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TITLE 760 DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE

Final Rule
LSA Document #08-58(F)

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Amends 760 IAC 1-72-1 through 760 IAC 1-72-6 to extend protections in annuity transactions to all consumers regardless of age. Effective 30 days after filing with the Publisher.



SECTION 1. 760 IAC 1-72-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

Rule 72. Consumer Protections in Annuity Transactions


760 IAC 1-72-1 Purpose and scope

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4


Sec. 1. (a) The purpose of this rule is to set forth standards and procedures for recommendations to senior consumers that result in a transaction involving annuity products so that the insurance needs and financial objectives of senior consumers at the time of the transaction are appropriately addressed.

(b) This rule shall apply to any recommendation to purchase or exchange an annuity made to a senior consumer by an insurance producer, or an insurer where no producer is involved, that results in the purchase or exchange recommended.

(c) Nothing herein in this rule shall be construed to create or imply a private cause of action for a violation of this rule.
(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-1; filed Feb 16, 2006, 8:25 a.m.: 29 IR 2192, eff Jul 1, 2006; filed Jan 27, 2009, 9:51 a.m.: 20090225-IR-760080058FRA)


SECTION 2. 760 IAC 1-72-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-2 Exemptions

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4


Sec. 2. Unless otherwise specifically included, this rule shall not apply to recommendations involving the following:
(1) Direct response solicitations where there is no recommendation based on information collected from the senior consumer under this rule.
(2) Contracts used to fund any of the following:
(A) An employee pension or welfare benefit plan that is covered by the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA).
(B) A plan described by Section:
(i) 401(a);
(ii) 401(k);
(iii) 403(b);
(iv) 408(k); or
(v) 408(p);
of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, if established or maintained by an employer.
(C) A government or church plan defined in Section 414 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended.
(D) A government or church welfare benefit plan.
(E) A deferred compensation plan of a state or local government or tax exempt organization under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended.
(F) A nonqualified deferred compensation arrangement established or maintained by an employer or plan sponsor.
(G) Settlements of or assumptions of liabilities associated with personal injury litigation or any dispute or claim resolution process.
(H) Formal prepaid funeral contracts.
(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-2; filed Feb 16, 2006, 8:25 a.m.: 29 IR 2192, eff Jul 1, 2006; filed Jan 27, 2009, 9:51 a.m.: 20090225-IR-760080058FRA)


SECTION 3. 760 IAC 1-72-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-3 Definitions

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4


Sec. 3. The following definitions apply throughout this rule:
(1) "Annuity" means a fixed annuity or variable annuity that is individually solicited, whether the product is classified as an individual or group annuity.
(2) "Consumer" has the meaning set forth in IC 27-4-9-2.
(2) (3) "Insurance producer" means a person required to be licensed under the laws of this state to sell, solicit, or negotiate insurance, including annuities.
(3) (4) "Insurer" means a company required to be licensed under the laws of this state to provide insurance products, including annuities.
(4) (5) "Recommendation" means advice provided by an insurance producer, or an insurer where no producer is involved, to an individual senior consumer that results in a purchase or exchange of an annuity in accordance with that advice.
(5) "Senior consumer" means a person at least sixty-five (65) years of age. In the event of a joint purchase by more than one (1) party, the purchaser will be considered to be a senior consumer if any of the parties is at least sixty-five (65) years of age.
(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-3; filed Feb 16, 2006, 8:25 a.m.: 29 IR 2193, eff Jul 1, 2006; filed Jan 27, 2009, 9:51 a.m.: 20090225-IR-760080058FRA)


SECTION 4. 760 IAC 1-72-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-4 Duties of insurers and of insurance producers

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4


Sec. 4. (a) In recommending to a senior consumer the purchase of an annuity or the exchange of an annuity that results in another insurance transaction or series of insurance transactions, the insurance producer, or the insurer where no producer is involved, shall have reasonable grounds for believing that the recommendation is suitable for the senior consumer on the basis of the facts disclosed by the senior consumer as to his or her:
(1) investments and other insurance products; and
(2) financial situation and needs.

(b) Before the execution of a purchase or exchange of an annuity resulting from a recommendation, an insurance producer, or an insurer where no producer is involved, shall make reasonable efforts to obtain information concerning the following:
(1) The senior consumer's:
(A) financial status;
(B) tax status; and
(C) investment objectives.
(2) Other information used or considered to be reasonable by the insurance producer, or the insurer where no producer is involved, in making recommendations to the senior consumer.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (b), neither an insurance producer, nor an insurer where no producer is involved, shall have any obligation to a senior consumer under subsection (a) related to any recommendation if a consumer does any of the following:
(1) Refuses to provide relevant information requested by the insurer or insurance producer.
(2) Decides to enter into an insurance transaction that is not based on a recommendation of the insurer or insurance producer.
(3) Fails to provide complete or accurate information.

(d) An insurer or insurance producer's recommendation subject to subsection (c) shall be reasonable under all the circumstances actually known to the insurer or insurance producer at the time of the recommendation.

(e) An insurer shall:
(1) assure that a system to supervise recommendations that is reasonably designed to achieve compliance with this rule is established and maintained by complying with the standards set forth in subsection subsections (g) and subsection (h); or
(2) establish and maintain such a system, including, but not limited to:
(A) maintaining written procedures; and
(B) conducting periodic reviews of its records that are reasonably designed to assist in detecting and preventing violations of this rule.

(f) A general agent and independent agency shall:
(1) adopt a system established by an insurer to supervise recommendations of its insurance producers that is reasonably designed to achieve compliance with this rule; or
(2) establish and maintain such a system, including, but not limited to:
(A) maintaining written procedures; and
(B) conducting periodic reviews of records that are reasonably designed to assist in detecting and preventing violations of this rule.

(g) An insurer may contract with a third party, including a general agent or independent agency, to establish and maintain a system of supervision as required by subsection (e) with respect to insurance producers under contract with or employed by the third party. An insurer shall make reasonable inquiry to assure that the third party contracting under this section is performing the functions required under subsection (e) and shall take such action as is reasonable under the circumstances to enforce the contractual obligation to perform the functions. An insurer may comply with its obligation to make reasonable inquiry by doing all of the following:
(1) The insurer annually obtains a certification from a third party senior manager who has responsibility for the delegated functions that the manager has a reasonable basis to represent, and does represent, that the third party is performing the required functions.
(2) The insurer, based on reasonable selection criteria, periodically selects third parties for a review to determine whether the third parties are performing the required functions. The insurer shall perform those procedures to conduct the review that are reasonable under the circumstances.

(h) An insurer that:
(1) contracts with a third party under subsection (g); and
(2) complies with the requirements to supervise therein;
shall have fulfilled its responsibilities under subsection (e).

(i) An insurer, general agent, or independent agency is not required by subsection (e) or subsection (f) to:
(1) review, or provide for review of, all insurance producer solicited transactions; or
(2) include in its system of supervision an insurance producer's recommendations to senior consumers of products other than the annuities offered by the insurer, general agent, or independent agency.

(j) A general agent or independent agency contracting with an insurer under subsection (g) shall promptly, when requested by the insurer, give a:
(1) certification; or
(2) clear statement;
that it is unable to meet the certification criteria.

(k) No person may provide a certification under subsection (g) unless the person:
(1) is a senior manager with responsibility for the delegated functions; and
(2) has a reasonable basis for making the certification.

(l) Compliance with the National Association of Securities Dealers Conduct Rules pertaining to suitability shall satisfy the requirements under this section for the recommendation of variable annuities. However, nothing in this subsection shall limit the insurance commissioner's ability to enforce the provisions of this rule.
(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-4; filed Feb 16, 2006, 8:25 a.m.: 29 IR 2193, eff Jul 1, 2006; filed Jan 27, 2009, 9:51 a.m.: 20090225-IR-760080058FRA)


SECTION 5. 760 IAC 1-72-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-5 Mitigation of responsibility

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4


Sec. 5. (a) The commissioner may order the following:
(1) An insurer to take reasonably appropriate corrective action for any senior consumer harmed by the insurer's, or by its insurance producer's, violation of this rule.
(2) An insurance producer to take reasonably appropriate corrective action for any senior consumer harmed by the insurance producer's violation of this rule.
(3) A general agency or independent agency that employs or contracts with an insurance producer to sell, or solicit the sale of, annuities to senior consumers to take reasonably appropriate corrective action for any senior consumer harmed by the insurance producer's violation of this rule.

(b) Any applicable penalty for a violation of this rule may be reduced or eliminated, with the approval of the commissioner of the department of insurance, if corrective action for the senior consumer was taken promptly after a violation was discovered.
(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-5; filed Feb 16, 2006, 8:25 a.m.: 29 IR 2194, eff Jul 1, 2006; filed Jan 27, 2009, 9:51 a.m.: 20090225-IR-760080058FRA)


SECTION 6. 760 IAC 1-72-6 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-6 Record keeping

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4


Sec. 6. (a) Insurers, managing general agents, independent agencies, and insurance producers shall:
(1) maintain; or
(2) be able to make available to the commissioner;
records of the information collected from the senior consumer and other information used in making the recommendations that were the basis for insurance transactions for five (5) years after the insurance transaction is completed by the insurer. An insurer is permitted but shall not be required to maintain documentation on behalf of an insurance producer.

(b) Records required to be maintained by this rule may be maintained:
(1) in:
(A) paper;
(B) photographic;
(C) microprocess;
(D) magnetic;
(E) mechanical; or
(F) electronic;
(G) media; or
(2) by any process that accurately reproduces the actual document.
(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-6; filed Feb 16, 2006, 8:25 a.m.: 29 IR 2194, eff Jul 1, 2006; filed Jan 27, 2009, 9:51 a.m.: 20090225-IR-760080058FRA)


LSA Document #08-58(F)
Notice of Intent: 20080130-IR-760080058NIA
Proposed Rule: 20081022-IR-760080058PRA
Hearing Held: November 21, 2008
Approved by Attorney General: January 16, 2009
Approved by Governor: January 23, 2009
Filed with Publisher: January 27, 2009, 9:51 a.m.
Documents Incorporated by Reference: None Received by Publisher
Small Business Regulatory Coordinator: Meggan Brumbaugh, Department of Insurance, 311 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 232-0143, mbrumbaugh@idoi.in.gov.

Posted: 02/25/2009 by Legislative Services Agency

DIN: 20090225-IR-760080058FRA
Composed: Jun 20,2024 9:13:54AM EDT
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