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NALC Comment Letter, Funeral Rule

June 1, 2020

The NALC recently submitted a comment letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Funeral Rule Requirements. The FTC asked for public comment on whether to make changes to the rule as part of the agency’s systemic review of all current rules and guides.

The Funeral Rule protects consumers from unfair and deceptive practices in the sale of funeral products and services. The rule requires funeral providers to give consumers price information up front, and give consumers the right to buy only the funeral goods and services they want and need from the provider.

The NALC is a trade group of small and mid-sized life and health insurers, and many members write pre-need and final expenses insurance. All but two states allow the sale of life insurance to fund pre-arrangement final expense contracts. The states that allow it have strict guidelines to protect consumers, as well as ensure services are delivered as promised.

The NALC believes that insurance funded pre-arrangement contracts play an important role in providing needed protections to many families. The combination of state and federal laws and regulations is working well to protect consumers, and there is no need for the FTC to institute additional laws or regulations within the Funeral Rule.

Read the Full Comment Letter

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