State Guaranty Fund

State Guaranty Fund

A fund administered by the government of a U.S. state protecting policyholders and pensioners from the default of an insurance company. That is, if an insurance company is licensed to operate in a given state, policyholders within that state are protected because, if the company defaults on its payments, the state guaranty fund will pay the policyholder instead. Insurance companies pay a small percentage of their revenues to different states to finance state guaranty funds.
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If an insurance company does not have sufficient financial strength to meet its future obligations, as has happened in the past with PIE and ICA in our state, then as long as the company has contributed to the state guaranty fund, the former insureds will have access to up to $300,000 per claim, not the $1,000,000 or more limit of coverage bargained for with the now defunct company.
In the United States, state guaranty fund associations, or groups of insurers, back insurance company obligations.
The ELNY debacle also uncovered some serious flaws in coverage and consistency in the state guaranty fund system.
Provisions include the establishment of the State Banking Department and the state Guaranty Fund
Consumers who hire them are taking a lot more risks than they would if they used someone who was properly registered -- a distinction that ensures the contractors have insurance, that there's someplace to turn if there's a dispute, and to have the protection of the state Guaranty Fund, which enables homeowners who suffer monetary losses to apply for compensation.
In his address to the NCIGF membership, LaSalle said that a focus during his term would be on legislative services, guaranty fund best practices and the promotion of awareness of the guaranty fund system among state guaranty fund board members.
Most point-to-point cap rates on equity index annuities will still be nearer 2 percent (or better) and as of September 1st, offer State Guaranty Fund backing of up to $250,000 (increased from the previous level of just $100,000).
An alternative mechanism that would provide safety comparable to state funds without federalization would be federal regulation that requires insurers to issue solvency bonds that default if the state guaranty fund fails.
When consumers are guaranteed by a fund like the federal deposit insurance fund or a state guaranty fund, they tend to have less incentive to discipline firms' risk-taking behavior.
In order to make a claim on a state guaranty fund, the insured must be domiciled in that jurisdiction and the insolvent insurer must have been licensed to do business there.
In the interest of avoiding the preceding situation of a policyholder filing a claim with an insolvent insurer, each state has established a "state guaranty fund" which pays all valid claims to insolvent insurers, if the insolvent insurer has inadequate assets to pay all its creditors and claimants.
If an long-term care insurance issuer fails because regulators fail to approve premium increases, "the insurance industry has to fund the state guaranty fund assessment," McInerney told the securities analysts.

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