DOI Pat Quinn Governor Andrew Boron, Director

Review Requirements Checklist

Workers' Compensation

Contact Person: Mark Smith (217) 782-1791

Illinois Department of Insurance
320 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62767-0001

Effective 06/02/11

Line(s) of Insurance/Business:

  • Workers' Compensation; filing code(s) 16.0000
  • Excessive Workers' Compensation; filing code 16.0003

Links:

All filings are public record in accordance with 215 ILCS 5/404 except where another provision of the Insurance Code says otherwise. The only code section that allows for a filing to be a trade secret or confidential is 215 ILCS 157/40 Use of Credit Information in Personal Insurance Act.

LINE OF AUTHORITY REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Must have proper Class and Clause authority to conduct this line of business in Illinois. 215 ILCS 5/4 To write excess workers' compensation coverage in Illinois, companies must be licensed to write:
  1. Class 2, Clause (c)
 
NAIC UNIFORM TRANSMITTAL FORM REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
If insurers wish to use the NAIC Uniform Transmittal form, in lieu of cover letters and explanatory memorandums, the Department will accept such form, as long as the information required in Rules 753 and 754 is included. 50 IL Adm. Code 753

50 IL Adm. Code 754

NAIC Uniform Transmittal Form

If insurers wish to use the NAIC Uniform Transmittal form, in lieu of cover letters and explanatory memorandums, the Department will accept such form, as long as the information required in Rules 753 and 754 is included.  
COPIES, RETURN ENVELOPES, ETC. REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Requirement for duplicate copies and return envelope with adequate postage. 50 IL Adm. Code 753 Insurers that desire a stamped returned copy of the filing must submit a duplicate copy of the filing, along with a return envelope large enough and containing enough postage to accommodate the return filing.  
COVER LETTER AND EXPLANATORYMEMORANDUM REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Two copies of a submission letter are required, and the submission letter must contain specified information.

"Me too" filings are not allowed.

If insurers wish to use the NAIC Uniform Transmittal form, the Department will accept such form, as long as the information required in Rule 753 is included.

50 IL Adm. Code 753 All filings must be accompanied by a forms submission letter, in duplicate, which includes:

1) the name of the advisory organization or company making the filing.
2) title, form number, and edition identification of the forms.
3) information as to what Class and Clause coverage is written under.
4) identification of all applicable endorsements and applications as to the policy forms for which the endorsements and applications are used.
5) notification as to whether the filing is new or supersedes a present filing.  Identification of all changes in all superseding filings as well as identification of all superseded forms is required.

6) effective date of use.

Companies under the same ownership or general management are required to make separate individual company filings. Company Group ("Me too") filings are unacceptable.

If insurers wish to use the NAIC Uniform Transmittal form, the Department will accept such form, as long as the information required in Rule 753 is included.

 
FILING SUBMISSION REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
When forms must be filed. 50 IL Adm. Code 753 Forms must be received by the Department no later than their effective date of use.  
Final printed forms must be filed. 50 IL Adm. Code 753 Typed or printer's proof copies may be submitted for review, but must be re-filed in printed form. Statements, provisions, or endorsements may not be typed or superimposed on a policy or endorsement.  
Requirements for company FEIN and filing numbers. Company Bulletin 88-53

 

Company must include all Federal Employer Identification Numbers (FEINs) for companies making the filing.

Companies must assign a filing number which may be alpha, numeric, or both, but may not exceed 15 characters.

Each filing number must be unique within a company and may not be repeated on subsequent filings.

Please refer to Company Bulletin 88-53 for specific information and guidance.

 
Forms under one filing number must have common coverage relationship. Company Bulletin 88-53

 

All forms under an assigned filing number must have some common coverage relationship (e.g. all forms in an auto filing must pertain only to auto, etc.).

Please refer to Company Bulletin 88-53 for specific information and guidance.

 
NO FILE OR FILING EXEMPTIONS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Excess workers' compensation forms, issued to "industrial insureds" are not required to be filed in Illinois.

However, such forms must comply with all laws, regulations, bulletins, etc. unless specifically exempted by the law, regulation, bulletin, etc.

215 ILCS 5/143(2)

215 ILCS 5/121-2.08

Excess workers' compensation forms, issued to "industrial insureds," as defined in Section 121-2.08 are not required to be filed in Illinois.

Per Section 121-2.08, "industrial insured" is an insured:

a) which procures the insurance of any risk or risks other than life and annuity contracts by use of the services of a full time employee acting as an insurance manager or buyer or the services of a regularly and continuously retained qualified insurance consultant;

b) whose aggregate annual premiums for insurance on all risks, except for life and accident and health insurance, total at least $100,000; and

c) which either (i) has at least 25 full time employees, (ii) has gross assets in excess of $3,000,000, or (iii) has annual gross revenues in excess of $5,000,000.

However, Section 143(2) only exempts such forms from filing with the Director of Insurance. Section 143(2) does not exempt such forms from complying with all other Illinois insurance laws, regulations, bulletins, etc. unless specifically exempted by the law, regulation, bulletin, etc.

Therefore, unless specifically exempted by the law, regulation, bulletin, etc. forms must comply with all laws, regulations, bulletins, etc. and may be checked for compliance via other regulatory processes such as consumer complaints, market conduct exams, etc.

 
Manuscript endorsements are not required to be filed. 215 ILCS 5/143(3) Insurers are not required to file riders or endorsements prepared to meet special, unusual, peculiar, or extraordinary conditions applying to an individual risk.

Because Section 143(3) exempts only riders or endorsements, policy forms applying to an individual risk must still be filed. In addition, because Section 143(3) exempts only endorsements applying to an individual risk, if a company uses the same endorsement on more than one risk, such form no longer qualifies for the filing exemption and must be filed.

 
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Form changes must be highlighted. 50 IL Adm. Code 753 Changes from currently filed forms must be highlighted.  
THIRD PARTY FILERS AUTHORITY REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Insurer may authorize an advisory organization to make a form filing on its behalf.

Insurer may change or delay the effective date of an advisory organization form filing by properly notifying the Department.

Insurer may authorize attorneys, consulting firms, etc. to submit form filings to the Department, as long as the filing includes proper authorization.

50 IL Adm. Code 753 Insurer may authorize an advisory organization, of which it is a member or subscriber, to file forms on its behalf, as long as the insurer has on file with the Department a forms authorization letter, in duplicate, which includes:
1) the name of the authorized advisory organization.
2) the kinds of business for which filings will be made.
3) authorization clause or language.
4) effective date of authorization.

Insurer may change or delay the effective date of an advisory organization form filing by notifying the Department. The notice shall include the insurer name, FEIN number, line of insurance, advisory organization name and filing number, and effective date desired.

Insurer may authorize attorneys, consulting firms, etc. to submit form filings to the Department as long as the filing includes a notice, signed by an authorized company officer, giving authority for the entity to act on the insurer's behalf on any issues related to the filing.

 
AMBIGUOUS & MISLEADING REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
The Director may disapprove a form filing if it contains inconsistent, ambiguous, or misleading clauses. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Director may disapprove any form that contains inconsistent, ambiguous, or misleading clauses.  
APPLICATIONS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Applications must be filed. 50 IL Adm. Code 753 Applications must be filed.  
ARBITRATION REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Requirements for arbitration provisions. 710 ILCS 5/1

215 ILCS 5/143(2)

Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the contract, or the breach thereof, may be settled within a reasonable time limit by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with the Uniform Arbitration Act 710 ILCS 5/1.

The arbitration may be binding on both parties, or non-binding upon the insured, but in all instances must be entered into on a voluntary basis, as the insured must have the option of filing a lawsuit. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.

 
BANKRUPTCY PROVISIONS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Policies that contain liability coverage must include a bankruptcy provision. 215 ILCS 5/388 All policies containing liability coverage must include a provision stating that insolvency or bankruptcy of the insured shall not release the company from its duties to pay under the policy.  
BLANK ENDORSEMENTS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Blank endorsements are acceptable for filing, with exceptions. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Blank endorsements may be filed, but may not be used to decrease coverage, increase rates or deductibles, or negatively alter any terms or conditions of coverage, unless such change is at the sole request of the insured. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
CANCELLATION & NON-RENEWAL REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
May not refuse to issue a policy on sole basis of previous refusal, cancellation or nonrenewal by any insurer. 215 ILCS 5/143.10 No company shall refuse to issue a policy on the sole basis that the insured or applicant for such policy was previously refused issuance or renewal of a policy by an insurer, or such insured's policy was cancelled on a prior date by any insurer.  
Loss information requested for underwriting. 215 ILCS 5/143.10a No prospective insurer shall request the insured to provide more detailed loss information than required by it to underwrite the same line or class of insurance.  
Loss information required to be provided. 215 ILCS 5/143.10a Insurer shall provide the following loss information to the first named insured within 30 days of the insured's request, and at the same time as any notice of cancellation or nonrenewal, except where the policy has been cancelled for nonpayment of premium, material misrepresentations or fraud on the part of the insured:

a) on closed claims, date and description of occurrence, and total amounts of payments;

b) on open claims, date and description of occurrence, total amount of payments and total reserves, if any; and

c) for any occurrence not included in (a) or (b), the date and description of occurrence and total reserves, if any.

Insurer shall provide additional loss information, including specific loss reserves, to the first named insured as soon as possible, but in no event later than 20 days of receipt of named insured's mailed or delivered written request for such information at the request of a prospective insurer.

Insurer shall automatically extend coverage under the existing policy, at the same terms and conditions by the same number of days it takes the insurer to provide the insured with this additional information.

 
Policy must contain cancellation provision. 215 ILCS 5/143.11 Policy must include a cancellation provision setting out the manner in which the policy may be cancelled.  
May not refuse to issue certain policies solely due to hate crimes. 215 ILCS 5/143.24c

Title 26 U.S.C.
Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(i), (ii), and (vi).

Insurers may not refuse to issue a policy solely on the basis that one or more claims have been made against any policy during the preceding 60 months, for a loss that is the result of a hate crime, if the insured provides evidence to the insurer that the act causing the loss is identified as a hate crime on a police report.

Applies to policies issued to an individual, a religious organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i) of Title 26 of the United States Code, or an educational organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) of Title 26 of the United States Code, or any other nonprofit organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of Title 26 of the United States Code that is organized and operated for religious, charitable, or educational purposes.

 
Rating or underwriting decisions based solely on domestic violence. 215 ILCS 5/155.22b No insurer that issues a property and casualty policy may use the fact that an applicant or insured incurred bodily injury as a result of a battery committed against him/her by a spouse or person in the same household as a sole reason for a rating or underwriting decision.  
CONDITIONAL RENEWAL REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Assignment or transfer of policies among or between insurers within an insurance holding company system or insurers under common management or control, or as a result of a merger, acquisition, or restructuring of an insurance company, is not a nonrenewal for purposes of the notification requirements. 215 ILCS 5/143.11b Assignment or transfer of policies among or between insurers within an insurance holding company system or insurers under common management or control, or as a result of a merger, acquisition, or restructuring of an insurance company, is not a nonrenewal for purposes of the notification requirements.

If the increase in the renewal premium is 30% or more, contains a change in deductibles or change in coverage that materially alters the policy, the company must adhere to provisions in Section 143.17a as described below.

A company making an assignment or transfer of a policy among or between insurers as stated above, must deliver to the named insured notice of such assignment or transfer at least 60 days prior to the renewal date. An exact and unaltered copy of the notice shall be sent to the insured's producer, if known, and agent of record.

 
Requirements for advance notice of renewal with changes in deductibles, changes in coverage that materially alters the policy, or increase of 30% or more. 215 ILCS 5/143.17a

Illinois Supreme Court Rule 236

If an insurer offers to renew directly to the named insured with a renewal increase of 30% or more, or with a change in deductible or coverage that materially alters the policy, the insurer must mail or deliver to the named insured, written notice of such premium increase or change at least 60 days prior to the renewal or anniversary date.
The increase in premium shall be the renewal premium based on the known exposure as of the date of the quotation compared to the premium as of the last day of coverage for the current year's policy, annualized. The premium may be subsequently amended to reflect any change in exposure or reinsurance costs not considered in the quotation.
The renewal notice must provide the specific dollar amount of the premium. Renewal notices issued with the wording "your premium increase will be 30% or more" do not comply with the Code.
An exact and unaltered copy of the notice shall be sent to the insured's broker, if known, or the agent of record.
If the insurer fails to provide 60 days notice in advance of the renewal or anniversary date but provides notice at least 31 days prior to the renewal or anniversary date, the company must extend the current policy under the same terms, conditions and premium to allow 60 days notice, and provide the actual renewal premium quotation and any change in coverage or deductible on the policy.  If the insurer fails to provide 31 days advance notice as described above, the insurer must renew the expiring policy under the same terms and conditions for an additional year or until the effective date of any similar coverage procured by the insured, whichever is earlier.  The insurer may increase the renewal premium, however such increase must be less than 30% of the expiring term’s premium, and notice of such increase must be delivered to the named insured on or before the date of expiration of the current policy period.
Proof of mailing or proof of receipt may be proven by a sworn affidavit by the insurer as to the usual and customary business practices of mailing notices pursuant to Section143.17a or may be proven consistent with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 236.

 
NOTICE OF CANCELLATION REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Cancellation notice mailing requirements and requirements for canceling premium financed insurance contracts. 215 ILCS 5/143.14 Insurer must mail cancellation notice to the named insured and to the mortgage or lien holder, and send copy of such notice to the insured's broker, if known, or the agent of record, at the last mailing address known by insurer. Insurer must maintain proof of mailing on a form acceptable to U.S. Post Office or other commercial mail delivery service.

Section 143.14 also contains requirements for canceling premium financed insurance contracts and procedures for returning unearned premium. See law for specific details of requirements.

 
Number of days notice required for cancellation of commercial policies and notice requirements. 215 ILCS 5/143.16 Insurer must mail cancellation notice to the named insured at least: 10 days prior to effective date of cancellation for nonpayment of premium; 30 days prior to effective date of cancellation during the first 60 days of coverage; 60 days prior to effective date of cancellation after coverage has been effective for 61 days or more.

All notices shall include a specific explanation of the reason(s) for cancellation.

 
Cancellation notice must advise insured of right to request a hearing. 215 ILCS 5/143.23

215 ILCS 5/143.16a

If an insurer cancels a commercial policy mid-term per Section 143.16a, for any reason except non-payment of premium, the cancellation notice must advise the named insured of the right to appeal and the procedure to follow for such appeal.  
NOTICE OF NON-RENEWAL REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Number of days notice required for nonrenewing a commercial policy and other notice requirements. 215 ILCS 5/143.17a Nonrenewal notice must be mailed to the named insured at least 60 days in advance of the nonrenewal date.

Insurer must maintain proof of mailing of such notice on a recognized U.S. Post Office form or a form acceptable to the U.S. Post Office or other commercial mail delivery service.

If the insurer fails to mail notice of nonrenewal to the named insured at least 60 days in advance of the nonrenewal date, the insurer must extend the policy for an additional year or until the effective date of any similar insurance procured by the insured, whichever is less, on the same terms and conditions as the policy sought to be terminated, unless the insurer has manifested its intention to renew at a different premium that represents an increase not exceeding 30%.

An exact and unaltered copy shall be sent to the insured's broker if known, or the agent of record, and to the mortgage or lien holder at the last mailing address known by the company.

Nonrenewal notice must provide a specific explanation of the reason(s) for nonrenewal.

 
PERMISSIBLE REASONS FOR CANCELLATION REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
May not cancel a policy on sole basis of previous refusal, cancellation or nonrenewal by any insurer. 215 ILCS 5/143.10 Insurers may not cancel a policy on the sole basis that the insured or applicant for such policy was previously refused issuance or renewal of a policy by an insurer, or such insured's policy was cancelled on a prior date by any insurer.  
Reasons for canceling a commercial policy that has been in effect for 60 days or more. 215 ILCS 5/143.16a

50 IL Adm. Code 940

After a policy has been in effect for 60 days, insurer may only cancel for the following 6 reasons: (a) non-payment of premium; (b) the policy was obtained through a material misrepresentation; (c) any insured violated any terms and conditions of the policy; (d) the risk originally accepted has measurably increased; (e) the insurer certifies to the Director of the loss of reinsurance for all or a substantial part of the underlying risk; or (f) the Director determines that continuation of the policy could place the insurer in violation of Illinois insurance laws.

Rule 940 outlines requirements for certification of loss of reinsurance.

 
May not cancel certain policies solely due to hate crimes. 215 ILCS 5/143.24c

Title 26 U.S.C.
Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(i), (ii), and (vi).

Insurers may not cancel a policy solely on the basis that one or more claims have been made against any policy during the preceding 60 months, for a loss that is the result of a hate crime, if the insured provides evidence to the insurer that the act causing the loss is identified as a hate crime on a police report.

Applies to policies issued to an individual, a religious organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i) of Title 26 of the United States Code, or an educational organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) of Title 26 of the United States Code, or any other nonprofit organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of Title 26 of the United States Code that is organized and operated for religious, charitable, or educational purposes.

 
Rating or underwriting decisions based solely on domestic violence. 215 ILCS 5/155.22b No insurer that issues a property and casualty policy may use the fact that an applicant or insured incurred bodily injury as a result of a battery committed against him/her by a spouse or person in the same household as a sole reason for a rating or underwriting decision.  
PERMISSIBLE REASONS FOR NON-RENEWAL REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
May not refuse to renew because agent's contract with insurer was terminated. 215 ILCS 5/141.01 Insurers may not refuse to renew any policy on the ground that the company's contract with the agent through whom the policy was obtained has been terminated.  
May not refuse to renew a policy on sole basis of previous refusal, cancellation or nonrenewal by any insurer. 215 ILCS 5/143.10 Insurers may not refuse to renew a policy on the sole basis that the insured or applicant for such policy was previously refused issuance or renewal of a policy by an insurer, or such insured's policy was cancelled on a prior date by any insurer.  
Insurers may nonrenew for almost any reason(s) except those specifically prohibited in other Illinois insurance laws or regulations.

However, insurers must give a specific explanation of the reason(s) for nonrenewal.

215 ILCS 5/143.17a Insurers may nonrenew for almost any reason(s) except those specifically prohibited in other Illinois insurance laws or regulations.

However, insurers must give a specific explanation of the reason(s) for nonrenewal.

 
May not refuse to renew certain policies solely due to hate crimes. 215 ILCS 5/143.24c

Title 26 U.S.C.
Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(i), (ii), and (vi).

Insurers may not refuse to renew a policy solely on the basis that one or more claims have been made against any policy during the preceding 60 months, for a loss that is the result of a hate crime, if the insured provides evidence to the insurer that the act causing the loss is identified as a hate crime on a police report.

Applies to policies issued to an individual, a religious organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i) of Title 26 of the United States Code, or an educational organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) of Title 26 of the United States Code, or any other nonprofit organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of Title 26 of the United States Code that is organized and operated for religious, charitable, or educational purposes.

 
Rating or underwriting decisions based solely on domestic violence. 215 ILCS 5/155.22b No insurer that issues a property and casualty policy may use the fact that an applicant or insured incurred bodily injury as a result of a battery committed against him/her by a spouse or person in the same household as a sole reason for a rating or underwriting decision.  
CONSUMER INFORMATION REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Cancellation notice must advise insured of right to request a hearing. 215 ILCS 5/143.23 If an insurer cancels a policy mid-term per Section 143.16a, for any reason except non-payment of premium, the cancellation notice must advise the named insured of the right to request a hearing to appeal such decision, and the procedure to follow for such appeal.  
Written notice of company's complaint Department and Department of Insurance Public Service Department. 215 ILCS 5/143c

50 IL Adm. Code 931

No policy may be delivered unless the policyholder or certificate holder is provided written notice of the address of the complaint Department of the insurance company, and the address of the Public Service Department of the Department of Insurance or its successor.

Rule 931 provides more specific guidance that:

a) such notice shall accompany any newly issued policy or binder;

b) "written notice" shall be satisfied by: any printed notice delivered with a policy or certificate; any adhering label attached to a policy or certificate; any computerized notice issued concurrently with a computer issued policy or certificate; or any other form of individual written notice substantially similar to the above.

The address to be used for the Department of Insurance should be: Illinois Department of Insurance, Consumer Department or Public Services Section, Springfield, IL 62767.

The address to be used for the company shall be an office that can service all types of complaints. If one office cannot service all types of complaints, then the additional addresses of each appropriate service office must be given.

In addition to providing the required addresses, the notification should set forth the minimum amount of information included in the following suggested wording: "This notice is to advise you that should any complaints arise regarding this insurance, you may contact the following."

 
CONTENT OF POLICIES REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Reasons for which the Director may disapprove a form filing. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) The Director may disapprove any form that (i) violates any provision of the Illinois Insurance Code, (ii) contains inconsistent, ambiguous, or misleading clauses, or (iii) contains exceptions and conditions that will unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy.  
Requirements for form content and readability. 50 IL Adm. Code 753 There must be printed at the head of the policy the name of the insurer or insurers issuing the policy, the location of the Home Office thereof; a statement of whether the insurer is a stock, mutual, reciprocal, Lloyds, alien insurer, or an insurer operating under a charter by Special Act of the Legislature of any state. There may be added thereto such devices, emblems or designs and dates as are appropriate for the insurer issuing the policy.

All forms must be identified by a descriptive title, form number and edition identification.

All forms must be printed in not less than eight-point type.

 
DEFENSE WITHIN LIMITS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Defense costs may not be included in limits of liability. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Defense costs must be paid as supplement to the limits of liability. Defense costs may not be included in the limits of liability. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
DEFINITIONS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: These brief summaries do not include all requirements of all laws, regulations, bulletins, or requirements, so review actual law, regulation, bulletin, or requirement for details to ensure that forms are fully compliant before filing with the Department of Insurance.
LOCATION OF STANDARD IN FILING
Definition of "renewal" or "to renew." 215 ILCS 5/143.13(d) Definition of "renewal" or "to renew."  
Definition of "nonpayment of premium." 215 ILCS 5/143.13(e) Definition of "nonpayment of premium."  
Definition of "policy delivered or issued for delivery in this State." 215 ILCS 5/143.13(f) Definition of "policy delivered or issued for delivery in this State."  
Definition of "cancellation" or "cancelled." 215 ILCS 5/143.13(g) Definition of "cancellation" or "cancelled."  
DISCRIMINATION REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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May not cancel certain policies, or refuse to issue or renew certain policies solely due to hate crimes. 215 ILCS 5/143.24c

Title 26 U.S.C.
Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(i), (ii), and (vi).

Insurers may not cancel a policy, or refuse to issue or renew a policy solely on the basis that one or more claims have been made against any policy during the preceding 60 months, for a loss that is the result of a hate crime, if the insured provides evidence to the insurer that the act causing the loss is identified as a hate crime on a police report.

Applies to policies issued to an individual, a religious organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i) of Title 26 of the United States Code, or an educational organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) of Title 26 of the United States Code, or any other nonprofit organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of Title 26 of the United States Code that is organized and operated for religious, charitable, or educational purposes.

 
Redlining -- When geographic location of risk may be grounds for refusing to insure. 215 ILCS 5/155.22 Insurer may not refuse to provide insurance solely on the basis of the specific geographic location of the risk unless such refusal is for a business purpose which is not a mere pretext for unfair discrimination.  
Rating, claims handling, and underwriting decisions based solely on domestic violence. 215 ILCS 5/155.22b No insurer that issues a property and casualty policy may use the fact that an applicant or insured incurred bodily injury as a result of a battery committed against him/her by a spouse or person in the same household as a sole reason for a rating, underwriting, or claims handling decision.  
Intentional acts exclusion -- exception for innocent co-insured. 215 ILCS 5/155.22b If a policy excludes property damage coverage for intentional acts, the insurers may not deny payment to an innocent co-insured who did not cooperate in or contribute to the creation of the loss if the loss arose out of a pattern of criminal domestic violence and the perpetrator of the loss is criminally prosecuted for the act causing the loss.  
Unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices defined. 215 ILCS 5/424(3) It is an unfair method of competition or unfair and deceptive act or practice if a company makes or permits any unfair discrimination between individuals or risks of the same class or of essentially the same hazard and expense element because of the race, color, religion, or national origin of such insurance risks or applicants.  
Procedure as to unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices not defined. 215 ILCS 5/429 Outlines the procedures the Director follows when he has reason to believe that a company is engaging in unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices.  
Civil Union Partnerships-effective June 1, 2011 Public Act 96-1513

Company Bulletin 2011-06

Civil Union Fact Sheet
The Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (Public Act 96-1513) will allow both same-sex and different-sex couples to enter into a civil union with all of the obligations, protections, and legal rights that Illinois provides to married heterosexual couples.

Please note that whenever a policy form, application, or rating rule includes the terms "spouse," "married," or "immediate family member" it is required that parties to a civil union be included in these definitions.
 
DOMESTIC ABUSE REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Rating, claims handling, and underwriting decisions based solely on domestic violence. 215 ILCS 5/155.22b No insurer that issues a property and casualty policy may use the fact that an applicant or insured incurred bodily injury as a result of a battery committed against him/her by a spouse or person in the same household as a sole reason for a rating, underwriting, or claims handling decision.  
Intentional acts exclusion -- exception for innocent co-insured. 215 ILCS 5/155.22b If a policy excludes property damage coverage for intentional acts, the insurers may not deny payment to an innocent co-insured who did not cooperate in or contribute to the creation of the loss if the loss arose out of a pattern of criminal domestic violence and the perpetrator of the loss is criminally prosecuted for the act causing the loss.  
EXCLUSIONS & LIMITATIONS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Blank endorsements are acceptable for filing, with exceptions. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Blank endorsements may be filed, but may not be used to decrease coverage, increase rates or deductibles, or negatively alter any terms or conditions of coverage, unless such change is at the sole request of the insured. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
Communicable disease exclusions must be specific. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Form may not exclude broad categories of communicable disease. Form may exclude only specific diseases, such as AIDS, or specific classes of diseases, such as sexually transmitted diseases. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
Electromagnetic exclusions are prohibited. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Electromagnetic exclusions are prohibited. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
Intoxicant or narcotic exclusions are prohibited unless specific language is included. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Intoxicant or narcotic exclusions are prohibited unless they include the following: 1) a standard set forth with regard to what is considered an intoxicant or narcotic; 2) a standard set forth as to what levels of consumption defines intoxication; 3) a standard of proof set forth; and 4) language that distinguishes the intent or motivation. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
Sexual molestation/abuse exclusions must cover vicarious liability. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Vicarious liability must be provided. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
MOLD REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Filing procedures and requirements for exclusions and limitations related to mold. Company Bulletin 2002-07

 

Please refer to Company Bulletin 2002-07 for specific information and guidance.  
TERRORISM REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 and Filing Procedures and Requirements for Terrorism-Related Forms, Rules and Rates

Company Bulletin 2008-01

 

Please refer to Company Bulletin 2008-01 for specific information and guidance.

 
GROUP POLICIES REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Group Excess Workers' Compensation policies are not specifically allowed by statute. 50 IL Adm. Code 906

215 ILCS 5/388a-388g

215 ILCS 5/393a-393g

215 ILCS 5/400.1

IL Adm. Code 2302

215 ILCS 5/900-906

Per Regulation 906, there are no enabling statutes in IL which authorize the writing of group fire, casualty, inland marine, or surety insurance. The effect is to require that all fire, casualty, inland marine, or surety insureds of the same class shall be treated alike. This regulation is not applicable where the Illinois Insurance Code specifically authorizes the grouping of risks.

Therefore, Excess Workers' Compensation insurance coverage may not be written on a group basis in Illinois. Per the referenced statutes and rules, the only lines of business that may be written on a group basis in Illinois are: a) group vehicle; b) group professional liability; c) group inland marine; d) group legal.

 
ACTION AGAINST COMPANY REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Periods of limitation tolled. 215 ILCS 5/143.1 If the form contains a provision limiting the period of time within which the insured may bring suit, the provision must state that the running of such period is tolled from the date proof of loss is filed until the date the claim is denied in whole or in part.  
ARBITRATION REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Requirements for arbitration provisions. 710 ILCS 5/1

215 ILCS 5/143(2)

Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the contract, or the breach thereof, may be settled within a reasonable time limit by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with the Uniform Arbitration Act 710 ILCS 5/1.

The arbitration may be binding on both parties, or non-binding upon the insured, but in all instances must be entered into on a voluntary basis, as the insured must have the option of filing a lawsuit. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.

 
DEFENSE COSTS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Defense costs may not be included in limits of liability. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Defense costs must be paid as supplement to the limits of liability. Defense costs may not be included in the limits of liability. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
PAYMENT OF LOSS TIME PERIOD REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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If a form states when a claim will be paid, the language must conform to this Rule. 50 IL Adm. Code 919.50 If a form contains a provision stating when a claim shall be paid, the provision must comply with this Rule that states that the insurer shall affirm or deny liability on claims within a reasonable time and shall offer payment within 30 days of affirmation of liability if the amount of the claim is determined and not in dispute. For those portions of the claim which are not in dispute and the payee is known, the insurer shall tender payment within said 30 days.  
NOTICE REQUIREMENTS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Cancellation notice must advise insured of right to request a hearing. 215 ILCS 5/143.23 If an insurer cancels a policy mid-term per Section 143.16a, for any reason except non-payment of premium, the cancellation notice must advise the named insured of the right to request a hearing to appeal such decision, and the procedure to follow for such appeal.  
Written notice of company's complaint Department and Department of Insurance Public Service Department. 215 ILCS 5/143c

50 IL Adm. Code 931

No policy may be delivered unless the policyholder or certificate holder is provided written notice of the address of the complaint Department of the insurance company, and the address of the Public Service Department of the Department of Insurance or its successor.

Rule 931 provides more specific guidance that:

a) such notice shall accompany any newly issued policy or binder;

b) "written notice" shall be satisfied by: any printed notice delivered with a policy or certificate; any adhering label attached to a policy or certificate; any computerized notice issued concurrently with a computer issued policy or certificate; or any other form of individual written notice substantially similar to the above.

The address to be used for the Department of Insurance should be: Illinois Department of Insurance, Consumer Department or Public Services Section, Springfield, IL 62767.

The address to be used for the company shall be an office that can service all types of complaints. If one office cannot service all types of complaints, then the additional addresses of each appropriate service office must be given.

In addition to providing the required addresses, the notification should set forth the minimum amount of information included in the following suggested wording: "This notice is to advise you that should any complaints arise regarding this insurance, you may contact the following."

 
OTHER INSURANCE REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Requirements for "Other Insurance" provisions. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) "Other Insurance" provisions must state that coverage under the policy will share proportionately with other similar coverages the insured may have. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
PUNITIVE DAMAGES REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Punitive damages.

95 IL. App. 34 3d 1122

215 ILCS 5/143(2)

An insurer may not reimburse an insured for punitive damages assessed as a result of the insured's own misconduct. If a form excludes coverage for punitive damages, the form must state that it provides a defense for claims involving both compensatory and punitive damages. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
READABILITY REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Requirements for form content and readability. 50 IL Adm. Code 753 There must be printed at the head of the policy the name of the insurer or insurers issuing the policy, the location of the Home Office thereof; a statement of whether the insurer is a stock, mutual, reciprocal, Lloyds, alien insurer, or an insurer operating under a charter by Special Act of the Legislature of any state. There may be added thereto such devices, emblems or designs and dates as are appropriate for the insurer issuing the policy.

All forms must be identified by a descriptive title, form number and edition identification.

All forms must be printed in not less than eight-point type.

 
REBATES REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Payments or acceptance of rebates prohibited.

Rebates -- penalties

215 ILCS 5/151

215 ILCS 5/152

No insurer, agent or broker shall offer, give, etc., any rebate of premium, agent's commission, profits, dividends, or any special advantage in date of policy or age of issue, or any other valuable consideration or inducement, upon issuance or renewal, which is not specified in the policy contract of insurance.

However, insurers may pay a bonus to policyholders or abate their premiums, in whole or in part, out of surplus accumulated from nonparticipating insurance.

Insurers may also offer a child passenger restraint system, or a discount from the purchase price of a child passenger restraining system to policyholders, when the purpose of such system is the safety of a child and compliance with the "Child Passenger Protection Act."

No insured or applicant shall directly or indirectly receive or accept any rebate of premium or agent's or broker's commission, or any favor or advantage, or any valuable consideration or inducement, other than such as is specified in the policy.

Any company or person violating any provision of Section 151 shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

 
VICARIOUS LIABILITY REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Sexual molestation/abuse exclusions must cover vicarious liability. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Vicarious liability must be provided. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
VOIDANCE REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Requirements to rescind a policy for misrepresentation or false warranty. 215 ILCS 5/154 A policy may not be rescinded, defeated or avoided unless the misrepresentation is stated in the policy, endorsement or rider attached thereto, or in the written application therefore, and was made with the actual intent to deceive, or materially affected either the acceptance of the risk or the hazard assumed by the company.  
OTHER REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Prejudgment interest. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) Illinois courts do not award prejudgment interest. However, if a form references payment of prejudgment interest, then such payment must be a supplementary coverage and not paid within the policy limits. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
Post-judgment interest. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) If a form references payment of post-judgment interest, then such payment must be a supplementary coverage and not paid within the policy limits. Any forms that contain provisions to the contrary are deemed to contain exceptions and conditions that unreasonably or deceptively affect the risks that are purported to be assumed by the policy, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
Endorsements that amend another endorsement are prohibited. 215 ILCS 5/143(2) An endorsement cannot be used to amend another endorsement. Such endorsements are deemed to result in inconsistent, ambiguous, or misleading clauses, in violation of Section 143(2) and will be disapproved accordingly.  
Requirements for termination of line of business. 215 ILCS 5/143.11a A company must notify the Director of the termination of a line of insurance, as well as the reasons for the action, 90 days before termination of any policy is effective.  
Negative response roll-ons are prohibited. 215 ILCS 5/429 Form changes that are optional may not be applied "automatically unless the insured rejects." Insureds must be offered the option and must respond affirmatively for the change to apply. To apply the option automatically unless rejected is to engage in an unfair or deceptive act or practice.  
RATE, RULE, RATING PLAN, CLASSIFICATION, AND TERRITORY FILING REQUIREMENTS REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Excess Workers' Compensation rates and rules are not required to be filed in Illinois.

However, Form RF-3 is required to be filed for all excess workers' compensation rate level changes, within 10 days of the stated effective date.

50 IL Adm. Code 754

Form RF-3 Summary Sheet

Excess Workers' Compensation rates and rules are not required to be filed in Illinois.

However, even though the rates and rules themselves are not required to be filed, insurers must still file two copies of Form RF-3 Summary Sheet for all excess workers' compensation rate level changes.

The form must indicate whether the information is "exact" or "estimated." A company must maintain documentary data for rate level changes so that it will be available for review by the Department's Property & Casualty Evaluation Section.

RF-3s must be received by the Department's Property & Casualty Evaluation Section no later than 10 days after the stated effective date of the rate level change.

Insurers are prohibited from continuing to use the new rate level if the Form RF-3 has not been received by the Department within 10 days of the effective date.

 
INDIVIDUAL RISK RATING REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Insurers do not have to file RF3s for individual risks. However, insurers must maintain documentary information for review by the Department. 50 IL Adm. Code 754 A company is not required to file RF-3s for individual Illinois risks which cannot be rated in the normal course of business rating because of special or unusual characteristics and must be rated on the basis of underwriting judgment.

Company must maintain documentary information regarding such individual risk rates for review by the Department's Property & Casualty Evaluation Section.

 
OTHER REFERENCE DESCRIPTION OF REVIEW STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

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Rating decisions based solely on domestic violence. 215 ILCS 5/155.22b No insurer that issues a property and casualty policy may use the fact that an applicant or insured incurred bodily injury as a result of a battery committed against him/her by a spouse or person in the same household as a sole reason for a rating decision.  
Unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices defined. 215 ILCS 5/424(3) It is an unfair method of competition or unfair and deceptive act or practice if a company makes or permits any unfair discrimination between individuals or risks of the same class or of essentially the same hazard and expense element because of the race, color, religion, or national origin of such insurance risks or applicants.  
Procedure as to unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices not defined. 215 ILCS 5/429 Outlines the procedures the Director follows when he has reason to believe that a company is engaging in unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices.