N.J. Admin. Code § 11:4-52.2 - Definitions

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Actuarial Standards Board" means the board established by the American Academy of Actuaries to develop and promulgate standards of actuarial practice.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.

"Composite illustration" means an illustration that shows aggregate values for all persons covered under the policy or policies.

"Contract premium" means the gross premium that is required to be paid under a fixed premium policy, including the premium for any rider issued with the policy.

"Credit life insurance" means insurance on the life of a debtor pursuant to or in connection with a specific loan or other credit transaction.

"Currently payable scale" means a scale of non-guaranteed elements in effect for a policy form as of the preparation date of the illustration or declared to become effective within the next 95 days.

"Department" means the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.

"Disciplined current scale" means a scale of non-guaranteed elements constituting a limit on illustrations currently being illustrated by an insurer that is reasonably based on actual recent historical experience, as certified annually by an illustration actuary designated by the insurer. Further guidance in determining the disciplined current scale as contained in standards established by the Actuarial Standards Board may be relied upon if the standards:

1. Are consistent with all provisions of these rules;

2. Limit a disciplined current scale to reflect only actions that have already been taken or events that have already occurred;

3. Do not permit a disciplined current scale to include any projected trends of improvements in experience or any assumed improvements in experience beyond the illustration date; and

4. Do not permit assumed expenses to be less than minimum assumed expenses.

"Generic name" means a short title descriptive of the policy being illustrated such as "whole life," "term life" or "flexible premium adjustable life."

"Guaranteed elements" means the premiums, benefits, values, credits or charges under a policy of life insurance that are guaranteed and determined at issue.

"Illustrated scale" means a scale of non-guaranteed elements currently being illustrated that is not more favorable to the policy owner than the lesser of:

1. The disciplined current scale; or

2. The currently payable scale.

"Illustration" means a presentation or depiction that includes non-guaranteed elements of a policy of life insurance over a period of years and that is one of the three types defined below:

1. "Basic illustration" means a ledger or proposal used in the sale of a life insurance policy that shows both guaranteed and non-guaranteed elements.

2. "Supplemental illustration" means an illustration furnished in addition to a basic illustration that meets the applicable requirements of these rules, and that may be presented in a format differing from the basic illustration, but may only depict a scale of non-guaranteed elements that is permitted in a basic illustration.

3. "In force illustration" means an illustration furnished at any time after the policy that it depicts has been in force for one year or more.

"Illustration actuary" means an actuary meeting the requirements of 11:4-52.9 below who certifies to illustrations based on the standard of practice promulgated by the Actuarial Standards Board.

"Insurer" means every person engaged as indemnitor or contractor in the business of life insurance.

"Lapse-supported illustration" means an illustration of a policy form failing the test of self-supporting as defined in these rules, under a modified persistency rate assumption using persistency rates underlying the disciplined current scale for the first five years and 100 percent policy persistency thereafter.

"Minimum assumed expenses" means the minimum expenses that may be used in the calculation of the disciplined current scale for a policy form. The insurer may choose to designate each year the method of determining assumed expenses for all policy forms from the following:

1. Fully allocated expenses;

2. Marginal expenses; and

3. A generally recognized expense table based on fully allocated expenses representing a significant portion of insurance companies and approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Marginal expenses may be used only if greater than a generally recognized expense table. If no generally recognized expense table is approved, fully allocated expenses must be used.

"Non-guaranteed elements" means the premiums, benefits, values, credits or charges under a policy of life insurance that are not guaranteed or not determined at issue.

"Non-term group life" means a group policy or individual policies of life insurance other than term issued to members of an employer group or other permitted group where:

1. Every plan of coverage was selected by the employer or other group representative;

2. Some portion of the premium is paid by the group or through payroll deduction; and

3. Group underwriting or simplified underwriting is used.

"Policy owner" means the owner named in the policy or the certificate holder in the case of a group policy.

"Premium outlay" means the amount of premium assumed to be paid by the policy owner or other premium payer out-of-pocket.

"Self-supporting illustration" means an illustration of a policy form for which it can be demonstrated that, when using experience assumptions underlying the disciplined current scale, for all illustrated points in time on or after the 15th policy anniversary or the 20th policy anniversary for second-or-later-to-die policies (or upon policy expiration if sooner), the accumulated value of all policy cash flows equals or exceeds the total policy owner value available. For this purpose, policy owner value will include cash surrender values and any other illustrated benefit amounts available at the policy owner's election.

"Variable contract" or "contract on a variable basis" means any separate account contract providing for the dollar amount of life insurance or other contractual payments or values thereunder to vary so as to reflect investment results of one or more separate accounts in which amounts with respect to any such contracts have been placed.

Notes

N.J. Admin. Code § 11:4-52.2

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