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Settlement Disclosure Model Advances at NCOIL

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A group of state lawmakers wants to make life insurers tell policyholders about the life settlement option.

The Life Insurance and Financial Planning Committee the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), Troy, N.Y., is drafting model state legislation that would require life insurers to tell policyholders that life settlements are among the alternatives to letting policies lapse, according to Georgia state Sen. Ralph Hudgens, R-Hull, Ga., the committee chair.

Hudgens says he has asked another committee member, Kentucky state Rep. Ronald Crimm, R-Louisville, Ky., to draft the model bill.

The model bill would require life insurers to advise insureds about all of the alternatives that would be available if the insureds ever decided to give up their policies.

Kentucky, Maine and Washington have enacted similar notice laws, Hudgens says.

Hudgens says he expects the model law to be introduced during the NCOIL annual meeting in Austin, Texas, in November.

The Insurance Studies Institute, Keystone, Colo., reported in April that many older life policyholders are unaware of the life settlement market.


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