substantially equal to that provided by this rule, the commissioner, to the extent deemed appropriate [by him] in [his]the commissioner's discretion, may consider compliance with the law or rule as compliance with this rule.

 

R590-133-7. Licensing of [Agents, Brokers and Consultants]Variable Contract Producers.

(A) No [agent, broker]producer or consultant [may be]is eligible to sell , [or] offer for sale , or make a recommendation to purchase or terminate a variable contract unless [prior to making any solicitation or sale, he is ]licensed as a variable contract [agent]producer prior to making a solicitation, sale, or recommendation.

(B) The licensing as a variable contract [agent]producer may not become effective until satisfactorily completing the following requirements:

(1) be licensed in the line of life insurance;

(2) evidence that the applicant has previously passed [National Association of Security Dealers]Financial Industry Regulatory Authority examinations series six or seven and 63. Approval of registration to take the examinations is not acceptable;

(3) evidence of being Utah approved from the [National Association of Securities Dealers]Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Central Registration Depository;

(4) if the applicant is a non-resident, requirements of the state of domicile may be acceptable; and

(5) every application for a license as a variable contract [agent]producer shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee designated in the fee schedule adopted by the legislature.

 

R590-133-8. Additional Provisions Applicable to Variable Contract [Agents]Producers.

A. A[ny] person licensed in this state as a variable contract [agent]producer shall immediately report to the commissioner:

(1) any suspension or revocation of [his]the variable contract [agent's]producer's license or life insurance [agent's]producer's license in any other state or territory of the United States;

(2) the imposition of any disciplinary sanction imposed upon [him]the producer by any national securities exchange, or national securities association, or any federal, or state or territorial agency with jurisdiction over securities or contracts on a variable basis;

(3) any judgment or injunction entered against [him]the producer on the basis of conduct deemed to have involved fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or violation of any insurance or securities law or rule.

B. The commissioner may reject any application or suspend or revoke or refuse to renew any variable contract [agent's]producer's license upon any ground that would bar the application or [agent]the producer from being licensed to sell life insurance contracts in this state. The statutes governing any proceeding relating to the suspension or revocation of a life insurance [agent's]producer's license shall also govern any proceeding for suspension or revocation of a variable contract [agent's]producer's license.

C. Renewal of a variable contract [agent's]producer's license shall follow the same procedure established for renewal of [an agent's]a life insurance producer's license[to sell life insurance contracts in this state].

 

R590-133-9. Disclosure.

(A). The following information shall be furnished to an applicant for a variable contract [of variable life insurance] prior to execution of the application:

(1) a summary description of the [insurance company]insurer and its principal activities;

(2) a summary explanation in non-technical terms of the principal variable features of the contract and of the manner in which any variable benefits reflect the investment experience of a separate account;

(3) a brief description of the investment policy for the separate account with respect to the contract;

(4) a list of investments in the separate account as of a date not earlier than the end of the last year for which an annual statement has been filed with the commissioner of the state of domicile; and

(5) summary financial statements of the [insurance company]insurer and the separate account based upon the last annual statement filed with the commissioner, except that for a period of four months after the filing of any annual statement , the summary required may be based upon the annual statement[,] immediately preceding the last annual statement[,] filed with the commissioner.

B. The [insurance company]insurer may include [any] additional information as [it]the insurer deems appropriate.

 

R590-133-10. Penalties.

A person found to be in violation of this rule shall be subject to penalties as provided under Section 31A-2-308.

 

R590-133-11. Enforcement Date.

The commissioner will begin enforcing this rule 30 days from the rule's effective date.

 

R590-133-12. Severability.

If any provision of this rule or its application to any person or circumstance is for any reason held to be invalid, the remainder of the rule and the application of the provisions may not be affected.

 

KEY: insurance law

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [1994]2010

Notice of Continuation: January 12, 2007

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 31A-2-201; [31A-5-217.5]31A-20-106

 


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