CHAPTER 27-34.2
Long Term Care Insurance

SECTION 27-34.2-14

§ 27-34.2-14. Standards for marketing.

(a) Every insurer, health care services plan, or other entity marketing long term care insurance coverage in this state, directly or through its producers, shall:

(1) Establish marketing procedures to assure that any comparison of policies by its agents or other insurance producers and agent training requirements will be fair and accurate;

(2) Establish marketing procedures to assure excessive insurance is not sold or issued;

(3) Display prominently by type, stamp or other appropriate means, on the first page of the outline of coverage and policy the following:

"Notice to buyer: This policy may not cover all of the costs associated with long term care incurred by the buyer during the period of coverage. The buyer is advised to carefully review all policy limitations."

(4) Inquire and make every reasonable effort to identify whether a prospective applicant or enrollee for long term care insurance already has long term care insurance and the types and amounts of any insurance; and

(5) Every insurer or entity marketing long term care insurance shall establish auditable procedures for verifying compliance with this subsection.

(6) If the state in which the policy or certificate is to be delivered or issued for delivery has a senior insurance counseling program approved by the commissioner, the insurer shall, at solicitation, provide written notice to the prospective policyholder and certificateholder that the program is available and the name, address and telephone number of the program.

(7) For long-term care health insurance policies and certificates, use the terms "noncancellable" or "level premium" only when the policy or certificate provides that the insured has the right to continue the long-term care insurance in force by the timely payment of premiums during which period the insurer has no right to unilaterally make any change in any provision of the insurance or in the premium rate.

(8) Provide an explanation of contingent benefit upon lapse and, if applicable, the additional contingent benefit upon lapse provided to policies with fixed or limited premium paying periods.

(b) In addition to the practices prohibited in chapter 29 of this title, the following acts and practices are prohibited:

(1) Twisting. Knowingly making any misleading representation or incomplete or fraudulent comparison of any insurance policies or insurers for the purpose of inducing, or tending to induce, any person to lapse, forfeit, surrender, terminate, retain, pledge, assign, borrow on or convert any insurance policy or to take out a policy of insurance with another insurer;

(2) High pressure tactics. Employing any method of marketing having the effect of or tending to induce the purchase of insurance through force, fright, threat, whether explicit or implied, or undue pressure to purchase or recommend the purchase of insurance; and

(3) Cold lead advertising. Making use directly or indirectly of any method of marketing which fails to disclose in a conspicuous manner that a purpose of the method of marketing is solicitation of insurance and that contact will be made by an insurance producer or insurance company.

(4) Misrepresentation of a material fact when selling or offering to sell a long-term care insurance policy.

(c) With respect to the obligations set forth in this section, the primary responsibility of an association as described in § 27-34.2-4(4)(ii), when endorsing or selling long term care insurance shall be to educate its members concerning long term care issued in general so that its members can make informed decisions. Associations shall provide objective information regarding long term care insurance policies or certificates endorsed or sold by those associations to ensure that members of the associations are fully informed of the benefits and limitations in the policies or certificates that are being endorsed or sold.

(d) The insurer shall file with the insurance department the following material:

(1) The policy and certificate;

(2) A corresponding outline of coverage; and

(3) All advertisements requested by the insurance department.

(e) The association shall disclose in any long term care insurance solicitation:

(1) The specific nature and amount of the compensation arrangements, including all fees, commissions, administrative fees and other forms of financial support, that the association receives from endorsement or sale of the policy or certificate to its members; and

(2) A brief description or outline of the process under which the policies and the insurer issuing the policies were selected.

(f) If the association and the insurer have interlocking directories or trustee arrangements, the association shall disclose that fact to its members.

(g) The board of directors of associations selling or endorsing long term care insurance policies or certificates shall review and approve the insurance policies as well as the compensation arrangements made with the insurer.

(h) The association shall also:

(1) At the time of the association's decision to endorse, engage the services of a person with expertise in long term care insurance not affiliated with the insurer to conduct an examination of the policies, including benefits, features, and rates and update the examination thereafter in the event of material change.

(2) Actively monitor the marketing efforts of the insurer and its insurance producers; and

(3) Review and approve all marketing materials or other insurance communications used to promote sales or sent to members regarding the policies or certificates.

(4) Subdivisions (h)(1), (h)(2) and (h)(3) shall not apply to qualified long-term care insurance contracts.

(i) No group long term care insurance policy or certificate may be issued to an association unless the insurer files with the director the information required in this section.

(j) The insurer shall not issue a long term care policy or certificate to an association or continue to market the policy or certificate unless the insurer certifies annually that the association has complied with the requirements set forth in this section.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1993, ch. 443, § 2; P.L. 1993, ch. 457, § 2; G.L. 1956, § 27-34.2-15; P.L. 2007, ch. 239, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 18, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 21, § 1.)