Life insurance groups say states should strengthen insurable interest provisions in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Viatical Settlement Model Law before adopting it.
The NAIC first adopted the model in 1993, and bills based on the model are pending in states such as California, Illinois, New York and South Carolina.
Originally, the model covered efforts to help terminally ill individuals sell their life insurance policies to investors.
Today, life settlement companies are using similar transactions to buy policies from elderly policyholders who have about 2 to 10 years to live.
Some speculators are trying to create new supplies of life insurance policies suitable for purchase, by using creative financing techniques to help unrelated consumers buy life insurance, then purchasing the policies from the consumers in 2 years, after the policy incontestability periods expire. In other cases, investors get access to the death benefits without formally purchasing the policies.