1. Standards of valuation for certificates issued before January 1, 1991, are those provided by chapter 512, Code 1989.

Terms Used In Iowa Code 512B.23

  • Benefit member: means an adult member who is designated by the laws or rules of the society to be a benefit member under a benefit contract. See Iowa Code 512B.2
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of insurance or the commissioner's designee. See Iowa Code 512B.2
  • following: when used by way of reference to a chapter or other part of a statute mean the next preceding or next following chapter or other part. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Laws: means the society's articles of incorporation, constitution, and bylaws, however designated. See Iowa Code 512B.2
  • Society: means a fraternal benefit society, unless otherwise indicated. See Iowa Code 512B.2
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" may include the said district and territories. See Iowa Code 4.1
 2. a. The minimum standards of valuation for certificates issued on or after January 1, 1991, shall be based on the following tables:

 (1) For certificates of life insurance, the commissioner‘s 1980 standard ordinary mortality table or any more recent table made applicable to life insurers.
 (2) For annuity and pure endowment certificates, for total and permanent disability benefits, for accidental death benefits and for noncancelable accident and health benefits, the tables authorized for use by life insurers in this state.
 b. Paragraph “a”, subparagraphs (1) and (2) are under valuation methods and standards, including interest assumptions, in accordance with the laws of this state applicable to life insurers issuing policies containing like benefits.
 3. The commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion, accept another standard for valuation if the commissioner finds that the reserves produced by the other standard will not be less in the aggregate than reserves computed in accordance with the minimum valuation standards prescribed by subsection 2. The commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion, vary the standards of mortality applicable to all benefit contracts on substandard lives or other extra hazardous lives by any society authorized to do business in this state.
 4. A society, with the consent of the commissioner of insurance of the state of domicile of the society and under conditions which the commissioner may impose, may establish and maintain reserves on its certificates in excess of the reserves otherwise required, but the contractual rights of a benefit member shall not be affected by the excess reserves.