Mich. Admin. Code R. 500.1508 - Complaint-resolution process; notice of rights; private informal managerial-level conference

Current through Vol. 22-05, April 1, 2022

Rule 8.

(1) At the time of a denial of automobile insurance or home insurance, the insurer or producer making the denial shall provide the person subject to the denial written notice of his or her right to submit a complaint and to have a private informal managerial-level conference if he or she has reason to believe that the denial is improper.
(2) If a person has reason to believe that he or she has been charged in incorrect premium and informs the insurer or producer of that belief, the insurer or producer shall promptly provide the person written notice of his or her right to submit a complaint and to have a private informal managerial-level conference.
(3) The written notices required under subrule (1) and (2) of this rule must be in language understandable to a person of ordinary intelligence and must include, but need not be limited to, an explanation of all of the following:
(a) The person's right to submit a complaint and the procedure the person shall follow if he or she wishes to submit a complaint.
(b) The person's right to be provided information pertinent to the denial or premium charge upon request, subject to payment of a reasonable copying charge. An insurer's reasonable copying charge under this subdivision must not exceed the rate charged for copying by the department in accordance with the freedom of information act, 1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231 to 15.246. The director shall inform insurers of that maximum allowable copying charge on an annual basis.
(c) The person's right to a private informal managerial-level conference addressing the complaint with the insurer, the procedure the person shall follow if he or she wishes to request a private informal managerial-level conference, and the process applicable to a private informal managerial-level conference. All of the following apply to that process:
(i) If a private informal managerial-level conference is requested, the conference and proposed resolution must be provided by the insurer within 30 days after the date of the person's request.
(ii) The private informal managerial-level conference may be held by telephone, video teleconference or other substantially similar electronic means, or in-person, as long as the following requirements are met:
(A) If the conference is held by telephone or video teleconference or other substantially similar electronic means, the insurer shall state at the beginning of the conference that it is a private informal managerial-level conference and identify all persons by name and title who are listening to, or otherwise participating in, the conference. In addition, the insurer shall either provide a toll-free telephone service or other service at no cost to the person making the complaint, or pay all charges associated with the conference. As applicable, the written notice must indicate the telephone number that must be called and state that the telephone number may be called collect if a toll-free number is not provided or explain in sufficient detail other instructions for participating in a conference held by video teleconference or other substantially similar electronic means.
(B) If the conference is held in-person, the conference must be held within a reasonably accessible distance from the Michigan residence of the person or persons named on the policy as insured or the location of the risk and be held at a time reasonably convenient to the person making the complaint or the person's designated representative.
(iii) The private informal managerial-level conference must include the participation of the person making the complaint, or the person's designated representative, and a supervisory or higher level representative of the insurer who is authorized to decide the dispute on behalf of the insurer.
(d) The person's right to submit a complaint to the director and for a review and determination if the private informal managerial-level conference fails to resolve the dispute. The written notice must explain this right as described in R 500.1510.
(e) The person's right to appoint another person as his or her designee to act on his or her behalf throughout the complaint-resolution process set forth in this rule and R 500.1509 to R 500.1514.
(4) A compliant, request for information pertinent to the denial or premium charge, and request for a private informal managerial-level conference submitted pursuant to subrule (3) of this rule must be made not later than 30 days after the date of the written notice required under subrule (1) or (2) of this rule unless an exception is made by the insurer to extend that 30-day period. An exception extending the 30-day period under this subrule must be in writing and provided to the person making the complaint or request for information or private informal managerial-level conference.
(5) An insurer or producer shall send the written notices required under subrules (1) and (2) of this rule, or if applicable, a written extension of the 30-day period under subrule (4) of this rule, by mail, unless the insurer or producer and the person entitled to the notice or extension have previously agreed to another means of communication and that agreement includes within its scope the notice or extension contemplated under this rule and is consistent with applicable law.

Notes

Mich. Admin. Code R. 500.1508
1981 AACS; 2021 MR 6, Eff. 3/24/2021

The following state regulations pages link to this page.



State regulations are updated quarterly; we currently have two versions available. Below is a comparison between our most recent version and the prior quarterly release. More comparison features will be added as we have more versions to compare.