Preneed Life Insurance Minimum Standards for Determining Reserve Liabilities and Nonforfeiture Values (230-RICR-20-25-12)


230-RICR-20-25-12 ACTIVE RULE

12.1 Authority

This Part is promulgated in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws Chapters 27-4.5 and 42-14-17.

12.2 Scope

A. This Part applies to preneed insurance contracts, as defined in this Part, and to similar policies and certificates.

B. The definition of preneed insurance is not well defined. The definition in this model regulation is based on policies used in the study that determined the 2001 CSO was inappropriate for determining reserves for policies used to fund funeral services and expenses. The commissioner shall have the authority to determine what constitutes similar policies and certificates.

12.3 Purpose

A. The purpose of this Part is to establish for preneed insurance products minimum mortality standards for reserves and nonforfeiture values, and to require the use of the 1980 Commissioners Standard Ordinary (CSO) Life Valuation Mortality Table for use in determining the minimum standard of valuation of reserves and the minimum standard nonforfeiture values for preneed insurance products.

B. Research completed by the Deloitte University of Connecticut Actuarial Center and commissioned by the Society of Actuaries as a part of a study of preneed mortality determined that the 2001 CSO Mortality Table, currently recognized as the prevailing table for the purposes of calculating reserves and nonforfeiture values both on a statutory basis and on a tax basis, produced inadequate reserves for policies issued in support of a prearrangement agreement which provides goods and services at the time of an insured’s death.

12.4 Definitions

A. As used in this Part:

1. "2001 CSO Mortality Table" means that mortality table, consisting of separate rates of mortality for male and female lives, developed by the American Academy of Actuaries CSO Task Force from the Valuation Basic Mortality Table developed by the Society of Actuaries Individual Life Insurance Valuation Mortality Task Force, and adopted by the NAIC in December 2002. The 2001 CSO Mortality Table is included in the Proceedings of the NAIC (2nd Quarter 2002). Unless the context indicates otherwise, the “2001 CSO Mortality Table” includes both the ultimate form of that table and the select and ultimate form of that table and includes both the smoker and nonsmoker mortality tables and the composite mortality tables. It also includes both the age-nearest-birthday and age-last-birthday bases of the mortality tables.

2. "Ultimate 1980 CSO" means the Commissioners’ 1980 Standard Ordinary Life Valuation Mortality Tables (1980 CSO) without ten-year (10-year) selection factors, incorporated into the 1980 amendments to the NAIC Standard Valuation Law approved in December 1983.

3. “Insurance Commissioner” or “Commissioner” means the Director of the Department of Business Regulation or his or her designee.

4. "Preneed insurance" means any life insurance policy or certificate that is issued in combination with, in support of, with an assignment to, or as a guarantee for a prearrangement agreement for goods and services to be provided at the time of and immediately following the death of the insured. Goods and services may include, but are not limited to embalming, cremation, body preparation, viewing or visitation, coffin or urn, memorial stone, and transportation of the deceased. The status of the policy or contract as preneed insurance is determined at the time of issue in accordance with the policy form filing.

12.5 Minimum Valuation Mortality Standards

For preneed insurance contracts, as defined in this Part, and similar policies and contracts, the minimum mortality standard for determining reserve liabilities and nonforfeiture values for both male and female insureds shall be the Ultimate 1980 CSO.

12.6 Minimum Valuation Interest Rate Standards

A. The interest rates used in determining the minimum standard for valuation of preneed insurance shall be the calendar year statutory valuation interest rates as defined in R.I. Gen. Laws § 27-4.5-4.1.

B. The interest rates used in determining the minimum standard for nonforfeiture values for preneed insurance shall be the calendar year statutory nonforfeiture interest rates as defined in R.I. Gen. Laws § 27-4.3-5(i).

12.7 Minimum Valuation Method Standards

A. The method used in determining the standard for the minimum valuation of reserves of preneed insurance shall be the method defined in R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 27-4.5.

B. The method used in determining the standard for the minimum nonforfeiture values for preneed insurance shall be the method defined in R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 27-4.3.

12.8 Transition Rules

A. For preneed insurance policies issued on or after the effective date of this Part and before January 1, 2012, the 2001 CSO may be used as the minimum standard for reserves and minimum standard for nonforfeiture benefits for both male and female insureds.

B. If an insurer elects to use the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard for any policy issued on or after the effective date of this Part and before January 1, 2012, the insurer shall provide, as a part of the actuarial opinion memorandum submitted in support of the company’s asset adequacy testing, an annual written notification to the domiciliary commissioner. The notification shall include:

1. A complete list of all preneed policy forms that use the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard;

2. A certification signed by the appointed actuary stating that the reserve methodology employed by the company in determining reserves for the preneed policies issued after the effective date and using the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard, develops adequate reserves (For the purposes of this certification, the preneed insurance policies using the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard cannot be aggregated with any other policies.); and

3. Supporting information regarding the adequacy of reserves for preneed insurance policies issued after the effective date of this Part and using the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard for reserves.

C. Preneed insurance policies issued on or after January 1, 2012, must use the Ultimate 1980 CSO in the calculation of minimum nonforfeiture values and minimum reserves.

12.9 Severability

If any provision of this Part or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid or unconstitutional, the invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect other provisions or applications of this Part which can be given effect without the invalid or unconstitutional provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Part are severable.

Title 230 Department of Business Regulation (includes the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner)
Chapter 20 Insurance
Subchapter 25 Life and Annuities
Part 12 Preneed Life Insurance Minimum Standards for Determining Reserve Liabilities and Nonforfeiture Values (230-RICR-20-25-12)
Type of Filing Technical Revision
Regulation Status Active
Effective 01/20/2009

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws Chapters 27-4.5 and 42-14-17

Purpose and Reason :

This Technical Revision is being promulgated to reformat this rule into the RICR Code format. No substantive changes were made to this rule.

There are no electronic rulemaking documents for rules filed prior to August 14, 2018. For rulemaking documents for rules filed prior to this date, please contact the appropriate agency's Rules Coordinator.