New York Establishes Retained Asset Account Rules for Life Insurers

1 March 2012
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Key takeaways:

  • The New York Department of Financial Services has issued procedures and disclosure requirements for retained asset accounts (RAA) applicable to all licensed life insurers.
  • The New York RAA rules impose greater disclosure burdens than the NAIC Sample Bulletin and NCOIL Beneficiaries’ Bill of Rights combined.
  • New York will not allow an RAA as a settlement option default. A lump sum settlement is the required default option. Selection of an RAA requires the affirmative selection by a beneficiary.