02-031 C.M.R. ch. 425, § 10 - Initial Rate Filing with Superintendent

Current through 2022-14, April 6, 2022

A. This section applies to any long-term care policy issued in this state on or after October 1, 2004.
B. At least 30 days before making a long-term care insurance form available for sale, an insurer shall provide the superintendent with the following information:
(1) A copy of the disclosure documents required under Section 9; and
(2) An actuarial certification consisting of at least:
(a) A statement that the initial premium rate schedule is sufficient to cover anticipated costs under moderately adverse experience, and that the premium rate schedule is reasonably expected to be sustainable over the life of the form with no future premium increase anticipated;
(b) A statement that the policy design and coverage provided have been reviewed and taken into consideration;
(c) A statement that the underwriting and claims adjudication processes have been reviewed and taken into consideration;
(d) A complete description of the basis for contract reserves that are anticipated to be held under the form, to include:
(i) Sufficient detail or sample calculations provided so as to have a complete depiction of the reserve amounts to be held;
(ii) A statement that the assumptions used for reserves contain reasonable margins for adverse experience;
(iii) A statement that the net valuation premium for renewal years does not increase (except for attained-age rating where permitted); and
(iv) A statement that the difference between the gross premium and the net valuation premium for renewal years is sufficient to cover expected renewal expenses; or, if such statement cannot be made, a complete description of the situations where this does not occur;
(I) An aggregate distribution of anticipated issues may be used as long as the underlying gross premiums maintain a reasonably consistent relationship;
(II) If the gross premiums for certain age groups appear to be inconsistent with this requirement, the superintendent may request a demonstration under Subsection C based on a standard age distribution; and
(e) A statement that the premium rate schedule is not less than the premium rate schedule for existing similar policy forms also available from the insurer, except for reasonable differences attributable to benefits; or a comparison of the premium schedules for similar policy forms that are currently available from the insurer with an explanation of the differences.
(1) The superintendent may request an actuarial demonstration that benefits are reasonable in relation to premiums. The actuarial demonstration shall include either premium and claim experience on similar policy forms, adjusted for any premium or benefit difference, relevant and credible data from other studies, or both.
(2) In the event the superintendent asks for such additional information, the 30-day period of Section 10(B) shall begin when an insurer provides the additional requested information.


02-031 C.M.R. ch. 425, § 10

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