211 CMR 34.04 - Duties of Agents and Brokers

Current through Register 1466, April 1, 2022

(1) Each agent or broker who initiates the application shall submit to the insurer to which an application for life insurance or annuity is presented, with or as part of each application:
(a) a statement signed by the applicant as to whether replacement of existing life insurance or annuity is involved in the transaction; and
(b) a signed statement as to whether the agent or broker knows replacement is or may be involved in the transaction.
(2) Where a replacement is involved, the agent or broker shall:
(a) present to the applicant, not later than at the time of taking the application, a notice regarding replacement in the following form or other substantially similar form approved by the insurance commissioner. The notice shall be signed by both the applicant and the agent or broker and left with the applicant.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REQUIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE

READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING

This notice is required by the Commissioner of Insurance because you have indicated that you are buying a new life insurance policy or annuity and discontinuing or changing an existing one . Such a decision could be a good one, or a mistake. You will not know for sure until you make a careful comparison of your existing policy and the proposed replacement policy. Premiums alone are not determinative of low cost. Take the time to obtain and understand the facts.

We are required by law to notify your existing company that you may be replacing their policy.

Consider both sides before you decide. This way you can be sure you are making a decision that is in your best interest.

Cash Value Insurance: To make a comparison of cash value policies (policies with loan or surrender values in addition to death protection), consideration must be given to each policy's cash values, premiums, coverage amounts and dividends, if any, over the life of the policy.

To simplify this task, you may wish to request from your existing insurance company and the company issuing the replacement policy yield index figures for five, ten and 20 years. The yield index is a percentage that represents an estimate of the interest rate the insurer projects you will earn on the savings portion of the cash value policy. The policy with the higher yield index will generally be the better buy.

The Yield Index Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 1986 devised a method for calculating a yield index. In order to request this yield index information, merely check the box below and your request will be forwarded to both insurance companies.

You can also compare the cash values and/or surrender values listed in the replacing company's policy summary for the first five policy years with those in your current policy for the next five years. Low cash values or surrender values in early policy years are often the result of high expenses associated with issuing a new policy. If the replacement policy has low values in its early years, it will usually take longer for it to provide you with benefits that equal or exceed the benefits of your existing policy. In some cases, the replacement policy may never provide benefits equal to those in your present policy.

Term Insurance: If you are replacing your present insurance policy with term insurance (policies that provide death protection only), it makes sense to shop for a low cost policy. Costs for term insurance vary widely and substantial savings may be realized by comparison shopping. Premiums alone are not always determinative of low cost since some policies pay dividends and others do not. You may wish to request interest-adjusted cost indices for five, ten and 20 years from several insurance companies including your existing insurer to help you compare term insurance premiums. The policy with the lower index numbers is usually the better buy.

Please list below the identification of the policies which are involved in the replacement. Your existing insurer will be notified that you may be replacing their policy.

( ) Check box to request yield indices for cash value policies.

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Applicant's Signature Date Agent's Signature

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Company/Contract No. Company/Contract No. Company/Contract No.

(b) obtain with or as part of each application a list of all existing life insurance and annuity to be replaced identified by name of insurer, the insured and contract number. If a contract number has not been assigned by the existing insurer, alternative identification, such as an application or receipt number, shall be listed.
(c) leave with the applicant the original or a copy of written or printed communications used for presentation to the applicant.
(d) submit to the replacing insurer with the application a copy of the replacement notice; and
(3) Each agent or broker who uses written or printed communications in a conservation shall leave with the applicant the original or a copy of such materials used.

Notes

211 CMR 34.04

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