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92_SB0352 LRB9201979JSpc 1 AN ACT relating to low-cost automobile insurance, 2 amending named Acts. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Illinois Insurance Code is amended by 6 adding Article XXXV 1/2 as follows: 7 (215 ILCS 5/Art. XXXV 1/2 heading new) 8 ARTICLE XXXV 1/2. LOW-COST AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE 9 (215 ILCS 5/613.1 new) 10 Sec. 613.1. This Article may be cited as the Low-cost 11 Automobile Insurance Law. 12 (215 ILCS 5/613.5 new) 13 Sec. 613.5. Low-cost automobile insurance program. 14 (a) There is established, within the Illinois Automobile 15 Insurance Plan, a low-cost automobile insurance pilot 16 program. 17 (b) The Director, after a public hearing, shall approve 18 or issue a reasonable plan for the equitable apportionment, 19 among insurers required to participate in the Illinois 20 Automobile Insurance Plan, of persons residing in Illinois 21 who are eligible to purchase through the pilot program 22 established under this Article a low-cost automobile 23 insurance policy, as described in Section 613.10. The pilot 24 program shall be conducted in conjunction with the Illinois 25 Automobile Insurance Plan. 26 (215 ILCS 5/613.10 new) 27 Sec. 613.10. Requirements of the program. A low-cost 28 automobile insurance policy for purposes of the pilot program -2- LRB9201979JSpc 1 established under this Article shall have all of the 2 following attributes: 3 (1) The policy shall offer coverage in the amount 4 of $10,000 for bodily injury to, or death of, each person 5 as a result of any one accident and, subject to that 6 limit as to one person, the amount of $20,000 for bodily 7 injury to, or death of all persons as a result of any one 8 accident, and the amount of $3,000 for damage to property 9 of others as a result of any one accident. 10 (2) The policy shall have an initial term of one 11 year, renewable on an annual basis thereafter. 12 (3) The policy shall cover the person named in the 13 policy, and to the same extent that insurance is provided 14 to the named insured, any other person using the 15 automobile, provided the use is with his or her 16 permission, express or implied, and within the scope of 17 that permission, except that the policy shall not cover 18 members of the named insured's household who do not 19 satisfy the requirements of items (2) through (5) of 20 Section 613.20. 21 (4) The policy shall provide coverage for an 22 automobile with a value, at the time of purchase by the 23 insured, of $12,000 or less, as evidenced by the actual 24 price paid for the automobile. 25 (215 ILCS 5/613.15 new) 26 Sec. 613.15. Annual premium rate. 27 (a) The annual rate offered initially under the pilot 28 program for the low-cost automobile insurance policy, until 29 the time that the rate is adjusted, shall be $410. A 30 surcharge of 25% of the base rate shall be added if the named 31 insured is an unmarried male between the ages of 19 and 24, 32 inclusive, or if an unmarried male between the ages 19 and 33 24, inclusive, resides in the household of the named insured -3- LRB9201979JSpc 1 and will be a driver of the automobile covered under the 2 low-cost policy. 3 (b) In addition to any premium installment options 4 offered by the Illinois Automobile Insurance Plan, the plan 5 shall also make available to insureds under the pilot 6 program, a premium installment option pursuant to which an 7 insured is required to pay $100 upon issuance of the low-cost 8 policy, followed thereafter by 6 other payments. No other 9 premium financing arrangement shall be permitted. 10 (c) Rates for policies issued under the pilot program 11 shall be reviewed and revised as follows: 12 (1) Rates shall be sufficient to cover (A) losses 13 incurred under policies issued under the pilot program, 14 and (B) expenses, including, but not limited to, all 15 reasonable and necessary expenses such as the costs of 16 administration, underwriting, taxes, commissions, and 17 claims adjusting, that are incurred due to participation 18 in this pilot program. For purposes of this paragraph, 19 "losses incurred" means claims paid, claims incurred and 20 reported, and claims incurred but not yet reported. In 21 assessing loss reserves, the Director shall only allow 22 loss reserves that are estimated from actual losses in 23 the pilot program or comparable data by a licensed 24 statistical agent, as adjusted to reflect coverage 25 provided in this pilot program. 26 (2) Rates shall be set so as to result in no 27 projected subsidy of the pilot program by those 28 policyholders of insurers issuing policies under the 29 pilot program who are not participants in the pilot 30 program. 31 (3) Commencing on January 1, 2003, and annually 32 thereafter, the Illinois Automobile Insurance Plan shall 33 submit the loss and expense data, together with a 34 proposed rate for the low-cost automobile policy for the -4- LRB9201979JSpc 1 pilot program, to the Director for approval in accordance 2 with this Article. The Director shall act on the 3 recommendation within 90 days. 4 (215 ILCS 5/613.20 new) 5 Sec. 613.20. Eligibility requirements. A low-cost 6 automobile insurance policy under the pilot program shall 7 only be available for purchase by persons who satisfy all of 8 the following eligibility requirements: 9 (1) The person shall be in a household with a gross 10 annual household income that does not exceed 150% of the 11 federal poverty level. 12 (2) The person shall be no less than 19 years of 13 age and have been continuously licensed to drive an 14 automobile for the previous 3 years. 15 (3) The person shall have not more than one of 16 either, but not both, of the following within the 17 previous 3 years: 18 (A) A property damage only accident in which 19 the driver was principally at fault. 20 (B) A moving violation under the Illinois 21 Vehicle Code. 22 (4) The person shall not have on record within the 23 previous 3 years, an at-fault accident involving bodily 24 injury or death. 25 (5) The person shall not have a felony or 26 misdemeanor conviction for a violation of the Illinois 27 Vehicle Code on his or her motor vehicle record. 28 (6) The person shall not be a college student 29 claimed as a dependent of another person for federal or 30 State income tax purposes. 31 (215 ILCS 5/613.25 new) 32 Sec. 613.25. Application. -5- LRB9201979JSpc 1 (a) Application may be made through any licensed 2 producer. The applicant, in order to demonstrate financial 3 eligibility to purchase a low-cost automobile insurance 4 policy under the pilot program, shall present at the time of 5 applying for the policy, a copy of the applicant's federal or 6 State income tax return for the previous year or other 7 reliable evidence from a governmental agency or governmental 8 means-tested program of the applicant's gross annual 9 household income, pursuant to rules issued under subsection 10 (b) of Section 613.50. 11 (b) The applicant shall certify that the representations 12 made in the documents submitted as proof of financial 13 eligibility and in the application for the policy are true, 14 correct, and contain no material misrepresentations or 15 omissions of fact to the best knowledge and belief of the 16 applicant. 17 (c) The licensed producer shall forward the application, 18 supporting documents, and the applicant's certification to 19 the Illinois Automobile Insurance Plan. 20 (215 ILCS 5/613.30 new) 21 Sec. 613.30. Notice. 22 (a) A Licensed producer shall provide to an applicant 23 for a low-cost automobile insurance policy under this Article 24 a notice relating to coverage under the policy. The notice 25 shall be provided in a separate document at the time of 26 application, and include the following statement in 14-point 27 boldface type: 28 "NOTICE 29 INSURANCE COVERAGE PROVIDED IN THE POLICY YOU ARE BUYING 30 CONTAINS REDUCED LIABILITY COVERAGE FOR PERSONAL INJURIES OR 31 PROPERTY DAMAGE RESULTING FROM THE OPERATION OF THE INSURED 32 VEHICLE. IF LOSSES FROM AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT EXCEED THE 33 COVERAGE PROVIDED BY THIS POLICY, YOU CAN BE HELD PERSONALLY -6- LRB9201979JSpc 1 LIABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE LOSSES. 2 THIS POLICY PROVIDES LIABILITY COVERAGE FOR INJURIES OR 3 DEATH CAUSED TO OTHER PERSONS IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $10,000 4 PER PERSON IN ANY ONE ACCIDENT, AND UP TO A TOTAL AMOUNT OF 5 $20,000 FOR ALL PERSONS IN ANY ONE ACCIDENT. THE POLICY ALSO 6 PROVIDES UP TO A TOTAL AMOUNT OF $3,000 IN LIABILITY COVERAGE 7 FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE IN ANY ONE ACCIDENT. IF YOU WANT MORE 8 INSURANCE COVERAGE, YOU MUST REQUEST A DIFFERENT POLICY. 9 THIS POLICY ALSO DOES NOT COVER DAMAGE TO YOUR OWN 10 VEHICLE, LOSSES RESULTING FROM YOUR BODILY INJURY OR DEATH, 11 OR COVERAGE FOR LOSSES CAUSED BY AN UNINSURED OR UNDERINSURED 12 DRIVER. HOWEVER, THESE OTHER COVERAGES MAY BE AVAILABLE AT 13 EXTRA COST THROUGH OTHER INSURERS. 14 THIS POLICY DOES NOT COVER ANY OTHER DRIVER IN YOUR 15 HOUSEHOLD WHO: 16 (1) IS UNDER 19 YEARS OF AGE; OR 17 (2) HAS LESS THAN 3 YEARS OF CONTINUOUSLY LICENSED 18 DRIVING EXPERIENCE; OR 19 (3) HAS MORE THAN ONE OF EITHER, OR BOTH, OF THE 20 FOLLOWING: 21 (A) A PROPERTY DAMAGE ONLY ACCIDENT IN WHICH 22 THE DRIVER WAS PRINCIPALLY AT FAULT. 23 (B) A POINT FOR A MOVING VIOLATION; OR 24 (4) HAS IN THE PREVIOUS 3 YEARS AN AT-FAULT 25 ACCIDENT INVOLVING BODILY INJURY OR DEATH; OR 26 (5) HAS A FELONY OR MISDEMEANOR CONVICTION FROM A 27 VIOLATION OF THE ILLINOIS VEHICLE CODE ON HIS OR HER 28 MOTOR VEHICLE RECORD.". 29 (b) When the licensed producer establishes delivery of 30 the disclosure form specified in subsection (a) by obtaining 31 the signature of the applicant or insured, there shall be a 32 conclusive presumption that the licensed producer has 33 complied with the disclosure requirements of this Section. -7- LRB9201979JSpc 1 (215 ILCS 5/613.35 new) 2 Sec. 613.35. Producer compensation. For a low-cost 3 automobile insurance policy issued pursuant to the pilot 4 program, licensed producers shall be entitled to the same 5 commission rate as is paid for other polices under the 6 Illinois Automobile Insurance for private passenger, nonfleet 7 risks under. No other fees of any kind may be charged or 8 collected in this regard, and the sale of a low-cost policy 9 under this Article shall not be conditioned on the purchase 10 of any other product or service. 11 (215 ILCS 5/613.40 new) 12 Sec. 613.40. Limitation on cancellation and nonrenewal. 13 (a) A low-cost automobile insurance policy issued 14 pursuant to the pilot program may be canceled only for the 15 following reasons: 16 (1) nonpayment of premium; 17 (2) fraud or material misrepresentation affecting 18 the policy or the insured; 19 (3) the purchase of additional automobile liability 20 insurance coverage in violation of subsection (a) of 21 Section 613.45; or 22 (4) the purchase or maintenance of automobile 23 liability insurance coverage other than a low-cost policy 24 for any additional vehicles in the insured's household, 25 in violation of subsection (b) of Section 613.45. 26 (b) A policy may be nonrenewed only for the following 27 reasons: 28 (1) a substantial increase in the hazard insured 29 against; 30 (2) the insured no longer meets the applicable 31 eligibility requirements. In this regard, the eligibility 32 of an insured shall be recertified by the Illinois 33 Automobile Insurance Plan after the first year of -8- LRB9201979JSpc 1 eligibility, and annually thereafter by the insurer that 2 issued the policy. 3 (215 ILCS 5/613.45 new) 4 Sec. 613.45. Additional liability coverage prohibited. 5 (a) An insured under the pilot program shall not 6 purchase automobile liability insurance coverage that is in 7 addition to the liability coverage provided by the low-cost 8 policy. However, the insured may purchase any other 9 additional type of automobile insurance coverage, such as 10 uninsured motorist coverage or collision coverage outside the 11 plan. 12 (b) An insured under the pilot program shall not 13 purchase or maintain any automobile liability insurance 14 coverage other than a low-cost policy for any additional 15 vehicles in the insured's household. 16 (c) No more than 2 low-cost policies are permitted in an 17 insured's household. 18 (215 ILCS 5/613.50 new) 19 Sec. 613.50. Implementation of the pilot program. 20 (a) The pilot program is authorized to commence 21 operations on January 1, 2002, but shall be fully operational 22 no later than July 1, 2002. 23 (b) To this end, the Director shall adopt rules to 24 implement the provisions of this Article within 60 days after 25 the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General 26 Assembly. The regulations shall be adopted as emergency rules 27 in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. 28 (215 ILCS 5/613.55 new) 29 Sec. 613.55. Minimum required amount of insurance. 30 Notwithstanding the coverage amounts required by Section 31 7-203 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, a low-cost automobile -9- LRB9201979JSpc 1 policy issued under the pilot program shall satisfy the 2 financial responsibility requirements of the Illinois Safety 3 and Family Financial Responsibility Law. 4 (215 ILCS 5/613.60 new) 5 Sec. 613.60. Report on the pilot program. The Illinois 6 Automobile Insurance Plan shall report to the General 7 Assembly on an annual basis, commencing January 1, 2003, and 8 at those additional times as it deems prudent, on the status 9 of the pilot program. 10 (215 ILCS 5/613.95 new) 11 Sec. 613.95. Repeal of Article. This Article is repealed 12 on January 1, 2005. 13 Section 10. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by 14 changing Section 7-203 as follows: 15 (625 ILCS 5/7-203) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 7-203) 16 Sec. 7-203. Requirements as to policy or bond. No such 17 policy or bond referred to in Section 7-202 shall be 18 effective under this Section unless issued by an insurance 19 company or surety company authorized to do business in this 20 State, except that if such motor vehicle was not registered 21 in this State, or was a motor vehicle which was registered 22 elsewhere than in this State at the effective date of the 23 policy or bond, or the most recent renewal thereof, such 24 policy or bond shall not be effective under this Section 25 unless the insurance company or surety company, if not 26 authorized to do business in this State, shall execute a 27 power of attorney authorizing the Secretary of State to 28 accept service on its behalf of notice or process in any 29 action upon such policy or bond arising out of such motor 30 vehicle accident. However, every such policy or bond is -10- LRB9201979JSpc 1 subject, if the motor vehicle accident has resulted in bodily 2 injury or death, to a limit, exclusive of interest and costs, 3 of not less than $20,000 because of bodily injury to or death 4 of any one person in any one motor vehicle accident and, 5 subject to said limit for one person, to a limit of not less 6 than $40,000 because of bodily injury to or death of 2 or 7 more persons in any one motor vehicle accident, and, if the 8 motor vehicle accident has resulted in injury to or 9 destruction of property, to a limit of not less than $15,000 10 because of injury to or destruction of property of others in 11 any one motor vehicle accident. Notwithstanding any other 12 provision of this Section, an automobile insurance policy 13 issued in compliance with Article XXXV 1/2 of the Illinois 14 Insurance Code shall be deemed to meet the requirements of 15 this Section. 16 Upon receipt of a written motor vehicle accident report 17 from the Administrator the insurance company or surety 18 company named in such notice shall notify the Administrator 19 within such time and in such manner as the Administrator may 20 require, in case such policy or bond was not in effect at the 21 time of such motor vehicle accident. 22 (Source: P.A. 85-730.) 23 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 24 becoming law.
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