Wyoming Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association

Contact Information

Wyoming Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association
6700 N. Linder Road, Suite 156, Box 139
Meridian, ID 83646
(p) 800.362.0944 (f) not available
Association Web site: http://www.wylifega.org
State Insurance Department: http://insurance.state.wy.us/

Law Summaries Report

[ Current as of January 01, 2020 ] ]

Coverages

Covered Contracts

§26-42-103(b). This act shall provide coverage to persons specified in subsection (a) of this section for policies or contracts of direct, nongroup life insurance, health insurance including health maintenance organization subscriber contracts and certificates, annuities and supplemental contracts to any of these policies or contracts and for certificates under direct group policies and contracts issued by member insurers except as limited by this act. Annuity contracts and certificates under group annuity contracts include allocated funding agreements, structured settlement annuities and any immediate or deferred annuity contracts.

Non-Covered Contracts

§26-42-103(c). This act shall not provide coverage for: (i) Any portion of a policy or contract not guaranteed by the insurer or under which the risk is borne by the policyholder or contract holder; (ii) Any policy or contract of reinsurance unless assumption certificates have been issued pursuant to the reinsurance policy or contract; (iii) Excluding any portion of a policy or contract, including a rider, that provides long term care or other health insurance benefits, any portion of a policy or contract to the extent that the rate of interest on which it is based: (A) Averaged over the period of four (4) years prior to the date on which the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under this act, exceeds a rate of interest determined by subtracting two (2) percentage points from Moody’s Corporate Bond Yield Average averaged for that same four (4) year period or for a lesser period if the policy or contract was issued less than four (4) years before the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under this act; and (B) On and after the date on which the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under this act, exceeds the rate of interest determined by subtracting three (3) percentage points from the most recent and available Moody’s Corporate Bond Yield Average. (iv) Any portion of a policy or contract issued to a plan or program of an employer, association or other person to provide life, health or annuity benefits to its employees,members or others to the extent that the plan or program is self-funded or uninsured, including but not limited to benefits payable by an employer, association or similar entity under: (A) A multiple employer welfare arrangement as defined in Section 3(40) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1002(40); (B) A minimum premium group insurance plan; (C) A stop-loss group insurance plan; or (D) An administrative services only contract. (v) Any portion of a policy or contract to the extent it provides dividends or experience rating credits, voting rights or provides payment of any fees or allowances to any person, including the policyholder or contract holder, in connection with the service to or administration of the policy or contract; (vi) Any policy or contract issued in this state by a member 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; (vii) Any annuity contract or group annuity certificate which is not issued to and not owned by an individual, except to the extent of any annuity benefits guaranteed to an individual by an insurer under the contract or certificate; (viii) Any annuity contract or group annuity certificate which is issued by a nonprofit insurance company exclusively for the benefit of nonprofit educational institutions and their employees for the purpose of providing retirement benefits; (ix) A portion of a policy or contract to the extent that the assessments required by W.S. 26-42-107 with respect to the policy or contract are preempted or otherwise not permitted by federal or state law; (x) An obligation that does not arise under the express written terms of the policy or contract issued by the member insurer to the enrollee, certificate holder, contract owner or policy owner, including without limitation: (A) Claims based on marketing materials; (B) Claims based on side letters, riders or other documents that were issued by the member insurer without meeting applicable policy or contract form filing or approval requirements; (C) Misrepresentations of or regarding policy or contract benefits; (D) Extra-contractual claims; or (E) A claim for penalties or consequential or incidental damages. (xi) 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; (xii) An unallocated annuity contract; (xiii) A policy or contract providing any hospital, medical, prescription drug or other health care benefits pursuant to Part C or Part D of Subchapter XVIII, Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code (commonly known as Medicare Part C & D) or Subchapter XIX, Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code (commonly known as Medicaid) or any regulations issued pursuant thereto; (xiv) 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 this act, whichever is earlier. If a policy’s or contract’s interest or changes in value are credited less frequently than annually, then for purposes of determining the values that have been credited and are not subject to forfeiture under this provision, the interest or change in value determined by using the procedures defined in the policy or contract will be credited as if the contractual date of crediting interest or changing values was the date of impairment or insolvency, whichever is earlier, and will not be subject to forfeiture; (xv) Structured settlement annuity benefits to which a payee or beneficiary has transferred his rights in a structured settlement factoring transaction as defined in 26 U.S.C. § 5891(c)(3)(A), regardless if the transaction occurred before or after 26 U.S.C. § 5891(c)(3)(A) became effective.

Non-Resident Coverage

§26-42-103(a)(i)(B). Yes, but only under all of the following conditions: (I) The member insurer that issued the policies or contracts is domiciled in this state; (II) The states in which the persons reside have associations similar to the association created by this act; and (III) The persons are not eligible for coverage by an association in any other state due to the fact that the insurer or health maintenance organization was not licensed in the state at the time specified in the state’s guaranty association law.

Benefit Limits

§26-42-103(d). The benefits for which the association may be liable shall in no event exceed the lesser of: (i) The contractual obligations for which the member insurer is liable or would have been liable if it was not an impaired or insolvent insurer; or (ii) With respect to any one (1) life, regardless of the number of policies or contracts: (A) Three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00) in life insurance death benefits but not more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) in net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values for life insurance; (B) For health insurance benefits: (I) One hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for coverages not defined as disability insurance, disability income insurance, health benefit plan or long term care insurance including any net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values; (II) Three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00) for disability insurance, disability income insurance and long-term care insurance; (III) Three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00) for health benefit plans. (C) Two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00) in the present value of annuity benefits including net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values; (D) With respect to each payee of a structured settlement annuity or beneficiary or beneficiaries of the payee if deceased, two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00) in present value annuity benefits, in the aggregate, including net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values; (E) However, in no event shall the association be obligated to cover more than: (I) An aggregate of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) in benefits with respect to any one (1) life under paragraphs (A) through (D) of this subsection; or (II) With respect to one (1) owner of multiple nongroup policies of life insurance, whether the policy owner or contract owner is an individual, firm, corporation or other person, and whether the persons insured are officers, managers, employees or other persons, more than five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) in benefits, regardless of the number of policies and contracts held by the owner.

Triggers

Discretionary Triggers

§26-42-106(a). If a member insurer is an impaired insurer. (Amended effective 7/1/2014)

Mandatory Triggers

§26-42-106(d). If a member insurer is an insolvent insurer. (Amended effective 7/1/2014)

Foreign Triggers

No separate provision. (Amended effective 7/1/2014)

"Impaired Insurer"

§26-42-102(a)(ix). "Impaired insurer" means a member insurer which is not an insolvent insurer and is placed under an order of rehabilitation or conservation by a court of competent jurisdiction. (Amended effective 7/1/2014)

"Insolvent Insurer"

§26-42-102(a)(x). A member insurer which, after the effective date of this act, is placed under an order of liquidation by a court of competent jurisdiction with a finding of insolvency.

"Member Insurer"

§26-42-102(a)(xi). “Member insurer” means any insurer or health maintenance organization which is licensed or holds a certificate of authority to transact in this state any kind of insurance or health maintenance organization business for which coverage is provided by W.S. 26-42-103 and includes any insurer or health maintenance organization business whose license or certificate of authority in this state may have been suspended, revoked, not renewed or voluntarily withdrawn, but does not include: (A) Repealed By Laws 1997, ch. 125, § 1. (B) Repealed by Laws 1995, ch. 210, § 5. (C) A fraternal benefit society; (D) A mandatory state pooling plan; (E) A stipulated premium insurance company; (F) A local mutual burial association; (G) A mutual assessment company or any entity that operates on an assessment basis; (H) An insurance exchange; or (J) Any entity similar to any of the above.

Account Structure

§26-42-104(a). For purposes of administration and assessment the association shall maintain the three (3) following accounts: (i) The life insurance account; (ii) The health account; and (iii) The annuity account.

Assessments

Assessment Limits

§26-42-107(g). (i) Subject to paragraph (ii) of this subsection, the total of all assessments authorized by the association with respect to a member insurer for each account shall not in any one (1) calendar year exceed two percent (2%) of the insurer’s average premiums received in this state on the policies and contracts covered by the account during the three (3) calendar years preceding the year in which the member insurer became an impaired or insolvent insurer;

Assessment Classes

§26-42-107(b). There shall be two (2) assessments as follows: (i) Class A assessments shall be authorized and called to pay administrative and legal costs and other expenses and examinations conducted under the authority of W.S. 26-42-110(e). Class A assessments may be authorized and called whether or not related to a particular impaired or insolvent insurer; (ii) Class B assessments shall be authorized and called as necessary to carry out the powers and duties of the association under W.S. 26-42-106 with regard to an impaired or an insolvent insurer.

Interest Rate Adjustments

§26-42-103(c)(iii). (iii) Excluding any portion of a policy or contract, including a rider, that provides long term care or other health insurance benefits, any portion of a policy or contract to the extent that the rate of interest on which it is based: (A) Averaged over the period of four (4) years prior to the date on which the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under this act, exceeds a rate of interest determined by subtracting two (2) percentage points from Moody’s Corporate Bond Yield Average averaged for that same four (4) year period or for a lesser period if the policy or contract was issued less than four (4) years before the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under this act; and (B) On and after the date on which the member insurer becomes an impaired or insolvent insurer under this act, exceeds the rate of interest determined by subtracting three (3) percentage points from the most recent and available Moody’s Corporate Bond Yield Average.

Tax Offsets

§26-42-111(a). Yes. Member insurers may offset up to 10% of the assessment amount for 10 years following the year in which the assessment was paid; covers all assessments except class A assessments.

Definition of Premium

§ 26-42-102(xv) "Premiums” means amounts received on covered policies or contracts less premiums, considerations and deposits returned thereon, and less dividends and experience credits thereon, but does not include any amounts received for any policies or contracts or for the portions of any policies or contracts for which coverage is not provided by W.S. 26-42-103(b) except that assessable premium shall not be reduced due to W.S. 26-42-103(c)(iii) relating to interest limitations and W.S. 26-42-103(d)(ii) relating to limitations with respect to any one (1) individual, one (1) participant and one (1) policy owner or contract owner. “Premiums” shall not include: (A) Premiums on an unallocated annuity contract; or (B) With respect to multiple nongroup policies of life insurance owned by one (1) owner, whether the policy owner or contract owner is an individual, firm, corporation or other person, and whether the persons insured are officers, managers, employees or other persons, premiums in excess of five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) with respect to these policies or contracts, regardless of the number of policies or contracts held by the owner.

Advertising Prohibition

§26-42-116 “Prohibited advertisement of association chapter in insurance sales; notice” (a) No person including a member 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, in the form of a notice, circular, pamphlet, letter or poster, over any radio station or television station, or in any other way, any advertisement, announcement or written or oral statement which uses the existence of the association of this state for the purpose of sales, solicitation or inducement to purchase any form of insurance or other coverage covered by this act. This subsection shall not apply to the association or any other entity which does not sell or solicit insurance or health maintenance organization coverage.

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