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INSURANCE
(215 ILCS 5/) Illinois Insurance Code.

215 ILCS 5/903

    (215 ILCS 5/903) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.603)
    Sec. 903. Certificates Required.) Each group legal expense insurance policy shall provide that the insurer shall issue to the employer, or to the executive officer or trustee of the association, for delivery to the employee, member or employee of a member, who is insured under such policy, an individual certificate setting forth a statement as to the insurance protection to which he or she is entitled and to whom payable, if appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 81-1361.)

215 ILCS 5/904

    (215 ILCS 5/904) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.604)
    Sec. 904. New Members of Group.) Each group legal expense insurance policy shall provide that to the group or class thereof originally insured shall be added from time to time all new employees of the employer, members of the association or employees of members eligible to and applying for insurance in such group or class, but participation in the group plan shall not be required as a condition of employment, nor shall any member not participating in the plan be coerced or discriminated against.
(Source: P.A. 81-1361.)

215 ILCS 5/905

    (215 ILCS 5/905) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.605)
    Sec. 905. Conversion Rights.) Each group legal expense insurance policy shall provide that any member of the group shall have the right to convert his group policy to an individual standard policy of insurance in the same company as offered by the insurer to the non-group insureds upon termination of his connection with the group extending to him or her the same limits of coverage.
(Source: P.A. 81-1361.)

215 ILCS 5/906

    (215 ILCS 5/906) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.606)
    Sec. 906. Cancellation Restricted. An insurer may not cancel the coverage of an individual member of a group to which the insurer provides coverage under a group legal expense insurance policy except for the nonpayment of premium by such member, or the group policyholder if premium is paid or collected by it for transmittal to the insurer or unless the insurance for the entire group is cancelled. In the event of cancellation the insurer shall:
    (1) If it has in its actual possession the names and addresses of individual members insured under such group legal expense insurance policy, deliver to the individual member written notice of cancellation stating when, not less than 30 days thereafter, such cancellation shall be effective provided, however, that if such cancellation is the result of nonpayment of premium by such member or the group policyholder, a notice of 10 days shall be sufficient.
    (2) In the event the insurer does not administer the group legal expense insurance policy and is not in actual possession of the names and addresses of individual members insured under such policy, the insurer shall deliver to the employer or to the executive officer or trustee of the association for delivery to the employee, member or employee of a member who is insured under such policy individual notice of cancellation forms stating when, not less than 30 days thereafter, such cancellation shall be effective provided, however, that if such cancellation is the result of nonpayment of premium a notice of 10 days shall be sufficient. The insurer shall not be required to furnish notice of cancellation under this Section to the group policyholder when an individual member's insurance is terminated by reason of nonpayment of premium unless it has specific knowledge of the individual's failure to pay premium.
    Delivery shall be considered effective by the mailing of such notice if subsection (1) above is applicable to the last address of the member as shown on the records of the insurer, and under subsection (2) by the mailing of such notice to the last address of the group policyholder as shown on the records of the insurer.
(Source: P.A. 81-1361.)

215 ILCS 5/Art. XL

 
    (215 ILCS 5/Art. XL heading)
ARTICLE XL. INSURANCE INFORMATION
AND PRIVACY PROTECTION

215 ILCS 5/1001

    (215 ILCS 5/1001) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.701)
    Sec. 1001. Purpose. The purpose of this Article is to establish standards for the collection, use and disclosure of information gathered in connection with insurance transactions by insurance institutions, agents or insurance-support organizations; to maintain a balance between the need for information by those conducting the business of insurance and the public's need for fairness in insurance information practices, including the need to minimize intrusiveness; to establish a regulatory mechanism to enable natural persons to ascertain what information is being or has been collected about them in connection with insurance transactions and to have access to such information for the purpose of verifying or disputing its accuracy; to limit the disclosure of information collected in connection with insurance transactions; and to enable insurance applicants and policyholders to obtain the reasons for any adverse underwriting decision. Further, this Article shall grant the Director the authority to enforce Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (Public Law 106-102, 106th Congress).
(Source: P.A. 92-556, eff. 6-24-02.)

215 ILCS 5/1002

    (215 ILCS 5/1002) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.702)
    Sec. 1002. Scope. (A) The obligations imposed by this Article shall apply to those insurance institutions, agents or insurance-support organizations which, on or after the effective date of this Article:
    (1) in the case of life, health or disability insurance:
    (a) collect, receive or maintain information in connection with insurance transactions which pertains to natural persons who are residents of this State, or
    (b) engage in insurance transactions with applicants, individuals or policyholders who are residents of this State, and
    (2) in the case of property or casualty insurance:
    (a) collect, receive or maintain information in connection with insurance transactions involving policies, contracts or certificates of insurance delivered, issued for delivery or renewed in this State, or
    (b) engage in insurance transactions involving policies, contracts or certificates of insurance delivered, issued for delivery or renewed in this State.
    (B) The rights granted by this Article shall extend to:
    (1) in the case of life, health or disability insurance, the following persons who are residents of this State:
    (a) natural persons who are the subject of information collected, received or maintained in connection with insurance transactions, and
    (b) applicants, individuals or policyholders who engage in or seek to engage in insurance transactions, and
    (2) in the case of property or casualty insurance, the following persons:
    (a) natural persons who are the subject of information collected, received or maintained in connection with insurance transactions involving policies, contracts or certificates of insurance delivered, issued for delivery or renewed in this State, and
    (b) applicants, individuals or policyholders who engage in or seek to engage in insurance transactions involving policies, contracts or certificates of insurance delivered, issued for delivery or renewed in this State.
    (C) For purposes of this Section, a person shall be considered a resident of this State if the person's last known mailing address, as shown in the records of the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization, is located in this State.
    (D) Notwithstanding subsections (A) and (B) above, this Article shall not apply to information collected from the public records of a governmental authority and maintained by an insurance institution or its representatives for the purpose of insuring the title to real property located in this State.
(Source: P.A. 81-1430.)

215 ILCS 5/1003

    (215 ILCS 5/1003) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.703)
    Sec. 1003. Definitions. As used in this Article:
    (A) "Adverse underwriting decision" means:
        (1) any of the following actions with respect to
    
insurance transactions involving insurance coverage which is individually underwritten:
            (a) a declination of insurance coverage,
            (b) a termination of insurance coverage,
            (c) failure of an agent to apply for insurance
        
coverage with a specific insurance institution which the agent represents and which is requested by an applicant,
            (d) in the case of a property or casualty
        
insurance coverage:
                (i) placement by an insurance institution or
            
agent of a risk with a residual market mechanism, an unauthorized insurer or an insurance institution which specializes in substandard risks, or
                (ii) the charging of a higher rate on the
            
basis of information which differs from that which the applicant or policyholder furnished, or
            (e) in the case of life, health or disability
        
insurance coverage, an offer to insure at higher than standard rates.
        (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) above, the
    
following actions shall not be considered adverse underwriting decisions but the insurance institution or agent responsible for their occurrence shall nevertheless provide the applicant or policyholder with the specific reason or reasons for their occurrence:
            (a) the termination of an individual policy form
        
on a class or statewide basis,
            (b) a declination of insurance coverage solely
        
because such coverage is not available on a class or statewide basis, or
            (c) the rescission of a policy.
    (B) "Affiliate" or "affiliated" means a person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by or is under common control with another person.
    (C) "Agent" means an individual, firm, partnership, association or corporation who is involved in the solicitation, negotiation or binding of coverages for or on applications or policies of insurance, covering property or risks located in this State. For the purposes of this Article, both "Insurance Agent" and "Insurance Broker", as defined in Section 490, shall be considered an agent.
    (D) "Applicant" means any person who seeks to contract for insurance coverage other than a person seeking group insurance that is not individually underwritten.
    (E) "Director" means the Director of Insurance.
    (F) "Consumer report" means any written, oral or other communication of information bearing on a natural person's credit worthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, character, general reputation, personal characteristics or mode of living which is used or expected to be used in connection with an insurance transaction.
    (G) "Consumer reporting agency" means any person who:
        (1) regularly engages, in whole or in part, in the
    
practice of assembling or preparing consumer reports for a monetary fee,
        (2) obtains information primarily from sources other
    
than insurance institutions, and
        (3) furnishes consumer reports to other persons.
    (H) "Control", including the terms "controlled by" or "under common control with", means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract other than a commercial contract for goods or nonmanagement services, or otherwise, unless the power is the result of an official position with or corporate office held by the person.
    (I) "Declination of insurance coverage" means a denial, in whole or in part, by an insurance institution or agent of requested insurance coverage.
    (J) "Individual" means any natural person who:
        (1) in the case of property or casualty insurance, is
    
a past, present or proposed named insured or certificateholder;
        (2) in the case of life, health or disability
    
insurance, is a past, present or proposed principal insured or certificateholder;
        (3) is a past, present or proposed policyowner;
        (4) is a past or present applicant;
        (5) is a past or present claimant; or
        (6) derived, derives or is proposed to derive
    
insurance coverage under an insurance policy or certificate subject to this Article.
    (K) "Institutional source" means any person or governmental entity that provides information about an individual to an agent, insurance institution or insurance-support organization, other than:
        (1) an agent,
        (2) the individual who is the subject of the
    
information, or
        (3) a natural person acting in a personal capacity
    
rather than in a business or professional capacity.
    (L) "Insurance institution" means any corporation, association, partnership, reciprocal exchange, inter-insurer, Lloyd's insurer, fraternal benefit society or other person engaged in the business of insurance, health maintenance organizations as defined in Section 2 of the Health Maintenance Organization Act, voluntary health services plans as defined in Section 2 of the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act, and dental service plans as defined in Section 4 of the Dental Service Plan Act. "Insurance institution" shall not include agents or insurance-support organizations.
    (M) "Insurance-support organization" means:
        (1) any person who regularly engages, in whole or in
    
part, in the practice of assembling or collecting information about natural persons for the primary purpose of providing the information to an insurance institution or agent for insurance transactions, including:
            (a) the furnishing of consumer reports or
        
investigative consumer reports to an insurance institution or agent for use in connection with an insurance transaction, or
            (b) the collection of personal information from
        
insurance institutions, agents or other insurance-support organizations for the purpose of detecting or preventing fraud, material misrepresentation or material nondisclosure in connection with insurance underwriting or insurance claim activity.
        (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) above, the
    
following persons shall not be considered "insurance-support organizations" for purposes of this Article: agents, government institutions, insurance institutions, medical care institutions and medical professionals.
    (N) "Insurance transaction" means any transaction involving insurance primarily for personal, family or household needs rather than business or professional needs which entails:
        (1) the determination of an individual's eligibility
    
for an insurance coverage, benefit or payment, or
        (2) the servicing of an insurance application,
    
policy, contract or certificate.
    (O) "Investigative consumer report" means a consumer report or portion thereof in which information about a natural person's character, general reputation, personal characteristics or mode of living is obtained through personal interviews with the person's neighbors, friends, associates, acquaintances or others who may have knowledge concerning such items of information.
    (P) "Medical-care institution" means any facility or institution that is licensed to provide health care services to natural persons, including but not limited to: hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home-health agencies, medical clinics, rehabilitation agencies and public-health agencies and health-maintenance organizations.
    (Q) "Medical professional" means any person licensed or certified to provide health care services to natural persons, including but not limited to, a physician, dentist, nurse, optometrist, chiropractor, naprapath, pharmacist, physical or occupational therapist, psychiatric social worker, speech therapist, clinical dietitian or clinical psychologist.
    (R) "Medical-record information" means personal information which:
        (1) relates to an individual's physical or mental
    
condition, medical history or medical treatment, and
        (2) is obtained from a medical professional or
    
medical-care institution, from the individual, or from the individual's spouse, parent or legal guardian.
    (S) "Person" means any natural person, corporation, association, partnership or other legal entity.
    (T) "Personal information" means any individually identifiable information gathered in connection with an insurance transaction from which judgments can be made about an individual's character, habits, avocations, finances, occupation, general reputation, credit, health or any other personal characteristics. "Personal information" includes an individual's name and address and "medical-record information" but does not include "privileged information".
    (U) "Policyholder" means any person who:
        (1) in the case of individual property or casualty
    
insurance, is a present named insured;
        (2) in the case of individual life, health or
    
disability insurance, is a present policyowner; or
        (3) in the case of group insurance which is
    
individually underwritten, is a present group certificateholder.
    (V) "Pretext interview" means an interview whereby a person, in an attempt to obtain information about a natural person, performs one or more of the following acts:
        (1) pretends to be someone he or she is not,
        (2) pretends to represent a person he or she is not
    
in fact representing,
        (3) misrepresents the true purpose of the interview,
    
or
        (4) refuses to identify himself or herself upon
    
request.
    (W) "Privileged information" means any individually identifiable information that: (1) relates to a claim for insurance benefits or a civil or criminal proceeding involving an individual, and (2) is collected in connection with or in reasonable anticipation of a claim for insurance benefits or civil or criminal proceeding involving an individual; provided, however, information otherwise meeting the requirements of this subsection shall nevertheless be considered "personal information" under this Article if it is disclosed in violation of Section 1014 of this Article.
    (X) "Residual market mechanism" means an association, organization or other entity described in Article XXXIII of this Act, or Section 7-501 of The Illinois Vehicle Code.
    (Y) "Termination of insurance coverage" or "termination of an insurance policy" means either a cancellation or nonrenewal of an insurance policy, in whole or in part, for any reason other than the failure to pay a premium as required by the policy.
    (Z) "Unauthorized insurer" means an insurance institution that has not been granted a certificate of authority by the Director to transact the business of insurance in this State.
(Source: P.A. 90-7, eff. 6-10-97; 90-177, eff. 7-23-97; 90-372, eff. 7-1-98; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

215 ILCS 5/1004

    (215 ILCS 5/1004) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.704)
    Sec. 1004. Pretext Interviews. No insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization shall use or authorize the use of pretext interviews to obtain information in connection with an insurance transaction; provided, however, a pretext interview may be undertaken to obtain information from a person or institution that does not have a generally or statutorily recognized privileged relationship with the person about whom the information relates for the purpose of investigating a claim where, based upon specific information available for review by the Director, there is a reasonable basis for suspecting criminal activity, fraud, material misrepresentation or material nondisclosure in connection with the claim.
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1005

    (215 ILCS 5/1005) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.705)
    Sec. 1005. Notice of Insurance Information Practices. (A) An insurance institution or agent shall provide a notice of information practices to all applicants or policyholders in connection with insurance transactions as provided below:
    (1) in the case of an application for insurance, a notice shall be provided no later than:
    (a) at the time of the delivery of the insurance policy or certificate when personal information is collected only from the applicant or from public records, or
    (b) at the time the collection of personal information is initiated when personal information is collected from a source other than the applicant or public records;
    (2) in the case of a policy renewal, a notice shall be provided no later than the policy renewal date, except that no notice shall be required in connection with a policy renewal if:
    (a) personal information is collected only from the policyholder or from public records, or
    (b) a notice meeting the requirements of this Section has been given within the previous 24 months; or
    (3) in the case of a policy reinstatement or change in insurance benefits, a notice shall be provided no later than the time a request for a policy reinstatement or change in insurance benefits is received by the insurance institution, except that no notice shall be required if personal information is collected only from the policyholder or from public records.
    (B) The notice required by subsection (A) shall be in writing and shall state:
    (1) whether personal information may be collected from persons other than the individual or individuals proposed for coverage;
    (2) the types of personal information that may be collected and the types of sources and investigative techniques that may be used to collect such information;
    (3) the types of disclosures identified in subsections (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), (I), (K), (L) and (N) of Section 1014 of this Article and the circumstances under which such disclosures may be made without prior authorization; provided, however, only those circumstances need be described which occur with such frequency as to indicate a general business practice;
    (4) a description of the rights established under Sections 1009 and 1010 of this Article and the manner in which such rights may be exercised; and
    (5) that information obtained from a report prepared by an insurance-support organization may be retained by the insurance-support organization and disclosed to other persons.
    (C) In lieu of the notice prescribed in subsection (B), the insurance institution or agent may provide an abbreviated notice informing the applicant or policyholder that:
    (1) personal information may be collected from persons other than the individual or individuals proposed for coverage,
    (2) such information as well as other personal or privileged information subsequently collected by the insurance institution or agent may in certain circumstances be disclosed to third parties without authorization,
    (3) a right of access and correction exists with respect to all personal information collected, and
    (4) the notice prescribed in subsection (B) will be furnished to the applicant or policyholder upon request.
    (D) The obligations imposed by this Section upon an insurance institution or agent may be satisfied by another insurance institution or agent authorized to act on its behalf.
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1006

    (215 ILCS 5/1006) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.706)
    Sec. 1006. Marketing and Research Surveys. An insurance institution or agent shall clearly specify those questions designed to obtain information solely for marketing or research purposes from an individual in connection with an insurance transaction.
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1007

    (215 ILCS 5/1007) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.707)
    Sec. 1007. Content of Disclosure Authorization Forms. Notwithstanding any other provision of law of this State, no insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization may utilize as its disclosure authorization form in connection with insurance transactions a form or statement which authorizes the disclosure of personal or privileged information about an individual to the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization unless the form or statement:
    (A) is written in plain language;
    (B) is dated;
    (C) specifies the types of persons authorized to disclose information about the individual;
    (D) specifies the nature of the information authorized to be disclosed;
    (E) names the insurance institution or agent and identifies by generic reference representatives of the insurance institution to whom the individual is authorizing information to be disclosed;
    (F) specifies the purposes for which the information is collected;
    (G) specifies the length of time such authorization shall remain valid, which shall be no longer than:
    (1) in the case of authorizations signed for the purpose of collecting information in connection with an application for an insurance policy, a policy reinstatement or a request for change in policy benefits:
    (a) 30 months from the date the authorization is signed if the application or request involves life, health or disability insurance,
    (b) one year from the date the authorization is signed if the application or request involves property or casualty insurance;
    (2) in the case of authorizations signed for the purpose of collecting information in connection with a claim for benefits under an insurance policy,
    (a) the term of coverage of the policy if the claim is for a health insurance benefit,
    (b) the duration of the claim if the claim is not for a health insurance benefit; and
    (H) advises the individual or a person authorized to act on behalf of the individual that the individual or the individual's authorized representative is entitled to receive a copy of the authorization form.
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1008

    (215 ILCS 5/1008) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.708)
    Sec. 1008. Investigative Consumer Reports. (A) No insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization may prepare or request an investigative consumer report about an individual in connection with an insurance transaction involving an application for insurance, a policy renewal, a policy reinstatement or a change in insurance benefits unless the insurance institution or agent informs the individual:
    (1) that he or she may request to be interviewed in connection with the preparation of the investigative consumer report, and
    (2) that upon a request pursuant to Section 1009, he or she is entitled to receive a copy of the investigative consumer report.
    (B) If an investigative consumer report is to be prepared by an insurance institution or agent, the insurance institution or agent shall institute reasonable procedures to conduct a personal interview requested by an individual.
    (C) If an investigative consumer report is to be prepared by an insurance-support organization, the insurance institution or agent desiring such report shall inform the insurance-support organization whether a personal interview has been requested by the individual. The insurance-support organization shall institute reasonable procedures to conduct such interviews, if requested.
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1009

    (215 ILCS 5/1009) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.709)
    Sec. 1009. Access to Recorded Personal Information. (A) If any individual, after proper identification, submits a written request to an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization for access to recorded personal information about the individual which is reasonably described by the individual and reasonably locatable and retrievable by the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization, the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization shall within 30 business days from the date such request is received:
    (1) inform the individual of the nature and substance of such recorded personal information in writing, by telephone or by other oral communication, whichever the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization prefers;
    (2) permit the individual to see and copy, in person, such recorded personal information pertaining to him or her or to obtain a copy of such recorded personal information by mail, whichever the individual prefers, unless such recorded personal information is in coded form, in which case an accurate translation in plain language shall be provided in writing;
    (3) disclose to the individual the identity, if recorded, of those persons to whom the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization has disclosed such personal information within 2 years prior to such request, and if the identity is not recorded, the names of those insurance institutions, agents, insurance-support organizations or other persons to whom such information is normally disclosed; and
    (4) provide the individual with a summary of the procedures by which he or she may request correction, amendment or deletion of recorded personal information.
    (B) Any personal information provided pursuant to subsection (A) above shall identify the source of the information if such source is an institutional source.
    (C) Medical-record information supplied by a medical-care institution or medical professional and requested under subsection (A), together with the identity of the medical professional or medical care institution which provided such information, shall be supplied either directly to the individual or to a medical professional designated by the individual and licensed to provide medical care with respect to the condition to which the information relates, whichever the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization prefers. If it elects to disclose the information to a medical professional designated by the individual, the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization shall notify the individual, at the time of the disclosure, that it has provided the information to the medical professional.
    (D) Except for personal information provided under Section 1011, an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization may charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs incurred in providing a copy of recorded personal information to individuals.
    (E) The obligations imposed by this Section upon an insurance institution or agent may be satisfied by another insurance institution or agent authorized to act on its behalf. With respect to the copying and disclosure of recorded personal information pursuant to a request under subsection (A), an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization may make arrangements with an insurance-support organization or a consumer reporting agency to copy and disclose recorded personal information on its behalf.
    (F) The rights granted to individuals in this Section shall extend to all natural persons to the extent information about them is collected and maintained by an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization in connection with an insurance transaction. The rights granted to all natural persons by this subsection shall not extend to information about them that relates to and is collected in connection with or in reasonable anticipation of a claim or civil or criminal proceeding involving them.
    (G) For purposes of this Section, the term "insurance-support organization" does not include "consumer reporting agency".
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1010

    (215 ILCS 5/1010) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.710)
    Sec. 1010. Correction, Amendment or Deletion of Recorded Personal Information. (A) Within 30 business days from the date of receipt of a written request from an individual to correct, amend or delete any recorded personal information about the individual within its possession, an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization shall either:
    (1) correct, amend or delete the portion of the recorded personal information in dispute; or
    (2) notify the individual of:
    (a) its refusal to make such correction, amendment or deletion,
    (b) the reasons for the refusal, and
    (c) the individual's right to file a statement as provided in subsection (C).
    (B) If the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization corrects, amends or deletes recorded personal information in accordance with paragraph (1) of subsection (A) above, the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization shall so notify the individual in writing and furnish the correction, amendment or fact of deletion to:
    (1) any person specifically designated by the individual who may have, within the preceding 2 years, received such recorded personal information;
    (2) any insurance-support organization whose primary source of personal information is insurance institutions, if the insurance-support organization has systematically received such recorded personal information from the insurance institution within the preceding 7 years; provided, however, that the correction, amendment or fact of deletion need not be furnished if the insurance-support organization no longer maintains recorded personal information about the individual; and
    (3) any insurance-support organization that furnished the personal information that has been corrected, amended or deleted.
    (C) Whenever an individual disagrees with an insurance institution's, agent's or insurance-support organization's refusal to correct, amend or delete recorded personal information, the individual shall be permitted to file with the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization:
    (1) a concise statement setting forth what the individual thinks is the correct, relevant or fair information, and
    (2) a concise statement of the reasons why the individual disagrees with the insurance institution's, agent's or insurance-support organization's refusal to correct, amend or delete recorded personal information.
    (D) In the event an individual files either statement as described in subsection (C) above, the insurance institution, agent or support organization shall:
    (1) file the statement with the disputed personal information and provide a means by which anyone reviewing the disputed personal information will be made aware of the individual's statement and have access to it, and
    (2) in any subsequent disclosure by the insurance institution, agent or support organization of the recorded personal information that is the subject of disagreement, clearly identify the matter or matters in dispute and provide the individual's statement along with the recorded personal information being disclosed; and
    (3) furnish the statement to the persons and in the manner specified in subsection (B) above.
    (E) The rights granted to individuals in this Section shall extend to all natural persons to the extent information about them is collected and maintained by an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization in connection with an insurance transaction. The rights granted to all natural persons by this subsection shall not extend to information about them that relates to and is collected in connection with or in reasonable anticipation of a claim or civil or criminal proceeding involving them.
    (F) For purposes of this Section, the term "insurance-support organization" does not include "consumer reporting agency".
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1011

    (215 ILCS 5/1011) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.711)
    Sec. 1011. Reasons for Adverse Underwriting Decisions. (A) In the event of an adverse underwriting decision the insurance institution or agent responsible for the decision shall:
    (1) either provide the applicant, policyholder or individual proposed for coverage with the specific reason or reasons for the adverse underwriting decision in writing or advise such person that upon written request he or she may receive the specific reason or reasons in writing, and
    (2) provide the applicant, policyholder or individual proposed for coverage with a summary of the rights established under subsection (B) and Sections 1009 and 1010 of this Article.
    (B) Upon receipt of a written request within 90 business days from the date of the mailing of notice or other communication of an adverse underwriting decision to an applicant, policyholder or individual proposed for coverage, the insurance institution or agent shall furnish to such person within 21 business days from the date of receipt of such written request:
    (1) the specific reason or reasons for the adverse underwriting decision, in writing, if such information was not initially furnished in writing pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection (A);
    (2) the specific items of personal and privileged information that support those reasons; provided, however:
    (a) the insurance institution or agent shall not be required to furnish specific items of privileged information if it has reasonable suspicion, based upon specific information available for review by the Director, that the applicant, policyholder or individual proposed for coverage has engaged in criminal activity, fraud, material misrepresentation or material nondisclosure, and
    (b) specific items of medical-record information supplied by a medical-care institution or medical professional shall be disclosed either directly to the individual about whom the information relates or to a medical professional designated by the individual and licensed to provide medical care with respect to the condition to which the information relates, whichever the insurance institution or agent prefers; and
    (3) the names and addresses of the institutional sources that supplied the specific items of information pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection (B); provided, however, that the identity of any medical professional or medical-care institution shall be disclosed either directly to the individual or to the designated medical professional, whichever the insurance institution or agent prefers.
    (C) The obligations imposed by this Section upon an insurance institution or agent may be satisfied by another insurance institution or agent authorized to act on its behalf.
    (D) When an adverse underwriting decision results solely from an oral request or inquiry, the explanation of reasons and summary of rights required by subsection (A) may be given orally.
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1012

    (215 ILCS 5/1012) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.712)
    Sec. 1012. Information Concerning Previous Adverse Underwriting Decisions. No insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization may seek information in connection with an insurance transaction concerning:
    (A) any previous adverse underwriting decision experienced by an individual, or
    (B) any previous insurance coverage obtained by an individual through a residual market mechanism,
unless such inquiry also requests the reasons for any previous adverse underwriting decision or the reasons why insurance coverage was previously obtained through a residual market mechanism.
(Source: P.A. 81-1430.)

215 ILCS 5/1013

    (215 ILCS 5/1013) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.713)
    Sec. 1013. Previous Adverse Underwriting Decisions. No insurance institution or agent may base an adverse underwriting decision in whole or in part:
    (A) on the fact of a previous adverse underwriting decision or on the fact that an individual previously obtained insurance coverage through a residual market mechanism; provided, however, an insurance institution or agent may base an adverse underwriting decision on further information obtained from an insurance institution or agent responsible for a previous adverse underwriting decision;
    (B) on personal information received from an insurance-support organization whose primary source of information is insurance institutions; provided, however, an insurance institution or agent may base an adverse underwriting decision on further personal information obtained as the result of information received from such insurance-support organization.
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1014

    (215 ILCS 5/1014) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.714)
    Sec. 1014. Disclosure Limitations and Conditions. An insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization shall not disclose any personal or privileged information about an individual collected or received in connection with an insurance transaction unless the disclosure is:
    (A) with the written authorization of the individual, provided:
    (1) if such authorization is submitted by another insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization, the authorization meets the requirements of Section 1007 of this Article, or
    (2) if such authorization is submitted by a person other than an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization, the authorization is:
    (a) dated,
    (b) signed by the individual, and
    (c) obtained one year or less prior to the date a disclosure is sought pursuant to this subsection; or
    (B) to a person other than an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization, provided such disclosure is reasonably necessary:
    (1) to enable such person to perform a business, professional or insurance function for the disclosing insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization and such person agrees not to disclose the information further without the individual's written authorization unless the further disclosure:
    (a) would otherwise be permitted by this Section if made by an insurance institution, agent, or insurance-support organization, or
    (b) is reasonably necessary for such person to perform its function for the disclosing insurance institution, agent, or insurance-support organization, or
    (2) to enable such person to provide information to the disclosing insurance institution, agent, or insurance-support organization for the purpose of:
    (a) determining an individual's eligibility for an insurance benefit or payment, or
    (b) detecting or preventing criminal activity, fraud, material misrepresentation or material nondisclosure in connection with an insurance transaction; or
    (C) to an insurance institution, agent, insurance-support organization or self-insurer, provided the information disclosed is limited to that which is reasonably necessary:
    (1) to detect or prevent criminal activity, fraud, material misrepresentation or material nondisclosure in connection with insurance transactions, or
    (2) for either the disclosing or receiving insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization to perform its function in connection with an insurance transaction involving the individual; or
    (D) to a medical care institution or medical professional for the purpose of:
    (1) verifying insurance coverage or benefits,
    (2) informing an individual of a medical problem of which the individual may not be aware, or
    (3) conducting an operations or services audit, provided only such information is disclosed as is reasonably necessary to accomplish the foregoing purposes; or
    (E) to an insurance regulatory authority; or
    (F) to a law enforcement or other governmental authority:
    (1) to protect the interests of the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization in preventing or prosecuting the perpetration of fraud upon it, or
    (2) if the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization reasonably believes that illegal activities have been conducted by the individual; or
    (G) otherwise permitted or required by law; or
    (H) in response to a facially valid administrative or judicial order, including a search warrant or subpoena; or
    (I) made for the purpose of conducting actuarial or research studies provided:
    (1) no individual may be identified in any actuarial or research report,
    (2) materials allowing the individual to be identified are returned or destroyed as soon as they are no longer needed, and
    (3) the actuarial or research organization agrees not to disclose the information unless the disclosure would otherwise be permitted by this Section if made by an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization; or
    (J) to a party or a representative of a party to a proposed or consummated sale, transfer, merger or consolidation of all or part of the business of the insurance institution, agent or insurance support organization, provided:
    (1) prior to the consummation of the sale, transfer, merger or consolidation only such information is disclosed as is reasonably necessary to enable the recipient to make business decisions about the purchase, transfer, merger or consolidation, and
    (2) the recipient agrees not to disclose the information unless the disclosure would otherwise be permitted by this Section if made by an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization; or
    (K) to a person whose only use of such information will be in connection with the marketing of a product or service, provided:
    (1) no medical-record information, privileged information, or personal information relating to an individual's character, personal habits, mode of living or general reputation is disclosed, and no classification derived from such information is disclosed,
    (2) the individual has been given an opportunity to indicate that he or she does not want personal information disclosed for marketing purposes and has given no indication that he or she does not want the information disclosed, and
    (3) the person receiving such information agrees not to use it except in connection with the marketing of a product or service; or
    (L) to an affiliate whose only use of the information will be in connection with an audit of the insurance institution or agent or the marketing of an insurance product or service, provided the affiliate agrees not to disclose the information for any other purpose or to unaffiliated persons; or
    (M) by a consumer reporting agency, provided: the disclosure is to a person other than an insurance institution or agent; or
    (N) to a group policyholder for the purpose of reporting claims experience or conducting an audit of the insurance institution's or agent's operations or services, provided the information disclosed is reasonably necessary for the group policyholder to conduct the review or audit; or
    (O) to a professional peer review organization for the purpose of reviewing the service or conduct of a medical-care institution or medical professional; or
    (P) to a governmental authority for the purpose of determining the individual's eligibility for health benefits for which the governmental authority may be liable; or
    (Q) to a certificateholder or policyholder for the purpose of providing information regarding the status of an insurance transaction; or
    (R) to a lienholder, mortgagee, assignee, lessee, or other person shown on the records of an insurance institution or agent as having a legal or beneficial interest in a policy of insurance; provided that information disclosed is limited to that which is reasonably necessary to permit such person to protect its interest in such policy.
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)

215 ILCS 5/1015

    (215 ILCS 5/1015) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.715)
    Sec. 1015. Powers of Director. (A) The Director shall have power to examine and investigate into the affairs of every insurance institution or agent doing business in this State to determine whether the insurance institution or agent has been or is engaged in any conduct in violation of this Article.
    (B) The Director shall have the power to examine and investigate into the affairs of every insurance-support organization acting on behalf of an insurance institution or agent which either transacts business in this State or transacts business outside this State that has an effect on a person residing in this State, in order to determine whether such insurance-support organization has been or is engaged in any conduct in violation of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 81-1430.)

215 ILCS 5/1016

    (215 ILCS 5/1016) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.716)
    Sec. 1016. Hearings, Witnesses, Appearances, Production of Books and Service of Process. (A) Whenever the Director has reason to believe that an insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization has been or is engaged in conduct in this State which violates this Article, or if the Director believes that an insurance-support organization has been or is engaged in conduct outside this State which has an effect on a person residing in this State and violates this Article, the Director shall issue and serve upon such insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization a statement of charges and notice of hearing to be held at a time and place fixed in the notice. Such hearing shall be conducted pursuant to Sections 401, 402 and 403 of this Act, and any applicable rules of the Department.
    (B) At the time and place fixed for such hearing the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization charged shall have an opportunity to answer the charges against it and present evidence on its behalf. Upon good cause shown, the Director shall permit any adversely affected person to intervene, appear and be heard at such hearing by counsel or in person.
(Source: P.A. 81-1430.)

215 ILCS 5/1017

    (215 ILCS 5/1017) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.717)
    Sec. 1017. Service of Process - Insurance-Support Organizations. For the purpose of this Article, an insurance-support organization transacting business outside this State which has an effect on a person residing in this State shall be deemed to have appointed the Director to accept service of process on its behalf, provided the Director causes a copy of such service to be mailed forthwith by registered mail to the insurance-support organization at its last known principal place of business. The return postcard receipt for such mailing shall be sufficient proof that the same was properly mailed by the Director.
(Source: P.A. 81-1430.)

215 ILCS 5/1018

    (215 ILCS 5/1018) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.718)
    Sec. 1018. Cease and Desist Orders and Reports. (A) If, after a hearing, the Director determines that the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization charged has engaged in conduct or practices in violation of this Article, he shall reduce his findings to writing and shall issue and cause to be served upon such insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization a copy of such findings and an order requiring such insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization to cease and desist from the conduct or practices constituting a violation of this Article.
    (B) If, after a hearing, the Director determines that the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization charged has not engaged in conduct or practices in violation of this Article, he shall prepare a written report which sets forth findings of fact and conclusions of law. Such report shall be served upon the insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization charged and upon the person or persons, if any, whose rights under this Article were allegedly violated.
(Source: P.A. 81-1430.)

215 ILCS 5/1019

    (215 ILCS 5/1019) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.719)
    Sec. 1019. Judicial Review. (1) Any order or decision made, issued or executed by the Director under this Article whereby any person or company is aggrieved is subject to review by the Circuit Court of Sangamon County.
    (2) The Administrative Review Law, as now or hereafter amended, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, applies to and governs all proceedings for review of final administrative decisions of the Director provided for in this Section. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

215 ILCS 5/1020

    (215 ILCS 5/1020) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.720)
    Sec. 1020. Penalties.
    (A) In any case where a hearing pursuant to Section 1016 results in the finding of a knowing violation of this Article, the Director may, in addition to the issuance of a cease and desist order as prescribed in Section 1018, order payment of a monetary penalty of not more than $1,000 for each violation but not to exceed $20,000 in the aggregate for multiple violations.
    (B) Any person who violates a cease and desist order of the Director under Section 1018 of this Article may, after notice and hearing and upon order of the Director, be subject to one or more of the following penalties, at the discretion of the Director:
        (1) a monetary fine of not more than $20,000 for each
    
violation,
        (2) a monetary fine of not more than $100,000 if the
    
Director finds that violations have occurred with such frequency as to constitute a general business practice, or
        (3) suspension or revocation of an insurance
    
institution's or agent's license.
(Source: P.A. 93-32, eff. 7-1-03.)

215 ILCS 5/1021

    (215 ILCS 5/1021) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.721)
    Sec. 1021. Individual Remedies. (A) If any insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization fails to comply with Sections 1009, 1010 or 1011 of this Article with respect to the rights granted under those Sections, any person whose rights are violated may apply to the circuit court of this State, or any other court of competent jurisdiction, for appropriate equitable relief.
    (B) An insurance institution, agent or insurance-support organization which discloses information in violation of Section 1014 of this Article shall be liable for damages sustained by the individual about whom the information relates; provided, however, that no individual shall be entitled to a monetary award which exceeds the actual damages sustained by the individual as a result of a violation of Section 1014 of this Article.
    (C) In any action brought pursuant to this Section, the court may award the cost of the action and reasonable attorney's fees to the prevailing party.
    (D) An action under this Section must be brought within 2 years from the date the alleged violation is or should have been discovered.
    (E) Except as specifically provided in this Section, there shall be no remedy or recovery available to individuals, in law or in equity, for occurrences constituting a violation of any provision of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 82-108.)