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Code of Virginia
Title 38.2. Insurance
Chapter 37.1. Credit Life Insurance and Credit Accident and Sickness Insurance

§ 38.2-3731. Claims.

A. All claims shall be promptly reported to the insurer or its designated claim representative. The insurer shall maintain adequate claim files. All claims shall be settled as soon as possible and in accordance with the terms of the insurance contract.

B. All claims shall be paid or credited by: (i) electronic means to the account of the claimant to whom payment of the claim is due pursuant to the policy provisions or to an account or person specified by such claimant; or (ii) draft drawn upon the insurer or by check of the insurer to the order of the claimant to whom payment of the claim is due pursuant to the policy provisions, or to a person specified by such claimant.

C. No plan or arrangement shall be used where any person other than the insurer or its designated claim representative shall be authorized to settle or adjust claims. The creditor shall not be designated as claim representative for the insurer in adjusting claims. A group policyholder may, by arrangement with the insurer, draw drafts or checks, or credit by electronic means in payment of claims due to the group policyholder subject to audit and review by the insurer. The insurer shall periodically review claims payments made on its behalf by claim representatives or group policyholders.

1960, c. 67, § 38.1-482.11; 1982, c. 223, § 38.2-3713; 1986, c. 562; 1992, c. 586.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.