SB 281, as amended, Calderon. Life insurance.
Existing law governs the business of insurance and defines various types of insurance for these purposes, including life insurance and disability insurance.end delete
This bill would define an “accelerated death benefit” for purposes of certain provisions governing life and disability insurance to mean a benefit that is added to a life insurance policy to provide for the advance payment of any part of the death proceeds payable upon the occurrence of a qualifying event.end delete
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State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
(a) (1) Provisions or supplemental contracts that
4operate to safeguard life insurance contracts against lapse are
5defined as a waiver of premium benefit or a waiver of monthly
6deduction benefit, as applicable, in which the insurer waives the
7premium or monthly deduction for a life insurance contract when
8the insured becomes totally disabled, as defined in the contract or
9supplemental contract, and where the waiver continues until the
10end of the insured’s disability, or until the attainment of an age
11established by the insurer.
12(2) For purposes of this subdivision, total disability shall not be
13less favorable to the insured than the following:
14(A) During the first 24 months
of total disability, the insured is
15unable to perform with reasonable continuity the substantial and
16material duties of his or her job due to sickness or bodily injury.
17(B) After the first 24 months of total disability, the insured, due
18to sickness or bodily injury, is unable to engage with reasonable
19continuity in any other job in which he or she could reasonably be
20expected to perform satisfactorily in light of his or her age,
21education, training, experience, station in life, or physical and
P3 1(3) The definition of total disability may also include
2presumptive total disability, such as the insured’s total and
3permanent loss of sight of both eyes, hearing of both ears, speech,
4the use of both hands, both feet, or one hand and one foot.
5(4) The insurer may require total disability to continue for an
6 uninterrupted period of time specified in the contract or
7supplemental contract, or the insurer may allow separate periods
8of disability to be combined.
9(5) The waiver of premium or monthly deduction benefit shall
10continue for the period specified in the contract or supplemental
11contract, but shall not be less favorable to the insured than the
13(A) If the insured’s total disability begins before the insured
14attains 60 years of age, the insurer shall waive all premiums or
15monthly deductions due for the period of the total disability, and
16if the total disability extends to the insured’s attainment of 65 years
17of age, the insurer shall waive all further premiums or monthly
19(B) If the insured’s total disability begins after the age specified
20in subparagraph (A), the insurer shall waive all premiums or
21monthly deductions due for the period that the insured continues
22to be totally disabled up to 65 years of age.
23(b) “Special surrender benefit” is defined as a “waiver of
24surrender charge benefit” wherein the insurer waives the surrender
25charge usually charged for a withdrawal of funds from the cash
26value of a life insurance contract or the account value of an annuity
27contract if the owner, insured, or annuitant, as applicable, meets
28any of the following criteria:
29(1) Develops any medical condition where the owner’s,
30insured’s, or annuitant’s life expectancy is expected to be less than
31or equal to a limited period of time that shall not be restricted to
32a period of less than 12 months or greater than 24 months.
33(2) Is receiving, as prescribed by a physician, registered nurse,
34or licensed social worker, home care or community-based services,
35as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 10232.9, or is confined in
36a skilled nursing facility, convalescent nursing home, or extended
37care facility, which shall not be defined more restrictively than as
38in the Medicare program, or is confined in a residential care facility
39or residential care facility for the elderly, as defined in the Health
40and Safety Code. Out-of-state providers of services shall be defined
P4 1as comparable in licensure and staffing requirements to California
3(3) Has any medical condition that would, in the absence of
4treatment, result in death within a limited period of time, as defined
5in the provision or supplemental contract, but that shall not be
6restricted to a period of less than six months.
7(4) Is totally disabled, as follows:
8(A) During the
first 24 months of total disability, the owner,
9insured, or annuitant, as applicable, is unable to perform with
10reasonable continuity the substantial and material duties of his or
11her job due to sickness or bodily injury.
12(B) After the first 24 months of total disability, the owner,
13insured, or annuitant, as applicable, due to sickness or bodily injury,
14is unable to engage with reasonable continuity in any other job in
15which he or she could reasonably be expected to perform
16satisfactorily in light of his or her age, education, training,
17experience, station in life, or physical and mental capacity.
18(C) The definition of total disability may also include
19presumptive total disability, such as the insured’s total and
20permanent loss of sight of both eyes, hearing of both ears, speech,
21the use of both hands, both feet, or one hand and one foot.
22(D) The insurer may require the total disability to continue for
23an uninterrupted period of time specified in the contract or
24supplemental contract, or the insurer may allow separate periods
25of disability to be combined.
26(5) Has a chronic illness as defined pursuant to either
27subparagraph (A) or (B):
28(A) Either of the following:
29(i) Impairment in performing two out of seven activities of daily
30living, as set forth in subdivisions (a) and (g) of Section 10232.8,
31meaning the insured needs human assistance, or needs continual
33(ii) The insured has an impairment of cognitive ability, meaning
34a deterioration or loss of intellectual capacity due to mental illness
35or disease, including Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses, that
36requires continual supervision to protect oneself or others.
37(B) Either of the following:
38(i) Impairment in performing two out of six activities of daily
39living as described in subdivisions (b), (d), (e), and (f) of Section
4010232.8 due to a loss of functional capacity to perform the activity.
P5 1(ii) Impairment of cognitive ability, meaning the insured needs
2substantial supervision due to severe cognitive impairment, as
3described in subdivisions (b) and (e) of Section 10232.8.
4(6) Has become involuntarily or voluntarily unemployed.
(a) A supplemental contract described in Section 10271
11shall not be delivered or issued for delivery to any person in this
12state until a copy of the form thereof is submitted to, and approved
13by, the commissioner. If the supplemental contract is an integral
14part of a contract of life insurance or annuity, the entire contract
15shall be submitted to the commissioner, but his or her power of
16approval or disapproval is limited to the supplemental portion and
17any other portions that relate to the supplemental portion.
18(b) A supplemental contract described in Section 10271.1 shall
19be considered an integral part of a contract for purposes of this
20section. To facilitate the review of a supplemental contract, the
21insurer shall submit, for informational purposes, a sample copy of
22the life insurance or annuity contract with which the supplemental
23contract will be used. To facilitate the location of the required
24provisions as stated in paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section
2510271, the insurer shall provide the sample copy page reference
26for the provisions that appear in the contract.
27(c) The commissioner may adopt reasonable rules and
28regulations as are necessary to administer and carry out the
29purposes of Sections 10271 and
begin delete 10271.5,end delete and this section.
Section 10271.2 is added to the Insurance Code,
“Accelerated death benefit,” as used in this chapter,
33means a benefit that is added to a life insurance policy to provide
34for the advance payment of any part of the death proceeds payable
35upon the occurrence of a qualifying event.