CHAPTER 700
PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE

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Sec. 38a-316a. Insurers prohibited from refusing to issue or renew homeowners insurance policies solely on basis that homeowner failed to install permanent storm shutters to mitigate loss from hurricanes and other severe storms.
Sec. 38a-316b. Premium discount on homeowners insurance policies for installation of permanent storm shutters or impact-resistant glass.
Sec. 38a-316c. Coastal market assistance program established to assist coastal area residents to obtain homeowners insurance. Regulations.
Sec. 38a-317. (Formerly Sec. 38-114g). Mobile homeowner eligible for homeowners policy, when.
Sec. 38a-335. (Formerly Sec. 38-175b). Minimum coverages. Applicability. Statement of coverage for rented motor vehicle.
Sec. 38a-371. (Formerly Sec. 38-327). Mandatory security requirements.
Sec. 38a-395. (Formerly Sec. 38-370d). Medical malpractice data: Closed claims reports. Database. Annual report.

PART I
IN GENERAL

      Sec. 38a-316a. Insurers prohibited from refusing to issue or renew homeowners insurance policies solely on basis that homeowner failed to install permanent storm shutters to mitigate loss from hurricanes and other severe storms. No insurer that delivers, issues for delivery, renews, amends or endorses a homeowners insurance policy in this state shall refuse to renew or issue such a policy solely on the basis that the insured or prospective insured has failed to install permanent storm shutters on his or her residential dwelling as a means of mitigating loss from hurricanes or other severe storms.

      (P.A. 07-77, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4, S. 26.)

      History: P.A. 07-77 effective January 1, 2008; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4 changed effective date from January 1, 2008, to July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 38a-316b. Premium discount on homeowners insurance policies for installation of permanent storm shutters or impact-resistant glass. Each insurer that delivers, issues for delivery, renews, amends or endorses in this state a homeowners insurance policy for a residential dwelling shall offer a premium discount on any such policy to any homeowner who submits to such insurer proof of installation of permanent storm shutters or impact-resistant glass on his or her dwelling as a means of mitigating loss from hurricanes or other severe storms. Such discount shall be based on sound actuarial principles and shall be applicable to premium charges for any such policy delivered, issued for delivery, renewed, amended or endorsed on or after January 1, 2008.

      (P.A. 07-77, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 07-77 effective January 1, 2008.

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      Sec. 38a-316c. Coastal market assistance program established to assist coastal area residents to obtain homeowners insurance. Regulations. (a) The Insurance Commissioner may establish a coastal market assistance program to assist homeowners to obtain homeowners insurance for their residential dwellings located in proximity to the coastal area of the state. Such program may consist of a network of participating insurers and insurance producers that act on a voluntary basis and operate under the auspices of the commissioner to provide such assistance to homeowners. The commissioner may require any insurer that declines to issue or renew a homeowners insurance policy to provide notice, in writing, to the affected applicant or insured of the existence of such program.

      (b) The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

      (P.A. 07-77, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 07-77 effective May 30, 2007.

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      Sec. 38a-317. (Formerly Sec. 38-114g). Mobile homeowner eligible for homeowners policy, when. A mobile homeowner shall be a homeowner for purposes of sections 38a-72 to 38a-75, inclusive, 38a-285, 38a-305 to 38a-318, inclusive, 38a-328, 38a-663 to 38a-696, inclusive, 38a-827 and 38a-894 to 38a-898, inclusive, and homeowners policies as regulated under said sections shall be offered on the same terms to such an owner as to other homeowners, when such mobile homeowner owns and occupies a mobile dwelling equipped for year-round living which is permanently attached to a permanent foundation on property owned or leased by such mobile homeowner, is connected to utilities, is assessed as real property on the tax list of the town in which it is located and is in conformance with applicable state and local laws and ordinances.

      (1971, P.A. 481; P.A. 73-616, S. 35; P.A. 01-174, S. 7; P.A. 02-89, S. 79; P.A. 07-77, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 73-616 added reference to chapter 682a; Sec. 38-114g transferred to Sec. 38a-317 in 1991; P.A. 01-174 substituted reference to Sec. 38a-696 for Sec. 38a-697 and made technical changes, including changes for the purpose of gender neutrality; P.A. 02-89 deleted reference to Sec. 38a-286, reflecting repeal of said section by the same public act; P.A. 07-77 included Secs. 38a-316a to 38a-316c within scope of section, effective May 30, 2007.

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PART II
MOTOR VEHICLE POLICIES

      Sec. 38a-335. (Formerly Sec. 38-175b). Minimum coverages. Applicability. Statement of coverage for rented motor vehicle.

      Subsec. (d):

      Statute is not an absolute prohibition on household exclusions, but merely requires notice and acceptance by insured of an endorsement that specifically excludes relatives residing in the household of the named insured. Statute prescribes a process by which such exclusions must be executed to be valid. 282 C. 454.


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PART III
NO-FAULT MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE

      Sec. 38a-371. (Formerly Sec. 38-327). Mandatory security requirements.

      Legislature's requirement that vehicle owners maintain liability coverage does not require that such owner coverage be primary if other coverage that satisfies the statutory minimum standards is available. 282 C. 535.

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PART IV
PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE

      Sec. 38a-395. (Formerly Sec. 38-370d). Medical malpractice data: Closed claims reports. Database. Annual report. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Claim" means a request for indemnification filed by a medical professional or hospital pursuant to a professional liability policy for a loss for which a reserve amount has been established by an insurer;

      (2) "Closed claim" means a claim that has been settled, or otherwise disposed of, where the insurer has made all indemnity and expense payments on the claim;

      (3) "Insurer" means an insurer that insures a medical professional or hospital against professional liability. "Insurer" includes, but is not limited to, a captive insurer or a self-insured person; and

      (4) "Medical professional" has the same meaning as provided in section 38a-976.

      (b) On and after January 1, 2006, each insurer shall provide to the Insurance Commissioner a closed claim report, on such form as the commissioner prescribes, in accordance with this section. The insurer shall submit the report not later than ten days after the last day of the calendar quarter in which a claim is closed. The report shall only include information about claims settled under the laws of this state.

      (c) The closed claim report shall include:

      (1) Details about the insured and insurer, including: (A) The name of the insurer; (B) the professional liability insurance policy limits and whether the policy was an occurrence policy or was issued on a claims-made basis; (C) the name, address, health care provider professional license number and specialty coverage of the insured; and (D) the insured's policy number and a unique claim number.

      (2) Details about the injury or loss, including: (A) The date of the injury or loss that was the basis of the claim; (B) the date the injury or loss was reported to the insurer; (C) the name of the institution or location at which the injury or loss occurred; (D) the type of injury or loss, including a severity of injury rating that corresponds with the severity of injury scale that the Insurance Commissioner shall establish based on the severity of injury scale developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and (E) the name, age and gender of any injured person covered by the claim. Any individually identifiable health information, as defined in 45 CFR 160.103, as from time to time amended, submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be confidential. The reporting of the information is required by law. If necessary to comply with federal privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, (P.L. 104-191) (HIPAA), as from time to time amended, the insured shall arrange with the insurer to release the required information.

      (3) Details about the claims process, including: (A) Whether a lawsuit was filed and, if so, in which court; (B) the outcome of such lawsuit; (C) the number of other defendants, if any; (D) the stage in the process when the claim was closed; (E) the dates of the trial, if any; (F) the date of the judgment or settlement, if any; (G) whether an appeal was filed and, if so, the date filed; (H) the resolution of any appeal and the date such appeal was decided; (I) the date the claim was closed; (J) the initial indemnity and expense reserve for the claim; and (K) the final indemnity and expense reserve for the claim.

      (4) Details about the amount paid on the claim, including: (A) The total amount of the initial judgment rendered by a jury or awarded by the court; (B) the total amount of the settlement if there was no judgment rendered or awarded; (C) the total amount of the settlement if the claim was settled after judgment was rendered or awarded; (D) the amount of economic damages, as defined in section 52-572h, or the insurer's estimate of the amount in the event of a settlement; (E) the amount of noneconomic damages, as defined in section 52-572h, or the insurer's estimate of the amount in the event of a settlement; (F) the amount of any interest awarded due to the failure to accept an offer of judgment or compromise; (G) the amount of any remittitur or additur; (H) the amount of final judgment after remittitur or additur; (I) the amount paid by the insurer; (J) the amount paid by the defendant due to a deductible or a judgment or settlement in excess of policy limits; (K) the amount paid by other insurers; (L) the amount paid by other defendants; (M) whether a structured settlement was used; (N) the expense assigned to and recorded with the claim, including, but not limited to, defense and investigation costs, but not including the actual claim payment; and (O) any other information the commissioner determines to be necessary to regulate the professional liability insurance industry with respect to medical professionals or hospitals, ensure the industry's solvency and ensure that such liability insurance is available and affordable.

      (d) (1) The commissioner shall establish an electronic database composed of closed claim reports filed pursuant to this section.

      (2) The commissioner shall compile the data included in individual closed claim reports into an aggregated summary format and shall prepare a written annual report of the summary data. The report shall provide an analysis of closed claim information including a minimum of five years of comparative data, when available, trends in frequency and severity of claims, itemization of damages, timeliness of the claims process, and any other descriptive or analytical information that would assist in interpreting the trends in closed claims.

      (3) The annual report shall include a summary of rate filings for professional liability insurance for medical professionals or hospitals, which have been approved by the department for the prior calendar year, including an analysis of the trend of direct losses, incurred losses, earned premiums and investment income as compared to prior years. The report shall include base premiums charged by insurers for each specialty and the number of providers insured by specialty for each insurer.

      (4) Not later than March 15, 2007, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall submit the annual report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance in accordance with section 11-4a. The commissioner shall also (A) make the report available to the public, (B) post the report on its Internet site, and (C) provide public access to the contents of the electronic database after the commissioner establishes that the names and other individually identifiable information about the claimant and practitioner have been removed.

      (e) The Insurance Commissioner shall provide the Commissioner of Public Health with electronic access to all information received pursuant to this section. The Commissioner of Public Health shall maintain the confidentiality of such information in the same manner and to the same extent as required for the Insurance Commissioner.

      (P.A. 86-365, S. 4, 5; P.A. 05-275, S. 14; P.A. 07-25, S. 1.)

      History: Sec. 38-370d transferred to Sec. 38a-395 in 1991; P.A. 05-275 replaced former provisions with new Subsecs. (a) to (e) re closed claims reports and data, effective January 1, 2006; P.A. 07-25 added Subsec. (a)(4) to define "medical professional", amended Subsec. (a)(1) and (3) to substitute "medical professional or hospital" for "physician, surgeon, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant", and amended Subsecs. (c)(4)and (d)(3) to substitute "medical professionals or hospitals" for "physicians, surgeons, advanced practice registered nurses or physician assistants".

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