TRADE PRACTICES AND FRAUDS
41-1337. Life insurance — Payment of interest on benefits. (1) An insurer shall pay the proceeds of any benefits under a policy of life insurance not more than thirty (30) days after the insurer has received satisfactory proof of death of the insured. Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, if the proceeds are not paid within the thirty (30) day period, the insurer shall also pay interest on the proceeds from the date of death of the insured to the date when the proceeds are paid.
(2) If satisfactory proof of death is received more than one hundred eighty (180) days after the death of the insured and the death benefits are not paid within thirty (30) days after satisfactory proof of death has been received by the insurer, interest shall accrue from the date on which satisfactory proof was received by the insurer to the date when proceeds are paid.
(3) The rate of interest to be paid by the insurer under subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall be the current rate of interest on death proceeds on deposit with the insurer; provided however, that if the insurer holds its deposits in a noninterest-bearing account or in an account bearing less than two percent (2%) interest per annum, the rate of interest to be paid shall be the one (1) month United States government securities treasury constant maturity rate as disclosed in the federal reserve statistical release publication H.15, selected interest rates, as of the first of the month preceding the date of death, plus two (2) percentage points.
(4) A payment of interest shall not be required under this section in any case in which the beneficiary elects to receive the proceeds under the policy by any means other than a lump sum payment.
[(41-1337) 41-1336, added 2003, ch. 85, sec. 1, p. 261; am. and redesig. 2004, ch. 318, sec. 11, p. 899.]