2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 632. Insurance contracts in specific lines.
632.93 The fraternal contract.


632.93 The fraternal contract.


(1) Issuance of certificate. A fraternal shall issue to each owner a policy or certificate specifying the benefits provided and containing at least in substance all sections of the laws of the fraternal which might result in the termination of coverage or the reduction of benefits. The policy or certificate, any riders or endorsements attached thereto, the laws of the fraternal, and the application and declarations made in connection therewith and signed by the applicant, constitute the agreement between the fraternal and the owner, and the policy or certificate shall so state.


(2) Changes in laws of fraternals. Except as provided in s. 614.24 (1m), any changes in the laws of a fraternal made subsequent to the issuance of a policy or certificate bind the owner and any beneficiary under the policy or certificate as if they had been in force at the time of the application, so long as they do not destroy or diminish benefits promised in the policy or certificate.


(3) Proof of terms. Copies of any documents mentioned in subs. (1) and (2), certified by the secretary or corresponding officer of the fraternal, are evidence of the terms and conditions of the contract.


(4) Inapplicable provisions. Sections 631.13 and 632.44 (2) do not apply to fraternal contracts.


(5) Grace period. Every fraternal certificate shall contain a provision entitling the owner to a grace period of not less than one month, or 30 days at the fraternal's option, for the payment of any premium due except the first, during which the death benefit shall continue in force. A fraternal may specify in the grace period provision that the overdue premium will be deducted from the death benefit in the event of death before it is paid.


(6) Compliance with other provisions. If a fraternal's laws provide for expulsion or suspension of a member for any reason other than nonpayment of premium or under s. 632.46, the fraternal's insurance certificate shall contain a provision that if a member is expelled or suspended for any reason other than nonpayment of premium or under s. 632.46, the expelled member, or other owner who was provided insurance benefits under s. 614.10 on the application of the expelled member, has the right to maintain the policy in force by continuing payment of the required premium.


(7) Scope of application. This section applies to all contracts made by a fraternal beginning 6 months after December 18, 1979. A fraternal may elect to have this section apply at an earlier date, so long as it applies simultaneously to all such contracts and the fraternal gives the commissioner at least 30 days' notice of intention to adopt this section.

632.93 - ANNOT.

History: 1975 c. 373; 1979 c. 102 ss. 179 to 182, 237; 1987 a. 361; 1989 a. 336; 1997 a. 177.

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