(215 ILCS 5/531.19) (from Ch. 73, par. 1065.80-19)
Sec. 531.19. Prohibited advertisement of action of the Insurance Guaranty Association in sale of insurance.
(a) No person, including an insurer, agent or affiliate of an insurer shall make, publish, disseminate, circulate, or place before the public, or cause directly or indirectly, to be made, published, disseminated, circulated or placed before the public, in any newspaper, magazine or other publication, or in the form of a notice, circular, pamphlet, letter or poster, or over any radio station or television station, or in any other way, any advertisement, announcement or statement, written or oral, which uses the existence of the Insurance Guaranty Association of this State for the purpose of sales, solicitation or inducement to purchase any form of insurance covered by this Article; provided, however, that this Section shall not apply to the Illinois Life and Health Guaranty Association or any other entity which does not sell or solicit insurance.
(b) Within 180 days of August 16, 1993, the Association shall prepare a summary document describing the general purposes and current limitations of this Article and complying with subsection (c). This document shall be submitted to the Director for approval. Sixty days after receiving approval, no insurer may deliver a policy or contract described in subparagraph (a) of paragraph (2) of Section 531.03 and not excluded under subparagraph (b) of that Section to a policy or contract holder unless the document is delivered to the policy or contract holder prior to or at the time of delivery of the policy or contract. The document should also be available upon request by a policyholder. The distribution, delivery, or contents or interpretation of this document shall not mean that either the policy or the contract or the holder thereof would be covered in the event of the impairment or insolvency of a member insurer. The description document shall be revised by the Association as amendments to this Article may require. Failure to receive this document does not give the policyholder, contract holder, certificate holder, or insured any greater rights than those stated in this Article.
(c) The document prepared under subsection (b) shall contain a clear and conspicuous disclaimer on its face. The Director shall promulgate a rule establishing the form and content of the disclaimer. The disclaimer shall:
(1) State the name and address of the Life and Health
Insurance Guaranty Association and of the Department.
(2) Prominently warn the policy or contract holder
that the Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association may not cover the policy or, if coverage is available, it will be subject to substantial limitations and exclusions and conditioned on continued residence in the State.
(3) State that the insurer and its agents are
prohibited by law from using the existence of the Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association for the purpose of sales, solicitation, or inducement to purchase any form of insurance.
(4) Emphasize that the policy or contract holder
should not rely on coverage under the Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association when selecting an insurer.
(5) Provide other information as directed by the
(Source: P.A. 88-364; 88-627, eff. 9-9-94; 89-97, eff. 7-7-95.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015