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(215 ILCS 5/1630)
As used in this Article:
"Aggregator site" means a website that provides access to information regarding insurance products from more than one insurer, including product and insurer information, for use in comparison shopping.
"Blanket travel insurance" means a policy of travel insurance issued to any eligible group providing coverage for specific classes of persons defined in the policy with coverage provided to all members of the eligible group without a separate charge to individual members of the eligible group.
"Cancellation fee waiver" means a contractual agreement between a supplier of travel services and its customer to waive some or all of the nonrefundable cancellation fee provisions of the supplier's underlying travel contract with or without regard to the reason for the cancellation or form of reimbursement. A "cancellation fee waiver" is not insurance.
"Eligible group", solely for the purposes of travel insurance, means 2 or more persons who are engaged in a common enterprise, or have an economic, educational, or social affinity or relationship, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
(1) any entity engaged in the business of
providing travel or travel services, including, but not limited to: tour operators, lodging providers, vacation property owners, hotels and resorts, travel clubs, travel agencies, property managers, cultural exchange programs, and common carriers or the operator, owner, or lessor of a means of transportation of passengers, including, but not limited to, airlines, cruise lines, railroads, steamship companies, and public bus carriers, wherein with regard to any particular travel or type of travel or travelers, all members or customers of the group must have a common exposure to risk attendant to such travel;
(2) any college, school, or other institution of
learning covering students, teachers, employees, or volunteers;
(3) any employer covering any group of employees,
volunteers, contractors, board of directors, dependents, or guests;
(4) any sports team, camp, or sponsor of any
sports team or camp covering participants, members, campers, employees, officials, supervisors, or volunteers;
(5) any religious, charitable, recreational,
educational, or civic organization, or branch of an organization covering any group of members, participants, or volunteers;
(6) any financial institution or financial
institution vendor, or parent holding company, trustee, or agent of or designated by one or more financial institutions or financial institution vendors, including account holders, credit card holders, debtors, guarantors, or purchasers;
(7) any incorporated or unincorporated
association, including labor unions, having a common interest, constitution and bylaws, and organized and maintained in good faith for purposes other than obtaining insurance for members or participants of such association covering its members;
(8) any trust or the trustees of a fund
established, created, or maintained for the benefit of and covering members, employees or customers, subject to the Director's permitting the use of a trust and the State's premium tax provisions, of one or more associations meeting the requirements of paragraph (7) of this definition;
(9) any entertainment production company covering
any group of participants, volunteers, audience members, contestants, or workers;
(10) any volunteer fire department, ambulance,
rescue, police, court, or any first aid, civil defense, or other such volunteer group;
(11) preschools, day care institutions for
children or adults, and senior citizen clubs;
(12) any automobile or truck rental or leasing
company covering a group of individuals who may become renters, lessees, or passengers defined by their travel status on the rented or leased vehicles. The common carrier, the operator, owner or lessor of a means of transportation, or the automobile or truck rental or leasing company, is the policyholder under a policy to which this Section applies; or
(13) any other group where the Director has
determined that the members are engaged in a common enterprise, or have an economic, educational, or social affinity or relationship, and that issuance of the policy would not be contrary to the public interest.
"Fulfillment materials" means documentation sent to the purchaser of a travel protection plan confirming the purchase and providing the travel protection plan's coverage and assistance details.
"Group travel insurance" means travel insurance issued to any eligible group.
"Limited lines travel insurance producer" means one of the following:
(1) a licensed managing general agent or
(2) a licensed insurance producer, including a
limited lines producer; or
(3) a travel administrator.
"Offering and disseminating" means the following:
(1) Providing information to a prospective or
current policyholder on behalf of a limited lines travel insurance entity, including brochures, buyer guides, descriptions of coverage, and price.
(2) Referring specific questions regarding coverage
features and benefits from a prospective or current policyholder to a limited lines travel insurance entity.
(3) Disseminating and processing applications for
coverage, coverage selection forms, or other similar forms in response to a request from a prospective or current policyholder.
(4) Collecting premiums from a prospective or
current policyholder on behalf of a limited lines travel insurance entity.
(5) Receiving and recording information from a
policyholder to share with a limited lines travel insurance entity.
"Primary policyholder" means an individual person who elects and purchases individual travel insurance.
"Travel administrator" means a person who directly or indirectly underwrites, collects charges, collateral, or premiums from, or adjusts or settles claims on residents of this State in connection with travel insurance, except that a person shall not be considered a travel administrator if that person's only actions that would otherwise cause the person to be considered a travel administrator are among the following:
(1) a person working for a travel administrator to
the extent that the person's activities are subject to the supervision and control of the travel administrator;
(2) an insurance producer selling insurance or
engaged in administrative and claims-related activities within the scope of the producer's license;
(3) a travel retailer offering and disseminating
travel insurance and registered under the license of a limited lines travel insurance producer in accordance with Section 1635;
(4) an individual adjusting or settling claims in
the normal course of that individual's practice or employment as an attorney-at-law and who does not collect charges or premiums in connection with insurance coverage; or
(5) a business entity that is affiliated with a
licensed insurer while acting as a travel administrator for the direct and assumed insurance business of an affiliated insurer.
"Travel assistance services" means noninsurance services for which the consumer is not indemnified based on a fortuitous event, and where providing the service does not result in transfer or shifting of risk that would constitute the business of insurance. "Travel assistance services" include, but are not limited to: security advisories; destination information; vaccination and immunization information services; travel reservation services; entertainment; activity and event planning; translation assistance; emergency messaging; international legal and medical referrals; medical case monitoring; coordination of transportation arrangements; emergency cash transfer assistance; medical prescription replacement assistance; passport and travel document replacement assistance; lost luggage assistance; concierge services; and any other service that is furnished in connection with planned travel. "Travel assistance services" are not insurance and are not related to insurance.
"Travel insurance" means insurance coverage for personal risks incident to planned travel, including, but not limited to:
(1) the interruption or cancellation of a trip or
(2) the loss of baggage or personal effects;
(3) damages to accommodations or rental vehicles;
(4) sickness, accident, disability, or death
(5) emergency evacuation;
(6) repatriation of remains; or
(7) any other contractual obligations to indemnify
or pay a specified amount to the traveler upon determinable contingencies related to travel as approved by the Director.
"Travel insurance" does not include major medical plans that provide comprehensive medical protection for travelers with trips lasting 6 months or longer, including those working overseas as expatriates or as military personnel on deployment.
"Travel insurance business entity" means a licensed insurance producer designated by an insurer as set forth in subsection (h) of Section 1635.
"Travel protection plans" means plans that provide one or more of the following: travel insurance, travel assistance services, and cancellation fee waivers.
"Travel retailer" means a business organization that makes, arranges, or offers travel services and, with respect to travel insurance, is limited to offering and disseminating as defined in this Section, unless otherwise licensed under subsection (b) of Section 1635.
(Source: P.A. 102-212, eff. 10-28-21