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Substitute Senate Bill No. 1103

Public Act No. 07-28

AN ACT CONCERNING NONFORFEITURE BENEFIT REQUIREMENTS WITH RESPECT TO LONG-TERM CARE POLICIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 38a-501 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2007):

(a) As used in this section, "long-term care policy" means any individual health insurance policy, delivered or issued for delivery to any resident of this state on or after July 1, 1986, which is designed to provide, within the terms and conditions of the policy, benefits on an expense-incurred, indemnity or prepaid basis for necessary care or treatment of an injury, illness or loss of functional capacity provided by a certified or licensed health care provider in a setting other than an acute care hospital, for at least one year after a reasonable elimination period. A long-term care policy shall provide benefits for confinement in a nursing home or confinement in the insured's own home or both. Any additional benefits provided shall be related to long-term treatment of an injury, illness or loss of functional capacity. "Long-term care policy" shall not include any such policy which is offered primarily to provide basic Medicare supplement coverage, basic medical-surgical expense coverage, hospital confinement indemnity coverage, major medical expense coverage, disability income protection coverage, accident only coverage, specified accident coverage or limited benefit health coverage.

(b) No insurance company, fraternal benefit society, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation or health care center may deliver or issue for delivery any long-term care policy which has a loss ratio of less than sixty per cent for any individual long-term care policy. An issuer shall not use or change premium rates for a long-term care insurance policy unless the rates have been filed with and approved by the Insurance Commissioner. Any rate filings or rate revisions shall demonstrate that anticipated claims in relation to premiums when combined with actual experience to date can be expected to comply with the loss ratio requirement of this section.

(c) No such company, society, corporation or center may deliver or issue for delivery any long-term care policy without providing, at the time of solicitation or application for purchase or sale of such coverage, full and fair disclosure of the benefits and limitations of the policy.

(d) No such company, society, corporation or center may deliver or issue for delivery any long-term care policy on or after July 1, 2008, without offering, at the time of solicitation or application for purchase or sale of such coverage, an option to purchase a policy that includes a nonforfeiture benefit. Such offer of a nonforfeiture benefit may be in the form of a rider attached to such policy. In the event the nonforfeiture benefit is declined, such company, society, corporation or center shall provide a contingent benefit upon lapse that shall be available for a specified period of time following a substantial increase in premium rates. Not later than July 1, 2008, the Insurance Commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this subsection. Such regulations shall specify the type of nonforfeiture benefit that may be offered, the standards for such benefit, the period of time during which a contingent benefit upon lapse will be available and the substantial increase in premium rates that trigger a contingent benefit upon lapse in accordance with the Long-Term Care Insurance Model Regulation adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

[(d)] (e) The Insurance Commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, which address (1) the insured's right to information prior to his replacing an accident and sickness policy with a long-term care policy, (2) the insured's right to return a long-term care policy to the insurer, within a specified period of time after delivery, for cancellation, and (3) the insured's right to accept by his signature, and prior to it becoming effective, any rider or endorsement added to a long-term care policy after the issuance date of such policy. The Insurance Commissioner shall adopt such additional regulations as he deems necessary in accordance with chapter 54 to carry out the purpose of this section.

[(e)] (f) The Insurance Commissioner may, upon written request by any such company, society, corporation or center, issue an order to modify or suspend a specific provision of this section or any regulation adopted pursuant thereto with respect to a specific long-term care policy upon a written finding that: (1) The modification or suspension would be in the best interest of the insureds; (2) the purposes to be achieved could not be effectively or efficiently achieved without such modification or suspension; and (3) (A) the modification or suspension is necessary to the development of an innovative and reasonable approach for insuring long-term care, (B) the policy is to be issued to residents of a life care or continuing care retirement community or other residential community for the elderly and the modification or suspension is reasonably related to the special needs or nature of such community, or (C) the modification or suspension is necessary to permit long-term care policies to be sold as part of, or in conjunction with, another insurance product, whenever the commissioner decides not to issue such an order, he shall provide written notice of such decision to the requesting party in a timely manner.

[(f)] (g) Upon written request by any such company, society, corporation or center, the Insurance Commissioner may issue an order to extend the preexisting condition exclusion period, as established by regulations adopted pursuant to this section, for purposes of specific age group categories in a specific long-term care policy form whenever he makes a written finding that such an extension is in the best interest to the public. Whenever the commissioner decides not to issue such an order, he shall provide written notice of such decision to the requesting party in a timely manner.

[(g)] (h) The provisions of section 38a-19 shall be applicable to any such requesting party aggrieved by any order or decision of the commissioner made pursuant to subsections [(e)] (f) and [(f)] (g) of this section.

Approved May 18, 2007