[§431:10H-106.5] Producer training requirements. (a) Effective on the date that is one year following the enactment by the State of legislation establishing the long-term care partnership program as provided in title VI, section 6021 of the Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, an individual may not sell, solicit, or negotiate long-term care insurance unless the individual is licensed as an insurance producer for accident, health, or life insurance and has completed a one-time training course and ongoing training every twenty-four months thereafter. This training shall meet the requirements set forth in subsections (c) and (d). The producer training requirements provided in this section shall be required of every producer selling, soliciting, or negotiating long-term care insurance.
(b) The training requirements of subsections (c) and (d) may be approved as continuing education courses under section 431:9A-153.
(c) The one-time training required under this section shall be no less than eight hours and the ongoing training required by this section shall be no less than four hours for every twenty-four month period thereafter.
(d) The training required under this section shall consist of topics related to long-term care insurance, long-term care services, and, if applicable, qualified state long-term care insurance partnership programs, including but not limited to:
(1) State and federal regulations and requirements and the relationship between qualified state long-term care insurance partnership programs and other public and private coverage of long-term care services, including medicaid;
(2) Available long-term care services and providers;
(3) Changes or improvements in long-term care services or providers;
(4) Alternatives to the purchase of long-term care insurance;
(5) The effect of inflation on benefits and the importance of inflation protection; and
(6) Consumer suitability standards and guidelines.
(e) The training required by this section shall not include training that is insurer or company product specific or that includes any sales or marketing information, materials, or training other than those required by state or federal law.
(f) Insurers subject to article 10H, chapter 431, shall obtain verification that a producer received training required by this section before a producer is permitted to sell, solicit, or negotiate the insurer's long-term care insurance products, maintain records subject to the State's record retention requirements, and make that verification available to the commissioner upon request.
(g) Insurers subject to article 10H, chapter 431, shall maintain records with respect to the training of its producers concerning the distribution of its partnership policies that will allow the commissioner to provide assurance to the State's medicaid agency that producers have received the training required by this section and that producers have demonstrated an understanding of the partnership policies and their relationship to public and private coverage of long-term care, including medicaid, in the State. These records shall be maintained in accordance with the State's record retention requirements and shall be made available to the commissioner upon request.
(h) The satisfaction of training requirements in any state shall be deemed to satisfy the training requirements provided in this section. [L 2007, c 233, pt of §3]