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Subject 120-2-65 PROHIBITED CRITERIA FOR PRIVATE PASSENGER AUTOMOBILE UNDERWRITING GUIDELINES

Rule 120-2-65-.01 Intent and Purpose

(1) The intent of this Regulation Chapter is to prohibit insurers from engaging in unfair discrimination due to the fictitious grouping of risks based on criteria which are not actuarially supported and shown to be relevant to risk. As such, it is the purpose of this Regulation Chapter that no insurer shall condition the issuance, renewal or other continuation of a private passenger automobile insurance policy by placing a risk in a fictitious group based on characteristics enumerated herein.
(2) Nothing containing herein is intended to invalidate actuarially sound rating variables not in conflict with any portion of O.C.G.A. Title 33.
(3) Nothing contained herein is intended to limit or diminish the scope of prohibited underwriting practices found elsewhere in the Georgia Insurance Code or the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Insurance Department.

Rule 120-2-65-.02 Definitions

For the purpose of this Regulation Chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

(a) "Commissioner" shall mean the Commissioner of Insurance of the State of Georgia.
(b) "Policy" or "policies" shall mean any private passenger automobile policy as defined in O.C.G.A. § 33-24-45(b)(1).
(c) "Underwriting guidelines" shall mean the written, oral or electronic statements, guidelines, or criteria of an insurer which describe the standards used by an insurer to determine whether to issue a policy, decline to issue a policy, non-renew a policy, discontinue or cancel a policy, or restrict coverages provided by a policy of automobile insurance to persons within this State.

Rule 120-2-65-.03 Prohibited Practices

(1) No insurer, broker or agent shall use underwriting criteria or guidelines to determine an applicant's or insured's acceptability for policy issuance or continuation of coverage which result in the fictitious grouping of risks and result in unfair discrimination.
(2) An insurer, broker or agent engages in the grouping of risks when a determination is made concerning an applicant's or insured's acceptability for policy issuance or continuation thereof based upon, but not limited to, any of the following:
(a) Marital status of the applicant, insured or anyone residing in the applicant's or insured's household;
(b) The applicant's or insured's length of time at an address;
(c) Employment status or lawful occupation of the applicant or insured, including the length of time employed with present employer, unless vehicle is used in the course of business;
(d) Credit reports of an applicant or insured or other credit history by whatever manner obtained;
(e) Number of vehicles to be insured;
(f) Status of the applicant or insured as a tenant or homeowner;
(g) Level of education of the applicant or insured;
(h) Lack of, lack of potential for or failure of applicant or insured to agree to a writing of additional business, which includes but is not limited to any additional coverages or increased liability limits on an automobile which are not compulsory according to O.C.G.A. § 40-9-37;
(i) That the applicant or insured has never purchased or been covered by a private passenger automobile policy during any specified period preceding the date of application when the need for coverage did not exist, or that the applicant or insured has previously been covered by a non-standard or residual market issurer; or
(j) The individual's status as a member of the United States Armed Forces, the Reserves of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard. Nothing herein shall prohibit the use and enforcement of a war exclusion clause if included in the policy at time of issuance.
(3) Any grouping specified in the foregoing subparagraph (2) is fictitious and results in unfair discrimination if:
(a) it is:
1. not actuarially supported;
2. not relevant to risk; and
3. not based on a reasonable consideration allowed under O.C.G.A. § 33-9-4(7); or
(b) it is based in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, upon race, creed or ethnic extraction.

Rule 120-2-65-.04 Distribution to Agent Requirement

Each insurer shall provide a complete copy of all available underwriting guidelines and any subsequent revisions to its agents and any authorized representatives. Each insurer shall also provide a copy of this Regulation Chapter to its agents and any authorized representatives.

Rule 120-2-65-.05 Reporting Upon Written Notice

Upon the request by the Commissioner of Insurance or his or her designated representative, each insurer shall provide the Georgia Insurance Department with a true and correct copy of its underwriting guidelines within twenty (20) days of the date requested.

Rule 120-2-65-.06 Penalties

Any insurer, representative, officer or employee of such insurer, failing to comply with the requirements of this Regulation Chapter shall be subject to such penalties and other enforcement action as may be appropriate under the insurance laws of this State.

Rule 120-2-65-.07 Severability

If any provision of this Regulation Chapter or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is for any reason held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this Regulation Chapter or the applicability of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.