Part 1 General Requirements for Doing Business 56-2-101 – 56-2-126
Part 2 Kinds of Insurance 56-2-201 – 56-2-210
Part 3 Rules and Regulations 56-2-301 – 56-2-305
Part 4 Foreign and Alien Insurance Companies 56-2-401 – 56-2-412
Part 5 Service of Process 56-2-501 – 56-2-509
Part 6 Unauthorized Insurers Process Act 56-2-601 – 56-2-609
Part 7 Enforcement of Decisions and Orders 56-2-701 – 56-2-704
Part 8 Confidential Information 56-2-801
Part 9 Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure Act 56-2-901 – 56-2-910

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 56 > Chapter 2 - Insurance Companies

  • Abuse: means the knowing infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Alcohol and drug services: includes evaluation, treatment, residential personal care, habilitation, rehabilitation, counseling or supervision of persons who abuse or are dependent upon alcohol or drugs, or services to persons designed to prevent alcohol or drug abuse or dependence that either receive funds from the department of health or assess fees for services provided. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Attorney: means the person designated and authorized by subscribers as the attorney-in-fact having authority to obligate them on reciprocal insurance contracts. See Tennessee Code 56-16-102
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • CGAD: means a confidential report filed by the insurer or insurance group in accordance with this part. See Tennessee Code 56-2-903
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-2-903
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of mental health and substance abuse services, or, when applicable, the commissioner of intellectual and developmental disabilities, the commissioner's authorized representative, or in the event of the commissioner's absence or a vacancy in the office of commissioner, the deputy commissioner of mental health and substance abuse services, or, when applicable, the deputy commissioner of intellectual and developmental disabilities. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Community mental health center: includes for profit corporations and private entities qualified as tax exempt organizations under Internal Revenue Code, § 501(c)(3) (26 U. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Consent: means voluntary agreement to what is reasonably well understood regardless of how the agreement is expressed. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Consumer direction: means a model of service delivery for certain medicaid home and community-based services in which the person receiving the services, family member, or other representative employs and supervises the individual who provides the services. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the department of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-2-903
  • Department: means the department of mental health and substance abuse services when the statute at issue deals with mental illness or serious emotional disturbance and means the department of intellectual and developmental disabilities when the statute at issue deals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Department: means the department of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • Department: means the department of mental health and substance abuse services, or, when applicable, the department of intellectual and developmental disabilities. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Developmental center: means a department of intellectual and developmental disabilities facility or part of it that provides residential and habilitation services to persons with intellectual disabilities. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Drug abuse: means a condition characterized by the continuous or episodic use of a drug or drugs resulting in social impairment, vocational impairment, psychological dependence or pathological patterns of use. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Facility: means a developmental center, treatment resource, group residence, boarding home, sheltered workshop, activity center, rehabilitation center, hospital, community mental health center, counseling center, clinic, group home, halfway house or any other entity that provides a mental health, intellectual or developmental disability service or an alcohol and drug abuse prevention and/or treatment facility. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Foreign: when used without limitation, includes all companies formed by authority of any other state or government. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • Foreign decree: means any decree or order in equity of a court located in a reciprocal state, including a court of the United States located in the reciprocal state, against any insurer incorporated or authorized to do business in this state. See Tennessee Code 56-2-702
  • Forgery: The fraudulent signing or alteration of another's name to an instrument such as a deed, mortgage, or check. The intent of the forgery is to deceive or defraud. Source: OCC
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • Hospital: means a public or private hospital or facility or part of a hospital or facility equipped to provide inpatient care and treatment for persons with mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
  • insurance company: includes all corporations, associations, partnerships, or individuals engaged as principals in the business of insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • Insurance group: means those insurers and affiliates included within an insurance holding company system as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 56-2-903
  • Intellectual disability: means , for the purposes of the general functions of the department as set forth in §. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Licensee: means a proprietorship, a partnership, an association, a governmental agency, or corporation, that operates a facility or a service and has obtained a license under this part. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Mental illness: means a psychiatric disorder, alcohol dependence, or drug dependence, but does not include intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Misappropriation of property: means the deliberate misplacement, exploitation, or wrongful, temporary or permanent use of belongings or money without consent. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • NAIC: means the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. See Tennessee Code 56-2-903
  • Neglect: means failure to provide goods or services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness, which results in injury or probable risk of serious harm. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Nonresidential office-based opiate treatment facility: includes , but is not limited to, stand-alone clinics, treatment resources, individual physical locations occupied as the professional practice of a prescriber or prescribers licensed pursuant to title 63, or other entities prescribing products containing buprenorphine, or products containing any other controlled substance designed to treat opiate addiction by preventing symptoms of withdrawal to twenty-five percent (25%) or more of its patients or to one hundred fifty (150) or more patients. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Person: means any association, aggregate of individuals, business, company, corporation, individual, joint-stock company, Lloyds-type organization, organization, partnership, receiver, reciprocal or interinsurance exchange, trustee or society. See Tennessee Code 56-16-102
  • Personal support services: means nursing consultation, education services, and other personal assistance services as defined by rule, which are provided to individuals with substantial limitation in two (2) or more major life activities in either their regular or temporary residences, but does not mean direct nursing services provided in connection with an acute episode of illness or injury. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • real property: include lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Reciprocal: means the aggregation of subscribers under a common name. See Tennessee Code 56-16-102
  • Reciprocal state: means any state or territory of the United States, the laws of which contain procedures substantially similar to those specified in this part for the enforcement of decrees or orders in equity issued by courts located in other states or territories of the United States, against any insurer incorporated or authorized to do business in the state or territory. See Tennessee Code 56-2-702
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Reputable and responsible character: means that the applicant or licensee can be trusted with responsibility for persons who are particularly vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and financial or sexual exploitation. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Road: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Serious emotional disturbance: means a condition in a child who currently or at any time during the past year has had a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet psychiatric diagnostic criteria that results in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child's role or functioning in family, school, or community activities and includes any mental disorder, regardless of whether it is of biological etiology. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Service: includes any activity to prevent, treat, or ameliorate mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, alcohol and drug use, intellectual or developmental disabilities, which includes diagnosis, evaluation, residential assistance, training, habilitation, rehabilitation, prevention, treatment, counseling, case coordination, or supervision of persons with mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse issues, serious emotional disturbances, and intellectual or developmental disabilities. See Tennessee Code 33-2-402
  • Service recipient: means a person who is receiving service, has applied for service, or for whom someone has applied for or proposed service because the person has mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or a developmental disability. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Support: means any activity or resource that enables a service recipient to participate in a service for mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or developmental disabilities or in community life. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Treatment resource: means any public or private facility, service, or program providing treatment or rehabilitation services for mental illness or serious emotional disturbance, including, but not limited to, detoxification centers, hospitals, community mental health centers, clinics or programs, halfway houses, and rehabilitation centers. See Tennessee Code 33-1-101
  • Trust account: A general term that covers all types of accounts in a trust department, such as estates, guardianships, and agencies. Source: OCC
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.