2012 Arizona Revised Statutes
Title 20 Insurance
20-1226 Limitation of liability

AZ Rev Stat § 20-1226 (through 2nd Reg Sess. 50th Leg. 2012) What's This?

20-1226. Limitation of liability

A. No life insurance policy shall be delivered or issued for delivery in this state if it contains a provision that excludes or restricts liability for death caused in a certain specified manner or occurring while the insured has a specified status, except that a policy may contain provisions excluding or restricting coverage as specified therein in the event of death under any one or more of the following circumstances:

1. Death as a result, directly or indirectly, of war, declared or undeclared, or of action by military forces, or of any act or hazard of such war or action, or of service in the military, naval or air forces or in civilian forces auxiliary thereto, or from any cause while a member of such military, naval or air forces of any country at war, declared or undeclared, or of any country engaged in such military action.

2. Death as a result of aviation.

3. Death as a result of a specified hazardous occupation or occupations.

4. Death while the insured is outside the continental United States and Canada.

B. A life insurance policy that is delivered or issued for delivery in this state may include an exclusion for death resulting from suicide that occurs within two years after the issue or reinstatement of the policy. If the owner applies for an increase in death benefits after the policy issue date, the policy may provide an exclusion for suicide that occurs within one year after any increase in death benefits only to the extent of the increased death benefits.

C. A policy that contains any exclusion or restriction pursuant to this section shall also provide that in the event of death under the circumstances to which the exclusion or restriction is applicable, the insurer will pay an amount not less than a reserve determined according to the commissioners reserve valuation method upon the basis of the mortality table and interest rate specified in the policy for the calculation of nonforfeiture benefits, or if the policy provides for no such benefits, computed according to a mortality table and interest rate determined by the insurer and specified in the policy, with adjustment for indebtedness or dividend credit.

D. This section shall not apply to group life insurance, disability insurance, reinsurance or annuities, or to any provision in a life insurance policy relating to disability benefits or to additional benefits in the event of death by accident or accidental means.

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