2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:32A-17 - Association shall not be used to promote insurance sales

17B:32A-17. Association shall not be used to promote insurance sales

17. a. No person, including an insurer, agent or affiliate of an insurer or insurance producer shall make, publish, disseminate, circulate or place before the public or cause directly or indirectly, to be made, published, disseminated, circulated or placed before the public, in any newspaper, magazine or other publication or in the form of a notice, circular, pamphlet, letter or poster, or over any radio station or television station, or in any other way, any advertisement, announcement or statement, written or oral, which uses the existence of the association for the purpose of sales, solicitation, or inducement to purchase any form of insurance covered by this act. This subsection shall not apply to the department or the association or to any other entity which does not sell or solicit insurance.

b. Within 180 days of the effective date of this act, the association shall prepare a summary document describing the general purposes and current limitations of the act which complies with subsection c. of this section. This document shall be submitted to the commissioner for approval. Sixty days after receiving that approval, no insurer may deliver a policy or contract described in subsection b. of section 3 of this act to a policy or contract holder unless the document is delivered to the policy or contract holder prior to or at the time of delivery of the policy or contract. The document should also be available upon request by a policyholder. The distribution, delivery, contents or interpretation of this document shall not mean that either the policy or the contract or the holder thereof would be covered in the event of the impairment or insolvency of a member insurer. The document shall be revised by the association as amendments to the act may require. Failure to receive this document does not give the policyholder, contractholder, certificateholder or insured any greater rights than those stated in this act. Delivery of the document required by this subsection shall not be required however, in the case of a policy or contract excluded from coverage under this act pursuant to subsection c. of section 3 of this act and with respect to which notice as required by subsection d. of this section has been given.

c. The document prepared pursuant to subsection b. of this section shall contain a clear and conspicuous disclaimer on its face. The commissioner shall promulgate a rule establishing the form and content of the disclaimer. The disclaimer shall:

(1) state the name and address of the association and the department;

(2) prominently warn the policy or contract holder that the association may not cover the policy or contract or, if coverage is available, it will be subject to substantial limitations and exclusions and conditioned on continued residence in this State;

(3) state that the insurer and its insurance producers are prohibited by law from using the existence of the association for the purpose of sales, solicitation or inducement to purchase any form of insurance;

(4) emphasize that the policy or contract holder should not rely on coverage under the association when selecting an insurer; and

(5) provide other information as directed by the commissioner.

d. No insurer or insurance producer may deliver a policy or contract described in subsection b. of section 3 and excluded under paragraph (1) of subsection c. of section 3 from coverage under this act unless the insurer or insurance producer, prior to or at the time of delivery, gives the policy or contract holder a separate written notice which clearly and conspicuously discloses that the policy or contract is not covered by the association. The commissioner may by rule further specify the form and content of the notice.

L.1991,c.208,s.17.

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