An Act To Regulate the Issuance of Short-term, Limited-duration Health Insurance Policies in the State
Sec. 1. 24-A MRSA §2736-C, sub-§1, ¶C, as amended by PL 2011, c. 238, Pt. D, §1, is further amended to read:
(4) Long-term care or nursing home care;
(5) Medicare supplement;
(6) Specified disease;
(7) Dental or vision;
(8) Coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance;
(9) Workers' compensation;
(10) Automobile medical payment;
(11) Insurance under which benefits are payable with or without regard to fault and that is required statutorily to be contained in any liability insurance policy or equivalent self-insurance; or
(12) Short-term , limited-duration policies, as described in section 2849-B, subsection 1.
Sec. 2. 24-A MRSA §2849-B, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 90, Pt. G, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 24-A MRSA §2849-B, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2007, c. 199, Pt. D, §4, is further amended to read:
(1) Within 180 days before the date the person enrolls or is eligible to enroll in the succeeding contract if:
(a) Coverage was terminated due to unemployment, as defined in Title 26, section 1043;
(b) The person was eligible for and received unemployment compensation benefits for the period of unemployment, as provided under Title 26, chapter 13; and
(c) The person is employed at the time replacement coverage is sought under this provision; or
(2) Within 90 days before the date the person enrolls or is eligible to enroll in the succeeding contract.
A period of ineligibility for a health plan imposed by terms of employment may not be considered in determining whether the coverage ended within a time period specified under this section.
This section does not apply to replacements of group or blanket coverage within the scope of section 2849 or if the succeeding policy is an individual policy and the prior contract or policy was a short-term , limited-duration policy.
Sec. 4. 24-A MRSA §2849-B, sub-§8, as amended by PL 2011, c. 90, Pt. G, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. Application. The requirements of this Act apply to all policies, contracts and certificates executed, delivered, issued for delivery, continued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020. For purposes of this Act, all contracts are deemed to be renewed no later than the next yearly anniversary of the contract date.
This bill limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that is 3 months or less and further restricts an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker from issuing a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy if the combined term of the new policy and all prior successive policies exceeds 3 months in any 12-month period.
The bill also requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of the policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies.
The requirements of the bill apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.