Issuance of certificate.
A fraternal shall issue to each owner a policy or certificate specifying the benefits provided and containing at least in substance all sections of the laws of the fraternal which might result in the termination of coverage or the reduction of benefits. The policy or certificate, any riders or endorsements attached thereto, the laws of the fraternal, and the application and declarations made in connection therewith and signed by the applicant, constitute the agreement between the fraternal and the owner, and the policy or certificate shall so state.
(2) Changes in laws of fraternals.
Except as provided in s. 614.24 (1m)
, any changes in the laws of a fraternal made subsequent to the issuance of a policy or certificate bind the owner and any beneficiary under the policy or certificate as if they had been in force at the time of the application, so long as they do not destroy or diminish benefits promised in the policy or certificate.
(3) Proof of terms.
Copies of any documents mentioned in subs. (1)
, certified by the secretary or corresponding officer of the fraternal, are evidence of the terms and conditions of the contract.
(5) Grace period.
Every fraternal certificate shall contain a provision entitling the owner to a grace period of not less than one month, or 30 days at the fraternal's option, for the payment of any premium due except the first, during which the death benefit shall continue in force. A fraternal may specify in the grace period provision that the overdue premium will be deducted from the death benefit in the event of death before it is paid.
(6) Compliance with other provisions.
If a fraternal's laws provide for expulsion or suspension of a member for any reason other than nonpayment of premium or under s. 632.46
, the fraternal's insurance certificate shall contain a provision that if a member is expelled or suspended for any reason other than nonpayment of premium or under s. 632.46
, the expelled member, or other owner who was provided insurance benefits under s. 614.10
on the application of the expelled member, has the right to maintain the policy in force by continuing payment of the required premium.
(7) Scope of application.
This section applies to all contracts made by a fraternal beginning 6 months after December 18, 1979. A fraternal may elect to have this section apply at an earlier date, so long as it applies simultaneously to all such contracts and the fraternal gives the commissioner at least 30 days' notice of intention to adopt this section.
Fraud in obtaining membership.
Subject to s. 632.46
, any certificate of membership secured by misrepresentation in or with reference to any application for membership or documentary or other proof for the purpose of obtaining membership in or noninsurance benefit from the fraternal is void, if the fraternal relied on it and it is either material or fraudulent.
History: 1975 c. 373
Legislative Council Note, 1975: This section continues the contractual portion of s. 208.38, edited with a change in meaning, to include nonfraudulent but material misrepresentation, and also to subject the provision to the rule of incontestability provided in s. 632.46. [Bill 643-S]
Beneficiaries in fraternal contracts. 632.96(1)
Any owner may designate as beneficiary any person permitted by the laws of the fraternal. Those laws shall authorize the designation of the estate of a member or insured employee as beneficiary.
Legislative Council Note, 1975: Sub. (1) states a rule slightly more restrictive of the range of permitted beneficiaries than for commercial life insurance; this reflects the nature of the fraternal. Sub. (2) applies the general provision for life insurance, subject to sub. (1). [Bill 643-S]
Application of proceeds of credit insurance policy.
Payment to a creditor of any amounts insured under the terms of a credit insurance policy reduces the debt proportionately. This rule does not apply to an insurance policy on which the debtor pays no part of the premium, directly or indirectly.
History: 1975 c. 375
Portable electronics insurance. 632.975(1)(a)
"Customer" means a person who purchases or leases a portable electronic device.
"Enrolled customer" means a customer who elects coverage under a portable electronics insurance policy issued to a vendor of portable electronics.
"Location" means any physical location in the state or any Internet site, call center site, or similar location directed to residents of the state.
"Portable electronics" or "portable electronic devices" means electronic devices that are portable in nature, including accessories and services related to the use of the device, and that have an insured value of less than $5,000.
"Portable electronics insurance" means insurance providing coverage for the repair or replacement of portable electronics that may provide coverage for a portable electronic device against any of the following causes of loss:
"Portable electronics insurance" does not include any of the following:
A service contract or extended warranty providing coverage limited to the repair, replacement, or maintenance of property for the operational or structural failure of property due to a defect in materials, workmanship, accidental damage from handling, power surges, or normal wear and tear.
A policy of insurance covering a vendor's or a manufacturer's obligations under a warranty.
A homeowner's, renter's, private passenger automobile, commercial multi-peril, or similar insurance policy.
"Portable electronics insurance program" means the coverage options made available to customers of a vendor who elect to enroll for coverage of a portable electronic device under a policy of portable electronics insurance.
"Portable electronics transaction" means the sale or lease of a portable electronic device to a customer.
"Supervising entity" means a business entity that is a licensed insurer or licensed intermediary that is appointed by an insurer to supervise the administration of a portable electronics insurance program offered by a vendor to its customers.
"Vendor" means a person in the business of engaging in portable electronics transactions directly or indirectly.
A vendor or an employee or authorized representative of a vendor may sell or offer portable electronics insurance to customers without holding a certificate of authority under s. 601.04
or a license as an intermediary only if all of the following apply:
The vendor complies with the requirements of this section.
The insurer issuing the portable electronics insurance either directly supervises, or appoints a supervising entity to supervise, the administration of the sale of portable electronics insurance, including development of a training program, as described under sub. (4)
, for employees and authorized representatives of the vendors.
The supervising entity, if any, maintains a registry of vendor locations at which an employee or authorized representative is authorized to sell or offer portable electronics insurance in this state. Upon request by the commissioner after providing 10 days' notice to the supervising entity, the supervising entity shall make available the registry for inspection and examination by the commissioner.
Any employee or authorized representative who intends to sell or offer portable electronics insurance to customers shall complete a training program under sub. (4)
No employee or authorized representative of a vendor of portable electronics may advertise, represent, or otherwise hold himself or herself out as a licensed insurance intermediary, if the employee or authorized representative does not hold a license as an intermediary in this state.
Compliance by a vendor with this section shall authorize any employee or authorized representative of a vendor to sell or offer coverage under a policy of portable electronics insurance to a customer at each location at which the vendor engages in portable electronics transactions.
Applicability of existing law.
A vendor selling or offering portable electronics insurance is subject to ss. 601.41
, and 601.64
, except that any forfeitures or penalties shall be in the amounts specified in sub. (3)
If a vendor of portable electronics or an employee or authorized representative of a vendor violates any provision of this section, the commissioner may do any of the following:
After notice and hearing conducted in accordance with s. 601.62
, impose forfeitures not to exceed $500 per violation.
Suspension of the selling or offering of portable electronics insurance at the specific business location where the violation occurred.
Suspension of the selling or offering of portable electronics insurance by an employee or authorized representative of a vendor.
Suspension or revocation of the selling or offering of portable electronics insurance by a vendor in this state.
The insurer or supervising entity shall develop and administer the training program required under sub. (2) (a) 4.
that complies with all of the following:
The insurer or supervising entity shall deliver training to employees and authorized representatives of a vendor who are directly engaged in selling or offering portable electronics insurance.
The insurer or supervising entity may provide the training in electronic form. If the training is in electronic form, the insurer or supervising entity shall implement a supplemental education program regarding portable electronics insurance that is conducted and overseen by licensed employees of the insurer or supervising entity.
The insurer or supervising entity shall provide to every employee and authorized representative of a vendor basic instruction about the portable electronics insurance offered to customers and the disclosures required under sub. (6)
A vendor of portable electronics may not compensate an employee or authorized representative based primarily on the number of customers enrolled in portable electronics insurance coverage but the vendor may compensate an employee or authorized representative, in a manner that is incidental to his or her overall compensation, for activities related to the sale or offering of portable electronics insurance.
A vendor of portable electronics may bill and collect the charges for portable electronics insurance coverage.
The vendor shall separately itemize on the enrolled customer's bill any charge to the enrolled customer for coverage that is not included in the cost associated with the purchase or lease of the portable electronics.
If the portable electronics insurance coverage is included with the purchase or lease of a portable electronic device, the vendor shall clearly and conspicuously disclose to the enrolled customer that the coverage is included with the purchase or lease of the portable electronic device.
A vendor that bills and collects charges from an enrolled customer is not required to maintain those moneys in a segregated account if the insurer authorizes the vendor to hold those moneys in a manner other than a segregated account and if the vendor remits the moneys to the insurer or supervising entity within 60 days of receiving those moneys. The vendor shall consider all moneys received by that vendor from an enrolled customer for the sale of portable electronics insurance to be held in trust by that vendor in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of the insurer.
The insurer or supervising entity may compensate the vendor for billing and collection services.
At every location where portable electronics insurance is offered to customers, a vendor shall make available to prospective customers brochures or other written materials that contain all of the following:
A disclosure that portable electronics insurance may provide a duplication of coverage already provided by a customer's homeowner's insurance policy, renter's insurance policy, or other source of insurance coverage.
A statement that a customer is not required to enroll in portable electronics insurance as a condition of purchasing or leasing a portable electronic device.
A summary of the material terms of the portable electronics insurance coverage including all of the following:
The amount of any applicable deductible and how to pay that deductible.
The key terms and conditions of coverage such as whether a portable electronic device covered under the policy may be repaired or replaced with parts or equipment of a similar make and model that are reconditioned or are nonoriginal manufacturer parts or equipment.
A summary of the process for filing a claim, including a description of how to return a portable electronic device and the maximum fee applicable in the event the enrolled customer fails to comply with any equipment return requirement.
A statement that the enrolled customer may cancel enrollment for coverage under a portable electronics insurance policy at any time and that upon cancellation the person paying the premium receives a refund of any applicable unearned premium.
(7) Permitted offering.
A vendor may offer portable electronics insurance on a month to month or other periodic basis as a group or master commercial inland marine policy that is issued to a vendor of portable electronics for its enrolled customers.
An insurer shall establish eligibility and underwriting standards for customers electing to enroll in coverage for each portable electronics insurance program offered by a vendor to its customers.
(9) Termination of insurance; changes to policy. 632.975(9)(a)(a)
Except as provided in par. (c)
, an insurer may terminate or otherwise change the terms and conditions of a policy of portable electronics insurance only after providing the policyholder and all enrolled customers at least 30 days' notice before terminating the coverage or making the change.
If the insurer changes the terms and conditions in accordance with par. (a)
, the insurer shall provide the vendor policyholder with a revised policy or endorsement and shall provide each enrolled customer a revised certificate, endorsement, updated brochure, or other evidence indicating that a change in the terms and conditions has occurred and a summary of the material changes.
An insurer may terminate the enrollment of an enrolled customer under a portable electronics insurance policy after providing 15 days' notice if the insurer discovers that the enrolled customer committed fraud or made a material misrepresentation in obtaining coverage or in the presentation of a claim under the portable electronics insurance policy.
An insurer may immediately terminate the enrollment of an enrolled customer under a portable electronics insurance policy for any of the following reasons:
The enrolled customer fails to pay the premium for the portable electronics insurance policy.