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Oregon Bulletin

March 1, 2013

Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, Chapter 836

Rule Caption: Changes to Mortality Adjustment Factors in Calculating Deficiency Reserves When Valuing Life Insurance Policies

Adm. Order No.: ID 1-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 2-6-2013

Certified to be Effective: 2-6-13

Notice Publication Date: 11-1-2012

Rules Amended: 836-031-0765

Subject: The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has updated its Valuation of Life Insurance Policies Model Regulation (Model #830) to remove restrictions on the mortality adjustment factors (X factors) in the deficiency reserve calculation. The deficiency reserve calculation allows insurers to adjust the valuation mortality to mortality that approximates the expected mortality by use of the X factors. The arbitrary restrictions that are removed from the rule prevent the use of mortality with the amount and slope similar to the expected mortality. Without this change, insurers may be required to report reserve liability larger than necessary and therefore overprice their product. This would place the insurers and consumers in an uncompetitive position.

Rules Coordinator: Shelley Greiner—(503) 947-7484

836-031-0765

General Calculation Requirements for Basic Reserves and Premium Deficiency Reserves

(1) At the election of the insurer for any one or more specified plans of life insurance, the minimum mortality standard for basic reserves may be calculated using the 1980 CSO valuation tables with select mortality factors (or any other valuation mortality table adopted by the NAIC after January 1, 2000, and adopted by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services by rule for this purpose). If select mortality factors are elected, they may be:

(a) The ten-year select mortality factors incorporated into the 1980 amendments to the NAIC Standard Valuation Law;

(b) The select mortality factors in the Appendix; or

(c) Any other table of select mortality factors adopted by the NAIC after January 1, 2000, and adopted by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services by rule for the purpose of calculating basic reserves.

(2) Deficiency reserves, if any, are calculated for each policy as the excess, if greater than zero, of the quantity A over the basic reserve. The quantity A is obtained by recalculating the basic reserve for the policy using guaranteed gross premiums instead of net premiums when the guaranteed gross premiums are less than the corresponding net premiums. At the election of the company for any one or more specified plans of insurance, the quantity A and the corresponding net premiums used in the determination of quantity A may be based upon the 1980 CSO valuation tables with select mortality factors (or any other valuation mortality table adopted by the NAIC after January 1, 2000, and adopted by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services by rule for this purpose). If select mortality factors are elected, they may be:

(a) The ten-year select mortality factors incorporated into the 1980 amendments to the NAIC Standard Valuation Law;

(b) The select mortality factors in the Appendix of this regulation;

(c) For durations in the first segment, X percent of the select mortality factors in the Appendix , subject to the following:

(A) X may vary by policy year, policy form, underwriting classification, issue age, or any other policy factor expected to affect mortality experience;

(B) X is such that, when using the valuation interest rate used for basic reserves, subparagraph (i) is greater than or equal to subparagraph (ii);

(i) The actuarial present value of future death benefits, calculated using the mortality rates resulting from the application of X;

(ii) The actuarial present value of future death benefits calculated using anticipated mortality experience without recognition of mortality improvement beyond the valuation date;

(C) X is such that the mortality rates resulting from the application of X are at least as great as the anticipated mortality experience, without recognition of mortality improvement beyond the valuation date, in each of the first five years after the valuation date;

(D) The appointed actuary shall increase X at any valuation date where it is necessary to continue to meet all the requirements of this subsection;

(E) The appointed actuary may decrease X at any valuation date as long as X continues to meet all the requirements of this subsection; and

(F) The appointed actuary shall specifically take into account the adverse effect on expected mortality and lapsation of any anticipated or actual increase in gross premiums.

(G) If X is less than 100 percent at any duration for any policy, the following requirements shall be met:

(i) The appointed actuary shall annually prepare an actuarial opinion and memorandum for the company in conformance with the requirements of OAR 836-031-0670;

(ii) The appointed actuary shall disclose, in the Regulatory Asset Adequacy Issues Summary, the impact of the insufficiency of assets to support the payment of benefits and expenses and the establishment of statutory reserves during one or more interim periods; and

(iii) The appointed actuary shall annually opine for all policies subject to OAR 836-031-0750 to 836-031-0775 as to whether the mortality rates resulting from the application of X meet the requirements of this subsection. This opinion shall be supported by an actuarial report, subject to appropriate Actuarial Standards of Practice promulgated by the Actuarial Standards Board of the American Academy of Actuaries. The X factors shall reflect anticipated future mortality, without recognition of mortality improvement beyond the valuation date, taking into account relevant emerging experience.

(d) Any other table of select mortality factors adopted by the NAIC after January 1, 2000, and adopted by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services by rule for the purpose of calculating deficiency reserves.

(3) This section applies to both basic reserves and deficiency reserves. Any set of select mortality factors may be used only for the first segment. However, if the first segment is less than ten years, the appropriate ten-year select mortality factors incorporated into the 1980 amendments to the NAIC Standard Valuation Law may be used thereafter through the tenth policy year from the date of issue.

(4) In determining basic reserves or deficiency reserves, guaranteed gross premiums without policy fees may be used where the calculation involves the guaranteed gross premium but only if the policy fee is a level dollar amount after the first policy year. In determining deficiency reserves, policy fees may be included in guaranteed gross premiums, even if not included in the actual calculation of basic reserves.

(5) Reserves for policies that have changes to guaranteed gross premiums, guaranteed benefits, guaranteed charges, or guaranteed credits that are unilaterally made by the insurer after issue and that are effective for more than one year after the date of the change shall be the greatest of the following:

(a) Reserves calculated ignoring the guarantee;

(b) Reserves assuming the guarantee was made at issue; and

(c) Reserves assuming that the policy was issued on the date of the guarantee.

(6) The Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services may require that the insurer document the extent of the adequacy of reserves for specified blocks, including but not limited to policies issued prior to January 1, 2000. This documentation may include a demonstration of the extent to which aggregation with other non-specified blocks of business is relied upon in the formation of the appointed actuary opinion pursuant to and consistent with the requirements of OAR 836-031-0670.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 731.244
Stats. Implemented: ORS 733.030, 733.210 & 733.300 - 733.322
Hist.: ID 7-1999, f. 12-29-99, cert. ef. 1-1-00; ID 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-13


 

Rule Caption: Adoption of Annual and Supplemental Statement Blanks and Instructions for Reporting Year 2012

Adm. Order No.: ID 2-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 2-6-2013

Certified to be Effective: 2-6-13

Notice Publication Date: 11-1-2012

Rules Amended: 836-011-0000

Subject: This rulemaking prescribes, for reporting year 2012, the required forms for the annual and supplemental financial statements required of insurers, multiple employer welfare arrangements and health care service contractors under ORS 731.574, as well as the necessary instructions for completing the forms.

Rules Coordinator: Shelley Greiner—(503) 947-7484

836-011-0000

Annual Statement Blank and Instructions

(1) For the purpose of complying with ORS 731.574, every authorized insurer, including every health care service contractor and multiple employer welfare arrangement, shall file its financial statement required by 731.574 for the 2012 reporting year on the annual statement blank approved for the 2012 reporting year by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, for the type or types of insurance transacted by the insurer.

(2) Every authorized insurer, including every health care service contractor, shall complete its annual statement blank under section (1) of this rule for the 2012 reporting year, according to the applicable instructions published for that year by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, for completing the blank, as required by ORS 731.574.

(3) Every authorized insurer, including every health care service contractor, shall file each annual statement supplement for the 2012 reporting year, as required by the applicable instructions published for that year by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and shall complete the supplement according to those instructions.

(4) The applicable instructions published by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners referred to in this rules are available for inspection at the Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. Any person interested in inspecting those instructions should contact the Insurance Division using the contact information provided on the Insurance Division website at: www.insurance.orgon.gov/Contactus.html

(5) This rule is adopted under the authority of ORS 731.244, 731.574 and 733.210 for the purpose of implementing 731.574 and 733.210.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 731.244, 731.574 & 733.210
Stats. Implemented: ORS 731.574 & 733.210
Hist.: ID 8-1993, f. & cert. ef. 9-23-93; ID 10-1994, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-94; ID 7-1995, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-95; Renumbered from 836-013-0000; ID 4-1996, f. 2-28-96, cert. ef. 3-1-96; ID 16 -1996, f. & cert. ef. 12-16-96; ID 11-1997, f. & cert. ef. 10-9-97; ID 16-1998, f. & cert. ef. 11-10-98; ID 5-1999, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-99; ID 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 2-7-01; ID 4-2002, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-02; ID 6-2003, f. & cert. ef. 12-3-03; ID 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 1-23-06; ID 9-2007, f. & cert. ef. 11-8-07; ID 1-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-29-09; ID 11-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-9-09; ID 22-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; ID 2-2012, f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12; ID 2-2013, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-13

Notes
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