NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8725
SPONSOR: Rosenthal D
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to defining the term
property/casualty insurance and providing for the electronic delivery of
a policy notice or document by an insurer to a party who consents to
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to make clarifying changes to Chapter 761 of
the Laws of 2021 to define property and casualty insurance, create
stronger requirements for sending electronic notices and documents, and
authorize notices to be sent electronically across the Insurance Law in
cases where mail delivery of notices is currently authorized.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 subsection 3 defines "property/casualty insurance" as basic
kinds of insurance and non-basic kinds of insurance as defined in
Section 4101 of the Insurance Law, excluding accident and health insur-
Section 1, subsection 3, paragraph (b) provides that where this chapter
requires notice be mailed or delivered to an address shown in the poli-
cy, the notice may be delivered by electronic means to an electronic
address not specified in the policy.
Section 1, subsection 3, paragraph (c) authorizes electronic delivery
except in the case of Section 3111 of the Insurance Law, related to
senior citizens and third-party designation.
Section 1, subsection 3, paragraph (e) (1) provides that before a notice
is delivered by electronic means, an insurer must obtain a party'.s
consent to deliver that kind of notice or document electronically. The
consent by a party to receive one type of notice shall not be construed
as a blanket consent for every kind of notice and document to be deliv-
ered by electronic means. This paragraph holds that a party's consent
shall only apply to the specific types of notices identified in the
clear and conspicuous information statement provided to the party pursu-
ant to subparagraph (B)of paragraph 2 of subsection (d) of this section.
Section 1 makes technical changes related to electronic delivery.
Section 2 is the effective date.
This legislation creates opportunities for consumers to access their
property/casualty notices and documents electronically where they have
consented to such delivery by electronic means. The language strengthens
the requirements which much be met by an insurance company in order to
send notices and documents by electronic means and ensures that the
consumer is protected by giving explicit consent to the specific types
of documents that would be electronically delivered to them. This bill
will eliminate excess paper waste by insurers while potentially provid-
ing increased access to insurance notices and documents.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None to the state.
This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as
Chapter 791 of the Laws of 2021 (on the ninetieth day succeeding enact-
STATE OF NEW YORK
January 11, 2022
Introduced by M. of A. D. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Insurance
AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to defining the term
property/casualty insurance and providing for the electronic delivery
of a policy notice or document by an insurer to a party who consents
to such delivery
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Subparagraph (B) of paragraph 1 of subsection (a), and
2 subsections (b), (c), (e), (f), (g) and (l) of section 3458 of the
3 insurance law, as added by a chapter of the laws of 2021 amending the
4 insurance law relating to electronic delivery of property/casualty
5 insurance notices, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S. 653-A and
6 A. 651-A, are amended and a new paragraph 3 is added to subsection (a)
7 to read as follows:
8 (B) posting on an electronic network or site accessible via the inter-
9 net, mobile application, computer, mobile device, tablet, or any other
10 electronic device, together with separate notice of the posting which
11 shall be provided by electronic mail to the address at which the party
12 has consented to receive notice or by any other electronic delivery
13 method that has been consented to by the party.
14 (3) "Property/casualty insurance" means basic kinds of insurance and
15 non-basic kinds of insurance, as defined in section four thousand one
16 hundred one of this chapter, provided that "property/casualty insurance"
17 shall not include accident and health insurance as defined in paragraph
18 three of subsection (a) of section one thousand one hundred thirteen of
19 this chapter.
20 (b) Subject to the requirements of this section, any notice to a party
21 or any other document required under [applicable law] this chapter in a
22 property/casualty insurance transaction or that is to serve as evidence
23 of property/casualty insurance coverage may be delivered[, stored, and
24 presented] by electronic means so long as it meets the requirements of
25 article three of the state technology law. Where this chapter requires
26 that notice be mailed or delivered to an address shown in the policy,
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 the notice may be delivered by electronic means to an electronic address
2 not specified in the policy.
3 (c) Delivery of a notice or document in accordance with this section
4 shall be considered equivalent to any delivery method required under
5 [applicable law] this chapter, other than section three thousand one
6 hundred eleven of this chapter, including delivery by first class mail;
7 first class mail, postage prepaid; certified mail; certificate of mail;
8 or certificate of mailing.
9 (e) (1) Before a notice or document is delivered by electronic means,
10 an insurer shall obtain a party's consent to deliver that kind of notice
11 or document by electronic means. A party's consent to receive one type
12 of notice or document shall not be construed as a blanket consent for
13 every kind of notice and document to be delivered by electronic means. A
14 party's consent shall only apply to the types of notices and documents
15 identified in the clear and conspicuous information statement provided
16 to the consenting party, as required by subparagraph (B) of paragraph
17 two of subsection (d) of this section.
18 (2) Any electronic mail being sent by an insurer to a party in
19 connection with the delivery of a cancellation notice, non-renewal
20 notice or conditional renewal notice delivered by electronic means shall
21 include in the subject line and body of the communication clear and
22 conspicuous language alerting the receiving party as to the importance
23 of the communication and the type of notice being delivered by electron-
24 ic means to such party [electronically].
25 (f) This section does not affect requirements related to content or
26 timing of any notice or document required under [applicable law] this
28 (g) If a provision of this chapter [or applicable law] requiring a
29 notice or document to be provided to a party expressly requires verifi-
30 cation or acknowledgment of receipt of the notice or document, the
31 notice or document may be delivered by electronic means only if the
32 method used provides for verification or acknowledgment of receipt.
33 (l) An insurer shall deliver a notice or document by any other deliv-
34 ery method permitted by law other than delivery by electronic means if:
35 (1) the insurer attempts to deliver by electronic means the notice or
36 document [by electronic means] and has a reasonable basis for believing
37 that the notice or document has not been received by the party[,]; or
38 (2) the insurer becomes aware that the electronic mail address
39 provided by the party is no longer valid.
40 § 2. This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same
41 manner as a chapter of the laws of 2021, amending the insurance law
42 relating to electronic delivery of property/casualty insurance notices,
43 as proposed in legislative bills numbers S. 653-A and A. 651-A, takes