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DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND BUSINESS SERVICES,
INSURANCE DIVISION

 

DIVISION 82

DISCONTINUANCE AND REPLACEMENT OF

GROUP COVERAGE

 

836-082-0050

Statutory Authority

OAR 836-082-0055 is adopted by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services pursuant to the authority of the Director:

(1) To carry out the prohibition in ORS 746.015 against unfair discrimination in the availability of insurance and in the terms or conditions of insurance policies;

(2) To aid in the carrying out of ORS 742.005(3); and

(3) To aid in the carrying out of ORS 742.005(4).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 731.244, 742 & 746.240
Stats. Implemented: ORS 742.005(3)–742.005(4) & 746.0015(1)
Hist.: ID 13-1990, f. 6-12-90, cert. ef. 7-1-90; ID 12-2013, f. 12-31-13, cert. ef. 1-1-14

836-082-0055

Continuance of Group Health Insurance Coverage in Situations Involving Replacement

(1) This rule:

(a) Establishes the liable insurer when one insurer's group health policy or contract providing coverage for hospital or medical services or expenses replaces a policy or contract of similar benefits of another insurer;

(b) Establishes which policy or contract provides coverage for a policyholder when an insurer replaces a group health insurance policy or contract with a policy or contract of similar benefits.

(2) An insurer of a prior policy or contract is liable as follows:

(a) If the insurer of the prior policy or contract is not the insurer of the succeeding policy, the insurer of the prior policy or contract remains liable as provided in ORS 743.529 with respect to an individual who is hospitalized on the date of termination of a prior policy or contract only to the extent of its accrued liabilities and extensions of benefits;

(b) If the insurer of the prior policy or contract and the succeeding policy or contract is the same, the insurer remains liable under the prior policy or contract only to the extent of its accrued liabilities and extensions of benefits.

(3) Except as ORS 743.529 otherwise applies to an individual who is hospitalized on the date of termination of the prior policy, if an individual was validly covered under the prior plan on the date of discontinuance and is a member of the class or classes of individuals eligible for coverage under the succeeding plan, the individual is eligible for coverage under the succeeding plan without regard to actively-at-work or nonconfinement provisions. Any reference under this section to an individual who was or was not totally disabled is a reference to the individual's status immediately prior to the date the succeeding plan's coverage becomes effective. The following provisions govern such coverage:

(a) The minimum level of benefits to be provided by a succeeding plan is the applicable level of benefits of the succeeding plan reduced by any benefits payable by the prior plan;

(b) Such coverage must be provided under the succeeding plan until the date on which the individual's coverage would terminate in accordance with the succeeding plan provisions applicable to individual termination of coverage, such as termination of employment or eligibility as a dependent.

(4) Section (3) of this rule does not apply with respect to an individual who is excluded under the succeeding policy because the individual is otherwise covered under another policy with similar benefits.

(5) In applying deductibles or waiting periods, the insurer of a succeeding plan must give credit for the satisfaction or partial satisfaction of the same or similar provisions under a prior plan providing similar benefits, whether the prior plan is its own or was issued by another insurer. In the case of deductible provisions, the credit must apply for the same or overlapping benefit periods and must be given for expenses actually incurred and applied against the deductible provisions of the prior plan during the calendar year in which the succeeding plan becomes effective. However, the credit applies or must be given only to the extent the expenses are recognized under the terms of the succeeding plan and are subject to a similar deductible provision.

(6) In any situation in which a determination of the prior insurer's benefit is required, it is the responsibility of the claimant to furnish evidence of the terms of the prior plan and of claim payments by the prior insurer.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 731.244, 742 & 746.240
Stats. Implemented: ORS 742.005(3) & (4) & 746.0015(1)
Hist.: ID 13-1990, f. 6-12-90, cert. ef. 7-1-90; ID 12-2013, f. 12-31-13, cert. ef. 1-1-14

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