Nebraska Revised Statute 44-8908

Chapter 44 Section 8908

44-8908.

Valuation manual; director prescribe; designate operative date; when effective; contents; director; powers.

(1) For policies issued on or after the operative date of the valuation manual designated in subsection (2) of this section, the standard prescribed in the valuation manual is the minimum standard of valuation required under section 44-8905 except as provided under subsections (5) and (7) of this section.

(2) The director shall prescribe the valuation manual no later than July 1, 2017. The director shall designate the operative date of the valuation manual as of January 1 after the date on which the director prescribes the valuation manual.

(3) Unless a change in the valuation manual specifies a later effective date, the changes adopted by the director to the valuation manual shall be effective on January 1 following the adoption of the change by the director.

(4) The valuation manual must specify all of the following:

(a) Minimum valuation standards for and definitions of the policies or contracts subject to section 44-8904. Such minimum valuation standards shall be:

(i) The director's reserve valuation method for life insurance contracts, other than annuity contracts, subject to section 44-8904;

(ii) The director's annuity reserve valuation method for annuity contracts subject to section 44-8904; and

(iii) Minimum reserves for all other policies or contracts subject to section 44-8904;

(b) Which policies or contracts or types of policies or contracts are subject to the requirements of a principle-based valuation in subsection (1) of section 44-8909 and the minimum valuation standards consistent with those requirements;

(c) For policies and contracts subject to a principle-based valuation under section 44-8909:

(i) Requirements for the format of reports to the director under subdivision (2)(c) of section 44-8909 which shall include information necessary to determine if the valuation is appropriate and in compliance with the Standard Valuation Act;

(ii) Assumptions shall be prescribed for risks over which the company does not have significant control or influence; and

(iii) Procedures for corporate governance and oversight of the actuarial function, and a process for appropriate waiver or modification of such procedures;

(d) For policies not subject to a principle-based valuation under section 44-8909, the minimum valuation standard shall either:

(i) Be consistent with the minimum standard of valuation prior to the operative date of the valuation manual designated in subsection (2) of this section; or

(ii) Develop reserves that quantify the benefits and guarantees, and the funding, associated with the contracts and their risks at a level of conservatism that reflects conditions that include unfavorable events that have a reasonable probability of occurring;

(e) Other requirements, including, but not limited to, those relating to reserve methods, models for measuring risk, generation of economic scenarios, assumptions, margins, use of company experience, risk measurement, disclosure, certifications, reports, actuarial opinions and memorandums, transition rules, and internal controls; and

(f) The data and form of the data required under section 44-8910 and with whom the data must be submitted.

The valuation manual may specify other requirements, including data analyses and reporting of analyses.

(5) In the absence of a specific valuation requirement or if a specific valuation requirement in the valuation manual is not, in the opinion of the director, in compliance with the act, then the company shall, with respect to such requirements, comply with minimum valuation standards prescribed by the director by rule and regulation.

(6) The director may employ or contract with a qualified actuary, at the expense of the company, to perform an actuarial examination of the company and opine on the appropriateness of any reserve assumption or method used by the company or to review and opine on a company's compliance with any requirement set forth in the act. The director may rely upon the opinion, regarding provisions contained within the act, of a qualified actuary engaged by the insurance commissioner of another state, district, or territory of the United States.

(7) The director may require a company to change any assumption or method that in the opinion of the director is necessary in order to comply with the requirements of the valuation manual or the act and the company shall adjust the reserves as required by the director. The director may take other disciplinary action pursuant to law.