(215 ILCS 5/1645)
(a) All persons offering travel insurance to residents of this State are subject to the Unfair Methods of Competition and Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices Article of this Code, except as otherwise provided in this Section. In the event of a conflict between this Article and other provisions of this Code regarding the sale and marketing of travel insurance and travel protection plans, the provisions of this Article shall control.
(b) Offering or selling a travel insurance policy that could never result in payment of any claims for any insured under the policy is an unfair trade practice under Section 424.
(c) Marketing of travel insurance policies shall comply with the following:
(1) All documents provided to consumers before the
purchase of travel insurance, including, but not limited to, sales materials, advertising materials, and marketing materials, shall be consistent with the travel insurance policy itself, including, but not limited to, forms, endorsements, policies, rate filings, and certificates of insurance.
(2) For travel insurance policies or certificates
that contain preexisting condition exclusions, information and an opportunity to learn more about the preexisting condition exclusions shall be provided any time prior to the time of purchase, and in the coverage's fulfillment materials.
(3) The fulfillment materials and the information
described in subparagraphs (A) through (D) of paragraph (1) of subsection (c) of Section 1635 shall be provided to a policyholder or certificate holder as soon as practicable following the purchase of a travel protection plan. Unless the insured has either started a covered trip or filed a claim under the travel insurance coverage, a policyholder or certificate holder may cancel a policy or certificate for a full refund of the travel protection plan price from the date of purchase of a travel protection plan until at least:
(A) 15 days following the date of delivery of the
travel protection plan's fulfillment materials by postal mail; or
(B) 10 days following the date of delivery of the
travel protection plan's fulfillment materials by means other than postal mail. For the purposes of this Section, delivery means handing fulfillment materials to the policyholder or certificate holder or sending fulfillment materials by postal mail or electronic means to the policyholder or certificate holder.
(4) The company shall disclose in the policy
documentation and fulfillment materials whether the travel insurance is primary or secondary to other applicable coverage.
(5) Where travel insurance is marketed directly to
a consumer through an insurer's website or by others through an aggregator site, it shall not be an unfair trade practice or other violation of law where an accurate summary or short description of coverage is provided on the web page, so long as the consumer has access to the full provisions of the policy through electronic means.
(d) No person offering, soliciting, or negotiating travel insurance or travel protection plans on an individual or group basis may do so by using negative option or opt out, which would require a consumer to take an affirmative action to deselect coverage, such as unchecking a box on an electronic form, when the consumer purchases a trip.
(e) It shall be an unfair trade practice under Section 424 to market blanket travel insurance coverage as free.
(f) Where a consumer's destination jurisdiction requires insurance coverage, it shall not be an unfair trade practice to require that a consumer choose between the following options as a condition of purchasing a trip or travel package:
(1) purchasing the coverage required by the
destination jurisdiction through the travel retailer or limited lines travel insurance producer supplying the trip or travel package; or
(2) agreeing to obtain and provide proof of
coverage that meets the destination jurisdiction's requirements before departure.
(Source: P.A. 102-212, eff. 10-28-21