2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:17-5.1 - Definitions; funeral insurance policies

17B:17-5.1. Definitions; funeral insurance policies

24. a. As used in this section:

"At need funeral arrangements" means funeral arrangements made with the survivors or personal representative of a person who has already died for that person's funeral.

"Funeral arrangements" means funeral and burial plans made through a mortuary, including the selection of plans for the furnishing of funeral goods and services pursuant to a completed plan of bodily disposition and the act of offering the opportunity to purchase or to enroll in a prepaid funeral agreement by the mortuary.

"Funeral insurance policy" means any insurance policy or annuity contract that, at the time of issue, was intended to provide, or which was explicitly marketed for the purpose of providing, funds to the provider, whether directly or indirectly, at the time of the insured's death in connection with a prepaid funeral agreement.

"Intended funeral recipient" means the person named in a prepaid funeral agreement for whose bodily disposition the prepaid funeral agreement is intended to provide. The intended funeral recipient may or may not be the purchaser.

"Preneed funeral arrangements" means funeral arrangements made with an intended funeral recipient or his guardian, agent or next of kin, for the funeral of the intended funeral recipient.

"Prepaid funeral agreement" means a written agreement and all documents related thereto made by a purchaser with a provider prior to the death of the intended funeral recipient, with which there is connected a provisional means of paying for preneed funeral arrangements upon the death of the intended funeral recipient by the use of a funeral trust or funeral insurance policy, made payable to a provider and in return for which the provider promises to furnish, make available or provide the prepaid funeral goods or services, or both, specified in the agreement, the delivery of which occurs after the death of the intended funeral recipient.

"Prepaid funeral goods" means personal property typically sold or provided in connection with a funeral, or the final disposition of human remains, including, but not limited to, caskets or other primary containers, cremation or transportation containers, outer burial containers, vaults, as defined in N.J.S.8A:1-2, memorials as defined in N.J.S.8A:1-2, funeral clothing or accessories, monuments, cremation urns, and similar funeral or burial items, which goods are purchased in advance of need and which will not be delivered until the death of the intended funeral recipient named in a prepaid funeral agreement. Prepaid funeral goods shall not mean the sale of interment spaces and related personal property offered or sold by a cemetery company as provided for in N.J.S.8A:1-1 et seq.

"Prepaid funeral services" means those services typically provided in connection with a funeral, or the final disposition of human remains, including, but not limited to, funeral directing services, embalming services, care of human remains, preparation of human remains for final disposition, transportation of human remains, use of facilities or equipment for viewing human remains, visitation, memorial services or services which are used in connection with a funeral or the disposition of human remains, coordinating or conducting funeral rites or ceremonies and similar funeral or burial services, including limousine services provided in connection therewith, which services are purchased in advance of need and which will not be provided or delivered until the death of the intended funeral recipient named in a prepaid funeral agreement. Prepaid funeral services shall not mean the sale of services incidental to the provision of interment spaces or any related personal services offered or sold by a cemetery company as provided for in N.J.S.8A:1-1 et seq.

"Provider" means a person, firm or corporation duly licensed and registered pursuant to the "Mortuary Science Act," P.L.1952, c.340 (C.45:7-32 et seq.) to engage in the business and practice of funeral directing or mortuary science, or an individual serving as an agent thereof and so licensed:

(1) Operating a duly registered mortuary in accordance with P.L.1952, c.340 (C.45:7-32 et seq.) and the regulations promulgated thereunder;

(2) Having his or its business and practice based within the physical confines of the registered mortuary; and

(3) Engaging in the practice of making preneed funeral arrangements, including, but not limited to, offering the opportunity to purchase or enroll in prepaid funeral agreements.

"Purchaser" means the person named in a prepaid funeral agreement who purchases the prepaid funeral goods and services to be provided thereunder. The purchaser may or may not be the intended funeral recipient. If the purchaser is different than the intended funeral recipient, it is understood that the relationship of the purchaser to the intended funeral recipient includes a means to provide administrative control over the agreement on behalf of the intended funeral recipient.

b. The issuance and marketing of any funeral insurance policy shall meet all of the terms and conditions specified by the Department of Insurance as would apply to any life insurance or annuity contract, and shall in addition meet the standards and requirements specified in sections 1 through 13 of P.L.1993, c.147 (C.45:7-82 to 45:7-94).

c. Any insurance policy or annuity contract used as a funeral insurance policy on or after the effective date of P.L.1993, c.147 (C.45:7-82 et al.), whether issued within the State or outside of the State, whether on a group or individual basis, and any certificates, policies, contracts, applications, forms and related material, shall be subject to all the laws and regulations of this State and the terms and conditions of the Department of Insurance, as though issued in this State, and shall at the time of filing be designated as being intended for use as a funeral insurance policy.

d. The Commissioner of Insurance shall adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section, including a regulation establishing the loss ratio for funeral insurance policies.

L.1993,c.147,s.24.

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