11 NCAC 04 .0508             ANNUAL REPORTS AND NOTICES TO POLICY OWNERS

(a)  In the case of a policy designated as one for which an illustration will be issued, the insurer shall provide each policy owner with an annual report on the status of the policy that shall contain the information specified in this Rule.

(b)  For universal life policies, the report shall include the following:

(1)           The beginning and end date of the current report period;

(2)           The policy value at the end of the previous report period and at the end of the current report period;

(3)           The total amounts that have been credited or debited to the policy value during the current period, identifying each by type (e.g., interest, mortality, expense and riders);

(4)           The current death benefit at the end of the current report period on each life covered by the policy;

(5)           The net cash surrender value of the policy as of the end of the current report period;

(6)           The amount of outstanding loans, if any, as of the end of the current report period; and

(7)           Either:

(A)          For fixed premium policies:  If, assuming guaranteed interest, mortality and expense loads and continued scheduled premium payments, the policy's net cash surrender value is such that it would not maintain insurance in force until the end of the next reporting period, a notice to this effect shall be included in the report; or

(B)          For flexible premium policies:  If, assuming guaranteed interest, mortality and expense loads, the policy's net cash surrender value will not maintain insurance in force until the end of the next reporting period unless further premium payments are made, a notice to this effect shall be included in the report.

(c)  For all other policies, where applicable, the report shall contain:

(1)           Current death benefit;

(2)           Annual contract premium;

(3)           Current cash surrender value;

(4)           Current dividend;

(5)           Application of current dividend; and

(6)           Amount of outstanding loan.

(d)  Insurers writing policies that do not build nonforfeiture values shall only be required to provide an annual report with respect to these policies for those years when a change has been made to nonguaranteed policy elements by the insurer.

(e)  If the annual report does not include an in force illustration, it shall contain the following notice in boldface print with a capitalized heading "IMPORTANT POLICY OWNER NOTICE:  You should consider requesting more detailed information about your policy to understand how it may perform in the future.  You should not consider replacement of your policy or make changes in your coverage without requesting a current illustration of your policy.  You may annually request, without charge, such an illustration by calling [insurer's phone number], writing to [insurer's name] at [insurer's address] or contacting your agent.  If you do not receive an illustration of your policy within 30 days from your request, you should contact your state insurance department."  The insurer may vary the sequential order of the methods for obtaining an in force illustration.

(f)  Upon the request of the policy owner, the insurer shall furnish an in force illustration of current and future benefits and values based on the insurer's present illustrated scale.  This illustration shall comply with the requirements of 11 NCAC 4 .0504(a), .0504(b), .0505(a), and .0505(e).  No signature or other acknowledgment of receipt of this illustration shall be required.

(g)  If an adverse change in any non‑guaranteed element that could affect the policy has been made by the insurer since the last annual report, the annual report shall contain a brief notice of that fact and a description of the change, which notice and description shall be printed in boldface print in a type at least two points larger than the report.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 58-2-40; 58-58-1; 58-58-40; 58-60-15; 58-60-20; 58-63-15; 58-63-65;

Eff. January 1, 1997.