2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:25-37 - Certain annuities excluded; annuities buyer's guide; annuity contract disclosure statement.

17B:25-37 Certain annuities excluded; annuities buyer's guide; annuity contract disclosure statement.

4. a. An annuity, for purposes of this section, concerning disclosure requirements, shall not include any annuity directly solicited to a consumer, that is:

(1) an annuity that serves as a funding vehicle for an employee welfare, pension, profit-sharing, or deferred compensation plan established or maintained by an employer or other plan sponsor, and which is funded in whole or in part by that employer or other plan sponsor;

(2) a variable annuity subject to the provisions of N.J.S.17B:28-1 et seq.;

(3) a charitable annuity established in accordance with N.J.S.17B:17-13.1;

(4) a structured settlement subject to the provisions of the "Structured Settlement Protection Act," P.L.2001, c.139 (C.2A:16-63 et seq.); or

(5) a funeral insurance policy defined by section 24 of P.L.1993, c.147 (C.17B:17-5.1).

b. The commissioner shall approve, by regulation, a document, including all subjects and language contained therein, for distribution to a consumer by an insurance producer, or an agent, representative or member of a fraternal benefit society not required to be licensed as an insurance producer in accordance with section 32 of P.L.1997, c.322 (C.17:44B-32), or an insurer, to serve as a buyer's guide regarding annuities, which may be substantially similar to any annuities buyer's guide prepared by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, or its successor, and shall include, but not be limited to, a description of various kinds of annuities, standard features of annuities, including the 10-day cancellation period for consumers required by section 6 of this act and any other consumer cancellation period required by law, and information concerning the negotiation and sale of annuities. The commissioner shall make the approved buyer's guide available to consumers on the department's Internet website.

c. The commissioner shall approve, by regulation, the form of an annuity contract disclosure statement, which shall be a separate document from the annuity, for distribution to a consumer by an insurance producer, non-licensed society agent, representative or member, or an insurer.

(1) The annuity contract disclosure statement shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) the issuing insurer's name and address;

(b) the generic name of the annuity, the insurer's product name, if different, and annuity form number, and the same information for any rider or endorsement to the annuity;

(c) a statement that the product is an annuity, accompanied by a definition of annuity;

(d) a summary describing each guaranteed, non-guaranteed, and determinable element of the annuity and any rider or endorsement, including:

(i) any charge, by dollar amount or percentage, and other considerations provided for the annuity, with an explanation of their application under the contract;

(ii) any fixed or variable crediting interest rate, and information concerning the method of its calculation and the duration of any rate period;

(iii) each income payment option;

(iv) any death benefit, and the method of its calculation;

(v) the availability of withdrawing from the insurer any portion of the annuity's contract value;

(vi) any value reduction on the annuity or benefits provided by the annuity resulting from a withdrawal set forth in sub-subparagraph (v) of this subparagraph (d), or resulting from a surrender of the annuity, including any surrender subject to the provisions of section 5 of P.L.1981, c.285 (C.17B:25-20) or the "Indexed Standard Nonforfeiture Law for Individual Deferred Annuities," P.L.2005, c.194 (C.17B:25-21 et seq.);

(e) a summary of the federal tax status of the annuity, and any tax penalty applicable based upon a withdrawal or surrender set forth in sub-subparagraphs (v) and (vi) of subparagraph (d) of this paragraph;

(f) a summary of the 10-day cancellation period for consumers required by section 6 of this act and any other consumer cancellation period required by law, or any greater cancellation period provided under the terms of the annuity, along with the cancellation procedure; and

(g) a statement that the annuity and the solicitation, negotiation, and sale of the annuity are subject to regulatory oversight by the department, accompanied by appropriate contact information for the department's consumer assistance services.

(2) The annuity contract disclosure statement shall comply with the language simplification standards of the "Life and Health Insurance Policy Language Simplification Act," P.L.1979, c.167 (C.17B:17-17 et seq.).

d. (1) An insurance producer, non-licensed society agent, representative or member, or an insurer, if no producer or non-licensed society agent, representative or member is involved, shall provide a consumer who applies for an annuity a copy of the buyer's guide and an annuity contract disclosure statement as set forth in subsections b. and c. of this section, to be delivered no later than five business days after receipt of the application.

(2) If a direct-response solicitation occurs via the Internet, the provisions of paragraph (1) for supplying the buyer's guide and the annuity contract disclosure statement shall be satisfied:

(a) by making the documents available, in printable form, to consumers on the issuing insurer's Internet website, and providing notice to the consumer of their availability; and

(b) by allowing consumers to request, through the issuing insurer's Internet website, mailed copies of the documents, so long as the insurer provides the documents no later than five business days after receipt of the application.

(3) If the buyer's guide and the annuity contract disclosure statement are not provided to the consumer in accordance with this section, the consumer shall have a period of not less than 15 days after receipt of any annuity purchased, or longer if provided by the terms of the annuity, to cancel the annuity, and receive from the insurer a prompt refund of any account value of the annuity, including any contract fees or other charges, by mailing or otherwise surrendering the annuity together with a written request for cancellation. The cancellation period provided by this paragraph shall run concurrently with the cancellation period provided by section 6 of this act, or as provided under any other provision of law.

L.2008, c.88, s.4.

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