N.Y. Insurance Law Section 3454
Sponsored group personal insurance


(a)

For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1)

“Certificate” or “certificate of insurance” means any policy, contract or other evidence of insurance, or rider or endorsement thereto, issued to a group member under a group policy.

(2)

“Conditional renewal” means any change of limits, change in type of coverage, reduction or elimination of coverage, increased deductible or addition of exclusion, or increased premiums in excess of ten percent (exclusive of any premium increase generated as a result of experience rating, loss rating or retrospective rating).

(3)

“Personal excess insurance” means insurance as defined in paragraph thirteen or fourteen of subsection (a) of § 1113 (Kinds of insurance authorized)section one thousand one hundred thirteen of this chapter, written as an excess insurance policy.

(4)

“Personal property floater insurance” means insurance as defined in subparagraph (C) of paragraph seven of subsection (a) of § 1113 (Kinds of insurance authorized)section one thousand one hundred thirteen of this chapter.

(5)

“Group policy” means a group insurance policy providing personal excess insurance, personal property floater insurance, renters’ insurance, and vintage vehicle insurance, or any combination thereof, insuring sponsor group members.

(6)

“Group policyholder” means a sponsor.

(7)

“Renters’ insurance” means insurance insuring residential property tenants, housing cooperative shareholders, or condominium owners against the contingencies described in subparagraphs (A), (B) and (C), or (B) and (C) of paragraph two of subsection (a) of § 3425 (Certain property/casualty insurance policies)section three thousand four hundred twenty-five of this article.

(8)

“Vintage vehicle insurance” means insurance insuring against losses or liabilities arising out of the ownership, operation, or use of a motor vehicle, and covering a motor vehicle that is antique, classic, or made from a kit. For the purposes of this paragraph: (A) an “antique” motor vehicle means a private passenger motor vehicle that is at least twenty-five years old, and is maintained primarily for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades, or other functions of public interest, and occasionally used for other purposes; and (B) a “classic” motor vehicle is a private passenger motor vehicle that is at least ten years old, may be used on a regular basis, and the motor vehicle’s value is significantly higher than the average value of other motor vehicles of the same make and model year.

(9)

“Sponsor” means: (A) an association, organization, labor union, federation, fraternity, club or similar entity:

(i)

in which the members are engaged in a common pursuit or enterprise;

(ii)

that was formed for purposes other than obtaining insurance;

(iii)

that has been in existence for more than three years;

(iv)

that has twenty-five or more members; and

(v)

that has adopted by-laws or similar governance rules, and a method to enroll or register members; or (B) a bank, corporation, partnership, trust company, or trustee of a trust that owns twenty-five or more residential properties or living units or a tenants’ association, condominium association, or similar organization, with respect to renters’ insurance sold to lessees or occupants of residential properties or living units owned by the bank, corporation, partnership or trust, or who are members of the tenants’ association, condominium association, or similar organization.

(10)

“Sponsor group member” means: (A) an enrolled member, officer, or director of a sponsor; (B) any domestic partner of the enrolled member, officer, or director; (C) any person related to the enrolled member, officer, or director by blood, marriage, adoption, or operation of law, who resides in the same household (including a ward or foster child) or who is a dependent child away at school; or (D) a lessee or occupant of a residential property or living unit owned by a bank, corporation, partnership or trust when the bank, corporation, partnership, trust company, or trustee of the trust is the sponsor, or when the sponsor is a tenants’ association, condominium association, or similar organization.

(b)

A group policy written pursuant to this section may be issued or issued for delivery in this state only in compliance with the provisions of this section.

(c)

The premium for the group policy, including certificates, shall be paid by the sponsor group members. An insurer shall not provide coverage in regard to a group policy that requires the purchase of insurance as a condition of sponsor group membership or imposes any penalty upon a sponsor group member if the sponsor group member does not purchase insurance. If so authorized by the insurer, the sponsor group may aggregate the group members’ premiums and remit them to the insurer or to the licensed insurance agent or broker representing the sponsor group. If an insurer authorizes a sponsor group to aggregate and remit the premiums of sponsor group members, then payment to the sponsor group by a sponsor group member shall be deemed to be payment to the insurer.

(d)

(1) Any policy dividend, retrospective premium credit, or retrospective premium refund not distributed shall be: (A) applied to reduce future premiums and, accordingly, future contributions, of existing or future group sponsor members, or both; or (B) paid or refunded to those sponsor group members insured on the date the payment or refund is made to the group policyholder, if distributed by the group policyholder, or on the date of mailing, if distributed directly by the insurer, subject to the following requirements:

(i)

the insurer shall be responsible for determining the allocation of the payment or refund to the sponsor group members;

(ii)

if the group policyholder distributes the payment or refund, the insurer shall be responsible for audit to ascertain that the payment or refund is actually made in accordance with the allocation procedure; and

(iii)

if the group policyholder fails to make the payment or refund, the insurer shall make the payment or refund directly or use the method provided in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.

(2)

Notwithstanding paragraph one of this subsection, if a dividend accrues upon termination of coverage under a group policy, then the group policyholder shall pay or refund the dividend to the sponsor group members insured on the date the payment or refund is made to the group policyholder.

(e)

The insurer shall treat in like manner all eligible sponsor group members of the same class and sponsor status.

(f)

A group policy or certificate written pursuant to this section shall not be eligible for placement by an excess line broker licensed pursuant to article 21 (Agents, Brokers, Adjusters, Consultants and Intermediaries)article twenty-one of this chapter.

(g)

A group policy written pursuant to this section shall provide separate limits of coverage under the certificate issued to a sponsor group member.

(h)

(1) The insurer shall be responsible for the mailing or delivery of a certificate of insurance to each sponsor group member insured under the group policy. The insurer also shall be responsible for the mailing or delivery to each sponsor group member of any amended certificate of insurance, or endorsement to the certificate, whenever there is a change of limits; change in type of coverage; addition, reduction, or elimination of coverage; or addition of an exclusion, under the group policy or certificate. If so authorized by the insurer, the sponsor group may mail or deliver certificates, endorsements and other coverage notices to the sponsor group members on behalf of the insurer.

(2)

The certificate shall contain in substance all material terms and conditions of coverage afforded to the sponsor group member, unless the group policy is incorporated by reference and a copy of the group policy accompanies the certificate.

(3)

If the coverage afforded to a sponsor group member is excess of other applicable insurance coverage, then the certificate shall contain a notice advising the sponsor group member that, if the member has other insurance coverage, specified coverages under the group policy shall be excess over the other insurance.

(i)

A group policyholder shall comply with the provisions of § 2122 (Advertising by insurance producers)section two thousand one hundred twenty-two of this chapter, in the same manner as an insurance producer, in any advertisement, sign, pamphlet, circular, card, or other public announcement referring to coverage under a group policy or certificate.

(j)

A group policy or certificate shall not be subject to section three thousand four hundred twenty-five or section three thousand four hundred twenty-six of this article. The following requirements shall apply in regard to termination of coverage:

(1)

An insurer may cancel a group policy or certificate only if cancellation is based on one or more of the reasons set forth in paragraph one of subsection (c) of § 3426 (Commercial lines insurance)section three thousand four hundred twenty-six of this article; provided, however, that an act or omission by a sponsor group member that would constitute the basis for cancellation of an individual certificate shall not constitute the basis for cancellation of the group policy.

(2)

(A) An insurer’s cancellation of a group policy, including all certificates, shall not become effective until forty-five days, or twenty days if based upon non-payment of premium, after the insurer mails or delivers written notice of cancellation to the group policyholder at the mailing address shown in the policy, and to the sponsor group member at the sponsor group member’s mailing address. (B) An insurer’s cancellation of an individual certificate shall not become effective until forty-five days after the insurer mails or delivers written notice of cancellation to the sponsor group member at the sponsor group member’s mailing address and to the group policyholder at the mailing address shown in the group policy. (C) (i) A group policyholder may cancel a group policy, including all certificates, or any individual certificate, for any reason, upon ninety days written notice to the insurer and each sponsor group member.

(ii)

The group policyholder shall mail or deliver written notice to each affected group member of the group policyholder’s cancellation of the group policy or certificate and the effective date of cancellation. The group policyholder shall mail or deliver the written notice to the sponsor group member’s mailing address at least ninety days prior to the effective date of the cancellation.

(3)

(A) Unless the group policy provides for a longer policy period, the policy and all certificates shall be issued or renewed for a one-year policy period. (B) The sponsor group member shall be entitled to renew the certificate upon timely payment of the premium billed to the sponsor group member for the renewal, unless:

(i)

the insurer mails or delivers to the sponsor group member written notice of nonrenewal or conditional renewal; and

(ii)

the insurer mails or delivers written notice at least ninety, but not more than two hundred forty days prior to the expiration date specified in the policy or, if the policy does not specify a date, then the next anniversary date of the policy.

(4)

Where the group policyholder nonrenews the group policy, the group policyholder shall mail or deliver written notice to each sponsor group member advising the sponsor group member of nonrenewal of the group policy and the effective date of nonrenewal. The group policy holder shall mail or deliver the written notice at least ninety days prior to the nonrenewal.

(5)

Every notice of cancellation, nonrenewal, or conditional renewal shall contain the specific reason or reasons for cancellation, nonrenewal, or conditional renewal.

(6)

(A) An insurer shall not be required under this subsection to give notice to a sponsor group member if the insurer has been advised by either the group policyholder or another insurer that substantially similar coverage has been obtained from the other insurer without lapse of coverage. (B) A group policyholder shall not be required under this subsection to give notice to sponsor group member if substantially similar coverage has been obtained from another insurer without lapse of coverage.

(k)

If an insurer cancels or nonrenews a renters’ insurance group policy, then the insurer shall offer to convert a certificate to an individual insurance policy, using the insurer’s filed rates and forms for individual policies, for any remaining part of the required policy period set forth in § 3425 (Certain property/casualty insurance policies)section three thousand four hundred twenty-five of this article.

Source: Section 3454 — Sponsored group personal insurance, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/ISC/3454 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 8, 2024).

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Executory contract not a change in interest, title or possession
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Anti-arson application
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Fire insurance contracts
3405
Fire insurance contract
3406
Copy of examination of insured to be delivered to insured
3407
Property insurance
3407‑A
Property/casualty insurance contract and policy standard provisions
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Fire insurance
3409
Distribution of hazardous material report forms
3410
Fire insurance contract
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Automobile physical damage insurance covering private passenger automobiles
3412
Automobile physical damage insurance covering private passenger automobiles
3413
Standard claim forms for fire losses
3414
Reports by insurers of certain casualty loss on property owned or operated by religious organizations
3415
Supplemental claim form to be submitted for certain fire loss claims in excess of ten thousand dollars in a city with a population of one...
3420
Liability insurance
3421
Homeowners’ liability insurance
3422
Hate crimes
3425
Certain property/casualty insurance policies
3426
Commercial lines insurance
3427
Gap insurance
3428
Cancellation of insurance contracts
3429
Geographical location of risks
3429‑A
Geographical location of risks in area serviced by a volunteer fire department
3430
Right of insured, agent or broker aggrieved on basis of geographical location of property or risks
3431
Immunity
3432
Immunity
3433
Termination of contracts or accounts of licensed agents or brokers
3434
Motor vehicle insurance policies
3435
Group property/casualty insurance
3435‑A
Motor vehicle insurance policies
3436
Medical malpractice insurance
3436*2
Group credit unemployment insurance and individual credit unemployment insurance
3436‑A
Adverse action against legal reproductive health care or gender-affirming care
3439
Reinsurance contracts excepted
3440
Insurance covering private passenger motor vehicles
3442
Credit card, debit card, or checking account group policies
3443
Workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance
3444
Flood insurance notice
3445
Windstorm insurance notice
3446
Product or system group insurance policies
3447
Qualification of environmental remediation insurance for tax credit
3448
Involuntary unemployment insurance policies
3449
Wireless communications equipment insurance policies
3450
Insurance for expenses incurred as a result of an act or threatened act of violence
3451
Identity theft group insurance policies
3451*2
Regulations
3452
Group property travel insurance policies
3453
Group policy for service providers listed in a commercial directory
3453*2
Self-service storage company group insurance policies
3453*3
Employer sponsored group personal excess insurance
3454
Sponsored group personal insurance
3455
Transportation network company group insurance policies
3456
Prohibition against cancellation of policy when motor vehicle is used or operated through a transportation network company program
3457
Group insurance policies for certain for hire motor vehicles
3458
Electronic notices and documents
3458*2
Group insurance for peer-to-peer car sharing programs
3459
Car share exclusions for motor vehicle insurance policies
3460
Prohibition against cancellation of policy when motor vehicle is used or operated through a peer-to-peer car sharing program
3461
Notice of claim
3462
Affordable housing underwriting and rating

Accessed:
Jun. 8, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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