Scheduled Premium

Section 15. Schedule Premium Policy.

The definition of a "scheduled premium policy" was added by the 1983 amendments to the Model Regulation.

  • It is intended and to establish the perimeters of contemporary "traditional" variable life insurance policies.

Specifically, a variable life insurance policy is classified as a "scheduled premium" policy if the insurer has established (or "fixed") both:

  • the amount of required premium payments and the times at which they are to be paid.
  • Typically, under a scheduled premium policy, if a premium is not paid in accordance with the "schedule'' which has been "fixed" by the insurer, and if the non-payment of premium is not remedied within the applicable grace period, the policy lapses, triggering the operation of non-forfeiture options.

It should be noted that a policy would not necessarily be classified as a "scheduled premium" policy simply because the
specifications page might set forth a "planned premium" (a concept characteristic of current universal life insurance

  • This is because the planned premium, in most cases, is set by the insured, not the insurer.

1983-2, NAIC Proceedings