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House Bill No. 7283

Public Act No. 07-226

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A LONG-TERM CARE INITIATIVE.

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

Section 1. Subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 38a-501 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2007):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] an elimination period (1) not to exceed one hundred days of confinement, or (2) of over one hundred days but not to exceed two years of confinement, provided such period is covered by an irrevocable trust in an amount estimated to be sufficient to furnish coverage to the grantor of the trust for the duration of the elimination period. Such trust shall create an unconditional duty to pay the full amount held in trust exclusively to cover the costs of confinement during the elimination period, subject only to taxes and any trustee's charges allowed by law. Payment shall be made directly to the provider. The duty of the trustee may be enforced by the state, the grantor or any person acting on behalf of the grantor. 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. A rate filing shall include the factors and methodology used to estimate irrevocable trust values if the policy includes an option for the elimination period specified in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) 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. If the offering for any long-term care policy includes an option for the elimination period specified in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section, the application form for such policy and the face page of such policy shall contain a clear and conspicuous disclosure that the irrevocable trust may not be sufficient to cover all costs during the elimination period.

Approved July 10, 2007