Life Insurance Company Guaranty Corporation of New York

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Life Insurance Company Guaranty Corporation of New York

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Law Summaries Report

[ Current as of January 01, 2020 ] ]


Covered Contracts

§7703(a)(1) This article shall apply to direct life insurance policies, health insurance policies, annuity contracts, funding agreements, and supplemental contracts issued by a life insurance company licensed to transact life or health insurance or annuities in this state at the time the policy, contract, or funding agreement was issued or on the date of entry of a court order of liquidation or rehabilitation with respect to such a company that is an impaired or insolvent insurer, as the case may be. [NOTE: the Article does not cover health policies issued by property & casualty insurers.] (Amended effective 11/21/2014)

Non-Covered Contracts

§7703(b) This article shall not apply to: (1) That portion or part of a variable life insurance policy, variable annuity contract or variable funding agreement not guaranteed by an insurer; (2) That portion or part of any policy, contract or agreement under which the risk is borne by the holder thereof; (3) Any policy, contract, or agreement, or part thereof, assumed by the impaired or insolvent insurer under a contract of reinsurance, other than reinsurance for which assumption certificates have been issued; (4) Any policy, contract, or agreement issued by or through the facilities of the New York Insurance Exchange, Inc., or any similar entity, or pursuant to article sixty-three of this chapter; (5) Any policy, contract, or agreement issued or issued for delivery outside the United States, to the extent it covers persons not citizens or permanent residents of the United States; and (6) Any policy, contract, or agreement payable other than in United States dollars. (Amended effective 11/21/2014)

Non-Resident Coverage

§7703(a)(2)(A)(II). Yes, the Article covers nonresidents under all the following conditions: (I) the insurer that issued the policy, contract or agreement is domiciled in this state; (II) the state or states in which the person resides has or have a guaranty entity similar to the corporation created by this Article; and (III) the person is not eligible for coverage by a guaranty entity in any other state because the insurer was not licensed or authorized in that state at the time specified in that state’s guaranty entity law. (Non-resident coverage provision adopted 11/21/2014)

Benefit Limits

§7708(b)(3). The corporation's aggregate liability shall not exceed $500,000 for all benefits, including cash values, with respect to any one life, or to the extent benefits are not allocated pursuant to a covered policy to any one life, to any one covered policy; provided, however, (i) aggregate liability does not apply to any group, or blanket accident, or health insurance, or accident and health insurance policy and (ii)that the corporation shall be liable in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 for all benefits, including cash values, with respect to any group annuity contract (or portion thereof) that does not guaranty benefits with respect to any specific individual identified in the contract and with respect to any funding agreement issued to fund benefits under any employee benefit plan.


Discretionary Triggers

No separate provision.

Mandatory Triggers

§7708(a). When a domestic insurer is an impaired or insolvent insurer.

Foreign Triggers

§7708(b). When a foreign or alien insurer is impaired or insolvent.

"Impaired Insurer"

§7705(f). Actual impairment, as defined in Sections 1310 and 1311, and placement under a court order of liquidation, rehabilitation, or conservation.

"Insolvent Insurer"

§7705(g). A member insurer which after the effective date of this article becomes insolvent for the purposes of §1309 of this chapter and is placed under a final order of liquidation, rehabilitation or conservation by a court of competent jurisdiction.

"Member Insurer"

§ 7705(h) "Member insurer" means any life insurance company licensed to transact in this state any kind of insurance to which this article applies under section seven thousand seven hundred three of this article; provided, however, that the term "member insurer" also means any life insurance company formerly licensed to transact in this state any kind of insurance to which this article applies under section seven thousand seven hundred three of this article. (Amended effective 11/21/2014)

Account Structure

§7706(a). Two accounts: (1) health, and (2) life, annuity and funding agreements.


Assessment Limits

§7709(e)(1) With respect to a member insurer that is a domestic insurer and is subject to an order of rehabilitation under article seventy-four of this chapter as of March first, two thousand twelve, the total assessment against all member insurers for impairments and insolvencies, less the amount of refunds ( not including interest) to member insurers pursuant to subsection (F) of this section, shall be five hundred fifty-eight million dollars; provided, however, that such five hundred fifty-eight million dollar total shall be subject to reduction in an amount, if any, determined by the superintendent, on a date not earlier than twelve months after the entry of an order of liquidation with respect to such domestic insurer, to be not needed for the corporation to be able to pay its obligations and reasonable expenses in connection with the liquidation of such domestic insurer, but in no event shall such reduction exceed fifty-eight million dollars. (2) The total of all assessments upon a member insurer for each account shall not in any one calendar year exceed two percent of such insurer's premiums received in this state during the calendar year preceding the assessment on the policies covered by the account. If the maximum assessment, together with the other assets of the corporation in either account, does not provide in any one year in either account an amount sufficient to carry out the responsibilities of the corporation, the necessary additional funds shall be assessed as soon thereafter as permitted by this article. (Amended effective 11/21/14)

Assessment Classes

§7709(b). Three classes of assessments: Class A for administrative costs, general expenses and examinations; Class B to carry out the powers and duties of the association with regard to an impaired/insolvent domestic insurer; and Class C to carry out the powers and duties of the association with regard to an impaired/insolvent foreign or alien insurer.

Interest Rate Adjustments

§7708(c)(3). If the superintendent or the corporation shall find that at the time a covered annuity contract or funding agreement or a class thereof, other than an annuity contract, funding agreement or class thereof which funds a compromise or settlement contained in a judgment or order entered pursuant to the provisions of section twelve hundred seven of the civil practice law and rules, was issued by the impaired or insolvent insurer the interest rate guaranteed under such contract or agreement or class thereof was clearly excessive, the superintendent may petition the court having juris-diction in this state, upon appropriate notice to and opportunity for submission of comments from the corporation and owners of contracts and agreements proposed to be affected, to limit the corporation's obligations under this article with respect to payment of interest to an interest rate which the court finds would have been appropriate and rea-sonable at the time the contract or agreement or class thereof was issued. Nothing in this subsection shall limit the rights of a holder of a contract or agreement so affected as against the impaired or insolvent insurer.

Tax Offsets

§7712(b)(2)(A)(B). Yes. In any given year, if the net assessment for all NY companies exceeds $100M over the previous 15 year period, then each company can take a credit in the current year for an amount based on a formula involving a factor of 80% and the amount of assessments in excess of $100M.

Definition of Premium

§ 7705 (i) “Premiums” means direct gross insurance premiums and annuity and funding agreement considerations received on covered policies, less return premiums and considerations thereon and dividends paid or credited to policyholders on such direct business, subject to such modifications as the superintendent may establish by regulation or order as necessary to facilitate the equitable administration of this article. Premiums do not include premiums and considerations on contracts between insurers and reinsurers. For the purposes of determining the assessment for an insurer under this article, the term “premiums”, with respect to a group annuity contract (or portion of any such contract) that does not guarantee annuity benefits to any specific individual identified in the contract and with respect to any funding agreement issued to fund benefits under any employee benefit plan, means the lesser of one million dollars or the premium attributable to that portion of such group contract that does not guarantee benefits to any specific individuals or such agreements that fund benefits under any employee benefit plan.

Advertising Prohibition

§ 7718 “Prohibited advertisement of the corporation in sale of insurance” No person, including an insurer, agent or affiliate of an insurer and no broker 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, any advertisement, announcement or statement which uses the existence of the corporation for the purpose of sales, solicitation or inducement to purchase any form of insurance covered by this article, provided, however, that this § shall not apply to the corporation or any other entity which does not sell or solicit insurance, or to prohibit the furnishing of written information in a form prepared by the corporation and approved by the superintendent by a member insurer directly to a policyholder in response to a written request therefore.

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