South Carolina Code of Regulations
Chapter 69 - DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
69-57.3 - Preneed Life Insurance Minimum Standards for Determining Reserve Liabilities and Nonforfeiture Values.

Universal Citation: SC Code Regs 69-57.3

69-57.3. Preneed Life Insurance Minimum Standards for Determining Reserve Liabilities and Nonforfeiture Values.

Section 1. Authority

This regulation is promulgated by the Director of Insurance pursuant to South Carolina Code Sections 38-9-180 and 38-63-510 et seq. as well as Regulation 69-57.

Section 2. Scope

This rule applies to preneed insurance contracts, as defined in section 4 of this regulation, and to similar policies and certificates.

Section 3. Purpose

The purpose of this regulation is to establish for preneed insurance products minimum mortality standards for reserves and nonforfeiture values, and to require the use of the 1980 Commissioners Standard Ordinary (CSO) Life Valuation Mortality Table for use in determining the minimum standard of valuation of reserves and the minimum standard nonforfeiture values for preneed insurance products.

Section 4. Definitions

A. "2001 CSO Mortality Table" means that mortality table, consisting of separate rates of mortality for males and female lives, developed by the American Academy of Actuaries CSO Task Force from the Valuation Basic Mortality Table developed by the Society of Actuaries Individual Life Insurance Valuation Mortality Task Force, and adopted by the NAIC in December 2002. The 2001 CSO Mortality Table is included in the Proceedings of the NAIC (2nd Quarter 2002). Unless the context indicates otherwise, the "2001 CSO Mortality Table" includes both the ultimate form of that table and the select and ultimate form of that table and includes both the smoker and nonsmoker mortality tables and the composite mortality tables. It also includes both the age-nearest-birthday and age-last-birthday bases of the mortality tables.

B. "Ultimate 1980 CSO" means the Commissioners' 1980 Standard Ordinary Life Valuation Mortality Tables (1980 CSO) without ten-year (10-year) selection factors, incorporated into the 1980 amendments to the NAIC Standard Valuation Law approved in December 1983.

C. "Preneed insurance" means any life insurance policy or certificate, which has for its purpose the furnishing or performance of funeral services, or the furnishing or delivery of personal property, merchandise, services of any nature in connection with the final disposition of a dead human body, to be furnished or delivered at a time determinable by the death of the person whose body is to be disposed of, but does not mean the furnishing of a cemetery lot, crypt, niche, mausoleum, grave marker or monument.

Section 5. Minimum Valuation Mortality Standards

For preneed insurance contracts, as defined in section 4C, and similar policies and contracts, the minimum mortality standard for determining reserve liabilities and nonforfeiture values for both male and female insureds shall be the Ultimate 1980 CSO.

Section 6. Minimum Valuation Interest Rate Standards

A. The interest rates used in determining the minimum standard for valuation of preneed insurance shall be the calendar year statutory valuation interest rates as defined in South Carolina Code Section 38-9-180.

B. The interest rates used in determining the minimum standard for nonforfeiture values for preneed insurance shall be the calendar year statutory nonforfeiture interest rates as defined in South Carolina Code Section 38-63-510 et seq.

Section 7. Minimum Valuation Method Standards

A. The method used in determining the standard for the minimum valuation of reserves of preneed insurance shall be the method defined in South Carolina Code Section 38-9-180.

B. The method used in determining the standard for the minimum nonforfeiture values for preneed insurance shall be the method defined in South Carolina Code Section 38-63-510 et seq.

Section 8. Transition Rules

A. For preneed insurance policies issued on or after the effective date of this regulation and before January 1, 2012, the 2001 CSO may be used as the minimum standard for reserves and minimum standard for nonforfeiture benefits for both male and female insureds.

B. If an insurer elects to use the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard for any policy issued on or after the effective date of this regulation and before January 1, 2012, the insurer shall provide, as a part of the actuarial opinion memorandum submitted in support of the company's asset adequacy testing, an annual written notification to the domiciliary commissioner. The notification shall include:

(1) A complete list of all preneed policy forms that use the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard;

(2) A certification signed by the appointed actuary stating that the reserve methodology employed by the company in determining reserves for the preneed policies issued after the effective date and using the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard, develops adequate reserves. (For the purpose of this certification, the preneed insurance policies using the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard cannot be aggregated with any other policies); and

(3) Supporting information regarding the adequacy of reserves for preneed insurance policies issued after the effective date of this regulation and using the 2001 CSO as a minimum standard for reserves.

C. Preneed insurance policies issued on or after January 1, 2012, must use the Ultimate 1980 CSO in the calculation of minimum nonforfeiture values and minimum reserves.

Section 9. Effective Date

This regulation is applicable to preneed insurance policies and certificates and similar contracts and certificates, as specified in section 2, issued on or after January 1, 2009.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 33, Issue No. 4, eff April 24, 2009.

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