3904.10 Written reason for adverse underwriting decision summary of rights.

(A) In the event of an adverse underwriting decision, the insurance institution or agent responsible for the decision shall provide the applicant, policyholder, or individual proposed for coverage with the specific reason or reasons for the adverse underwriting decision in writing, or advise such person that upon written request he may receive the specific reason or reasons in writing. The institution or agent shall also provide the applicant, policyholder, or individual with a summary of his rights under division (B) of this section and under sections 3904.08 and 3904.09 of the Revised Code.

(B) Upon receipt of a written request within ninety business days from the date of the mailing of notice or other communication of an adverse underwriting decision to an applicant, policyholder, or individual proposed for coverage, the insurance institution or agent within twenty-one business days from the date of receipt of such written request, shall furnish all of the following:

(1) The specific reason or reasons for the adverse underwriting decision, in writing, if such information was not initially furnished in writing pursuant to division (A) of this section;

(2) The specific items of personal and privileged information that support those reasons. However, the following conditions apply:

(a) The insurance institution or agent shall not be required to furnish specific items of privileged information if it has a reasonable suspicion, based upon specific information available for review by the superintendent of insurance, that the applicant, policyholder, or individual proposed for coverage has engaged in criminal activity, fraud, material misrepresentation, or material nondisclosure;

(b) Specific items of medical record information supplied by a medical care institution or medical professional shall be disclosed either directly to the individual about whom the information relates or to a medical professional designated by the individual and licensed to provide medical care with respect to the condition to which the information relates, whichever the insurance institution or agent prefers.

(3) The names and addresses of the institutional sources that supplied the specific items of information pursuant to division (B)(2) of this section. However, the identity of any medical professional or medical care institution shall be disclosed either directly to the individual or to the designated medical professional, whichever the insurance institution or agent prefers.

(C) The obligations imposed by this section upon an insurance institution or agent may be satisfied by another insurance institution or agent authorized to act on its behalf.

(D) When an adverse underwriting decision results solely from an oral request or inquiry, the explanation of reasons and summary of rights required by division (A) of this section may be given orally.

Effective Date: 06-29-1995