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Texas Laws | Insurance Code
INSURANCE CODE
TITLE 10. PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE

(b) On request of and at no cost to an insured, an insurer shall provide to the insured a copy of a specimen policy applicable to the insured that is posted on the insurer's Internet website. (42149)

(c) The office of public insurance counsel may post an insurer's specimen policy on the office's Internet website. The posting, other than a posting described by Subsection (a), of an insurer's specimen policy on an Internet website does not create a duty to comply with the requirements of this chapter. (42150)

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 101 (S.B. 852), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013. (42151)

Amended by: (42152)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 842 (S.B. 494), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015. (42153)

Sec. 1812.003. NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF CERTAIN FORMS. (42154)(Text)

(a) An insurer that posts a specimen policy on the insurer's Internet website under this chapter must, on issuance or renewal of a policy incorporating the specimen policy: (42155)

(1) on the declarations page of the insured's policy: (42156)

(A) disclose that the specimen policy is available on the insurer's Internet website; and (42157)

(B) clearly identify each posted specimen policy incorporated into the insured's policy; (42158)

(2) explain that and how an insured, on request and at no charge, may obtain a copy of the specimen policy from the insurer; and (42159)

(3) provide to the department and the office of public insurance counsel an electronic copy of the specimen policy that may be posted on the Internet website of the department or the office of public insurance counsel. (42160)

(b) An insurer that during an insured's policy period posts a specimen policy or amends a posted specimen policy incorporated into an insured's policy must, on the date the specimen policy is posted or amended, in writing and in the insurer's customary manner of communicating with the insured: (42161)

(1) notify the insured that the specimen policy is available on the insurer's Internet website; (42162)

(2) clearly identify each added or amended specimen policy incorporated into the insured's policy; and (42163)

(3) explain that and how the insured, on request and at no charge, may obtain a copy of the specimen policy from the insurer. (42164)

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 101 (S.B. 852), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013. (42165)

Sec. 1812.004. ACCESSIBILITY OF CERTAIN AVAILABLE FORMS. (42166)(Text)

A specimen policy posted on the insurer's Internet website under this chapter must be, until no policy incorporating the specimen policy is in force: (42167)

(1) easily accessible on the website; and (42168)

(2) provided in a format readily capable of being saved or printed using a widely available and free computer application or program. (42169)

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 101 (S.B. 852), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013. (42170)

Sec. 1812.005. RETENTION OF CERTAIN AVAILABLE FORMS. (42171)(Text)

An insurer that posts a specimen policy on the insurer's Internet website under this chapter must for at least five years after the latest date a policy incorporating the specimen policy is in force: (42172)

(1) preserve an electronic copy of the specimen policy; and (42173)

(2) make a printed or electronic copy of the specimen policy available on request at no cost. (42174)

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 101 (S.B. 852), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013. (42175)

SUBTITLE B. LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR PHYSICIANS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS (42176)(Text)

CHAPTER 1901. PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR PHYSICIANS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS (42177)(Text)

Sec. 1901.001. DEFINITIONS. (42178)(Text)

In this chapter: (42179)

(1) "Health care provider" means: (42180)

(A) a person, partnership, professional association, corporation, facility, or institution, or an officer, employee, or agent of the person or entity acting in the course and scope of authority, employment, or agency, as applicable, if the person or entity is licensed or chartered by this state to provide health care as: (42181)

(i) a registered nurse; (42182)

(ii) a hospital; (42183)

(iii) a dentist; (42184)

(iv) a podiatrist; (42185)

(v) a chiropractor; (42186)

(vi) an optometrist or therapeutic optometrist; (42187)

(vii) a pharmacist; (42188)

(viii) a veterinarian; (42189)

(ix) a not-for-profit kidney dialysis center; (42190)

(x) a blood bank that is a nonprofit corporation chartered to operate a blood bank and is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks; (42191)

(xi) a for-profit or not-for-profit nursing home; or (42192)

(xii) a for-profit or not-for-profit assisted living facility; or (42193)

(B) a health care practitioner or facility that the commissioner, in accordance with Section 2203.103(b), determines is eligible for coverage under this chapter. (42194)

(2) "Hospital" means a public or private institution licensed under Chapter 241 or 577, Health and Safety Code. (42195)

(3) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine in this state. (42196)

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 727 (H.B. 2017), Sec. 2, eff. April 1, 2007. (42197)

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