Current through February 28, 2023
Section 686A.675 - Standards applicable to all insurers1. Within 30 working days after receipt by the insurer of properly executed proofs of loss, the first-party claimant must be advised of the acceptance or denial of the claim by the insurer. No insurer may deny a claim on the grounds of a specific policy provision, condition or exclusion unless reference to that provision, condition or exclusion is included in the denial. The denial must be given to the claimant in writing and filed and retained in the insurer's claim file. If the claim of the first-party claimant is accepted, the insurer shall pay the claim within 30 days after it is accepted. If the accepted claim is not paid within that period, the insurer shall pay interest on the claim at the rate of interest established pursuant to NRS 99.040. The interest must be calculated from the date on which the payment is due until the claim is paid.2. If a claim is denied for reasons other than those described in subsection 1, and is made by any means other than writing, an appropriate notation must be made in the claim file of the insurer.3. If the insurer needs more time to determine whether a claim of a first-party claimant should be accepted or denied, it must so notify the claimant within 30 working days after receipt of the proof of loss giving reasons that more time is needed. If the investigation remains incomplete, the insurer shall, 30 days after the date of the initial notification and every 30 days thereafter, send to the claimant a letter setting forth the reasons that additional time is needed for investigation.4. Insurers may not fail to settle first-party claims on the basis that responsibility for payment should be assumed by others except as provided by policy provisions.5. Insurers may not delay settlement of a claim directly with a claimant who is not an attorney or represented by an attorney by extending negotiations until the claimant's rights may be affected by a statute of limitations or a time limit which is part of an insurance contract or policy, without giving the claimant written notice that the time limit may be expiring and may affect the claimant's rights. Notice must be given 60 days before the date on which a time limit may expire.6. No insurer may make statements which indicate that the rights of a third-party claimant may be impaired if a form or release is not completed within a given time, unless the statement is given for the purpose of notifying the third-party claimant of the provision of a statute of limitations.7. Except for a claim involving health insurance, any case involving a claim in which there is a dispute over any portion of the insurance policy coverage, payment for the portion or portions not in dispute must be made notwithstanding the existence of the dispute where payment can be made without prejudice to any interested party.
Nev. Admin. Code § 686A.675Comm'r of Insurance, M-9 § 8, eff. 2-21-80-NAC A by Div. of Insurance by R089-98, 9-25-98
NRS 679B.130, 686A.015, 686A.310