Viatical settlement providers and brokers must abide by a new law in the state of Ohio. The new law, titled HB 404, states that viatical settlement brokers and providers must provide a bond from an insurer licensed in the state in the quantity of $250,000. There are other options besides the surety bond that will meet the requirement such as a deposit of cash, a certificate of deposit, or securities. The bond allows the Superintendent of Insurance to make recovery for any individual in the state who suffered damages resulting from an erroneous act, failure to act or conviction of fraud that were caused by a licensed viatical settlement provider/broker. HB 404 is based on new model legislation from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.