2013 Mississippi Code
Title 83 - INSURANCE
§ 83-37-15 - Conditions for certain contracts

MS Code § 83-37-15 (2013) What's This?

A burial association may enter into burial insurance contracts with citizens of this state in a face amount of not less than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($ 250.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($ 500.00) for the funeral of any one person to be paid by any such burial association, subject to strict compliance with the following requirements as an absolute condition precedent to any such policy or contract being written or in force in this state:

(a) Such a burial association must be incorporated under the provisions of this chapter, and at least Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($ 25,000.00) in capital stock paid up before the commencement of business by any such corporation may be authorized.

(b) Only contracts with uniform benefits may be written, which must be first approved by the commissioner of insurance, and such contracts may be written on a basis of payment of premiums for life or, alternatively, to be paid up in not less than fifteen (15) years after date of issuance. Contract benefits shall be limited to applying the face amount of the contract toward the retailed value of funeral merchandise and service; however, such contracts may provide for cash settlement benefits.

(c) The commissioner of insurance shall require compliance with minimum premium rates governing the payment of premiums on burial insurance contracts issued under the alternative plans provided in subsection (b) of this section, and any such corporation willfully collecting rates less than those so prescribed shall have its license cancelled and revoked in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. For continuing to do business thereafter, such corporation shall be enjoined therefrom in a court of competent jurisdiction.

(d) The commissioner of insurance shall promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary or advisable in order to carry out the provisions of Sections 83-37-11 through 83-37-17 insofar as the same shall not conflict herewith, and shall make examinations as required of domestic life insurance companies.

(e) No corporation shall write or issue a paid-up certificate except as provided in the cited sections.

(f) Securities shall be deposited with the state treasurer equal to one half ( 1/2) of the capital stock of such companies and associations, and securities covering reserve liabilities shall likewise be deposited with the state treasurer in the amounts and manner as is now required of domestic life insurance companies.

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