Oregon Statutes - Chapter 743 - Health and Life Insurance - Section 743.278 - Required provisions in annuity policies; exception.

(1) An annuity policy shall contain in substance the following provisions, or corresponding provisions that in the opinion of the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services are at least as favorable to the policyholder:

(a) That upon the termination of considerations under the policy, or upon the written request of the policyholder, the insurer shall grant a paid-up annuity benefit on a plan stipulated in the policy, of the value specified in ORS 743.284 and 743.287.

(b) That, if the policy provides for a lump sum settlement at maturity or any other time, the insurer shall pay upon surrender of the policy on or before the start of annuity payments, in lieu of a paid-up annuity benefit, a cash surrender benefit of the amount specified in ORS 743.284 and 743.287. The insurer may reserve the right to defer the payment of the cash surrender benefit for a period not to exceed six months after demand therefor with surrender of the policy, if the insurer makes a written request and receives written approval from the director. The request shall address the necessity and equitability to all policyholders of the deferral.

(c) A statement of the mortality table, if any, and interest rates used in calculating any minimum guaranteed paid-up annuity, cash surrender or death benefits that are guaranteed under the policy, together with sufficient information to determine the amount of the benefits.

(d) A statement that any paid-up annuity, cash surrender or death benefits available under the policy are not less than the minimum benefits required by any statute of the state in which the policy is delivered and an explanation of the manner in which the benefits are altered by the existence of any additional amounts credited by the insurer to the policy, any indebtedness to the insurer on the policy or any prior withdrawals from or partial surrenders of the policy.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a deferred annuity policy may provide that if no considerations have been received for two full years and the portion of the paid-up annuity benefit at maturity on the plan stipulated in the policy arising from prior considerations paid would be less than $20 monthly, the insurer at its option may terminate the policy by payment in cash of the then present value of the portion of the paid-up annuity benefit. The value shall be calculated on the basis of the mortality table, if any, and the interest rate specified in the policy for determining the paid-up annuity benefit. By this payment the insurer shall be relieved of further obligations under the policy. [1977 c.320 §3; 2003 c.370 §2]

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