Utah Admin. Code R590-191-4 - Minimum Standards for Prompt, Fair and Equitable Claim Handling Processes and Communications

Current through Bulletin 2022-07, April 1, 2022

(1) Notice of loss to an insurer, if required, shall be considered timely if made according to the terms of the policy, subject to the definitions and provisions of this rule, and the provisions of Section 31A-21-312.
(2) Notice of loss may be given to the insurer or its representative unless the insurer clearly directs otherwise in accordance with policy provisions or in a separate written notice mailed or delivered to the claimant.
(3) Subject to policy provisions, a requirement of any notice of loss may be waived by an authorized representative of the insurer.
(4) Insurance policies may not require notice of loss to be given in a manner which is inconsistent with the actual practice of the insurer. For example, if the practice of the insurer is to accept notice of loss by telephone, the policy shall reflect that practice, and not require that the claimant furnish "immediate written notice" of loss.
(5) Within 15 days of receipt of notice of loss from a claimant, the insurer shall provide necessary claim forms, instructions, and reasonable assistance so the claimant can properly comply with company requirements for filing a claim.
(6) Proof of loss to an insurer, if required, shall be considered timely if made according to the terms of the policy, subject to the definitions and provisions of this rule, and the provisions of Section 31A-21-312. Proof of loss requirements may not be unreasonable and should consider all of the circumstances surrounding a given claim.
(7) Within 15 days of receipt of proof of loss from a claimant, the insurer shall:
(a) provide written acknowledgment of the receipt of the proof of loss;
(b) request any necessary additional information from claimant; and
(c) commence any necessary investigation of the claim, including requesting additional information from other parties having documentation or information relating to the claim; or
(d) provide the claim settlement and a written explanation of benefits to the claimant if no additional information or investigation is necessary.
(8) Within 15 days of receipt of any communications relating to a claim which reasonably suggests that a response is expected, the insurer shall substantively respond to such communication.
(9) Within 30 days of receipt of proof of loss from the claimant, the insurer shall complete the investigation of a claim, unless such investigation cannot reasonably be completed within such time. It shall be the burden of the insurer to establish, by adequate records, that the investigation could not be completed within 30 days of its receipt of proof of loss. If the investigation cannot be completed within 30 days, the insurer shall communicate to the claimant a written explanation as to the reasons for the delay and shall continue to so communicate at least every 30 days until the claim is either settled or denied.
(10) Within 15 days of completion of the investigation, the insurer shall either:
(a) provide the claim settlement and a written explanation of benefits to the claimant; or
(b) provide, in writing, a denial of the claim and an explanation to the claimant as to the reasons for the denial.
(11) Closing a claim file without settlement is considered a denial and must be so communicated in writing to the claimant and according to the provisions of the policy.
(12) If recalculation/revisitation of a claim becomes necessary subsequent to either denial or settlement, the insurer shall again comply with the initial claim handling process requirements as described in this section.
(13) Upon receipt of an inquiry from the Insurance Department regarding a claim, every licensee shall furnish a substantive response to the Insurance Department within the time period specified in the inquiry.

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