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INSURANCE
(215 ILCS 185/) Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act.

215 ILCS 185/1

    (215 ILCS 185/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17.)

215 ILCS 185/5

    (215 ILCS 185/5)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-22)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. This Act shall require recognition of the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act and require the complete and proper disclosure, transparency, and accountability relating to any method of payment for life insurance, annuity, or retained asset agreement death benefits.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-22)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. This Act shall require recognition of the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act and require the complete and proper disclosure, transparency, and accountability relating to any method of payment for life insurance, annuity, or retained asset agreement death benefits.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17; 100-22, eff. 1-1-18.)

215 ILCS 185/10

    (215 ILCS 185/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Annuity contract" does not include an annuity contract used to fund an employment-based retirement plan or program where (1) the insurer does not perform the record keeping services or (2) the insurer is not committed by the terms of the annuity contract to pay death benefits to the beneficiaries of specific plan participants.
    "Date of death" means the date on which an insured, annuity owner, or retained asset account holder died.
    "Date of death notice" means the date the insurer first has notice of the date of death of an insured, annuity owner, or retained asset account holder. "Date of death notice" includes, but is not limited to, the date the insurer received information or gained knowledge of a Death Master File match or any other source or record maintained or located in insurer records of the death of an insured, annuity owner, or retained asset account holder.
    "Death Master File" means the United States Social Security Administration's Death Master File or any other database or service that is at least as comprehensive as the United States Social Security Administration's Death Master File for determining that a person has reportedly died.
    "Death Master File match" means a match of the social security number or the name and date of birth of an insured, annuity owner, or retained asset account holder resulting from a search of the Death Master File.
    "Department" means the Department of Insurance.
    "Lost policy finder" means a service made available by the Department on its website or otherwise developed by the Department to assist consumers with locating unclaimed life insurance benefits.
    "Policy" means any policy or certificate of life insurance that provides a death benefit. "Policy" does not include any policy or certificate of credit life or accidental death insurance or health coverages, including, but not limited to, disability and long-term care arising from the reported death of a person insured under the coverage, or any policy issued to a group master policyholder for which the insurer does not provide record keeping services.
    "Record keeping services" means services provided under circumstances in which the insurer has agreed with a group policy or annuity contract customer to be responsible for obtaining, maintaining, and administering its own or its agents' systems information about each individual insured under an insured's group insurance contract, or a line of coverage thereunder, including, but not limited to, the following: (1) social security number or name and date of birth, (2) beneficiary designation information, (3) coverage eligibility, (4) benefit amount, and (5) premium payment status.
    "Retained asset account" means any mechanism whereby the settlement of proceeds payable under a policy or annuity contract is accomplished by the insurer or an entity acting on behalf of the insurer depositing the proceeds into an account with check or draft writing privileges, where those proceeds are retained by the insurer or its agent pursuant to a supplementary contract not involving annuity benefits other than death benefits.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17.)

215 ILCS 185/15

    (215 ILCS 185/15)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-22)
    Sec. 15. Insurer conduct.
    (a) An insurer shall initially perform a comparison of its insureds', annuitants', and retained asset account holders' in-force policies, annuity contracts, and retained asset accounts by using the full Death Master File. The initial comparison shall be completed on or before December 31, 2017, unless extended by the Department pursuant to administrative rule. Thereafter, an insurer shall perform a comparison on at least a semi-annual basis using the Death Master File update files for comparisons to identify potential matches of its insureds, annuitants, and retained asset account holders. In the event that one of the insurer's lines of business conducts a search for matches of its insureds, annuitants, and retained asset account holders against the Death Master File at intervals more frequently than semi-annually, then all lines of the insurer's business shall conduct searches for matches against the Death Master File with the same frequency.
    An insured, an annuitant, or a retained asset account holder is presumed dead if the date of his or her death is indicated by the comparison required in this subsection (a), unless the insurer has competent and substantial evidence that the person is living, including, but not limited to, a contact made by the insurer with the person or his or her legal representative.
    For those potential matches identified as a result of a Death Master File match, the insurer shall within 120 days after the date of death notice, if the insurer has not been contacted by a beneficiary, determine whether benefits are due in accordance with the applicable policy or contract and, if benefits are due in accordance with the applicable policy or contract:
        (1) use good faith efforts, which shall be documented
    
by the insurer, to locate the beneficiary or beneficiaries; the Department shall establish by administrative rule minimum standards for what constitutes good faith efforts to locate a beneficiary, which shall include: (A) searching insurer records; (B) the appropriate use of First Class United States mail, e-mail addresses, and telephone calls; and (C) reasonable efforts by insurers to obtain updated contact information for the beneficiary or beneficiaries; good faith efforts shall not include additional attempts to contact the beneficiary at an address already confirmed not to be current; and
        (2) provide the appropriate claims forms or
    
instructions to the beneficiary or beneficiaries to make a claim, including the need to provide an official death certificate if applicable under the policy or annuity contract.
    (b) Insurers shall implement procedures to account for the following when conducting searches of the Death Master File:
        (1) common nicknames, initials used in lieu of a
    
first or middle name, use of a middle name, compound first and middle names, and interchanged first and middle names;
        (2) compound last names, maiden or married names, and
    
hyphens, blank spaces, or apostrophes in last names;
        (3) transposition of the "month" and "date" portions
    
of the date of birth; and
        (4) incomplete social security numbers.
    (c) To the extent permitted by law, an insurer may disclose the minimum necessary personal information about the insured, annuity owner, retained asset account holder, or beneficiary to a person whom the insurer reasonably believes may be able to assist the insurer with locating the beneficiary or a person otherwise entitled to payment of the claims proceeds.
    (d) An insurer or its service provider shall not charge any beneficiary or other authorized representative for any fees or costs associated with a Death Master File search or verification of a Death Master File match conducted pursuant to this Act.
    (e) The benefits from a policy, annuity contract, or a retained asset account, plus any applicable accrued interest, shall first be payable to the designated beneficiaries or owners and, in the event the beneficiaries or owners cannot be found, shall be reported and delivered to the State Treasurer pursuant to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. Nothing in this subsection (e) is intended to alter the amounts reportable under the existing provisions of the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act or to allow the imposition of additional statutory interest under Article XIV of the Illinois Insurance Code.
    (f) Failure to meet any requirement of this Section with such frequency as to constitute a general business practice is a violation of Section 424 of the Illinois Insurance Code. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to create or imply a private cause of action for a violation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-22)
    Sec. 15. Insurer conduct.
    (a) An insurer shall initially perform a comparison of its insureds', annuitants', and retained asset account holders' in-force policies, annuity contracts, and retained asset accounts by using the full Death Master File. The initial comparison shall be completed on or before December 31, 2017, unless extended by the Department pursuant to administrative rule. Thereafter, an insurer shall perform a comparison on at least a semi-annual basis using the Death Master File update files for comparisons to identify potential matches of its insureds, annuitants, and retained asset account holders. In the event that one of the insurer's lines of business conducts a search for matches of its insureds, annuitants, and retained asset account holders against the Death Master File at intervals more frequently than semi-annually, then all lines of the insurer's business shall conduct searches for matches against the Death Master File with the same frequency.
    An insured, an annuitant, or a retained asset account holder is presumed dead if the date of his or her death is indicated by the comparison required in this subsection (a), unless the insurer has competent and substantial evidence that the person is living, including, but not limited to, a contact made by the insurer with the person or his or her legal representative.
    For those potential matches identified as a result of a Death Master File match, the insurer shall within 120 days after the date of death notice, if the insurer has not been contacted by a beneficiary, determine whether benefits are due in accordance with the applicable policy or contract and, if benefits are due in accordance with the applicable policy or contract:
        (1) use good faith efforts, which shall be documented
    
by the insurer, to locate the beneficiary or beneficiaries; the Department shall establish by administrative rule minimum standards for what constitutes good faith efforts to locate a beneficiary, which shall include: (A) searching insurer records; (B) the appropriate use of First Class United States mail, e-mail addresses, and telephone calls; and (C) reasonable efforts by insurers to obtain updated contact information for the beneficiary or beneficiaries; good faith efforts shall not include additional attempts to contact the beneficiary at an address already confirmed not to be current; and
        (2) provide the appropriate claims forms or
    
instructions to the beneficiary or beneficiaries to make a claim, including the need to provide an official death certificate if applicable under the policy or annuity contract.
    (b) Insurers shall implement procedures to account for the following when conducting searches of the Death Master File:
        (1) common nicknames, initials used in lieu of a
    
first or middle name, use of a middle name, compound first and middle names, and interchanged first and middle names;
        (2) compound last names, maiden or married names, and
    
hyphens, blank spaces, or apostrophes in last names;
        (3) transposition of the "month" and "date" portions
    
of the date of birth; and
        (4) incomplete social security numbers.
    (c) To the extent permitted by law, an insurer may disclose the minimum necessary personal information about the insured, annuity owner, retained asset account holder, or beneficiary to a person whom the insurer reasonably believes may be able to assist the insurer with locating the beneficiary or a person otherwise entitled to payment of the claims proceeds.
    (d) An insurer or its service provider shall not charge any beneficiary or other authorized representative for any fees or costs associated with a Death Master File search or verification of a Death Master File match conducted pursuant to this Act.
    (e) The benefits from a policy, annuity contract, or a retained asset account, plus any applicable accrued interest, shall first be payable to the designated beneficiaries or owners and, in the event the beneficiaries or owners cannot be found, shall be reported and delivered to the State Treasurer pursuant to the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Nothing in this subsection (e) is intended to alter the amounts reportable under the existing provisions of the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act or to allow the imposition of additional statutory interest under Article XIV of the Illinois Insurance Code.
    (f) Failure to meet any requirement of this Section with such frequency as to constitute a general business practice is a violation of Section 424 of the Illinois Insurance Code. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to create or imply a private cause of action for a violation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17; 100-22, eff. 1-1-18.)

215 ILCS 185/20

    (215 ILCS 185/20)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-22)
    Sec. 20. Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to amend, modify, or supersede the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act, including the authority of the State Treasurer to examine the records of any person if the State Treasurer has reason to believe that such person has failed to report property that should have been reported pursuant to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-22)
    Sec. 20. Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to amend, modify, or supersede the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, including the authority of the State Treasurer to examine the records of any person if the State Treasurer has reason to believe that such person has failed to report property that should have been reported pursuant to the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17; 100-22, eff. 1-1-18.)

215 ILCS 185/25

    (215 ILCS 185/25)
    Sec. 25. Lost policy finder.
    (a) The Department shall develop and implement a lost policy finder to assist requesters with locating unclaimed life insurance benefits. The lost policy finder shall be available online and via other means. The Department shall assist a requester with using the lost policy finder, including informing the requester of the information that an insurer may need to facilitate responding to the request.
    (b) As soon as practicable, but no later than 30 days after receiving a request from a requester via the lost policy finder, the Department shall:
        (1) forward the request to all insurers deemed
    
necessary by the Department in order to successfully respond to the request; and
        (2) inform the requester that the Department received
    
the request and forwarded the request to all insurers deemed necessary by the Department in order to successfully respond to the request.
    (c) Upon receiving a request forwarded by the Department through a lost policy finder, an insurer shall search for policies and any accounts subject to this Act that insure the life of or are owned by an individual named as the decedent in the request forwarded by the Department.
    (d) Within 30 days after receiving the request referenced in subsection (b) of this Section, or within 45 days after receiving the request where the insurer contracts with another entity to maintain the insurer's records, the insurer shall:
        (1) report to the Department through the lost policy
    
finder the findings of the search conducted pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section;
        (2) for each identified policy and account insuring
    
the life of, or owned by, the individual named as the decedent in the request, provide to a requester who is:
            (A) also the beneficiary of record on the
        
identified policy or account, the information necessary to make a claim pursuant to the terms of the policy or account; and
            (B) not the beneficiary of record on the
        
identified policy or account, the requested information to the extent permissible to be disclosed in accordance with any applicable law, rule, or regulation and take such other steps necessary to facilitate the payment of any benefit that may be due under the identified policy or account.
    (e) The Department shall, within 30 days after receiving from all insurers the information required in item (1) of subsection (d) of this Section, inform the requester of the results of the search.
    (f) When a beneficiary identified in subsection (d) of this Section submits a claim or claims to an insurer, the insurer shall process such claim or claims and make prompt payments and distributions in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
    (g) Within 30 days after the final disposition of the request, an insurer shall report to the Department through the lost policy finder any benefits paid and any other information requested by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17.)

215 ILCS 185/30

    (215 ILCS 185/30)
    Sec. 30. Administrative rules.
    (a) The Department shall adopt rules to administer and implement this Act.
    (b) The Department may limit an insurer's Death Master File comparisons required under Section 15 of this Act to the insurer's electronic searchable files or approve a plan and timeline for conversion of the insurer's files to searchable electronic files upon a demonstration of hardship by the insurer.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17.)

215 ILCS 185/35

    (215 ILCS 185/35)
    Sec. 35. Application. The provisions of this Act apply to policies, annuity contracts, and retained asset accounts in force on or after the effective date of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17.)

215 ILCS 185/40

    (215 ILCS 185/40)
    Sec. 40. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-893, eff. 1-1-17; text omitted.)