TITLE 27
Insurance

CHAPTER 27-1
Domestic Insurance Companies

SECTION 27-1-39


§ 27-1-39 Discrimination in rates prohibited.

(a) No insurance company organized to do business within this state shall make any distinction or discrimination as to the premiums or rates charged for policies of casualty, fire, home owners, accident and health, or marine insurance, nor shall the company make or permit the rejection of an individual's application for insurance coverage, and the determination of the rate class for the individual, solely on the basis of a disability unless the disability is relevant to the risk of loss, nor shall any insurance company make or require any rebate, diminution, or discount upon the sum to be paid on any policy based on any disability discrimination, nor insert in the policy any condition nor make any stipulation, where the person insured shall bind himself or herself, his or her heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, to accept any less sum than the full value or amount of the policy in case of a claim accruing on the policy by reason of the claim of the person insured, other than those stipulations or conditions as are imposed upon all persons in similar cases, and any stipulation or condition made in this manner or inserted shall be void.

(b) No insurance company organized to do business within this state shall make any distinction or discrimination as to the premiums or rates charged for automobile insurance policies, nor shall the company make or permit the rejection of an individual's application for insurance coverage, and the determination of the rate class of the individual, solely on the basis of a disability or the modification of the automobile with specialized equipment that permits an individual with a disability to operate the automobile, unless the disability or modification of the automobile is relevant to the risk or loss, nor shall any insurance company make or require any rebate, diminution, or discount upon the sum to be paid on any policy based on any disability discrimination, nor insert in the policy any condition nor make any stipulation where the person insured shall bind himself or herself, his or her heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, to accept any less sum than the full value or amount of the policy in case of a claim accruing on the policy by reason of the claim of the person insured, other than those stipulations or conditions as are imposed upon all persons in similar cases, and any stipulation or condition made in this manner or inserted shall be void. The department of business regulation shall enforce the provisions of this section.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 216, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 127, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 285, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 83, § 60; P.L. 1999, ch. 130, § 60.)