2013 Maryland Code
INSURANCE
§ 27-208 - Unfair discrimination -- Life insurance, health insurance, and annuities


MD Ins Code § 27-208 (2013) What's This?

§27-208.

(a) (1) A person may not make or allow unfair discrimination between individuals of the same class and equal expectation of life in:

(i) the rates charged for a contract of life insurance or an annuity contract;

(ii) the dividends or other benefits payable on a contract of life insurance or an annuity contract; or

(iii) any of the other terms or conditions of a contract of life insurance or an annuity contract.

(2) (i) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, an insurer may not make or allow a differential in ratings, premium payments, or dividends for contracts of life insurance or annuity contracts for a reason based on the blindness or other physical handicap or disability of an applicant or policyholder.

(ii) Actuarial justification for the differential may be considered for a physical handicap or disability other than blindness or hearing impairment.

(3) Unless there is actuarial justification, an insurer may not refuse to insure or make or allow a differential in ratings, premium payments, or dividends in connection with life insurance and annuity contracts solely because the applicant or policyholder has the sickle-cell trait, thalassemia-minor trait, hemoglobin C trait, Tay-Sachs trait, or a genetic trait that is harmless in itself.

(4) An insurer may not refuse to insure, refuse to continue to insure, limit the amount or extent or kind of coverage available to an individual, or charge an individual a different rate for the same coverage solely for reasons associated with an applicant’s or insured’s past lawful travel experiences.

(b) (1) A person may not make or allow unfair discrimination between individuals of the same class and of essentially the same hazard:

(i) in the amount of premium, policy fees, or rates charged for a policy or contract of health insurance;

(ii) in the benefits payable under a policy or contract of health insurance;

(iii) in any of the terms or conditions of a policy or contract of health insurance; or

(iv) in any other manner.

(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, an insurer may not make or allow a differential in ratings, premium payments, or dividends for a reason based on the sex of an applicant or policyholder unless there is actuarial justification for the differential.

(3) (i) Except as provided in § 27-909 of this title and notwithstanding any other provision of this section, an insurer may not make or allow a differential in ratings, premium payments, or dividends for contracts of health insurance for a reason based on the blindness or other physical handicap or disability of an applicant or policyholder.

(ii) Except as provided in § 27-909 of this title, actuarial justification for the differential may be considered for a physical handicap or disability other than blindness or hearing impairment.

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