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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 14. Insurance
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
Chapter 80. Rules Governing Variable Life Insurance
8/11/2020

14VAC5-80-120. Mandatory Policy Benefit and Design Requirements.

Variable life insurance policies delivered or issued for delivery in this Commonwealth shall comply with the following minimum requirements.

1. Mortality and expense risks shall be borne by the insurer. The mortality and expense charges shall be subject to the maximums stated in the contract.

2. For scheduled premium policies, a minimum death benefit shall be provided in an amount at least equal to the initial face amount of the policy less any indebtedness so long as premiums are duly paid.

3. The policy shall reflect the investment experience of one or more separate accounts established and maintained by the insurer which shall be set forth in the policy. The insurer must demonstrate that the reflection of the investment experience in variable life insurance policy is actuarially sound.

4. Each variable life insurance policy shall be credited with the full amount of the net investment return applied to the benefit base.

5. Any changes in variable death benefits of each variable life insurance policy shall be determined at least annually.

6. The cash value of each variable life insurance policy shall be determined at least monthly. The method of computation of cash values and other nonforfeiture benefits, as described either in the policy or in a statement filed with the insurance supervisory official of the state in which the policy is delivered, or issued for delivery, shall be in accordance with actuarial procedures that recognize the variable nature of the policy. The method of computation must be such that, if the net investment return credited to the policy at all times from the date of issue should be equal to the assumed investment rate with premiums and benefits determined accordingly under the terms of the policy, then the resulting cash values and other nonforfeiture benefits must be at least equal to the minimum values required by § 38.2-3200 through § 38.2-3229 (Standard Nonforfeiture Law) of the Code of Virginia for a general account policy with such premiums and benefits. The assumed investment rate shall not exceed the maximum interest rate permitted under the standard nonforfeiture law of this Commonwealth. If the policy does not contain an assumed investment rate this demonstration shall be based on the maximum interest rate permitted under the standard nonforfeiture law. The method of computation may disregard incidental minimum guarantees as to the dollar amounts payable. Incidental minimum guarantees include, for example, but are not to be limited to, a guarantee that the amount payable at death or maturity shall be at least equal to the amount that otherwise would have been payable if the net investment return credited to the policy at all times from the date of issue had been equal to the assumed investment rate.

7. The computation of values required for each variable life insurance policy may be based upon such reasonable and necessary approximations as are acceptable to the Commission.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-3313 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Regulation 26, Case No. INS920077, Article V, § 2, eff. June 15, 1992.

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