(215 ILCS 5/300.1)
(from Ch. 73, par. 912.1)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
The benefit contract.
(a) Every society authorized to do
business in this State shall issue to each owner of a benefit contract a
certificate specifying the amount of benefits provided thereby. The
certificate, together with any riders or endorsements attached thereto,
the laws of the society, the application for membership, the application
for insurance and declaration of insurability, if any, signed by the
applicant and all amendments to each thereof shall constitute the benefit
contract, as of the date of issuance, between the society and the owner,
and the certificate shall so state. A copy of the application for insurance
and declaration of insurability, if any, shall be endorsed upon or attached
to the certificate. All statements on the application shall be
representations and not warranties. Any waiver of this provision shall be void.
(b) Any changes, additions or amendments to the laws of the society duly
made or enacted subsequent to the issuance of the certificate shall bind
the owner and the beneficiaries and shall govern and control the benefit
contract in all respects the same as though such changes, additions or
amendments had been made prior to and were in force at the time of the
application for insurance, except that no change, addition or amendment
shall destroy or diminish benefits which the society contracted to give the
owner as of the date of issuance.
(c) Any person upon whose life a benefit contract is issued prior to
attaining the age of majority shall be bound by the terms of the
application and certificate and by all the laws and rules of the society to
the same extent as though the age of majority had been attained at the
time of application.
(d) A society shall provide in its laws and its certificates that, if its
reserves as to all or any class of certificates become impaired, its board of
directors or corresponding body may require that there shall be paid by
the owner to the society an assessment in the amount of the owner's equitable proportion of
such deficiency as ascertained by its board, and that, if the payment is not
made, either (1) it shall stand as an indebtedness against the certificate
and draw interest not to exceed the rate specified for certificate loans
under the certificates; or (2) in lieu of or in combination with (1), the
owner may accept a proportionate reduction in benefits under the
certificate. However, in no event may an assessment obligation be forgiven, credited, or repaid by whatever means or however labeled by the society in lieu of collection or reduction in benefits, unless provided to all society members and approved in writing by the Director, except that the forgiveness or repayment of any assessments issued by a society that remain outstanding as of January 1, 2015 (the effective date of Public Act 98-814) may be forgiven or repaid by any manner or plan certified by an independent actuary and filed with the Director to make reasonable and adequate provision for the forgiveness or repayment of the assessment to all society members. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a society may fully repay, credit, or forgive an assessment from the date of death of any life insured under a certificate so long as the plan to forgive or repay the assessment is certified by an independent actuary and filed with the Director to make reasonable and adequate provision for the forgiveness or repayment of the assessment to all assessed society members as a result of the death. The society may specify the manner of the election and which
alternative is to be presumed if no election is made. No such assessment shall take effect unless a 30-day notification has been provided to the Director, who shall have the ability to disapprove the assessment only if the Director finds that such assessment is not in the best interests of the benefit members of the domestic society. Disapproval by the Director shall be made within 30 days after receipt of notice and shall be in writing and mailed to the domestic society. If the Director disapproves the assessment, the reasons therefor shall be stated in the written notice.
(e) Copies of any of the documents mentioned in this Section, certified
by the secretary or corresponding officer of the society, shall be received
in evidence of the terms and conditions thereof.
(f) No certificate shall be delivered or issued for delivery in this
State unless a copy of the form has been filed with the Director in the
manner provided for like policies issued by life insurers in this State.
Every life, accident, health or disability insurance certificate and every
annuity certificate issued on or after one year from January 1, 1986 (the effective date of Public Act 84-303)
shall meet the standard contract provision requirements not
inconsistent with Public Act 84-303 for like policies issued by life insurers in
this State except that a society may provide for a grace period for payment
of premiums of one full month in its certificates. The certificate shall
also contain a provision stating the amount of premiums which are payable
under the certificate and a provision reciting or setting forth the
substance of any sections of the society's laws or rules in force at the
time of issuance of the certificate which, if violated, will result in the
termination or reduction of benefits payable under the certificate. If the
laws of the society provide for expulsion or suspension of a member, the
certificate shall also contain a provision that any member so expelled or
suspended, except for nonpayment of a premium or within the contestable
period for material misrepresentation in the application for membership or
insurance, shall have the privilege of maintaining the certificate in force
by continuing payment of the required premium.
(g) Benefit contracts issued on the lives of persons below the society's
minimum age for adult membership may provide for transfer of control or
ownership to the insured at an age specified in the certificate. A society
may require approval of an application for membership in order to effect
this transfer and may provide in all other respect for the regulation,
government and control of such certificates and all rights, obligations and
liabilities incident thereto and connected therewith. Ownership rights
prior to such transfer shall be specified in the certificate.
(h) A society may specify the terms and conditions on which benefit
contracts may be assigned.
(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)