HB419 (2011)

Relative to language in insurance certificates.


Status: SIGNED BY GOVERNOR (Details)
Length: 707 words.

Revisions of this bill in our system:

 HouseSenate
Public hearing:2011-02-17 11:00:00 LOB 3022011-03-29 00:00:00
Executive session:2011-03-01 15:00:00(unscheduled)
Floor vote:2011-03-15 00:00:002011-04-27 00:00:00

CHAPTER 137

HB 419-FN – FINAL VERSION

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2011 SESSION

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01/09

HOUSE BILL 419-FN

AN ACT relative to language in insurance certificates.

SPONSORS: Rep. Infantine, Hills 13

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill establishes the law relative to content and form of certificates of insurance.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

15Mar2011… 0709h

04/27/11 1491s

11-0747

01/09

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eleven

AN ACT relative to language in insurance certificates.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

137:1 New Section; Certificates of Insurance. Amend RSA 412 by inserting after section 6-a the following new section:

412:6-b Certificates of Insurance.

I. In this section:

(a) “Certificate” or “certificate of insurance” means any document or instrument, no matter how titled or described, which is issued by an insurer or insurance producer as evidence of property or casualty insurance coverage. “Certificate” or “certificate of insurance” shall not include a policy of insurance or insurance binder.

(b) “Certificate holder” means any person, other than a policyholder, who possesses a certificate of insurance and is identified as the certificate holder on the certificate.

(c) “Insurance producer” means an insurance producer licensed under RSA 402-J.

(d) “Insurer” means an entity established to conduct the kinds of insurance business as provided in RSA 401 and licensed in accordance with the provisions of RSA 402 or RSA 405.

(e) “Person” means any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, including any government or governmental subdivision or agency.

(f) “Policyholder” means a person who has contracted with a property or casualty insurer for insurance coverage.

II. (a) No person shall issue a certificate of insurance that:

(1) Does not comply with the requirements of subparagraph (b).

(2) Is misleading, deceptive, or encourages misrepresentation.

(3) Violates any law.

(b) The following are requirements for the content, purpose, issuance, and use of certificates of insurance:

(1) Each certificate shall contain the following statement, in sufficient font and size and located on the certificate to be readily identifiable:

“This certificate of insurance is issued as a matter of information only and confers no rights upon the certificate holder. This certificate does not amend, extend, or alter the coverage, terms, exclusions, and conditions afforded by the policy or policies referenced herein.”

(2) No person shall demand or require the issuance of a certificate of insurance from an insurer, insurance producer, or policyholder that contains any false or misleading information concerning any policy of insurance to which the certificate makes reference.

(3) No person shall knowingly prepare or issue a certificate of insurance that contains any false or misleading information.

(4) No person shall prepare or issue a certificate of insurance that purports to affirmatively or negatively alter, amend, or extend the coverage provided by any policy of insurance referenced in the certificate.

(5) The requirements of this section shall apply to certificates of insurance issued as evidence of insurance policies and coverage on property, operations, or any risk located in this state, regardless of where the certificate holder, policyholder, insurer, or insurance producer is located.

(6) No certificate of insurance shall contain references to contracts, including construction or service contracts, other than the referenced contract of insurance, unless such reference is in relation to coverage or other requirements of the insurance contract.

(7) A certificate holder shall only have a contractual right to notice of cancellation, nonrenewal, or any similar notice concerning a policy of insurance if the person is identified and designated within the policy or any endorsement to that policy as an additional insured and that policy or endorsement requires notice to be provided.

(c) The commissioner may publish sample certificates of insurance which provide templates as to form and content, which, in his or her opinion, meet the requirements of subparagraph (b) and are acceptable for use by insurers and insurance producers. In addition to templates developed by the commissioner, insurance industry trade organizations, and supporting entities, may submit templates for consideration and inclusion in the set of sample certificates so published.

(d) An insurer or insurance producer may prepare or issue an addendum to a certificate that clarifies and explains the coverage provided by any policy of insurance referenced in the certificate and otherwise complies with the requirements of this section.

(e) An insurance producer may charge a reasonable fee for providing a certificate. 137:2 New Paragraph; Rulemaking Added. Amend RSA 412:43 by inserting after paragraph II the following new paragraph:

III. The commissioner shall adopt rules, under RSA 541-A, relative to defining a reasonable fee for providing insurance certificates and circumstances in which a fee may be charged under RSA 412:6-b.

137:3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2012.

Approved: June 7, 2011

Effective Date: January 1, 2012