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First Substitute H.B. 156
This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Feb 22, 2006 at 12:27 PM by rday. -->
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions related to health insurance in the Insurance Code.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . clarifies that a health insurance policy or health maintenance organization policy
13 may not deny a claim for emergency care for a covered evaluation, covered
14 diagnostic test, or other covered treatment;
15 . amends the following provisions that permit an individual carrier to exclude
16 specific physical conditions, diseases or disorders from medical insurance coverage:
17 . adds specific disorders and diseases to the list of conditions that may be
19 . expands the application of the exclusion to exclude both the specific condition
20 and any complications from that condition; and
21 . amends language related to secondary medical conditions that may or may not
22 be directly related to the excluded condition;
23 . permits an individual carrier, at the carrier's option, to keep the exclusion rider in
24 effect for the duration of the policy;
25 . clarifies the requirement for a health insurance policy to provide coverage for a
26 policyholder's unmarried disabled dependent; and
27 . amends the Utah mini-Cobra benefits coverage.
28 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
30 Other Special Clauses:
32 Utah Code Sections Affected:
34 31A-22-611, as last amended by Chapters 73 and 116, Laws of Utah 2001
35 31A-22-627, as enacted by Chapter 142, Laws of Utah 2000
36 31A-22-722, as enacted by Chapter 108, Laws of Utah 2004
37 31A-30-107.5, as last amended by Chapter 78, Laws of Utah 2005
39 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
40 Section 1. Section 31A-22-611 is amended to read:
41 31A-22-611. Coverage for children with a disability.
49 (1) For the purposes of this section:
50 (a) "disabled dependent" means a child who is and continues to be both:
51 (i) unable to engage in substantial gainful employment to the degree that the child can
52 achieve economic independence due to a medically determinable physical or mental
53 impairment which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to
54 last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; and
55 (ii) chiefly dependent upon [
56 maintenance since the child reached the age specified in Subsection 31A-22-610.5 (2).
57 (b) "physical impairment" means a physiological disorder, condition, or disfigurement,
58 or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems:
59 (i) neurological;
60 (ii) musculoskeletal;
61 (iii) special sense organs;
62 (iv) respiratory organs;
63 (v) speech organs;
64 (vi) cardiovascular;
65 (vii) reproductive;
66 (viii) digestive;
67 (ix) genito-urinary;
68 (x) hemic and lymphatic;
69 (xi) skin; or
70 (xii) endocrine.
71 (c) "mental impairment" means a mental or psychological disorder such as:
72 (i) mental retardation;
73 (ii) organic brain syndrome;
74 (iii) emotional or mental illness; or
75 (iv) specific learning disabilities as determined by the insurer.
76 (2) The insurer may require proof of the incapacity and dependency be furnished by the
77 person insured under the policy within 30 days of the effective date or the date the child attains
78 the [
79 that the insurer may not require proof more often than annually after the two-year period
80 immediately following attainment of the limiting age by the [
81 (3) Any individual or group accident and health insurance policy or health maintenance
82 organization contract that provides coverage for a policyholder's or certificate holder's
83 dependent shall, upon application, provide coverage for all unmarried disabled dependents who
84 have been continuously covered, with no break of more than 63 days, under any accident and
85 health insurance since the age specified in Subsection 31A-22-610.5 (2).
86 (4) Every accident and health insurance policy or contract that provides coverage of a
87 disabled dependent shall not terminate the policy due to an age limitation.
88 Section 2. Section 31A-22-627 is amended to read:
89 31A-22-627. Coverage of emergency medical services.
90 (1) A health insurance policy or health maintenance organization contract may not:
91 (a) require any form of preauthorization for treatment of an emergency medical
92 condition until after the insured's condition has been stabilized; or
93 (b) deny a claim for any covered evaluation, covered diagnostic test, or other covered
94 treatment considered medically necessary to stabilize the emergency medical condition of an
96 (2) A health insurance policy or health maintenance organization contract may require
97 authorization for the continued treatment of an emergency medical condition after the insured's
98 condition has been stabilized. If such authorization is required, an insurer who does not accept
99 or reject a request for authorization may not deny a claim for any evaluation, diagnostic testing,
100 or other treatment considered medically necessary that occurred between the time the request
101 was received and the time the insurer rejected the request for authorization.
102 (3) For purposes of this section:
103 (a) "emergency medical condition" means a medical condition manifesting itself by
104 acute symptoms of sufficient severity, including severe pain, such that a prudent layperson,
105 who possesses an average knowledge of medicine and health, would reasonably expect the
106 absence of immediate medical attention at a hospital emergency department to result in:
107 (i) placing the insured's health, or with respect to a pregnant woman, the health of the
108 woman or her unborn child, in serious jeopardy;
109 (ii) serious impairment to bodily functions; or
110 (iii) serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part; and
111 (b) "hospital emergency department" means that area of a hospital in which emergency
112 services are provided on a 24-hour-a-day basis.
113 (4) Nothing in this section may be construed as:
114 (a) altering the level or type of benefits that are provided under the terms of a contract
115 or policy; or
116 (b) restricting a policy or contract from providing enhanced benefits for certain
117 emergency medical conditions that are identified in the policy or contract.
118 Section 3. Section 31A-22-722 is amended to read:
119 31A-22-722. Utah mini-COBRA benefits for employer group coverage.
120 (1) An insured has the right to extend the employee's coverage under the current
121 employer's group policy for a period of six months, except as provided in Subsection (2). The
122 right to extend coverage includes:
123 (a) voluntary termination;
124 (b) involuntary termination;
125 (c) retirement;
126 (d) death;
127 (e) divorce or legal separation;
128 (f) loss of dependent status;
129 (g) sabbatical;
130 (h) any disability;
131 (i) leave of absence; or
132 (j) reduction of hours.
133 (2) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (1), an employee does not have
134 the right to extend coverage under the current employer's group policy if the employee:
135 (i) failed to pay any required individual contribution;
136 (ii) acquires other group coverage covering all preexisting conditions including
137 maternity, if the coverage exists;
138 (iii) performed an act or practice that constitutes fraud in connection with the coverage;
139 (iv) made an intentional misrepresentation of material fact under the terms of the
141 (v) was terminated for gross misconduct;
142 (vi) has not been continuously covered under [
143 for a period of six months immediately prior to the termination of the policy due to the events
144 set forth in Subsection (1); or
145 (vii) is eligible for any extension of coverage required by federal law.
146 (b) The right to extend coverage under Subsection (1) applies to any spouse or
147 dependent coverages, including a surviving spouse or dependents whose coverage under the
148 policy terminates by reason of the death of the employee or member.
149 (3) (a) The employer shall provide written notification of the right to extend group
150 coverage and the payment amounts required for extension of coverage, including the manner,
151 place, and time in which the payments shall be made to:
152 (i) the terminated insured;
153 (ii) the ex-spouse; or
154 (iii) if Subsection (2)(b) applies:
155 (A) to a surviving spouse; and
156 (B) the guardian of surviving dependents, if different from a surviving spouse.
157 (b) The notification shall be sent first class mail within 30 days after the termination
158 date of the group coverage to:
159 (i) the terminated insured's home address as shown on the records of the employer;
160 (ii) the address of the surviving spouse, if different from the insured's address and if
161 shown on the records of the employer;
162 (iii) the guardian of any dependents address, if different from the insured's address, and
163 if shown on the records of the employer; and
164 (iv) the address of the ex-spouse, if shown on the records of the employer.
165 (4) The insurer shall provide the employee, spouse, or any eligible dependent the
166 opportunity to extend the group coverage at the payment amount stated in this Subsection (3)
168 (a) the employer policyholder does not provide the terminated insured the written
169 notification required by Subsection (3)(a); and
170 (b) the employee or other individual eligible for extension contacts the insurer within
171 60 days of coverage termination.
172 (5) The premium amount for extended group coverage may not exceed 102% of the
173 group rate in effect for a group member, including an employer's contribution, if any, for a
174 group insurance policy.
175 (6) Except as provided in this Subsection (6), the coverage extends without
176 interruption for six months and may not terminate if the terminated insured or, with respect to a
177 minor, the parent or guardian of the terminated insured:
178 (a) elects to extend group coverage within 60 days of losing group coverage; and
179 (b) tenders the amount required to the employer or insurer.
180 (7) The insured's coverage may be terminated prior to six months if the terminated
182 (a) establishes residence outside of this state;
183 (b) moves out of the insurer's service area;
184 (c) fails to pay premiums or contributions in accordance with the terms of the policy,
185 including any timeliness requirements;
186 (d) performs an act or practice that constitutes fraud in connection with the coverage;
187 (e) makes an intentional misrepresentation of material fact under the terms of the
189 (f) becomes eligible for similar coverage under another group policy; or
190 (g) employer's coverage is terminated, except as provided in Subsection (8).
191 (8) If the current employer coverage is terminated and the employer replaces coverage
192 with similar coverage under another group policy, without interruption, the terminated insured,
193 spouse, or the surviving spouse and guardian of dependents if Subsection (2)(b) applies, have
194 the right to obtain extension of coverage under the replacement group policy:
195 (a) for the balance of the period the terminated insured would have extended coverage
196 under the replaced group policy; and
197 (b) if the terminated insured is otherwise eligible for extension of coverage.
198 (9) (a) Within 30 days of the insured's exhaustion of extension of coverage, the
199 employer shall provide the terminated insured and the ex-spouse, or, in the case of the death of
200 the insured, the surviving spouse, or guardian of any dependents, written notification of the
201 right to an individual conversion policy.
202 (b) The notification required by Subsection (9)(a):
203 (i) shall be sent first class mail to:
204 (A) the insured's last-known address as shown on the records of the employer;
205 (B) the address of the surviving spouse, if different from the insured's address, and if
206 shown on the records of the employer;
207 (C) the guardian of any dependents last known address as shown on the records of the
208 employer, if different from the address of the surviving spouse; and
209 (D) the address of the ex-spouse as shown on the records of the employer, if
210 applicable; and
211 (ii) shall contain the name, address, and telephone number of the insurer that will
212 provide the conversion coverage.
213 Section 4. Section 31A-30-107.5 is amended to read:
214 31A-30-107.5. Preexisting condition exclusion -- Condition-specific exclusion
215 riders -- Limitation periods.
216 (1) A health benefit plan may impose a preexisting condition exclusion only if the
217 provision complies with Subsection 31A-22-605.1 (4).
218 (2) (a) [
219 (i) may, when the individual carrier and the insured mutually agree in writing to a
220 condition-specific exclusion rider, offer to issue an individual policy that excludes all treatment
221 and prescription drugs related to:
222 (A) a specific physical condition[
223 (B) a specific disease or disorder; and
224 (C) any specific or class of prescription drugs [
225 (ii) may offer an individual policy that may establish separate cost sharing
226 requirements including, deductibles and maximum limits that are specific to covered services
227 and supplies, including [
228 conditions, diseases, or disorders listed in Subsection (2)(b).
229 (b) (i) [
229a of asthma or when the condition is due to cancer .S , the following may be the
230 subject of a condition-specific exclusion rider S. [
232 (A) conditions, diseases, and disorders of the bones or joints of the ankle, arm, elbow,
233 fingers, foot, hand, hip, knee, leg, mandible, mastoid, wrist, shoulder, spine, and toes, including
234 bone spurs, bunions, carpal tunnel syndrome, club foot, cubital tunnel syndrome, hammertoe,
235 syndactylism, and treatment and prosthetic devices related to amputation;
236 (B) anal fistula, anal fissure, anal stricture, breast implants, breast reduction, chronic
237 cystitis, chronic prostatitis, cystocele, rectocele, enuresis, hemorrhoids, hydrocele, hypospadius,
238 interstitial cystitis, kidney stones, uterine leiomyoma, varicocele, spermatocele, endometriosis;
239 (C) allergic rhinitis, nonallergic rhinitis, hay fever, dust allergies, pollen allergies,
240 deviated nasal septum, and [
241 (D) hemangioma, keloids, scar revisions, and other skin related conditions, diseases,
242 and disorders;
246 degeneration, strabismus and other eye related conditions, diseases, and disorders;
247 (G) otitis media, cholesteatoma, otosclerosis, and other internal/external ear conditions,
248 diseases, and disorders;
251 (I) abdominoplasty, esophageal reflux, hernia, Meniere's disease, migraines, TIC
252 Doulourex, varicose veins, vestibular disorders;
253 (J) sleep disorders and speech disorders; and
255 (ii) A condition-specific exclusion rider:
256 (A) shall be limited to the excluded condition, disease, or disorder and any
257 complications from that condition, disease, or disorder;
258 (B) may not extend to any secondary medical condition [
260 (C) must include the following informed consent paragraph: "I agree by signing below,
261 to the terms of this rider, which excludes coverage for all treatment, including medications,
262 related to the specific condition(s), disease(s), and/or disorder(s) stated herein and that if
263 treatment or medications are received that I have the responsibility for payment for those
264 services and items. I further understand that this rider does not extend to any secondary
265 medical condition [
266 disease, or disorder."
267 (c) If an individual carrier issues a condition-specific exclusion rider, the
268 condition-specific exclusion rider shall remain in effect for the duration of the policy at the
269 individual carrier's option.
269a S. (d) An individual policy issued in accordance with this Subsection (2) is not subject to
269b Subsection 31A-26-301.6(9). .S
270 (3) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, a health benefit plan may
271 impose a limitation period if:
272 (a) each policy that imposes a limitation period under the health benefit plan specifies
273 the physical condition, disease, or disorder that is excluded from coverage during the limitation
275 (b) the limitation period does not exceed 12 months;
276 (c) the limitation period is applied uniformly; and
277 (d) the limitation period is reduced in compliance with Subsections
278 31A-22-605.1 (4)(a) and (4)(b).
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