This filing was published in the 06/15/2007, issue, Vol. 2007, No. 12, of the Utah State Bulletin.
Prohibited Policy Provisions
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE
DAR File No.: 29998
Filed: 05/31/2007, 11:47
Received by: NL
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
Representatives of the health insurance industry have requested that the allowable Exclusions subsection of this rule be changed.
Summary of the rule or change:
The department has deleted the reference to gastric bypasses in the cosmetic exclusion and have created a stand-alone exclusion clarifying that all gastric surgeries related to obesity are excluded.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
Sections 31A-2-201, 31A-2-202, 31A-23a-412, 31A-22-605, 31A-22-623, 31A-22-626, 31A-23a-402, and 31A-26-301
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There will be no change to the state or department's budget. The change will not require additional filings or change in the department's workload. This is a change that reflects what is already being done in the marketplace.
Since the changes to this rule deal solely with the relationship between the department and their licensees, it will have no effect on local governments.
The changes clarify that all gastric surgeries related to obesity are excluded. Since this is the interpretation the industry has given to the rule already, it will have no effect on insurers and consumers.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
The change clarifies that all gastric surgeries related to obesity are excluded. Since this is the interpretation the industry has given to the rule, it will have no effect on insurers and consumers.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
The changes to this rule will have no fiscal impact on Utah businesses. It just makes the intent of the rule clearer. D. Kent Michie, Commissioner
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Insurance
Room 3110 STATE OFFICE BLDG
450 N MAIN ST
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84114-1201
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
Jilene Whitby at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3803, by FAX at 801-538-3829, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Jilene Whitby, Information Specialist
R590. Insurance, Administration.
R590-126. Accident and Health Insurance Standards.
R590-126-4. Prohibited Policy Provisions.
(1) Probationary periods.
(a) A policy shall not contain provisions establishing a probationary period during which no coverage is provided under the policy, subject to the further exception that a policy may specify a probationary period not to exceed six months for specified diseases or conditions and losses resulting from disease or condition related to:
(iii) disorder of reproductive organs;
(v) tonsils; and
(vi) varicose veins.
(b) The six-month period in Subsection (1)(a) may not be applicable where such specified diseases or conditions are treated on an emergency basis.
(c) Accident policies may not contain probationary or waiting periods.
(d) A probationary or waiting period for a specified disease policy shall not exceed 30 days.
(2) Preexisting conditions.
(a) Except as provided in Subsections (b) and (c), a policy shall not exclude coverage for a loss due to a preexisting condition for a period greater than 12 months following the issuance of the policy or certificate where the application or enrollment form for the insurance does not seek disclosure of prior illness, disease or physical conditions or prior medical care and treatment and the preexisting condition is not specifically excluded by the terms of the policy or certificate.
(b) A specified disease policy shall not exclude coverage for a loss due to a preexisting condition for a period greater than six months following the issuance of the policy or certificate, unless the preexisting condition is specifically excluded.
(c) A hospital confinement indemnity policy shall not exclude a preexisting condition for a period greater than 12 months following the effective date of coverage of an insured person unless the preexisting condition is specifically and expressly excluded.
(3) Hospital indemnity. Policies providing hospital confinement indemnity coverage shall not contain provisions excluding coverage because of confinement in a hospital operated by the federal government.
(4) Limitations or exclusions. A policy shall not limit or exclude coverage or benefits by type of illness, accident, treatment or medical condition, except as follows:
(b) acupuncture and acupressure services;
(c) administrative charges for completing insurance forms, duplication services, interest, finance charges, or other administrative charges, unless otherwise required by law;
(d) administrative exams and services;
(e) alcoholism and drug addictions;
(f) allergy tests and treatments;
(h) axillary hyperhidrosis;
(i) benefits provided under:
(i) Medicare or other governmental program, except Medicaid;
(ii) state or federal worker's compensation; or
(iii) employer's liability or occupational disease law.
(j) cardiopulmonary fitness training, exercise equipment, and membership fees to a spa or health club;
(k) charges for appointments scheduled and not kept;
(m) complementary and alternative medicine;
(n) corrective lenses, and examination for the prescription or fitting thereof, but policies may not exclude required lens implants following cataract surgery;
including gastric procedures]; reversal, revision, repair or treatment related to a non-covered cosmetic surgery[ ,
except that cosmetic surgery shall not include] reconstructive
surgery when the service is incidental to or follows surgery resulting from
trauma, infection or other diseases of the involved part; [ and]
reconstructive surgery because of congenital disease or anomaly of a covered
dependent child that has resulted in a functional defect;
(p) custodial care;
(q) dental care or treatment, except dental plans;
(r) dietary products, except as required by R590-194;
(s) educational and nutritional training, except as required by R590-200;
(t) experimental and/or investigational services;
(u) felony, riot or insurrection, when the insured is a voluntary participant;
(v) foot care in connection with corns, calluses, flat feet, fallen arches, weak feet, chronic foot strain or symptomatic complaints of the feet, including orthotics. The exclusion of routine foot care does not apply to cutting or removal of corns, calluses, or nails when provided to a person who has a systemic disease, such as diabetes with peripheral neuropathy or circulatory insufficiency, of such severity that unskilled performance of the procedure would be hazardous;
hearing aids, and examination for the prescription or fitting thereof;
illegal activities, limited to losses related directly to the insured's
incarceration, with respect to disability income policies;
infertility services, except as required by R590-76;
interscholastic sports, with respect to short-term nonrenewable
mental or emotional disorders;
motor vehicle no-fault law, except when the covered person is required
by law to have no-fault coverage, the exclusion applies to charges up to the
minimum coverage required by law whether or not such coverage is in effect;
preexisting conditions or diseases as allowed under Subsection
R590-126-4(2), except for coverage of congenital anomalies as required by
pregnancy, except for complications of pregnancy;
refractive eye surgery;
rehabilitation therapy services (physical, speech, and occupational),
unless required to correct an impairment caused by a covered accident or
routine physical examinations;
service in the armed forces or units auxiliary to it;
services rendered by employees of hospitals, laboratories or other
services performed by a member of the covered person's immediate family;
services for which no charge is normally made in the absence of
shipping and handling, unless otherwise required by law;
suicide, sane or insane, attempted suicide, or intentionally self-inflicted
territorial limitations outside the United States;
terrorism, including acts of terrorism;
(zz)] treatment provided in a government hospital, except for hospital
(aaa)] war or act of war, whether declared or undeclared; or
(bbb)] others as may be approved by the commissioner.
(5) Waivers. This rule shall not impair or limit the use of waivers to exclude, limit or reduce coverage or benefits for specifically named or described preexisting diseases, physical condition or extra hazardous activity. Where waivers are required as a condition of issuance, renewal or reinstatement, signed acceptance by the insured is required.
(6) Commissioner authority. Policy provisions precluded in this section shall not be construed as a limitation on the authority of the commissioner to prohibit other policy provisions that in the opinion of the commissioner are unjust, unfair or unfairly discriminatory to the policyholder, beneficiary or a person insured under the policy.
KEY: health insurance
Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment:
April 9, ]2007
Notice of Continuation: January 11, 2007
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 31A-2-201; 31A-2-202; 31A-21-201; 31A-22-605; 31A-22-623; 31A-22-626; 31A-23a-402; 31A-26-301
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Jilene Whitby at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3803, by FAX at 801-538-3829, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules (801-538-3764). Please Note: The Division of Administrative Rules is NOT able to answer questions about the content or application of these administrative rules.
Last modified: 06/13/2007 11:53 AM