2015 ORS 743.216¹
Adjusted premiums
  • applicability

This section applies only to life insurance policies issued before the operative date defined in ORS 743.215 (Calculation of adjusted premiums). For such policies:

(1) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, the adjusted premiums referred to in ORS 743.210 (Determination of cash surrender values) shall be calculated on an annual basis and shall be such uniform percentage of the respective premiums specified in the policy for each policy year, excluding any extra premiums charged because of impairments or special hazards, that the present value, at the date of issue of the policy, of all such adjusted premiums shall be equal to the sum of:

(a) The present value at the policy issue date of the future guaranteed benefits provided for by the policy.

(b) Two percent of the amount of insurance if the insurance is uniform in amount, or of the equivalent uniform amount as defined in subsection (2) of this section if the amount of insurance varies with duration of the policy.

(c) Forty percent of the adjusted premium for the first policy year. For this purpose, any excess of the adjusted premium over four percent of the amount of insurance or equivalent uniform amount shall be disregarded.

(d) Twenty-five percent of either the adjusted premium for the first policy year or the adjusted premium for a whole life policy for the same uniform or the same equivalent uniform amount of insurance with uniform premiums for the whole of life issued at the same age, whichever is less. For this purpose, any excess of the adjusted premium over four percent of the amount of insurance or equivalent uniform amount shall be disregarded.

(2) In the case of a policy providing an amount of insurance varying with duration of the policy, the equivalent uniform amount of the subject policy for the purpose of this section shall be the uniform amount of insurance provided by an otherwise similar policy, containing the same endowment benefit or benefits, if any, issued at the same age and for the same term, the amount of which does not vary with duration and the benefits under which have the same present value at the date of issue as the benefits under the subject policy. However, in the case of a policy providing a varying amount of insurance issued on the life of a child under age 10, the equivalent uniform amount may be computed as though the amount of insurance provided by the subject policy prior to the attainment of age 10 were the amount provided by the subject policy at age 10.

(3) The adjusted premiums for any policy providing term insurance benefits by rider or supplemental policy provision shall be calculated in accordance with this subsection. The amounts specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection shall be calculated separately. Each such amount shall be calculated as specified in subsections (1) and (2) of this section. However, for the purposes of subsection (1)(b), (c) and (d) of this section, the amount of insurance or equivalent uniform amount of insurance used in the calculation of the adjusted premiums referred to in paragraph (b) of this subsection shall be equal to the excess of the uniform or equivalent uniform amount determined for the entire policy over the amount used in the calculation of the adjusted premiums in paragraph (a) of this subsection. The adjusted premiums for the entire policy shall equal the sum of:

(a) The adjusted premiums for an otherwise similar policy issued at the same age without such term insurance benefits; and

(b) During the period for which premiums for such term insurance benefits are payable, the adjusted premiums for such term insurance benefits.

(4) Except as provided in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection and subsection (5) of this section, all adjusted premiums and present values referred to in the Standard Nonforfeiture Law for Life Insurance shall for all policies of ordinary life insurance to which this section applies be calculated on the basis of the Commissioners 1941 Standard Ordinary Mortality Table. Such calculations for any category of ordinary life insurance issued on female lives may, however, be based on an age not more than six years younger than the actual age of the insured. Except as provided in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection and subsection (7) of this section, such calculations of adjusted premiums and present values for all policies of industrial life insurance shall be made on the basis of the 1941 Standard Industrial Mortality Table. All calculations shall be made on the basis of the rate of interest, not exceeding three and one-half percent per annum, specified in the policy for calculating cash surrender values and paid-up nonforfeiture benefits. The following exceptions pertain:

(a) In calculating the present value of any paid-up term insurance with accompanying pure endowment, if any, offered as a nonforfeiture benefit, the rates of mortality assumed may be not more than 130 percent of the rates of mortality according to the respective table.

(b) For insurance issued on a substandard basis, the calculation of adjusted premiums and present values may be based on such other table of mortality as may be specified by the insurer and approved by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

(5) This subsection applies only to policies of ordinary life insurance to which this section applies and which are issued on or after the operative date of this subsection as defined in subsection (6) of this section. For such policies, all adjusted premiums and present values referred to in the Standard Nonforfeiture Law for Life Insurance shall, except as provided in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection, be calculated on the basis of the Commissioners 1958 Standard Ordinary Mortality Table and the rate of interest specified in the policy for calculating cash surrender values and paid-up nonforfeiture benefits. Such calculations for any category of ordinary life insurance issued on female lives may, however, be based on an age not more than six years younger than the actual age of the insured. Such rate of interest shall not exceed three and one-half percent, except that a rate of interest not exceeding four percent may be used for policies issued from January 1, 1974, to December 31, 1977, and a rate of interest not exceeding five and one-half percent may be used for policies issued on or after January 1, 1978, and with the further exception that for any single premium whole life or endowment insurance policy a rate of interest not exceeding six and one-half percent may be used. The following exceptions pertain:

(a) In calculating the present value of any paid-up term insurance with accompanying pure endowment, if any, offered as a nonforfeiture benefit, the rates of mortality assumed may be not more than those shown in the Commissioners 1958 Extended Term Insurance Table.

(b) For insurance issued on a substandard basis, the calculation of adjusted premiums and present values may be based on such other table of mortality as may be specified by the insurer and approved by the director.

(6) After August 9, 1961, any insurer may file with the director a written notice of its election to comply with the provisions of subsection (5) of this section after a specified date before January 1, 1966. After the filing of such notice, such specified date shall be the operative date of subsection (5) of this section for the insurer with respect to the ordinary life policies it thereafter issues. If an insurer makes no such election, such operative date for the insurer shall be January 1, 1966.

(7) This subsection applies only to policies of industrial life insurance to which this section applies and which are issued on or after the operative date of this subsection as defined in subsection (8) of this section. For such policies, all adjusted premiums and present values referred to in the Standard Nonforfeiture Law for Life Insurance shall, except as provided in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection, be calculated on the basis of the Commissioners 1961 Standard Industrial Mortality Table and the rate of interest specified in the policy for calculating cash surrender values and paid-up nonforfeiture benefits. Such rate of interest shall not exceed three and one-half percent, except that a rate of interest not exceeding four percent may be used for policies issued from January 1, 1974, to December 31, 1977, and a rate of interest not exceeding five and one-half percent may be used for policies issued on or after January 1, 1978, and with the further exception that for any single premium whole life or endowment insurance policy a rate of interest not exceeding six and one-half percent may be used. The following exceptions pertain:

(a) In calculating the present value of any paid-up term insurance with accompanying pure endowment, if any, offered as a nonforfeiture benefit, the rates of mortality assumed may be not more than those shown in the Commissioners 1961 Industrial Extended Term Insurance Table.

(b) For insurance issued on a substandard basis, the calculation of adjusted premiums and present values may be based on such other table of mortality as may be specified by the insurer and approved by the director.

(8) After September 2, 1963, any insurer may file with the director a written notice of its election to comply with the provisions of subsection (7) of this section after a specified date before January 1, 1968. After the filing of such notice, such specified date shall be the operative date of subsection (7) of this section for the insurer with respect to the industrial life insurance policies it thereafter issues. If an insurer makes no such election, such operative date for the insurer shall be January 1, 1968. [Formerly 739.360; 1973 c.636 §6; 1977 c.320 §14; 1981 c.609 §16]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 743—Health and Life Insurance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors743.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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