17:23A-10. Reasons for adverse underwriting decisions
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 the person that upon written request he 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. of this section and sections 8 and 9 of this act.
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 the person within 21 business days from the date of receipt of the written request:
(1) The specific reason or reasons for the adverse underwriting decision, in writing, if that 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, except that:
(a) The insurance institution or agent shall not be required to furnish specific items of privileged information if it has a reasonable suspicion, based upon specific information available for review by the commissioner, that the applicant, policyholder or individual proposed for coverage has engaged in criminal activity, fraud, material misrepresentation or material nondisclosure in connection with insurance transactions or claims, 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., except 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.
L. 1985, c. 179, s. 10.
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