(a) This Code section shall apply only to policies, contracts, or
certificates of insurance insuring against loss resulting from
sickness or from bodily injury or death by accident, or both, or any
contract to furnish ambulance service in the future governed by the
provisions of Chapters 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 30 of this title.
(b) No insurer shall refuse to renew a policy to which this Code
section applies unless a written notice of nonrenewal is mailed or
delivered in person to the group policyholder. Such notice stating
the time when nonrenewal will be effective, which shall not be less
than 60 days from the date of mailing or delivery of such notice of
nonrenewal or such longer period as may be provided in the contract
or by statute, shall be delivered in person or by depositing the
notice in the United States mails to be dispatched by at least
first-class mail to the last address of record of the group
policyholder and receiving the receipt provided by the United States
Postal Service or such other evidence of mailing as prescribed or
accepted by the United States Postal Service.
(c) Notice to the group policyholder shall not be required by this Code section when a group or blanket accident and sickness policy is canceled by an insurer for nonpayment of any premium at the expiration of the 31 day grace period as required by Code Section 33-30-4 or when the group policyholder has given any required written notice of termination to the insurer.
(d) A notice of termination of a policy to which this Code section
applies shall be mailed or delivered to the group policyholder and
to each employer group or subgroup insured under the policy not less
than 60 days prior to the effective date of the termination of the
policy. A notice of termination shall be mailed or delivered in the
same manner provided in subsection (b) of this Code section for a
notice of nonrenewal.