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40-216. Business prohibited until certain filings made; contracts effective on filing; filing of contracts on behalf of insurer by rating organization or another insurer; contracts written in foreign language; suspension or modification of filing requirements by commissioner; hearing, order. (a) (1) No insurance company shall hereafter transact business in this state until certified copies of its charter and amendments thereto shall have been filed with and approved by the commissioner of insurance. A copy of the bylaws and amendments thereto of insurance companies organized under the laws of this state shall also be filed with and approved by the commissioner of insurance. The commissioner may also require the filing of such other documents and papers as are necessary to determine compliance with the laws of this state.

(2) (A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), each contract of insurance or indemnity issued or delivered in this state shall be effective on filing, or any subsequent date selected by the insurer, unless the commissioner disapproves such contract of insurance or indemnity within 30 days after filing because the contract of insurance or indemnity does not comply with Kansas law.

(B) The following contracts of insurance or indemnity shall not be subject to the provisions of subsection (A):

(i) Contracts pertaining to large risks as defined in subsection (i) of K.S.A. 40-955, and amendments thereto, which are exempt from the filing requirements of this section;

(ii) personal lines contracts filed in accordance with paragraph (3) of this section;

(iii) any form filing for the basic coverage required by K.S.A. 40-3401 et seq., and amendments thereto; and

(iv) form filing for workers compensation.

No form filing listed in clauses (iii) and (iv) of this subparagraph shall be used in this state by any insurer until such form filing has been approved by the commissioner.

(3) Each personal lines contract of insurance or indemnity issued or delivered in this state shall be on file for a period of 30 days before becoming effective unless the commissioner disapproves such personal lines contract of insurance or indemnity within 30 days after filing because the contract of insurance or indemnity does not comply with Kansas law. For the purposes of this paragraph, the term "personal lines" shall mean insurance for noncommercial automobile, homeowners, dwelling, fire and renters insurance policies as defined by the commissioner by rules and regulations.

(4) Under such rules and regulations as the commissioner of insurance shall adopt, the commissioner may, by written order, suspend or modify the requirement of filing forms of contracts of insurance or indemnity, which cannot practicably be filed before they are used. Such orders, rules and regulations shall be made known to insurers and rating organizations affected thereby. The commissioner may make an examination to ascertain whether any forms affected by such order meet the standards of this code.

(5) The failure of any insurance company to comply with this section shall not constitute a defense to any action brought on its contracts. An insurer may satisfy its obligation to file its contracts of insurance or indemnity either individually or by authorizing the commissioner to accept on its behalf the filings made by a licensed rating organization or another insurer.

(b) The commissioner of insurance shall allow any insurance company authorized to transact business in this state to deliver to any person in this state any contract of insurance or indemnity, including any explanatory materials, written in any language other than the English language under the following conditions:

(1) The insured or applicant for insurance who is given a copy of the same contract of insurance or indemnity or explanatory materials written in the English language;

(2) the English language version of the contract for insurance or indemnity or explanatory materials delivered shall be the controlling version; and

(3) any contract of insurance or indemnity or explanatory materials written in any language other than English shall contain a disclosure statement printed in both the English language and the other language used, stating the English version of the contract of insurance or indemnity is the official or controlling version and that the version is written in any language other than English is furnished for informational purposes only.

(c) All contracts of insurance or indemnity that are required to be filed with the commissioner of insurance shall be accompanied by any version of such contract of insurance or indemnity written in any language other than the English language.

(d) Any insurance company or insurer, including any agent or employee thereof, who knowingly misrepresents the content of a contract of insurance or indemnity or explanatory materials written in a language other than the English language shall be deemed to have violated the unfair trade practice law.

(e) For the purposes of this section, the term "contract of insurance or indemnity" shall include any rider, endorsement or application pertaining to such contract of insurance or indemnity.

(f) (1) If at any time after a filing becomes effective, the commissioner finds that such filing does not comply with this act, after the commissioner shall send written notice to every insurer and rating organization making such filing that a hearing concerning such filing will be held in not less than 10 days.

(2) After the hearing, the commissioner shall issue an order stating:

(A) The reasons why such filing failed to comply with the act; and

(B) the date, within a reasonable time after the date the order is issued, upon which such filing shall no longer be effective.

(3) A copy of the commissioner's order shall be sent to every insurer and rating organization that made such filing.

(4) No order issued pursuant to this subsection shall affect any contract or policy made or issued under such filing prior to the date specified upon which such filing shall no longer be effective.

History: L. 1927, ch. 231, 40-216; L. 1967, ch. 248, § 2; L. 1979, ch. 134, § 1; L. 1999, ch. 63, § 1; L. 2004, ch. 159, § 5; L. 2006, ch. 130, § 1; L. 2007, ch. 150, § 1; L. 2008, ch. 54, § 1; L. 2014, ch. 101, § 1; July 1.



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