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§ 2695.5. Duties upon Receipt of Communications.

10 CA ADC § 2695.5BARCLAYS OFFICIAL CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS

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Title 10. Investment
Chapter 5. Insurance Commissioner
Subchapter 7.5. Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices in the Business of Insurance
Article 1. Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations
10 CCR § 2695.5
§ 2695.5. Duties upon Receipt of Communications.
(a) Upon receiving any written or oral inquiry from the Department of Insurance concerning a claim, every licensee shall immediately, but in no event more than twenty-one (21) calendar days of receipt of that inquiry, furnish the Department of Insurance with a complete written response based on the facts as then known by the licensee. A complete written response addresses all issues raised by the Department of Insurance in its inquiry and includes copies of any documentation and claim files requested. This section is not intended to permit delay in responding to inquiries by Department personnel conducting a scheduled examination on the insurer's premises.
(b) Upon receiving any communication from a claimant, regarding a claim, that reasonably suggests that a response is expected, every licensee shall immediately, but in no event more than fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of that communication, furnish the claimant with a complete response based on the facts as then known by the licensee. This subsection shall not apply to require communication with a claimant subsequent to receipt by the licensee of a notice of legal action by that claimant.
(c) The designation specified in subsection 2695.2(c) shall be in writing, signed and dated by the claimant, and shall indicate that the designated person is authorized to handle the claim. All designations shall be transmitted to the insurer and shall be valid from the date of execution until the claim is settled or the designation is revoked. A designation may be revoked by a writing transmitted to the insurer, signed and dated by the claimant, indicating that the designation is to be revoked and the effective date of the revocation.
(d) Upon receiving notice of claim, every licensee or claims agent shall immediately transmit notice of claim to the insurer.
(e) Upon receiving notice of claim, every insurer shall immediately, but in no event more than fifteen (15) calendar days later, do the following unless the notice of claim received is a notice of legal action:
(1) acknowledge receipt of such notice to the claimant unless payment is made within that period of time. If the acknowledgement is not in writing, a notation of acknowledgement shall be made in the insurer's claim file and dated. Failure of an insurance agent or claims agent to promptly transmit notice of claim to the insurer shall be imputed to the insurer except where the subject policy was issued pursuant to the California Automobile Assigned Risk Program.
(2) provide to the claimant necessary forms, instructions, and reasonable assistance, including but not limited to, specifying the information the claimant must provide for proof of claim;
(3) begin any necessary investigation of the claim.
(f) An insurer may not require that the notice of claim under a policy be provided in writing unless such requirement is specified in the insurance policy or an endorsement thereto.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 790.04, 790.10, 12340-12417, inclusive, 12921, 12926, Insurance Code; and Sections 11342.2 and 11152, Government Code. Reference: Sections 790.03(h)(2) and (3), Insurance Code.
HISTORY
1. New section filed 12-15-92; operative 1-14-93 (Register 92, No. 52).
2. Amendment of section heading and section filed 1-10-97; operative 5-10-97 (Register 97, No. 2).
3. Amendment of subsections (d) and (e), repealer of subsection (e)(4) and amendment of Note filed 4-24-2003; operative 7-23-2003 (Register 2003, No. 17).
This database is current through 8/30/19 Register 2019, No. 35
10 CCR § 2695.5, 10 CA ADC § 2695.5
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