4. `Major medical or comprehensive expense benefits.'
These coverages provide high maximum benefit amounts covering almost all types of medical care and contain deductible and co-insurance features.
5. `Disability income benefits.'
This coverage provides periodic benefit payments to help replace income when the insured is unable to work as a result of illness or injury.
6. `Hospital confinement indemnity benefits.'
This coverage provides benefits in a stated amount for confinement in a hospital, regardless of the hospital expenses actually incurred by the insured, due to such confinement.
7. `Accident only benefits.'
This coverage provides benefits for losses for accidental bodily injury.
8. `Specified disease or treatment benefits.'
This coverage provides benefits for treatment of a specific disease or diseases named in the policy or for specified treatment.
An advertisement relating to accident and sickness insurance for the purpose of this rule includes the following:
Printed and published material, audio visual material and descriptive literature of an insurer used in newspapers, magazines, other periodicals, radio and TV scripts, the internet, web pages, electronic or computer presentations, billboards and similar displays, excluding advertisements prepared for the sole purpose of obtaining employees, agents or agencies.
Descriptive literature and sales aids of all kinds issued by an insurer or agent for presentation to members of the public, including but not limited to circulars, leaflets, booklets, depictions, illustrations and form letters.
Including material used in the solicitation of renewals and reinstatements except for communications or notices which mention the cost of the insurance but do not describe benefits,
Excluding material in house organs of insurers, communications within an insurer's own organization not intended for dissemination to the public, individual communications of a personal nature, and correspondence between a prospective group or blanket policyholder and an insurer in the course of negotiating a group or blanket policy,
Including group and blanket booklets, summaries of coverage and other explanatory material issued to insured persons, and
Excluding general announcements from group or blanket policyholders to eligible individuals that a contract has been written.
Prepared sales talks, presentations of material for use by agents and representations made by agents in accordance therewith, excluding materials to be used solely by an insurer for the training and education of its employees or agents, and
A policy for the purpose of this rule includes any policy, plan, certificate, contract, agreement, statement of coverage, rider or endorsement which provides accident or sickness benefits whether on a cash indemnity, reimbursement or service basis,
Except such benefits contained in a policy providing another kind of insurance other than life, and
Except disability and double indemnity benefits included in life insurance, endowment or annuity contracts or contracts supplemental thereto which contain only such provisions relating to accident and sickness insurance as
Provide additional benefits in case of death or dismemberment or loss of sight by accident or
Operate to safeguard such contracts against lapse, or to give a special surrender value or special benefit or an annuity if the insured or annuitant becomes totally and permanently disabled, as defined by the contract or supplemental contract.
An insurer for the purpose of this rule includes any person, individual, corporation, association, partnership, reciprocal exchange, inter-insurer, Lloyds, fraternal benefit society, nonprofit service plan subject to ch. 613, Stats.
, voluntary nonprofit sickness care plan organized under s. 185.981
, Stats., interscholastic benefit plan organized under s. 616.08
, Stats., and any other legal entity engaged in advertising a policy as herein defined.
An exception for the purpose of this rule means any provision in a policy whereby coverage for a specified hazard is entirely eliminated. It is a statement of a risk not assumed under the policy.
A reduction for the purpose of this rule means any provision in a policy which reduces the amount of the benefits. A risk of loss is assumed but payment upon the occurrence of such loss is limited to some amount or period less than would be otherwise payable had such reduction clause not been used.
A limitation for the purpose of this rule means any provision in a policy which restricts coverage under the policy other than an exception or a reduction.
An invitation to apply means an advertisement which is the direct or principal sales inducement and is designed to invite an offer to contract. Such an advertisement, which usually describes benefits in considerable detail, attempts to persuade the reader or listener to make application for the policy advertised. Such an advertisement would indicate what coverage the purchaser would receive and what such coverage would cost.
An invitation to inquire means an advertisement which is designed to attract the reader's or listener's interest in the policy so that he or she will inquire for further information or details. Such an advertisement describes the policy broadly and withholds some information regarding the policy without which the reader or listener would not reasonably decide to apply for the policy.
An institutional advertisement means one which is prepared solely to promote the reader's or listener's interest in the concept of accident and sickness insurance or of promoting the insurer sponsoring the advertisement.
testimonial means any statement made by a policyholder, certificate holder or other person covered by the insurer which promotes the insurer and its policy by describing such person's benefits, favorable treatment or other experience under the policy.
An endorsement for the purposes of sub. (13)
means any statement promoting the insurer and its policy made by an individual, group of individuals, society, association or other organization which makes no reference to the endorser's experience under the policy.
An outline of coverage means an appropriately and prominently captioned portion of a printed advertisement which is clearly set off from the rest of the advertisement by means such as placing it within a prominent border or box or printing it in contrasting color, or a separate appropriately captioned or titled printed statement, which advertisement portion or printed statement contains only a summary of the benefits provided, a designation of the applicable type or types of coverage as defined in sub. (4)
and, under appropriate captions, the information required by subs. (10)
An individual policy issued on a group basis means an individual policy or contract issued where:
Coverage is provided to employees or members or classes thereof defined in terms of conditions pertaining to employment or membership in an association or other group which is eligible for franchise or group insurance as provided in s. 600.03 (22)
The coverage is not available to the general public and can be obtained and maintained only because of the covered person's membership in or connection with the group,
Premiums or subscription charges are paid to the insurer by the employer, association or some designated person acting on behalf of the employer, association or covered persons, and
The insurance plan is sponsored by the employer or association.
(6) Advertisements and representations in general. Ins 3.27(6)(a)(a)
Advertisements and representations shall be truthful and not misleading in fact or in implication and shall accurately describe the policy to which they apply. Words or phrases the meaning of which is clear only by implication or by familiarity with insurance terminology shall not be used.
Oral representations shall conform to the requirements of this rule.
(7) Suitability of policies.
No agent or insurer shall recommend to a prospective buyer the purchase of any individual policy without reasonable grounds to believe that the recommendation is not unsuitable to the applicant. The agent or insurer shall make such inquiry as may be necessary under the circumstances to determine that the purchase of such insurance is not unsuitable for the prospective buyer. This requirement shall not apply to an individual policy issued on a group basis.
Every advertisement of a specific individual policy or policies which constitutes an invitation to apply shall include an outline of coverage as defined in sub. (5) (L)
Every agent at the time of taking an application for an individual policy shall furnish the applicant an outline of coverage as defined in sub. (5) (L)
The requirement for an outline of coverage shall not apply to an advertisement or the taking of an application for an individual policy issued on a group basis or an individual conversion policy issued under a group or franchise insurance plan.
(9) Deceptive words, phrases or illustrations. Ins 3.27(9)(a)(a)
An advertisement shall not exaggerate a benefit or minimize cost by overstatement, understatement or incompleteness. Information shall not be omitted or words, phrases, statements, references or illustrations shall not be used if such omission or use has the capacity and tendency or effect of misleading or deceiving purchasers or prospective purchasers as to the nature or extent of any policy benefit payable, loss covered or premium payable. An advertisement referring to any policy benefit payable, loss covered or premium payable shall be sufficiently complete and clear as to avoid deception or the capacity and tendency to mislead or deceive.
The words and phrases "all", "full", "complete","comprehensive", "unlimited", "up to", "as high as", "this policy will pay your hospital and surgical bills", "this policy will fill the gaps under Medicare and your present insurance" or "this policy will replace your income", or similar words and phrases shall not be used so as to exaggerate any benefit beyond the terms of the policy, but may be used only in such manner as fairly to describe such benefit.
A policy covering only one disease or a list of specified diseases shall not be advertised so as to imply coverage beyond the terms of the policy. A particular disease shall not be referred to by more than one term so as to imply broader coverage than is the fact.
The benefits of a policy which pays varying amounts for the same loss occurring under different conditions, or which pays benefits only when a loss occurs under certain conditions, shall not be advertised without disclosing the limited conditions under which the benefits referred to are provided by the policy.
The maximum benefit available under a policy shall not be emphasized in a manner which exaggerates its relationship to any internal limits or other conditions of the policy.
The aggregate amounts or the monthly or weekly benefits payable under coverages such as hospital or similar facility confinement indemnity or private duty nursing shall not be emphasized unless the actual amounts payable per day are disclosed with substantially equal prominence and in close conjunction with such statement. Any limit in the policy on the number of days of coverage provided shall be disclosed.
Phrases such as "this policy pays $1800 for hospital room and board expenses" are incomplete without indicating the maximum daily benefit and the maximum time limit for hospital room and board expenses.
An advertisement shall not state or imply that each member under a family policy is covered as to the maximum benefits advertised when such is not the fact.
The importance of diseases rarely or never found in the class of persons to whom the policy is offered shall not be exaggerated in an advertisement.
Examples of what benefits may be paid under a policy shall be shown only for losses from common illnesses or injuries rather than exceptional or rare illnesses or injuries.
When a range of hospital room expense benefits is set forth in an advertisement, it shall be made clear that the insured will receive only the benefit indicated in the policy purchased. It shall not be implied that the insured may select his or her room expense benefit at the time of hospitalization.
An advertisement shall not imply that the amount of benefits payable under a loss of time policy may be increased at time of disability according to the needs of the insured.
The term "confining sickness" is an abbreviated expression and shall be explained if used in an advertisement.
An advertisement shall not state that the insurer "pays hospital, surgical, medical bills", "pays dollars to offset the cost of medical care","safeguards your standard of living", "pays full coverage", "pays complete coverage", "pays for financial needs", "provides for replacement of your lost paycheck", "guarantees your paycheck", "guarantees your income","continues your income", "provides a guaranteed paycheck", "provides a guaranteed income" or "fills the gaps in Medicare" or use similar words or phrases unless the statement is literally true. Where appropriate, such or similar words or phrases may properly be used if preceded by the words"help", "aid", "assist" or similar words.
An advertisement shall not state that the premiums will not be changed in the future unless such is the fact.
An invitation to apply advertisement shall clearly indicate the provisions of any deductible under a policy.
An advertisement shall not refer to a policy as a doctors policy or use words of similar import unless:
The advertisement includes a statement that the plan of benefits is not endorsed by or associated with any national, state or local medical society, or
The policy has been so endorsed by such a society and the advertisement meets the requirements of sub. (13)
If a policy contains any of the following or similar provisions, an advertisement referring to such policy shall not state that benefits are payable in addition to other insurance unless the statement contains an appropriate reference to the coverage excepted:
An other insurance exception, reduction, limitation or deductible;
A workers' compensation or employers' liability or occupational disease law exception, reduction, or limitation;
A reduction based on social security benefits or other disability benefits; or
An advertisement shall not state a policy's benefits are tax free unless an explanation of the rules applicable to the taxation of such types of accident and sickness benefits is clearly shown with equal prominence and in close conjunction with such statement. An advertisement of a benefit for which payment is conditioned upon confinement in a hospital or similar facility shall not state that such benefit is tax free.
An advertisement shall not use the expressions "extra cash", "cash income", "income", "cash" or similar words or phrases in such a way as to imply that the insured will receive benefits in excess of the expenses incurred while being sick, injured or hospitalized.
The description in advertisements of government insurance programs, including Medicare, and of changes in such program shall be accurate and not give an incorrect impression as to the need for supplementary coverage. If gaps in such programs are referred to, they shall be described fairly so that the reader or listener can determine how the policy being advertised covers such gaps.
An invitation to apply advertisement which refers to a policy as being a Medicare supplement shall:
Contain a prominent statement indicating which Medicare benefits the policy is intended to supplement (for example, hospital benefits) and which Medicare benefits the policy will not supplement (for example, medical-surgical benefits) and shall clearly disclose any gaps in Medicare coverage for which the policy does not provide benefits; and
Clearly indicate the extent of the benefits if the policy bases benefits on expenses incurred beyond what Medicare covers and thus provides somewhat limited benefits for short term hospital confinements.
An advertisement may refer to immediate coverage or guaranteed issuance of a policy only if suitable administrative procedures exist so that the policy is issued within a reasonable time after the application is received.
If an advertisement indicates an initial premium which differs from the renewal premium on the same mode, the renewal premium shall be disclosed with equal prominence and in close conjunction with any statement of the initial premium. Any increase in premium or reduction in coverage because of age shall be clearly disclosed.
An advertisement shall not state that the policy contains no waiting period unless pre-existing conditions are covered immediately or unless the status of pre-existing conditions is disclosed with equal prominence and in close conjunction with such statement.
An advertisement shall not state that no age limit applies to a policy unless applications from applicants of any age are considered in good faith and such statement clearly indicates the date or age to which the policy may be renewed or that the company may refuse renewal.
An advertisement shall not state that no medical, doctor's or physical examination is required or that no health, medical or doctor's statements or questions are required or that such examination, statements or questions are waived or otherwise state or imply that the applicant's physical condition or medical history will not affect the policy unless:
The statement indicates with equal prominence that it applies only to the issuance of the policy or to both the issuance of the policy and the payment of claims, and
Pre-existing conditions are covered immediately under the policy or the period of time following the effective date of the policy during which pre-existing conditions are not covered is disclosed with equal prominence and in close conjunction with such statement.
An advertisement of a limited policy as defined in s. Ins 3.13 (2) (h)
shall prominently indicate that the policy provided limited coverage with an appropriate statement such as "THIS IS A CANCER ONLY POLICY" or "THIS IS AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT ONLY POLICY," and shall clearly disclose what injuries or sicknesses and what losses are covered.
An advertisement of a policy which provides benefits for injuries only or for sickness only shall prominently indicate that the policy covers injuries only or sickness only.
An advertisement shall not refer to a policy or coverage as being "special" unless it can be shown that there is a reasonable basis for the use of such a term.
An advertisement shall not set out exceptions, reductions or limitations from a policy worded in a positive manner to imply that they are beneficial features such as describing a waiting period as a benefit builder. Words and phrases used to disclose exceptions, reductions or limitations shall fairly and accurately describe their negative features. The words "only" or "minimum" or similar words or phrases shall not be used to refer to exceptions, reductions or limitations.