Iowa Admin. Code r. 191-8.5

Current through Register Vol. 46, No. 20, April 3, 2024
Rule 191-8.5 - Fees, dues and assessments

Benevolent associations may make charges against the membership in the form of benefit assessments, enrollment fees or dues and operational expense fees.

(1) An enrollment fee or dues to cover initial expenses may be charged but such fees or dues shall not exceed $10 per enrollee membership. If two or more enrollees are in one family, the enrollment fee shall not exceed $8 for each person, provided that the family unit enrolls at the same time.
(2) A benefit assessment may be made against the group or unit membership to cover each valid claim presented by a member or the named beneficiary of a deceased member of that unit or group. The benefit portion of the assessment shall not exceed the maximum benefit payable as stated upon the certificate of membership by more than 20 percent of the maximum benefit payable to the claiming member or beneficiary of a member
(3) In addition to the benefit contribution an expense fee may be added as a separate item to each assessment or as a separate periodical assessment, provided the expense portion of any assessment represents actual costs directly related to the collection and payment of the certificate benefit, and further provided that said fee is identified as an expense charge. Reasonable directors' fees and salaries of officers shall be considered as expenses to the association.
(4) Any assessment levied against the members of a group or unit, other than any reasonable corporate dividends or undivided profits as declared by the board of directors, shall be considered as trust funds belonging to the members of the group and shall not become the property of the association itself, except for that portion of the assessment or contribution added as a separate item for expenses in the collection and distribution of such fund.

Iowa Admin. Code r. 191-8.5