Second Regular Session
Sixty-first General Assembly
LLS NO. 980147.01 MCV
SENATE BILL 98014
STATE OF COLORADO
BY SENATORS Powers, Lacy, and Tebedo;
also REPRESENTATIVE T. Williams.
BUSINESS AFFAIRS & LABOR
A BILL FOR AN ACT
CONCERNING ELIMINATION OF THE REQUIREMENT THAT MOTOR
VEHICLE INSURANCE POLICIES INCLUDE WAGE LOSS REPLACEMENT COVERAGE,
AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, REQUIRING INSURERS TO PROVIDE OPTIONAL
WAGE LOSS REPLACEMENT COVERAGE.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced
and does not necessarily reflect any amendments that may be subsequently
Committee on Mandatory Motor Vehicle Insurance. Eliminates the requirement that motor vehicle insurance policies include coverage for loss of wages. Requires insurance companies to make available optional wage loss replacement coverage to persons who have obtained motor vehicle insurance.
Modifies the limitation on tort motor vehicle actions
to allow recovery in a tort action if a motor vehicle accident
causes loss of earnings and earning capacity extending beyond
the 52week period for which wage loss replacement coverage
is available and if such loss is not compensated by a motor vehicle
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:
SECTION 1. 104706 (1) (d) (III) and the introductory portion of 104706 (3) (e) (I), Colorado Revised Statutes, are amended to read:
104706. Required coverages complying policies PIP examination program. (1) Subject to the limitations and exclusions authorized by this part 7, the minimum coverages required for compliance with this part 7 are as follows:
(d) (III) (A) Notwithstanding
the requirements of this subsection (1), the LOSS OF GROSS INCOME
coverage set forth in this paragraph (d) may be declined at the
option of the insured.
if the insured
represents in writing that neither the insured nor the insured's
resident spouse has received, during the thirtyone days
previous to applying for coverage, any earned income from wages
from regular employment and that none is anticipated for at least
the next one hundred eighty days. Neither the insurer nor any
agent of the insurer shall have any duty to verify any such representation
made by the insured. However, if
such option to decline such coverage is exercised by the NAMED
insured, it shall apply only to such NAMED insured, and
the insured's resident spouse, AND ANY RESIDENT RELATIVE, AS DEFINED
IN SUBPARAGRAPH (II) OF PARAGRAPH (d) OF SUBSECTION (2) OF THIS
SECTION. All other covered persons shall be entitled to the coverage
as set forth in subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (d).
(B) ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1999, THE INSURER SHALL PROVIDE A NOTICE BY MAIL OR BY THE SAME MEDIUM AS THAT IN WHICH THE INSURANCE APPLICATION WAS TAKEN REGARDING THE OPPORTUNITY TO WAIVE THE COVERAGE UNDER SUBSUBPARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH (III) TO EACH NAMED INSURED UPON THE FIRST RENEWAL OF POLICIES THAT ARE EXISTING ON JANUARY 1, 1999. SUCH NOTICE SHALL INCLUDE A DESCRIPTION OF THE COVERAGE THAT MAY BE WAIVED, THE ESTIMATED COST OF SUCH COVERAGE, AND A STATEMENT INDICATING THAT SUCH COVERAGE MAY BE WAIVED AT THE OPTION OF THE NAMED INSURED. SUCH NOTICE SHALL BE DEEMED RECEIVED BY THE NAMED INSURED IF MAILED, POSTAGE PREPAID, AS PART OF THE INSURER'S NORMAL AND CUSTOMARY BUSINESS PRACTICE, TO THE LASTKNOWN ADDRESS OF THE NAMED INSURED AS SHOWN ON THE INSURER'S RECORDS.
(C) FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A NEW POLICY AND UPON THE FIRST RENEWAL OF A POLICY EXISTING ON JANUARY 1, 1999, IN ORDER TO WAIVE THE COVERAGE UNDER SUBSUBPARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH (III), THE NAMED INSURED SHALL SIGN A WRITTEN WAIVER THAT DESCRIBES THE COVERAGE BEING WAIVED, PROVIDES THE ESTIMATED COST OF THE COVERAGE BEING WAIVED, AND INDICATES THAT SUCH COVERAGE IS BEING VOLUNTARILY WAIVED BY THE INSURED. THE NAMED INSURED MAY OBTAIN OR WAIVE LOSS OF GROSS INCOME COVERAGE AT ANY TIME UPON REQUEST TO THE INSURER.
(3) (e) (I) Any insurer providing
policies pursuant to this subsection (3) shall provide to any
person qualified for such policies pursuant to paragraph (c) of
this subsection (3) a loss of gross income benefit; except that
if the insured represents in writing
that neither the insured nor the insured's resident spouse has
received, during the thirtyone days previous to applying
for coverage, any earned income from wages from regular employment
and that none is anticipated for at least the next one hundred
eighty days the insured may waive
loss of gross income benefits. THE INSURER SHALL PROVIDE A NOTICE
REGARDING THE OPPORTUNITY TO WAIVE SUCH COVERAGE AS REQUIRED IN
SUBSUBPARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBPARAGRAPH (III) OF PARAGRAPH (d)
OF SUBSECTION (1) OF THIS SECTION. FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A NEW
POLICY AND UPON THE FIRST RENEWAL OF A POLICY EXISTING ON JANUARY
1, 1999, AN INSURED MAY WAIVE SUCH COVERAGE BY SIGNING A WRITTEN
WAIVER IN THE FORM REQUIRED BY SUBSUBPARAGRAPH (C) OF SUBPARAGRAPH
(III) OF PARAGRAPH (d) OF SUBSECTION (1) OF THIS SECTION. Such
benefit shall be for a loss of gross income due to an injury arising
out of the use or operation of a motor vehicle if such injury
prevents the injured insured from earning income of up to and
including five thousand dollars which shall be paid as follows:
SECTION 2. Effective date applicability. This act shall take effect January 1, 1999, and shall apply to motor vehicle insurance policies issued or renewed on or after said date.
SECTION 3. Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.