LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES AND ANNUITY CONTRACTS
41-1960. General Rules. (1) A life settlement provider entering into a life settlement contract shall first obtain:
(a) If the owner is the insured, a written statement from a licensed attending physician that the owner is of sound mind and under no constraint or undue influence to enter into a life settlement contract; and
(b) A document in which the insured consents to the release of his or her medical records to a licensed life settlement provider, life settlement broker and the insurance company that issued the life insurance policy covering the life of the insured.
(2) Within twenty (20) days after an owner executes documents necessary to transfer any rights under an insurance policy or within twenty (20) days of entering any agreement, option, promise or any other form of understanding, expressed or implied, to settle the policy, the life settlement provider shall give written notice to the insurer that issued that insurance policy that the policy has or will become a settled policy. The notice shall be accompanied by the documents required by subsection (3) of this section.
(3) The life settlement provider shall deliver:
(a) A copy of the medical release required under subsection (1)(b) of this section;
(b) A copy of the owner’s application for the life settlement contract;
(c) The notice required under subsection (2) of this section; and
(d) A request for verification of coverage to the insurer that issued the life policy that is the subject of the life transaction. The NAIC’s form for verification of coverage shall be used unless another form is developed and approved by the director.
(4) The insurer shall respond to a request for verification of coverage submitted on an approved form by a life settlement provider or life settlement broker within thirty (30) calendar days of the date the request is received and shall indicate whether, based on the medical evidence and documents provided, the insurer intends to pursue an investigation at that time regarding the validity of the insurance contract or possible fraud. The insurer shall accept a request for verification of coverage made on an NAIC form or any other form approved by the director. The insurer shall accept an original or facsimile or electronic copy of such request and any accompanying authorization signed by the owner. Failure by the insurer to meet its obligations under this subsection shall be a violation of section 41-1964, Idaho Code.
(5) Prior to or at the time of execution of the life settlement contract, the life settlement provider shall obtain a witnessed document in which the owner consents to the life settlement contract, represents that the owner has a full and complete understanding of the life settlement contract, that he or she has a full and complete understanding of the benefits of the life insurance policy, acknowledges that he or she is entering into the life settlement contract freely and voluntarily and, for persons with a terminal or chronic illness or condition, acknowledges that the insured has a terminal or chronic illness and that the terminal or chronic illness or condition was diagnosed after the life insurance policy was issued.
(6) If a life settlement broker performs these activities required of the life settlement provider, the provider is deemed to have fulfilled the requirements of this section.
(7) All medical information solicited or obtained by any licensee shall be subject to the applicable provisions of state and federal law relating to confidentiality of medical information.
(8) All life settlement contracts entered into in this state, or covering a resident of this state as owner, shall provide the owner with an absolute right to rescind the contract within twenty (20) calendar days of the date upon which the life settlement contract is executed by all parties. Rescission by the owner is conditioned upon the owner both giving notice and repaying to the life settlement provider within the rescission period all proceeds of the settlement and any premiums, loans and loan interest paid by or on behalf of the life settlement provider in connection with or as a consequence of the life settlement. If the insured dies during the rescission period, the life settlement contract shall be deemed to have been rescinded, subject to repayment to the life settlement provider or other person of all life settlement proceeds, and any premiums, loans and loan interest that have been paid by the life settlement provider or other person. In the event of any rescission, if the life settlement provider has paid commissions or other compensation to a life settlement broker in connection with the rescinded transaction, the life settlement broker shall refund all such commissions and compensation to the life settlement provider within five (5) business days following receipt of written demand from the life settlement provider, which demand shall be accompanied by either the owner’s notice of rescission if rescinded at the election of the owner, or notice of the death of the insured if rescinded by reason of the death of the insured within the applicable rescission period.
(9) The life settlement provider shall instruct the owner to send the executed documents required to effect the change in ownership, assignment or change in beneficiary directly to an independent escrow agent. Within three (3) business days after the date the escrow agent receives the documents, or from the date the life settlement provider receives the documents, if the owner erroneously provides the documents directly to the provider, the provider shall pay or transfer the proceeds of the life settlement into an escrow or trust account maintained in a state or federally-chartered financial institution whose deposits are insured by the federal deposit insurance corporation (FDIC). Upon payment of the settlement proceeds into the escrow account, the escrow agent shall deliver the original change in ownership, assignment or change in beneficiary forms to the life settlement provider or related provider trust or other designated representative of the life settlement provider. Upon the escrow agent’s receipt of the acknowledgment of the properly completed transfer of ownership, assignment or designation of beneficiary from the insurance company, the escrow agent shall pay the settlement proceeds to the owner.
(10) Failure to tender consideration to the owner for the life settlement contract within the time set forth in the disclosure pursuant to section 41-1956(7), Idaho Code, renders the life settlement contract voidable by the owner for lack of consideration until the time consideration is tendered to and accepted by the owner.
(11) Contacts with the insured for the purpose of determining the health status of the insured by the life settlement provider or life settlement broker after the life settlement has occurred shall only be made by the life settlement provider or broker licensed in this state or its authorized representatives and shall be limited to once every three (3) months for insureds with a life expectancy of more than one (1) year, and to no more than once per month for insureds with a life expectancy of one (1) year or less. The provider or broker shall explain the procedure for these contacts at the time the life settlement contract is entered into. The limitations set forth in this subsection shall not apply to any contacts with an insured for reasons other than determining the insured’s health status. Life settlement providers and life settlement brokers shall be responsible for the actions of their authorized representatives.
[41-1960, added 2009, ch. 69, sec. 1, p. 200.]