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2011 Florida Statutes

SECTION 5567
Group life insurance association groups.
F.S. 627.5567
627.5567 Group life insurance; association groups.Subject to all of the requirements of this section, the lives of a group of individual members of an association or members and their employees or dependents may be insured, for the benefit of persons other than the association or any of its official representatives or agents, under a policy issued to the association or to the board of trustees of a fund established in this state for the association, if the members of the association are engaged in a particular profession and are licensed to engage in the profession in this state and if the association has been in existence for at least 2 years and holds regular meetings not less than annually to further the purposes of the association members. The association or board of trustees is deemed to be the policyholder of the group life insurance policy.
(1) The members eligible for insurance under the policy shall be all of the members of the association, or all of any class or classes of members of the association determined by conditions pertaining to their profession or to membership in the association, or to both. A policy issued to the trustees of a fund established in this state by an association may provide that the trustees or their employees, or both, may be insured under the policy if their duties are principally connected with the trusteeship.
(2) The premium for the policy shall be paid by the policyholder either wholly from the policyholder’s funds or funds contributed by the insured persons or by the association, or by both, or partly from such funds and partly from funds contributed by the insured members specifically for their insurance, subject to the following:
(a) A policy on which part of the premium is derived from funds contributed by the insured members specifically for their insurance may be placed in force only if at least 100 of the then eligible members elect to make the required contributions. The policy may contain a provision requiring evidence of insurability of individual members.
(b) A policy on which no part of the premium is derived from funds contributed by the insured members specifically for their insurance must insure all eligible members.
(3) The association must have been in existence for at least 2 years prior to the issuance of the policy; its annual dues must actually be collected from its members; and it must not have been organized for the sole and exclusive purpose of qualifying for insurance under this section.
(4) If a dividend, premium refund, rate reduction, commission, or service fee is received by any association or by the trustees of a fund established in whole or in part by an association, under any group insurance policy issued for delivery in this state, with respect to which they are the policyholder, covering the members of the association, to which the members contribute to the cost of the premiums for the insurance, the excess, if any, of the aggregate of the dividends, premium refunds, rate reductions, commissions, and service fees over the aggregate expenditure of the association or trustees towards the cost of such insurance, including its administration, for the current and preceding 2 years, to the extent that they were not defrayed by dividends, premium refunds, rate reductions, commissions, and service fees, shall be applied by the policyholder for the sole benefit of insured members on a basis which precludes individual selection and unfair discrimination.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-57; s. 164, ch. 73-333; s. 1, ch. 74-283; s. 1, ch. 75-141; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 212, ch. 77-104; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 445, 448, 809(2nd), ch. 82-243; s. 79, ch. 82-386; ss. 52, 114, ch. 92-318.
Note.Former s. 627.572.