TITLE 27
Insurance

CHAPTER 27-4.5
The Standard Valuation Law

SECTION 27-4.5-5


§ 27-4.5-5 Reserve valuation method – Life insurance and endowment benefits.

(a) Except as provided in §§ 27-4.5-5.1, 27-4.5-8 and 27-4.5-10, reserves according to the commissioners' reserve valuation method for the life insurance and endowment benefits of policies providing for a uniform amount of insurance and requiring the payment of uniform premiums shall be the excess, if any, of the present value, at the date of valuation, of the future guaranteed benefits provided for by the policies therefor, over the then present value of any future modified net premiums. The modified net premiums for any policy shall be the uniform percentage of the respective contract premiums for the benefits such that the present value, at the date of issue of the policy, of all modified net premiums shall be equal to the sum of the then present value of the benefits provided for by the policy and the excess of (1) over (2), as follows:

(1) A net level annual premium equal to the present value, at the date of issue, of the benefits provided for after the first policy year, divided by the present value, at the date of issue, of an annuity of one per annum payable on the first and each subsequent anniversary of the policy on which a premium falls due; however, that the net level annual premium shall not exceed the net level annual premium on the nineteen (19) year premium whole life plan for insurance of the same amount at an age one year higher than the age at issue of the policy; and

(2) A net one year term premium for the benefits provided for in the first policy year.

(b) For any life insurance policy issued on or after January 1, 1994 for which the contract premium in the first policy year exceeds that of the second year and for which no comparable additional benefit is provided in the first year for the excess, and which provides an endowment benefit or a cash surrender value or a combination in an amount greater than the excess premium, the reserve according to the commissioner's reserve valuation method as of any policy anniversary occurring on or before the assumed ending date, defined herein as the first policy anniversary on which the sum of any endowment benefit and any cash surrender value then available is greater than the excess premium, shall, except as provided in § 27-4.5-8, be the greater of the reserve as of the policy anniversary calculated as described in subsection (a) and the reserve as of the policy anniversary calculated as described in subsection (a), but with:

(1) the value defined in subsection (a) being reduced by fifteen percent (15%) of the amount of such excess first year premium,

(2) all present values of benefits and premiums being determined without reference to premiums or benefits provided for by the policy after the assumed ending date,

(3) the policy being assumed to mature on that date as an endowment, and

(4) the cash surrender value provided on that date being considered as an endowment benefit. In making the above comparison the mortality and interest bases stated in §§ 27-4.5-4 and 27-4.5-4.1 shall be used.

(c) Reserves according to the commissioner's reserve valuation method shall be calculated by a method consistent with the principles of the preceding paragraphs of this section for: (1) life insurance policies providing for a varying amount of insurance or requiring the payment of varying premiums; (2) group annuity and pure endowment contracts purchased under a retirement plan or plan of deferred compensation, established or maintained by an employer including a partnership or sole proprietorship or by an employee organization, or by both, other than a plan providing individual retirement accounts or individual retirement annuities under 26 U.S.C. § 408 as now or hereafter amended; (3) disability and accidental death benefits in all policies and contracts; and (4) all other benefits, except life insurance and endowment benefits in life insurance policies and benefits provided by all other annuity and pure endowment contracts.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1993, ch. 180, § 1; P.L. 1994, ch. 404, § 11; P.L. 2002, ch. 292, § 16; P.L. 2013, ch. 17, § 2; P.L. 2013, ch. 20, § 2.)