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Connecticut General Statutes Title 38A. Insurance § 38a-297. Definition of readable language.  Certification

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(a) For the purposes of sections 38a-295 to 38a-300, inclusive, a policy shall be deemed readable if:  (1) The text achieves a minimum score of forty-five on the Flesch reading ease test as computed in section 38a-298 or an equivalent score on any other test comparable in result and approved by the commissioner, (2) it is printed, except for specification pages, schedules and tables, in not less than ten-point type, one-point leaded, of a height and style specified by the commissioner in regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54,   1 (3) it uses layout and spacing which separate the paragraphs from each other and from the border of the paper, (4) it has section titles captioned in boldface type or which otherwise stand out significantly from the text, (5) it avoids the use of unnecessarily long, complicated or obscure words, sentences, paragraphs or constructions, (6) the style, arrangement and overall appearance of the policy give no undue prominence to any portion of the text of the policy or to any endorsements or riders and (7) it contains a table of contents or an index of the principal sections of the policy, if the policy has more than three thousand words or if the policy has more than three pages.  To be deemed readable, each policy of individual health insurance shall include a separate outline of coverage showing the major coverage, benefit, exclusion and renewal provisions of the policy in readily understandable terms, provided the policy shall take precedence over the outline of coverage.

(b) The commissioner may authorize a lower score than the Flesch reading ease score required in subsection (a) whenever he finds that a lower score (1) will provide a more accurate reflection of the readability of a policy form;  (2) is warranted by the nature of a particular policy form or type or class of policy forms;  or (3) is the result of language which is used to conform to the requirements of any state or federal law, regulation or governmental agency.

(c) Filings subject to this section shall be accompanied by a certification signed by an officer of the insurer stating that it meets the requirements of subsection (a) of this section.  Such certification shall state that the policy meets the minimum reading ease score on the test used or that the score is lower than the minimum required but should be approved in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.  The commissioner may require the submission of further information to verify any certification.

(d) Any non-English-language policy shall be deemed to be in compliance with subsection (a) of this section if the insurer certifies that such policy is translated from an English-language policy that complies with said subsection (a).

1  C.G.S.A. § 4-166 et seq.

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