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  376.691.  Group life policies, eligible groups authorized for issue — premiums, how paid. — Except as provided in section 376.693, no policy of group life insurance shall be delivered in this state unless it is one of the following:

  (1)  A policy issued to an employer, or to the trustees of a fund established by an employer, which employer or trustees shall be deemed the policyholder, to insure employees of the employer for the benefit of persons other than the employer, subject to the following requirements:

  (a)  The employees eligible for insurance under the policy shall be all of the employees of the employer, or all of any class or classes of such employees.  The policy may provide that the term "employees" shall include the employees of one or more subsidiary corporations, and the employees, individual proprietors, and partners of one or more affiliated corporations, proprietorships, or partnerships if the business of the employer and of such affiliated corporations, proprietorships, or partnerships is under common control.  The policy may also provide that the term "employees" shall include the individual proprietor or partners if the employer is an individual proprietorship or partnership.  The policy may also provide that the term "employees" shall include retired employees and directors of a corporate employer.  A policy issued to insure the employees of a public body may provide that the term "employees" shall include elected or appointed officials;

  (b)  The premium for the policy shall be paid either from the employer's funds or from funds contributed by the insured employees, or from both.  Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subdivision, a policy on which no part of the premium is to be derived from funds contributed by the insured employees must insure all eligible employees, except those who reject such coverage in writing; and

  (c)  An insurer may exclude or limit the coverage on any person as to whom evidence of individual insurability is not satisfactory to the insurer;

  (2)  A policy issued to a creditor, its parent holding company, or to a trustee or agent designated by two or more creditors, which creditor, holding company, affiliate, trustee, or agent shall be deemed the policyholder, to insure debtors of the creditor, or creditors, subject to the following requirements:

  (a)  The debtors eligible for insurance under the policy shall be all of the debtors of the creditor, or creditors, or all of any class or classes of such debtors.  The policy may provide that the term "debtors" shall include:

  a.  Borrowers of money or purchasers or lessees of goods, services, or property for which payment is arranged through a credit transaction;

  b.  The debtors of one or more subsidiary corporations; and

  c.  The debtors of one or more affiliated corporations, proprietorships, or partnerships if the business of the policyholder and of such affiliated corporations, proprietorships, or partnerships is under common control;

  (b)  The premium for the policy shall be paid either from the creditor's funds or from charges collected from the insured debtors, or from both.  Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subdivision, a policy on which no part of the premium is to be derived from the funds contributed by insured debtors specifically for their insurance must insure all eligible debtors;

  (c)  An insurer may exclude any debtors as to whom evidence of individual insurability is not satisfactory to the insurer;

  (d)  The amount of the insurance on the life of any debtor shall at no time exceed the scheduled amount of indebtedness to the creditor;

  (e)  The insurance may be payable to the creditor or any successor to the right, title, and interest of the creditor.  Such payment shall reduce or extinguish the unpaid indebtedness of the debtor to the extent of such payment.  Any excess insurance above the scheduled amount shall be payable to the second beneficiary; if there is no second beneficiary, the insured's estate;

  (f)  Notwithstanding the provisions of the above paragraphs of this subdivision, insurance on agricultural credit transaction commitments may be written up to the amount of the loan commitment on a nondecreasing or level term plan.  Insurance on educational credit transaction commitments may be written up to the amount of the loan commitment less the amount of any repayments made on the loan.  Insurance on residential real estate secured credit transaction commitments may be written up to the amount of the loan commitment;

  (3)  A policy issued to a labor union or similar employee organization, which shall be deemed to be the policyholder, to insure members of such union or organization for the benefit of persons other than the union or organization or any of its officials, representatives, or agents, subject to the following requirements:

  (a)  The members eligible for insurance under the policy shall be all of the members of the union or organization, or all of any class or classes of such members;

  (b)  The premium for the policy shall be paid either from funds of the union or organization or from funds contributed by the insured members specifically for their insurance, or from both.  Except as provided in this subdivision, a policy on which no part of the premium is to be derived from funds contributed by the insured members specifically for their insurance must insure all eligible members, except those who reject such coverage in writing;

  (c)  An insurer may exclude or limit the coverage on any person as to whom evidence of individual insurability is not satisfactory to the insurer;

  (4)  A policy issued to a trust or to the trustee of a fund established by two or more employers, or by one or more labor unions or similar employee organizations, or by one or more employers and one or more labor unions or similar employee organizations, which trust or trustee shall be deemed the policyholder, to insure employees of the employers or members of the unions or organizations for the benefit of persons other than the employers or the unions or organizations, subject to the following requirements:

  (a)  The persons eligible for insurance shall be all of the employees of the employers or all of the members of the unions or organizations, or all of any class or classes of such employees or members.  The policy may provide that the term "employees" shall include retired employees, the individual proprietor or partners if an employer is an individual proprietorship or a partnership, and directors of a corporate employer.  The policy may also provide that the term "employees" shall include the trustees or their employees, or both, if their duties are principally connected with such trusteeship;

  (b)  The premium for the policy shall be paid from funds contributed by the employer or employers of the insured persons or by the union or unions or similar employee organizations, or by both, or from funds contributed by the insured persons or from both the insured persons and the employer or union or similar employee organization.  Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subdivision, a policy on which no part of the premium is to be derived from funds contributed by the insured persons specifically for their insurance must insure all eligible persons, except those who reject such coverage in writing;

  (c)  An insurer may exclude or limit the coverage on any person as to whom evidence of individual insurability is not satisfactory to the insurer;

  (5)  A policy issued to an association or to a trust or trustee of a fund established, created, or maintained for the benefit of members of one or more associations.  The association or associations shall have at the outset a minimum of one hundred persons or there shall be a minimum of one hundred employees or* employer members of the association, shall have been organized and maintained in good faith for purposes other than that of obtaining insurance, shall have been in active existence for at least two years prior to obtaining a policy of group life insurance, and shall have a constitution and bylaws which provide that:  the association shall hold regular meetings not less than annually to further purposes of its members; except for credit unions, the association shall collect dues or solicit contributions from members; and the members shall have voting privileges and representation on the governing board and committees.  The policy shall be subject to the following requirements:

  (a)  The policy may insure members of such association, employees of such association, or employees of members of such association, or any combination thereof, or all of any class or classes of such members or employees, for the benefit of persons other than the employee's employer;

  (b)  The premium for the policy shall be paid from funds contributed by the association or by employer members, or by both, or from funds contributed by the covered persons, or from both the covered persons and the association or employer members;

  (c)  Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this subdivision, a policy on which no part of the premium is to be derived from funds contributed by the covered persons specifically for the insurance must insure all eligible persons, except those who reject such coverage in writing;

  (d)  An insurer may exclude or limit the coverage of any person as to whom evidence of individual insurability is not satisfactory to the insurer;

  (6)  A policy issued to a credit union or to a trustee or agent designated by two or more credit unions, which credit union, trustee or agent shall be deemed the policyholder, to insure members of such credit union for the benefit of persons other than the credit union, trustee, agent, or any of their officials, subject to the following requirements:

  (a)  The members eligible for insurance shall be all of the members of the credit union, or all of any class or classes of such members;

  (b)  The premium for the policy shall be paid by the policyholder from the credit union's funds and, except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subdivision, must insure all eligible members;

  (c)  An insurer may exclude or limit the coverage on any member as to whom evidence of individual insurability is not satisfactory to the insurer.

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(L. 1982 H.B. 1546 § 1, A.L. 1987 H.B. 510)

*Word "of" appears in original rolls.


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