(a) No mass marketed life or health insurance including mass marketed life or health insurance under a group or blanket policy issued outside this state to residents of this state, shall be effected on persons in this state until the commissioner finds that the total charges for the insurance to the persons insured are reasonable in relation to the benefits provided.
(1) "Direct response solicitation" means any offer by an insurer to persons in this state, either directly or through a third party, to effect life or health insurance coverage which enables the individual to apply or enroll for the insurance on the basis of the offer. It shall not include solicitations for insurance through an employee benefit plan which is defined in P.L. 90-406, 88 Stat. 829, nor shall it include such a solicitation through the individual's creditor with respect to credit life or credit health insurance.
(2) "Mass marketed life or health insurance" for purposes of this article, means the insurance under any individual, franchise, group or blanket policy of life or health insurance which is offered by means of direct response solicitation through a sponsoring organization or through mails or other mass communications media and under which the person insured pays all or substantially all of the cost of his or her insurance.
(b) Any insurer extending mass marketed life or health insurance under a group or blanket policy issued outside this state to residents of this state shall comply with respect to such insurance with the requirements of this state relating to advertising and to claim settlement practices.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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