If the benefits under the policy are payable because of the death of the insured, settlement shall be made upon receipt of proof of death and, at the insurer's option, surrender of the policy or proof of the interest of the claimant, or both. Benefits shall be paid within the time requirements of W.S. 26-15-124 and shall include interest accrued from the date of death until date of payment. The interest rate shall be not less than the rate of interest payable on death proceeds left on deposit with the insurer. For purposes of this section, date of payment shall include the date of the postmark stamped on an envelope properly addressed and postage prepaid, containing the payment. The provisions of this section requiring the payment of interest shall not apply to variable contracts which provide for insurance or annuity benefits which may vary according to the investment experience of any separate account or accounts maintained by the insurer as to such contract.
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