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TITLE 760 DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE

Proposed Rule
LSA Document #23-518

DIGEST

Amends and adds provisions to 760 IAC 1-72 concerning suitability in annuity transactions to require insurance producers to act in the best interest of the consumer when making a recommendation of an annuity; to provide that the best interest requirements are satisfied when an insurance producer complies with specific obligations relating to care, disclosure, conflict of interest, and documentation; to require insurers to establish, maintain, and utilize a system to supervise recommendations for annuities; to mandate additional training for producers selling annuities; and to require an insurer to provide a buyer's guide to all consumers who purchase an annuity. Repeals 760 IAC 1-72-4. Effective 30 days after filing with the publisher.




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

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 consumers that result in a transaction involving annuity products require producers, as defined in this rule, to act in the best interest of the consumer when making a recommendation of an annuity, and to require insurers to establish and maintain a system to supervise recommendations so that the insurance needs and financial objectives of consumers at the time of the transaction are appropriately effectively addressed.

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

(c) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to create or imply a private cause of action for a violation of this rule, or to subject a producer to civil liability under the best interest standard of care outlined in section 4.1 of this rule or under standards governing the conduct of a fiduciary or a fiduciary relationship.
(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; readopted filed Nov 20, 2015, 9:25 a.m.: 20151216-IR-760150341RFA)


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 transactions involving the following:
(1) Direct response solicitations where there is no recommendation based on information collected from the 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 a 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; readopted filed Nov 20, 2015, 9:25 a.m.: 20151216-IR-760150341RFA)


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 an annuity that is an insurance product under state law that is individually solicited, whether the product is classified as an individual or group annuity.
(2) "Cash compensation" means any:
(A) discount;
(B) concession;
(C) fee;
(D) service fee;
(E) commission;
(F) sales charge;
(G) loan;
(H) override; or
(I) cash benefit;
received by a producer in connection with the recommendation or sale of an annuity from an insurer, an intermediary, or directly from the consumer.
(3) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of insurance.
(2) (4) "Consumer" has the meaning set forth in IC 27-4-9-2.
(3) "Insurance producer" means a person required to be licensed under the laws of this state to sell, solicit, or negotiate insurance, including annuities.
(5) "Consumer profile information" means information that is reasonably appropriate to determine whether a recommendation addresses the consumer's financial situation, insurance needs, and financial objectives, including, at a minimum, the following:
(A) Age.
(B) Annual income.
(C) Financial situation and needs, including debts and other obligations.
(D) Financial experience.
(E) Insurance needs.
(F) Financial objectives.
(G) Intended use of the annuity.
(H) Financial time horizon.
(I) Existing assets or financial products, including investment, annuity, and insurance holdings.
(J) Liquidity needs.
(K) Liquid net worth.
(L) Risk tolerance, including, but not limited to, willingness to accept nonguaranteed elements in the annuity.
(M) Financial resources used to fund the annuity.
(N) Tax status.
(6) "Continuing education credit" or "CE credit" has the meaning set forth in 760 IAC 1-50-3.
(7) "Continuing education provider" or "CE provider" has the meaning set forth in 760 IAC 1-50-2(4).
(8) "Department" means the Indiana department of insurance.
(9) "FINRA" means the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or a successor agency.
(4) (10) "Insurer" means a company required to be licensed under the laws of this state to provide insurance products, including annuities.
(11) "Intermediary" means an entity contracted directly with an insurer, or with another entity contracted with an insurer, to facilitate the sale of the insurer's annuities by producers.
(12) "Material conflict of interest" means a financial interest of the producer in the sale of an annuity that a reasonable person would expect to influence the impartiality of a recommendation. The term does not include cash compensation or noncash compensation.
(13) "Noncash compensation" means a form of compensation that is not cash compensation, including, but not limited to, the following:
(A) Health insurance.
(B) Office rent.
(C) Office support.
(D) Retirement benefits.
(14) "Nonguaranteed elements" means:
(A) premiums;
(B) credited interest rates, including bonuses;
(C) benefits;
(D) values;
(E) dividends;
(F) noninterest based credits;
(G) charges; or
(H) elements of formulas used to determine subdivisions (A) through (G);
that are subject to company discretion and are not guaranteed at issue. An element is considered nonguaranteed if any of the underlying nonguaranteed elements are used in its calculation.
(15) "Producer" means a person or entity required to be licensed under the laws of this state to sell, solicit, or negotiate insurance, including annuities. For purposes of this rule, "producer" includes an insurer where no producer is involved.
(5) (16) "Recommendation" means advice provided by an insurance a producer or an insurer where no producer is involved, to an individual consumer that results was intended to result or does result in a purchase, or an exchange, or a replacement of an annuity in accordance with that advice. The term does not include general communication to the public, generalized customer services assistance or administrative support, general educational information and tools, prospectuses, or other product and sales material.
(17) "Replacement" means a transaction in which a new annuity is to be purchased, and it is known or should be known to the proposing producer, or to the proposing insurer whether or not a producer is involved, that by reason of the transaction, an existing annuity or other insurance policy has been or is to be any of the following:
(A) Lapsed, forfeited, surrendered or partially surrendered, assigned to the replacing insurer, or otherwise terminated.
(B) Converted to reduced paid-up insurance, continued as extended term insurance, or otherwise reduced in value by the use of nonforfeiture benefits or other policy values.
(C) Amended so as to effect either a reduction in benefits or in the term for which coverage would otherwise remain in force or for which benefits would be paid.
(D) Reissued with a reduction in cash value.
(E) Used in a financed purchase.
(18) "SEC" means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
(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; readopted filed Nov 20, 2015, 9:25 a.m.: 20151216-IR-760150341RFA)


SECTION 4. 760 IAC 1-72-4.1 IS ADDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-4.1 Duties of insurers and producers

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4

Sec. 4.1. (a) A producer, when making a recommendation of an annuity, shall act in the best interest of the consumer under the circumstances known at the time the recommendation is made, without placing the producer's or the insurer's financial interest ahead of the consumer's interest. A producer has acted in the best interest of the consumer if they have satisfied the obligations set forth in subsections (b) through (m) regarding care, disclosure, conflict of interest, and documentation. The requirements under this subsection and subsections (b) through (m) do not create a fiduciary obligation or relationship, and only create a regulatory obligation as established in this rule.

(b) The producer, in making a recommendation, shall exercise reasonable diligence, care, and skill to:
(1) know the consumer's financial situation, insurance needs, and financial objectives;
(2) understand the available recommendation options after making a reasonable inquiry into options available to the producer;
(3) have a reasonable basis to believe the recommended option effectively addresses the consumer's financial situation, insurance needs, and financial objectives over the life of the product, as evaluated in light of the consumer profile information; and
(4) communicate the basis or bases of the recommendation.
These requirements apply to the particular annuity as a whole and the underlying subaccounts to which funds are allocated at the time of purchase or exchange of an annuity, and riders and similar product enhancements, if any.

(c) The requirements under subsection (b) require a producer to:
(1) make reasonable efforts to obtain consumer profile information from the consumer prior to the recommendation of an annuity;
(2) consider the types of products the producer is authorized and licensed to recommend or sell that address the consumer's financial situation, insurance needs, and financial objectives. This does not require analysis or consideration of products outside the authority and license of the producer or other possible alternative products or strategies available in the market at the time of the recommendation. Producers are held to standards applicable to producers with similar authority and licensure; and
(3) have a reasonable basis to believe the consumer would benefit from certain features of the annuity, such as annuitization, death or living benefit, or other insurance related features.

(d) The requirements under subsection (b) do not mean:
(1) the annuity with the lowest one (1) time or multiple occurrence compensation structure shall necessarily be recommended; or
(2) the producer has ongoing monitoring obligations under the care obligation set forth in subsection (e), although that obligation may be separately owed under the terms of a fiduciary, consulting, investment advising, or financial planning agreement between the consumer and the producer.

(e) The consumer profile information, characteristics of the insurer, and product costs, rates, benefits, and features are those factors generally relevant in making a determination whether an annuity effectively addresses the consumer's financial situation, insurance needs, and financial objectives, but the level of importance of each factor under the care obligation of this subsection may vary depending on the facts and circumstances of a particular case. However, each factor may not be considered in isolation.

(f) In the case of an exchange or replacement of an annuity, the producer shall consider the whole transaction, which includes taking into consideration whether:
(1) the consumer will incur a surrender charge, be subject to the commencement of a new surrender period, lose existing benefits, such as death, living, or other contractual benefits, or be subject to increased fees, investment advisory fees, or charges for riders and similar product enhancements;
(2) the replacing product would substantially benefit the consumer in comparison to the replaced product over the life of the product; and
(3) the consumer has had another annuity exchange or replacement and, in particular, an exchange or replacement within the preceding sixty (60) months.

(g) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to require a producer to obtain a license other than a producer license with the appropriate line of authority to sell, solicit, or negotiate insurance in this state, including, but not limited to, a securities license, in order to fulfill the duties and obligations contained in this regulation; provided the producer does not give advice or provide services that are otherwise subject to securities laws or engage in any other activity requiring other professional licenses.

(h) Prior to the recommendation or sale of an annuity, the producer shall prominently disclose the following to the consumer on a form substantially similar to the form set forth in section 7 of this rule:
(1) A description of the scope and terms of the relationship with the consumer and the role of the producer in the transaction.
(2) An affirmative statement on whether the producer is licensed and authorized to sell the following products:
(A) Fixed annuities.
(B) Fixed indexed annuities.
(C) Variable annuities.
(D) Life insurance.
(E) Mutual funds.
(F) Stocks and bonds.
(G) Certificates of deposit.
(3) An affirmative statement describing the insurers the producer is authorized, contracted, appointed, or otherwise able to sell insurance products for, using the following descriptions:
(A) From one (1) insurer.
(B) From two (2) or more insurers.
(C) From two (2) or more insurers, although primarily contracted with one (1) insurer.
(4) A description of the sources and types of cash compensation and noncash compensation to be received by the producer, including whether the producer is to be compensated for the sale of a recommended annuity by commission as part of premium or other remuneration received from the insurer, intermediary, or other producer, or by fee as a result of a contract for advice or consulting services.
(5) A notice of the consumer's right to request additional information regarding cash compensation described in subsection (i).

(i) Upon request of the consumer or the consumer's designated representative, the producer shall disclose:
(1) a reasonable estimate of the amount of cash compensation to be received by the producer, which may be stated as a range of amounts or percentages; and
(2) whether the cash compensation is a one (1) time or multiple occurrence amount, and if a multiple occurrence amount, the frequency and amount of the occurrence, which may be stated as a range of amounts or percentages.

(j) Prior to or at the time of the recommendation or sale of an annuity, the producer shall have a reasonable basis to believe the consumer has been informed of various features of the annuity, such as:
(1) the potential surrender period and surrender charge;
(2) the potential tax penalty if the consumer sells, exchanges, surrenders, or annuitizes the annuity;
(3) mortality and expense fees;
(4) investment advisory fees;
(5) annual fees;
(6) potential charges for and features of riders or other options of the annuity;
(7) limitations on interest returns;
(8) potential changes in nonguaranteed elements of the annuity;
(9) insurance and investment components; and
(10) market risk.

(k) A producer shall identify and avoid, or reasonably manage and disclose, material conflicts of interest, including material conflicts of interest related to an ownership interest.

(l) A producer shall, at the time of recommendation or sale:
(1) make a written record of a recommendation and the basis for the recommendation subject to this rule;
(2) obtain a consumer signed statement on a form substantially similar to the form set forth in section 8 of this rule documenting:
(A) a customer's refusal to provide the consumer profile information, if any; and
(B) a customer's understanding of the ramifications of not providing their consumer profile information or providing insufficient consumer profile information; and
(3) obtain a consumer signed statement on a form substantially similar to the form set forth in section 9 of this rule acknowledging that the annuity transaction is not recommended if a customer decides to enter into an annuity transaction that is not based on the producer's recommendation.

(m) A requirement applicable to a producer under this section shall apply to each producer that has exercised material control or influence in the making of a recommendation and has received direct compensation as a result of the recommendation or sale, regardless of whether the producer has had direct contact with a consumer. Activities, such as providing or delivering marketing or educational materials, product wholesaling, or other back office product support, and general supervision of a producer do not, in and of themselves, constitute material control or influence.

(n) Transactions not based on a recommendation are subject to the following:
(1) Except as provided under subdivision (2), a producer shall have no obligation to a consumer under subsections (b) through (e) related to an annuity transaction if:
(A) no recommendation is made;
(B) a recommendation was made and was later found to have been prepared based on materially inaccurate information provided by the consumer;
(C) a consumer refuses to provide relevant consumer profile information and the annuity transaction is not recommended; or
(D) a consumer decides to enter into an annuity transaction that is not based on a recommendation of the producer.
(2) An insurer's issuance of an annuity subject to subdivision (1) shall be reasonable under all the circumstances actually known to the insurer at the time the annuity is issued.

(o) Except as permitted under subsection (n), an insurer may not issue an annuity recommended to a consumer unless there is a reasonable basis to believe the annuity would effectively address the particular consumer's financial situation, insurance needs, and financial objectives based on the consumer's consumer profile information and the following:
(1) An insurer shall establish and maintain a supervision system that is reasonably designed to achieve the insurer's and its producers' compliance with this rule, including, but not limited to, the following:
(A) The insurer shall establish and maintain reasonable procedures to inform its producers of the requirements of this rule, and shall incorporate the requirements of this rule into relevant producer training manuals.
(B) The insurer shall establish and maintain standards for producer product training, and shall establish and maintain reasonable procedures to require its producers to comply with the requirements of section 4.5 of this rule.
(C) The insurer shall provide product-specific training and training materials that explain all material features of its annuity products to its producers.
(D) The insurer shall establish and maintain procedures for the review of each recommendation prior to issuance of an annuity that are designed to ensure there is a reasonable basis to determine that the recommended annuity would effectively address the particular consumer's financial situation, insurance needs, and financial objectives. The review procedures may apply a screening system for the purpose of identifying selected transactions for additional review, and may be accomplished electronically or through other means including, but not limited to, physical review. An electronic or other system may be designed to require additional review only of those transactions identified for additional review by the selection criteria.
(E) The insurer shall establish and maintain reasonable procedures to detect recommendations that are not in compliance with this section. This may include, but is not limited to, confirmation of the consumer's consumer profile information, systematic customer surveys, producer and consumer interviews, confirmation letters, producer statements or attestations, and programs of internal monitoring. Nothing in this subdivision prevents an insurer from complying with this subdivision by applying sampling procedures or by confirming the consumer profile information, or other required information under this subsection, after issuance or delivery of the annuity.
(F) The insurer shall establish and maintain reasonable procedures to assess, prior to or upon issuance or delivery of an annuity, whether a producer has provided to the consumer the information required to be provided under this subsection.
(G) The insurer shall establish and maintain reasonable procedures to identify and address suspicious consumer refusals to provide consumer profile information.
(H) The insurer shall establish and maintain reasonable procedures to identify and eliminate sales contests, sales quotas, bonuses, and noncash compensation that are based on the sale of specific annuities within a limited period of time. The requirements of this subdivision are not intended to prohibit the receipt of health insurance, office rent, office support, retirement benefits, or other employee benefits by employees as along as those benefits are not based upon the volume of sales of a specific annuity within a limited period of time.
(I) The insurer shall annually provide a written report to senior management, including to the senior manager responsible for audit functions, which details a review, with appropriate testing, reasonably designed to determine the effectiveness of the supervision system, the exceptions found, and corrective action taken or recommended, if any.
(2) Nothing in this subsection restricts an insurer from contracting for performance of a function, including maintenance of procedures, required under this subsection. An insurer is responsible for taking appropriate corrective action and may be subject to sanctions and penalties pursuant to section 5 of this rule, regardless of whether the insurer contracts for performance of a function, and regardless of the insurer's compliance with subdivision (3).
(3) An insurer's supervision system under this subsection shall include supervision of contractual performance under this subsection. This includes, but is not limited, to the following:
(A) Monitoring and, as appropriate, conducting audits to assure that the contracted function is properly performed.
(B) Annually obtaining a certification from a senior manager who has responsibility for the contracted function that the manager has a reasonable basis to represent, and does represent, that the function is properly performed.
(4) An insurer is not required to include in its system of supervision:
(A) a producer's recommendations to consumers of products other than the annuities offered by the insurer; or
(B) consideration of or comparison to options available to the producer or compensation relating to those options other than annuities or other products offered by the insurer.

(p) Neither a producer nor an insurer shall dissuade, or attempt to dissuade, a consumer from:
(1) truthfully responding to an insurer's request for confirmation of the consumer profile information;
(2) filing a complaint; or
(3) cooperating with the investigation of a complaint.

(q) The following safe harbor provisions apply with respect to sales of annuities subject to this rule:
(1) Recommendations and sales of annuities made in compliance with comparable standards shall satisfy the requirements under this rule. This subsection applies to all recommendations and sales of annuities made by financial professionals in compliance with business rules, controls, and procedures that satisfy a comparable standard even if the standard would not otherwise apply to the product or recommendation at issue. However, nothing in this subsection shall limit the commissioner's ability to investigate and enforce the provisions of this rule.
(2) Nothing in subdivision (1) shall limit the insurer's obligation to comply with subsection (o), although the insurer may base its analysis on information received from either the financial professional or an entity supervising the financial professional.
(3) For subdivision (1) to apply, an insurer shall:
(A) monitor the relevant conduct of the financial professional seeking to rely on subdivision (1) or the entity responsible for supervising the financial professional, such as the financial professional's broker-dealer or an investment adviser registered under federal or state securities laws, using information collected in the normal course of an insurer's business; and
(B) provide to the entity responsible for supervising the financial professional seeking to rely on subdivision (1), such as the financial professional's broker-dealer or investment adviser registered under federal or state securities laws, information and reports that are reasonably appropriate to assist the entity to maintain its supervision.
(4) For purposes of this subsection, "financial professional" means a producer that is regulated and acting as:
(A) a broker-dealer registered under federal or state securities laws or a registered representative of a broker-dealer;
(B) an investment adviser registered under federal or state securities laws or an investment adviser representative associated with the federal or state registered investment adviser; or
(C) a plan fiduciary under Section 3(21) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) or fiduciary under Section 4975 (e)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), or amendments or successor statutes thereto.
(5) For purposes of this subsection, "comparable standards" means:
(A) with respect to broker-dealers and registered representatives of broker-dealers, applicable SEC and FINRA rules pertaining to best interest obligations and supervision of annuity recommendations and sales, including, but not limited to, Regulation Best Interest, and amendments or successor regulations thereto;
(B) with respect to investment advisers registered under federal or state securities laws or investment adviser representatives, the fiduciary duties and all other requirements imposed on the investment advisers or investment adviser representatives by contract or under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 or applicable state securities law, including, but not limited to, the Form ADV and interpretations; and
(C) with respect to plan fiduciaries or fiduciaries, the duties, obligations, prohibitions, and all other requirements attendant to that status under ERISA or the IRC, and amendments or successor statutes thereto.
(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-4.1)


SECTION 5. 760 IAC 1-72-4.5 IS ADDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-4.5 Producer training

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4

Sec. 4.5. (a) A producer shall not solicit the sale of an annuity product unless the producer has adequate knowledge of the product to recommend the annuity and the producer is in compliance with the insurer's standards for product training. A producer may rely on insurer provided, product-specific training standards and materials to comply with this section.

(b) A producer that engages in the sale of annuity products shall complete a one (1) time four (4) credit training course approved by the department and provided by a continuing education provider.

(c) Producers that hold a life insurance line of authority on July 1, 2024, and desire to sell annuities shall complete the requirements of subsection (b) within six (6) months after the effective date of this rule. Individuals who obtain a life insurance line of authority on or after the effective date of this rule may not engage in the sale of annuities until the annuity training course required under subsection (b) has been completed.

(d) The minimum length of the training required under subsection (b) is sufficient to qualify for at least four (4) CE credits, but may be longer.

(e) The training required under this subsection shall include information on the following topics:
(1) The types of annuities and various classifications of annuities.
(2) Identification of the parties to an annuity.
(3) How product specific annuity contract features affect consumers.
(4) The application of income taxation of qualified and nonqualified annuities.
(5) The primary uses of annuities.
(6) Appropriate standard of conduct, sales practices, replacement, and disclosure requirements.

(f) Providers of courses intended to comply with this section shall cover all topics listed in subsection (e), and shall not present any marketing information or provide training on sales techniques or specific information about a particular insurer's products. Additional topics may be offered in conjunction with and in addition to the topics listed in subsection (e).

(g) A provider of an annuity training course intended to comply with this subsection shall register as a CE provider and comply with the rules and guidelines applicable to producer continuing education courses as set forth in IC 27-1-15.7-4.

(h) A producer that has completed an annuity training course approved by the department prior to July 1, 2024, shall, within six (6) months after July 1, 2024, complete either:
(1) a new four (4) credit training course approved by the department after July 1, 2024; or
(2) an additional one (1) time one (1) credit training course approved by the department and provided by a CE provider on appropriate sales practices, replacement, and disclosure requirements under this rule.

(i) Annuity training courses may be conducted and completed by classroom or self-study methods in accordance with IC 27-1-15.6-19.5(b)(4).

(j) Providers of annuity training shall comply with the reporting requirements and shall issue certificates of completion in accordance with IC 27-1-15.7-4.

(k) The satisfaction of the training requirements of another state that are substantially similar to the provisions of this section are deemed to satisfy the training requirements of this section.

(l) The satisfaction of the components of the training requirements of a course or courses with components substantially similar to the provisions of this section are deemed to satisfy the training requirements of this section.

(m) An insurer shall verify that a producer has completed the annuity training course required under this section before allowing the producer to sell an annuity product for that insurer. An insurer may satisfy its responsibility under this subsection by obtaining certificates of completion of the training course or obtaining reports provided by commissioner-sponsored database systems or vendors, or from a reasonbly reliable commercial database vendor that has a reporting arrangement with approved CE providers.
(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-4.5)


SECTION 6. 760 IAC 1-72-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-5 Compliance mitigation; penalties; enforcement

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4

Sec. 5. (a) An insurer is responsible for compliance with this rule. If a violation occurs, either because of the action or inaction of the insurer or its producer, the commissioner may order the following:
(1) An insurer to take reasonably appropriate corrective action for any a consumer harmed by a failure to comply with this rule by the insurer's, insurer, an entity contracted to perform the insurer's supervisory duties, or by its insurance producer's, violation of this rule. the producer.
(2) An insurance producer to take reasonably appropriate corrective action for any consumer harmed by the insurance producer's violation of this rule.
(3) (2) A general agency, or independent agency, that employs or contracts with an insurance producer to sell, or solicit the sale of, annuities to consumers or the producer to take reasonably appropriate corrective action for any a consumer harmed by the insurance producer's violation of this rule.
(3) Appropriate penalties and sanctions.

(b) Any An applicable penalty under IC 27-4-1-4 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 consumer was taken promptly after a violation was discovered.

(c) The authority to enforce compliance with this rule is vested exclusively with the commissioner.
(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; readopted filed Nov 20, 2015, 9:25 a.m.: 20151216-IR-760150341RFA)


SECTION 7. 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 consumer, disclosures made to the consumer, including summaries of oral disclosures, 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 is not be required to maintain documentation on behalf of an insurance a producer.

(b) Records required to be maintained by this rule may be are maintained:
(1) in:
(A) paper;
(B) photographic;
(C) microprocess;
(D) magnetic;
(E) mechanical; or
(F) electronic;
media; or
(2) by any a 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; readopted filed Nov 20, 2015, 9:25 a.m.: 20151216-IR-760150341RFA)


SECTION 8. 760 IAC 1-72-7 IS ADDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-7 Insurance agent (producer) disclosure for annuities

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4

Sec. 7. The insurance agent (producer) disclosure for annuities form is as follows:
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(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-7)


SECTION 9. 760 IAC 1-72-8 IS ADDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-8 Consumer refusal to provide information

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4

Sec. 8. The consumer refusal to provide information form is as follows:

CONSUMER REFUSAL TO PROVIDE INFORMATION

Do Not Sign Unless You Have Read and Understand the Information in this Form

Why are you being given this form?

You're buying a financial product – an annuity.

To recommend a product that effectively meets your needs, objectives and situation, the agent, broker, or company needs information about you, your financial situation, insurance needs and financial objectives.

If you sign this form, it means you have not given the agent, broker, or company some or all the information needed to decide if the annuity effectively meets your needs, objectives and situation. You may lose protections under the Insurance Code of Indiana if you sign this form or provide inaccurate information.

Statement of Purchaser:

760230351PRA3.jpg I REFUSE to provide this information at this time.
760230351PRA3.jpg I have chosen to provide LIMITED information at this time.

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Customer Signature

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(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-8)


SECTION 10. 760 IAC 1-72-9 IS ADDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

760 IAC 1-72-9 Consumer decision to purchase an annuity not based on a recommendation

Authority: IC 27-4-9-4

Sec. 9. The consumer decision to purchase an annuity not based on a recommendation form is as follows:

Consumer Decision to Purchase an Annuity NOT Based on a Recommendation

Do Not Sign This Form Unless You Have Read and Understand It.

Why are you being given this form? You are buying a financial product – an annuity.

To recommend a product that effectively meets your needs, objectives and situation, the agent, broker, or company has the responsibility to learn about you, your financial situation, insurance needs and financial objectives.

If you sign this form, it means you know that you're buying an annuity that was not recommended.

Statement of Purchaser:

I understand that I am buying an annuity, but the agent, broker or company did not recommend that I buy it. If I buy it without a recommendation, I understand I may lose protections under the Insurance Code of Indiana.

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Customer Signature

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Date

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Agent/Producer Signature

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(Department of Insurance; 760 IAC 1-72-9)


SECTION 11. 760 IAC 1-72-4 IS REPEALED.


[Notice of Intent was published in the manner set forth in IC 4-22-2, before its amendment July 1, 2023.]



Posted: 10/11/2023 by Legislative Services Agency

DIN: 20231011-IR-760230518PRA
Composed: May 25,2024 1:07:25PM EDT
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