Minnesota Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association

Contact Information

Minnesota Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association
90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(p) 612.322.8713 (f) 402.474.5393
Association Web site: http://www.mnlifega.org
State Insurance Department: http://www.commerce.state.mn.us/

Law Summaries Report

[ Current as of January 01, 2020 ] ]

Coverages

Covered Contracts

§61B.19, subd.2(b). Sections 61B.18 to 61B.32 provide coverage to the persons specified in paragraph (a) for direct, non-group life, health, annuity, and supplemental policies or contracts, for subscriber contracts issued by a nonprofit health service plan corporation operating under chapter 62C, for certificates under direct group policies and contracts, and for unallocated annuity contracts issued by member insurers, except as limited by sections 61B.18 to 61B.32. Except as expressly excluded under subdivision 3, annuity contracts and certificates under group annuity contracts include, but are not limited to, guaranteed investment contracts, deposit administration contracts, unallocated funding agreements, allocated funding agreements, structured settlement annuities, annuities issued to or in connection with government lotteries, and any immediate or deferred annuity contracts. Covered unallocated annuity contracts include those that fund a qualified defined contribution retirement plan under sections 401, 403(b), and 457 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended through December 31, 1992. Approved 5/21/01.

Non-Covered Contracts

§61B.19, subd.3. Sections 61B.18 to 61B.32 do not provide coverage for: (1) a portion of a policy or contract not guaranteed by the insurer or under which the investment risk is borne by the policy or contract holder; (2) a policy or contract of reinsurance, unless assumption certificates have been issued and the insured has consented to the assumption as provided under section 60A.09, subdivision 4a; (3) a policy or contract issued by an assessment benefit association operating under section 61A.39, or a fraternal benefit society operating under chapter 64B; (4) any obligation to nonresident participants of a covered retirement plan or to the plan sponsor, employer, trustee, or other party who owns the contract; in these cases, the association is obligated under this chapter only to participants in a covered plan who are residents of the state of Minnesota on the date of impairment or insolvency; (5) a structured settlement annuity in situations where a liability insurer remains liable to the payee; (6) a portion of an unallocated annuity contract which is not issued to or in connection with a specific employee, union, or association of natural persons benefit plan or a governmental lottery, including but not limited to, a contract issued to, or purchased at the direction of, any governmental bonding authority, such as a municipal guaranteed investment contract; (7) a portion of a policy or contract issued to a plan or program of an employer, association, or similar entity to provide life, health, or annuity benefits to its employees or members to the extent that the plan or program is self-funded or uninsured, including benefits payable by an employer, association, or similar entity under: (i) a multiple employer welfare arrangement as defined in the ERISA of 1974, United States Code, title 29, section 1002(40)(A), as amended; (ii) a minimum premium group insurance plan; (iii) a stop-loss group insurance plan; or (iv) an administrative services only contract; (8) any policy or contract issued by an insurer at a time when it was not licensed or did not have a certificate of authority to issue the policy or contract in this state; (9) an unallocated annuity contract issued to or in connection with a benefit plan protected under the federal PBGC; (10) a portion of a policy or contract to the extent that it provides for (i) dividends or experience rating credits except to the extent the dividends or experience rating credits have actually become due and payable or have been credited to the policy or contract before the date of impairment or insolvency, (ii) voting rights, (iii) payment of any fees or allowances to any person, including the policy or contract holder, in connection with the service to, or administration of, the policy or contract; (11) a contractual agreement that establishes the member insurer's obligations to provide a book value accounting guaranty for defined contribution benefit plan participants by reference to a portfolio of assets that is owned by the benefit plan or its trustee, which in each case is not an affiliate of the member insurer; (12) a portion of a policy or contract to the extent that the rate of interest on which it is based, or the interest rate, crediting rate, or similar factor determined by use of an index or other external reference stated in the policy or contract, employed in calculating returns or changes in value; (13) a portion of a policy or contract to the extent it provides for interest or other changes in value to be determined by the use of an index or other external reference stated in the policy or contract, but which have not been credited to the policy or contract, or as to which the policy or contract owner's rights are subject to forfeiture, as of the date the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under sections 61B.18 to 61B.32, whichever is earlier; and (14) a portion of a policy or contract to the extent that the assessments required by section 61B.24 with respect to the policy or contract are preempted by federal or state law; and (15) a policy or contract providing any hospital, medical, prescription drug, or other health care benefits pursuant to United States Code, title 42, chapter 7, subchapter XVIII, Part C or Part D, commonly known as Medicare Part C & D, or any regulations issued under those provisions. Amended 4/28/2010.

Non-Resident Coverage

§61B.19, bd.2(a)(1)(i)(B). Yes. Covers persons who are not residents, but only under all of the following conditions: the insurers that issued the policies or contracts are domiciled in the state of Minnesota; those insurers never held a license or certificate of authority in the states in which those persons reside; those states have associations similar to the association; and those persons are not eligible for coverage by those associations.

Benefit Limits

§61B.19, subd.4 (2). With respect to any one life, regardless of the number of policies or contracts: (i) $500,000 in life insurance death benefits, but not more than $130,000 in net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values for life insurance; (ii) $500,000 in health insurance benefits, including any net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values; (iii) $250,000 in the present value of annuity benefits, including net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values; (iv) $410,000 in present value of annuity benefits for structured settlement annuities or for annuities in regard to which periodic annuity benefits, for a period of not less than the annuitant's lifetime or for a period certain of not less than ten years, have begun to be paid, on or before the date of impairment or insolvency; or (3) subject to the limitations in clauses (5) and (6), with respect to each individual resident participating in a retirement plan, except a defined benefit plan, established under section 401, 403(b), or 457 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended through December 31, 1992, covered by an unallocated annuity contract, or the beneficiaries of eachsuch individual if deceased, in the aggregate, $250,000 in net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values; (4) where no coverage limit has been specified for a covered policy or benefit, the coverage limit shall be $500,000 in present value; (5) in no event shall the association be liable to expend more than $500,000 in the aggregate with respect to any one life under clause (2), items (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), and clause (4), and any one individual under clause (3); (6) in no event shall the association be liable to expend more than $10,000,000 with respect to all unallocated annuities of a retirement plan, except a defined benefit plan, established under section 401, 403(b), or 457 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended through December 31, 1992. If total claims from a plan exceed $10,000,000, the $10,000,000 shall be prorated among the claimants. Amended 5/8/09.

Triggers

Discretionary Triggers

§61B.23, subd.1. If a member insurer is an impaired domestic insurer.

Mandatory Triggers

§61B.23, subd.2. When a member insurer is impaired, not paying claims timely, and (1) if domestic, has been placed under an order of rehabilitation by a court of competent jurisdiction; or (2) if foreign, has been prohibited from soliciting or accepting new business in this state, the insurer's certificate of authority has been suspended or revoked in this state and a petition for rehabilitation has been filed in a court of competent jurisdiction in the insurer's domestic state. §61B.23, subd.3. If a member insurer is insolvent.

Foreign Triggers

See Mandatory Triggers.

"Impaired Insurer"

§61B.20, subd.11. A member insurer that is not an insolvent insurer and (1) is placed under an order of rehabilitation, or conservation by a court of competent jurisdiction or (2) is determined by the commissioner to be potentially unable to fulfill its contractual obligations.

"Insolvent Insurer"

§61B.20, subd.12. A member insurer that is placed under an order of liquidation by a court of competent jurisdiction with a finding of insolvency. The order of liquidation is the initial order granting request to begin a liquidation.

"Member Insurer"

§61B.20, Subd. 13. An insurer licensed or holding a certificate of authority to transact in Minnesota any kind of insurance for which coverage is provided under section 61B.19, subdivision 2, and includes an insurer whose license or certificate of authority in this state may have been suspended, revoked, not renewed, or voluntarily withdrawn. The term does not include: (1) a nonprofit hospital or medical service organization, other than a nonprofit health service plan corporation that operates under chapter 62C; (2) a health maintenance organization; (3) a fraternal benefit society; (4) a mandatory state pooling plan; (5) a mutual assessment company or an entity that operates on an assessment basis; (6) an insurance exchange; (7) a community integrated service network; or (8) an entity similar to those listed in clauses (1) to (7).

Account Structure

§61B.21, subd.1. Two accounts: (a) life insurance and annuity account, which includes life, annuity and unallocated annuity sub accounts; and (b) health insurance account.

Assessments

Assessment Limits

§61B.24, subd.5. Two percent (2%) of average annual premiums in state for the three prior calendar years for policies covered by each account or each sub account.

Assessment Classes

§61B.24, subd.2. Two classes of assessments: Class A, for administrative, legal and other expenses, and examinations; Class B, to carry out the powers and duties of the association with regard to impaired or insolvent insurers.

Interest Rate Adjustments

§61B.19, subd. 3 (12) Guaranty Association excludes from coverage: a portion of a policy or contract to the extent that the rate of interest on which it is based, or the interest rate, crediting rate, or similar factor determined by use of an index or other external reference stated in the policy or contract, employed in calculating returns or changes in value: (i) averaged over the period of four years prior to the date on which the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under sections 61B.18 to 61B.32, whichever is earlier, exceeds the rate of interest determined by subtracting two per-centage points from Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Average averaged for that same four-year period or for the lesser period if the policy or contract was issued less than four years before the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under sections 61B.18 to 61B.32, whichever is earlier; and (ii) on and after the date on which the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under this chapter, whichever is earlier, exceeds the rate of interest determined by subtracting three percentage points from Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Average as most recently available. Approved 5/21/01.

Tax Offsets

§ 297I.20 Yes. Up to 20% of assessment amount may be offset for each of the five calendar years following the year in which the assessment was paid. Carry forward of offset is allowed when cap is exceeded. Amended effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2000.

Definition of Premium

§ 61B.20 Subd. 15. Premiums. “Premiums” means amounts or considerations by whatever name called received on covered policies or contracts less premiums, considerations, and deposits returned, and less dividends and experience credits on those covered policies or contracts to the extent not guaranteed in advance. The term does not include amounts received for policies or contracts or for the portions of policies or contracts for which coverage is not provided under section 61B.19, subdivision 3, except that assessable premium shall not be reduced on account of section 61B.19, subdivision 4, relating to limitations with respect to any one life, any one individual, and any one contract holder. Premiums subject to assessment under section 61B.24, include all amounts received on any unallocated annuity contract issued to a contract holder resident in this state if the contract is not otherwise excluded from coverage under section 61B.19, subdivision 3; provided that “premiums” shall not include any premiums in excess of the liability limit on any unallocated annuity contract specified in section 61B.19, subdivision 4.

Advertising Prohibition

§61B.28 Subd. 4. Prohibited sales practice. No person, including an insurer, agent, or affiliate of an insurer, shall make, publish, disseminate, circulate, or place before the public, or cause directly or indirectly, to be made, published, disseminated, circulated, or placed before the public, in any newspaper, magazine, or other publication, or in the form of a notice, circular, pamphlet, letter, or poster, or over any radio station or television station, or in any other way, an advertisement, announcement, or statement, written or oral, which uses the existence of the Minnesota Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association for the purpose of sales, solicitation, or inducement to purchase any form of insurance covered by sections 61B.18 to 61B.32. The notice required by subdivision 8 is not a violation of this subdivision nor is it a violation of this subdivision to explain verbally to an applicant or potential applicant the coverage provided by the Minnesota Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association at any time during the application process or thereafter. This subdivision does not apply to the Minnesota Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association or an entity that does not sell or solicit insurance.

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