2018 Wyoming Statutes
TITLE 26 - INSURANCE CODE
CHAPTER 15 - THE INSURANCE CONTRACT
ARTICLE 1 - IN GENERAL
SECTION 26-15-110 - Filing and approval of application forms.
26-15-110. Filing and approval of application forms.
(a) No basic insurance policy or annuity contract form, or application form if written application is required and is to be made a part of the policy or contract, or printed rider or endorsement form or form of renewal certificate, shall be delivered or issued for delivery in this state unless the form is filed with and approved by the commissioner or is approved as provided in W.S. 26-15-201. This provision does not apply to surety bonds, or to specially rated inland marine risks, nor to policies, riders, endorsements or forms of unique character designed for and used with relation to insurance upon a particular subject, or which relate to the manner of distribution of benefits or to the reservation of rights and benefits under life or disability insurance policies and are used at the request of the individual policyholder, contract holder or certificate holder. As to forms for use in property, marine, other than wet marine and transportation insurance, casualty and surety insurance coverages, the filing required by this subsection may be made by advisory and rating organizations on behalf of their members and subscribers. This provision does not prohibit any member or subscriber from filing the forms on its own behalf.
(b) Any filing shall be made not less than forty-five (45) days in advance of any delivery. At the expiration of forty-five (45) days the form filed is approved unless affirmatively approved or disapproved by the commissioner's order. Approval of any form by the commissioner constitutes a waiver of any unexpired portion of the waiting period. The commissioner may extend by not more than an additional forty-five (45) days the period within which he may affirmatively approve or disapprove any form, by giving notice to the insurer of the extension before expiration of the initial forty-five (45) day period. At the expiration of any extended period, and in the absence of prior affirmative approval or disapproval, any form is deemed approved. The commissioner, at any time, after notice and for cause shown, may withdraw any approval.
(c) Any order of the commissioner disapproving a form or withdrawing a previous approval shall state the grounds and the particulars for the withdrawal in such detail as to reasonably inform the insurer. The withdrawal of a previously approved form is effective at the expiration of the period the commissioner prescribes in the notice, but not less than thirty (30) days from the date of the notice.
(d) The commissioner, by order, may exempt from the requirements of this section for so long as he deems proper any insurance document or form or type thereof as specified in the order, to which, in his opinion:
(i) This section may not practicably be applied;
(ii) The filing and approval of which are not desirable or necessary for the public's protection; or
(iii) The document or form or type thereof has been approved under the provisions of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact as provided in W.S. 26-15-201.
(e) Appeals from the commissioner's orders disapproving a form or withdrawing a previous approval may be taken as provided in W.S. 26-2-125 through 26-2-129.