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§ 15-833. Extension of benefits

West's Annotated Code of MarylandInsurance

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Insurance (Refs & Annos)
Title 15. Health Insurance
Subtitle 8. Required Health Insurance Benefits (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Insurance, § 15-833
§ 15-833. Extension of benefits
Benefits provided on expense-incurred basis
(a) A policy will be considered to provide benefits on an expense-incurred basis if benefits payable under the policy are based on both medical expenses incurred and flat fees regardless of actual expenses incurred.
Application of section
(b) This section applies to health benefit plans issued under Subtitle 12 of this title.
Termination of coverage for failure to pay premium, fraud or misrepresentation, or succeeding health benefit plans
(c) This section does not apply if:
(1) coverage is terminated because an individual fails to pay a required premium;
(2) coverage is terminated for fraud or material misrepresentation by the individual; or
(3) any coverage provided by a succeeding health benefit plan:
(i) is provided at a cost to the individual that is less than or equal to the cost to the individual of the extended benefit required under this section; and
(ii) does not result in an interruption of benefits.
Premium not charged during extension period
(d) During an extension period required under this section a premium may not be charged.
Individuals totally disabled at time coverage terminates
(e)(1) This subsection applies to:
(i) insurers and nonprofit health service plans that provide hospital, medical, or surgical benefits on an expense-incurred basis under group or blanket health insurance policies that are issued or delivered in the State; and
(ii) health maintenance organizations that provide hospital, medical, or surgical benefits under contracts that are issued or delivered in the State.
(2) If an individual is totally disabled when the individual's coverage terminates, an entity subject to this subsection shall continue to pay covered benefits, in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the individual's coverage terminates, for expenses incurred by the individual for the condition causing the disability until the earlier of:
(i) the date the individual ceases to be totally disabled; or
(ii) 12 months after the date coverage terminates.
(3) An entity subject to this subsection may at any time require the individual to provide proof of total disability.
Claims in progress at time coverage terminates
(f)(1) This subsection applies to:
(i) insurers and nonprofit health service plans that provide hospital, medical, or surgical benefits on an expense-incurred basis under individual health insurance policies that are issued or delivered in the State; and
(ii) health maintenance organizations that provide hospital, medical, or surgical benefits under individual contracts that are issued or delivered in the State.
(2) If an individual has a claim in progress when the individual's coverage terminates, an entity subject to this subsection shall continue to pay covered benefits, in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the individual's coverage terminates, related to the claim until the earlier of:
(i) the date the individual is released from the care of a physician for the condition that is the basis of the claim; or
(ii) 12 months after the date coverage terminates.
Individuals confined in hospitals at time coverage terminates
(g)(1) This subsection applies to:
(i) group, blanket, and individual policies that limit coverage to hospital or surgical benefits on an expense-incurred basis; and
(ii) group, blanket, and individual hospital indemnity policies.
(2) If an individual is confined in a hospital on the date coverage terminates, a policy subject to this subsection shall continue to pay covered benefits, in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the individual's coverage terminates, for the confinement until the earlier of:
(i) the date the individual is discharged from the hospital; or
(ii) 12 months after the date coverage terminates.
Glasses or contact lenses ordered before coverage terminates
(h)(1) This subsection applies to insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations that provide group, blanket, or individual vision benefits.
(2) If an individual has ordered glasses or contact lenses before the date coverage terminates, an entity subject to this subsection that provides coverage for glasses or contact lenses shall continue to provide covered benefits, in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the individual's coverage terminates, for the glasses or contact lenses if the individual receives the glasses or contact lenses within 30 days after the date of the order.
Accidents or losses occurring before coverage terminates
(i)(1) This subsection applies to insurers that provide group, blanket, or individual accidental death or dismemberment benefits.
(2) An insurer subject to this subsection shall provide covered benefits, in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the individual's coverage terminates, for a covered loss that occurs after the date coverage terminates if:
(i) an accident occurs while the individual is covered; and
(ii) the loss occurs within 90 days after the accident.
Course of treatment started before coverage terminates
(j)(1) This subsection applies to insurers, nonprofit health service plans, health maintenance organizations, and dental plan organizations that provide group, blanket, or individual dental benefits.
(2) Except as provided in paragraph (3) of this subsection, an entity subject to this subsection shall provide covered benefits, in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the individual's coverage terminates, for a course of treatment for at least 90 days after the date coverage terminates if the treatment:
(i) begins before the date coverage terminates; and
(ii) requires two or more visits on separate days to a dentist's office.
(3) An entity subject to this subsection that provides coverage for orthodontics shall provide covered benefits, in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the individual's coverage terminates, for orthodontics:
(i) for 60 days after the date coverage terminates if the orthodontist has agreed to or is receiving monthly payments; or
(ii) until the later of 60 days after the date coverage terminates or the end of the quarter in progress, if the orthodontist has agreed to accept or is receiving payments on a quarterly basis.

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Added by Acts 1999, c. 139, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1999.
MD Code, Insurance, § 15-833, MD INSURANCE § 15-833
Current through legislation effective through April 9, 2023, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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