House Bill No. 6886
               House Bill No. 6886

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-57


AN  ACT  CONCERNING  OBRA  90 AMENDMENTS AFFECTING
MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Subdivision (7) of subsection (a)
of section 38a-495a of  the  general  statutes  is
repealed  and the following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (7)  "Medicare  supplement policy" means (A) a
group  or  individual  policy  of   accident   and
sickness insurance or (B) a subscriber contract of
hospital  and  medical  service  corporations   or
health  care  centers,  other than a policy issued
pursuant to a  contract  under  Section  1876  [or
Section  1833]  of the federal Social Security Act
(42 USC Section 1395 et seq.), or  (C)  an  issued
policy  under  a demonstration project [authorized
pursuant  to  amendments  to  the  federal  Social
Security  Act]  SPECIFIED IN 42 USC SECTION 1395ss
(g)(1), which is advertised, marketed or  designed
primarily  as a supplement to reimbursements under
Medicare for the  hospital,  medical  or  surgical
expenses of persons eligible for Medicare.
    Sec.  2. Subsection (d) of section 38a-495a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d)  [The]  EXCEPT  AS  OTHERWISE SPECIFICALLY
PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (4) OF SUBSECTION  (l)  OF
THIS SECTION, THE provisions of this section shall
not apply to insurance  policies  or  health  care
benefit    plans,   including   group   conversion
policies, provided to  Medicare  eligible  persons
which  policies  are  not  marketed  or held to be
Medicare supplement policies or benefit plans.
    Sec. 3. Subdivision  (4)  of subsection (l) of
section  38a-495a  of   the  general  statutes  is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (4)  The  commissioner  may adopt regulations,
in accordance with chapter  54,  for  captions  or
notice  requirements,  determined  to  be  in  the
public  interest  and  designed  to   inform   the
prospective   insured  that  particular  insurance
coverages are not Medicare  supplement  coverages,
for  all  accident and sickness insurance policies
sold to persons eligible for Medicare, [by  reason
of  age,]  other  than:  (A)  Medicare  supplement
policies; OR (B) disability  income  policies.  [;
(C)  basic,  catastrophic or major medical expense
policies;  or  (D)  single  premium,  nonrenewable
policies.]
    Sec.  4.  This  act shall take effect from its
passage.

Approved May 14, 1997