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TITLE 28INSURANCE
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
CHAPTER 3LIFE, ACCIDENT, AND HEALTH INSURANCE AND ANNUITIES
SUBCHAPTER CCSTANDARDS FOR ACCELERATION-OF-LIFE-INSURANCE BENEFITS FOR INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP POLICIES AND RIDERS
RULE §3.4306Methods for Determining Benefits and Allowable Charges and Fees

The acceptable methods for determining an acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit, and allowable charges and fees associated with the benefit, are as specified in this section.

  (1) Additional Premium or Cost of Insurance Charge Method. The acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit provision must specify and define any separately identifiable additional premium or cost-of-insurance charge, if applicable to the life insurance contract, for any acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit, and, upon payment of such benefit, reduce the death benefit of the contract in an amount equal to the acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit paid.

  (2) Actuarial Discount Methods. The acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit provision must specify or define any administrative fee, not to exceed $150, and any sound and reasonable actuarial discount, calculated in accordance with either subparagraph (A) or (B) of this paragraph, as applicable, which may reduce the amount of the acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit in instances where no additional premium or cost-of-insurance charge is payable in advance by the policy or certificate holder. Upon payment of such benefit, the death benefit of the life insurance contract will be reduced by no more than an amount equal to the acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit paid, plus the actuarial discount and any administrative fee deducted to provide the benefit. Each subsequently approved acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit request may provide for an administrative fee and discount, subject to the limits defined in this paragraph. The acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit may be calculated based on either the present value actuarial discount as described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, or, in regards to an insured with a terminal illness, on the interest-only actuarial discount as described in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph.

    (A) Present Value Actuarial Discount. The acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit may be based upon the present value of future benefits provided under the life insurance contract, less the present value of future premiums, plus the present value of future dividends, if applicable. The actuarial discount used to reach this present value calculation must be appropriate to the life insurance contract design and based on sound actuarial principles. For an insured with a terminal illness, the present value actuarial discount shall not reduce the amount of benefits accelerated by more than 15% of the face amount of such benefits. For other insureds eligible for acceleration-of-life-insurance benefits, the interest rate used to derive the present value actuarial discount applied to the face amount of the benefits accelerated shall not exceed the greater of:

      (i) the current yield on 90 day treasury bills;

      (ii) the current maximum adjustable policy loan interest rate based on Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Averages, or any successor thereto;

      (iii) the life insurance contract's guaranteed cash value interest rate plus one percent per annum; or

      (iv) an alternate rate approved by the Commissioner.

    (B) Interest-only Actuarial Discount. This discount may be applied only in regards to the death benefit of an insured with a terminal illness. The interest-only actuarial discount shall not reduce the amount of the acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit by more than 10% per annum.

  (3) Lien Method. In instances where no additional premium or cost of insurance charge is payable in advance by the policy or certificate holder, and the acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit is not reduced by a present value or interest-only actuarial discount, the insurer may consider the acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit, any administrative expense charges, any due and unpaid premiums and any accrued interest as a lien against the death benefit of the life insurance contract, in accordance with the following:

    (A) The acceleration-of-life-insurance provision must specify or define any administrative fee, not to exceed $150, and any interest charge on the amount of the acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit.

    (B) Access to cash value, if any, may be restricted to any excess of the cash value over the sum of the lien and any outstanding loans. Future access to additional policy loans and any partial withdrawals may also be limited to any excess of the cash values over the sum of the lien and any other outstanding policy loans.

    (C) The lien cannot exceed the value of the death benefit of the life insurance contract. The contract shall state that coverage will terminate at such time as the lien equals the value of the death benefit.

    (D) The interest rate and interest rate methodology used in the calculation shall be based on sound actuarial principles and disclosed in the contract and actuarial memorandum. The interest rate accrued on the portion of the lien equal to the cash value of the life insurance contract at the time of the benefit acceleration shall be no more than the policy loan interest rate stated in the contract. Each subsequently approved acceleration-of-life-insurance benefit request may provide for an administrative fee and lien, subject to the limits set forth in this paragraph. The maximum interest rate used shall not exceed the greater of:

      (i) the current yield on 90 day treasury bills;

      (ii) the current maximum adjustable policy loan interest rate based on Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Averages, or any successor thereto;

      (iii) the policy's guaranteed cash value interest rate plus one percent per annum; or

      (iv) an alternate rate approved by the Commissioner.


Source Note: The provisions of this §3.4306 adopted to be effective March 1, 1998, 23 TexReg 1585; transferred effective April 16, 1999, 24 TexReg 3092.

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