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§ 15-919. Required written statements to prospective buyers

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West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Insurance (Refs & Annos)
Title 15. Health Insurance
Subtitle 9. Medicare Supplement Act (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Insurance, § 15-919
§ 15-919. Required written statements to prospective buyers
In general
(a)(1) Under any circumstance stated in this section, a carrier or insurance producer of a carrier shall give to a prospective buyer eligible for Medicare by reason of age a written statement as required, for each circumstance, by this section.
(2) The written statement shall be given before the carrier or insurance producer accepts an application.
Statement excluding or limiting benefits for preexisting conditions
(b) If the proposed policy excludes or limits benefits for preexisting conditions, a statement shall be given that describes in plain language the limitations or exclusions.
Statement about nursing home or custodial or rest home care coverage
(c) If the proposed policy provides coverage for care in a Medicare-approved skilled nursing facility, but the policy does not provide coverage for care in other nursing home facilities or for custodial or rest home care, a statement shall be given that describes clearly those expenses that the policy does not cover.
Statement that policy is not a Medicare supplement policy
(d)(1) If the proposed policy does not comply with the requirements of §§ 15-904, 15-906, 15-907, and 15-908 of this subtitle for a Medicare supplement policy, a statement printed in 12-point type shall be given that:
“This policy (or certificate) is not a Medicare supplement policy (or certificate). It is not designed to fill the ‘gaps' of Medicare. If you are eligible for Medicare, review the Medicare supplement buyer's guide available from the company”.
(2) The statement required by paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be printed on or attached to the first page of:
(i) the policy form or certificate; or
(ii) an outline of coverage delivered to the individual covered under the policy or certificate.
(3) A carrier or insurance producer of a carrier need not provide the statement required under paragraph (1) of this subsection for:
(i) a policy or certificate that is issued in accordance with a contract under § 1876 of the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1395mm;
(ii) a disability income policy; or
(iii) a policy or contract of one or more employers or labor organizations or the trustees of a fund established by one or more employers or labor organizations or a combination of employers or labor organizations, for employees, former employees, a combination of employees or former employees, members, former members, or a combination of members or former members of the labor organization.
(4) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Commissioner shall adopt regulations necessary to conform this subsection to the requirements of applicable federal law.
Policies providing accident-only benefits
(e) If the proposed policy provides accident-only benefits, a statement printed in 12-point type shall be given that contains the language in subsection (d) of this section and the following:
“This is an accident only policy. It does not pay benefits for loss due to sickness”.

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Added by Acts 1997, c. 35, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 1998, c. 21, § 1, eff. April 14, 1998; Acts 2001, c. 731, § 1, eff. July 2, 2001.
Formerly Art. 48A, § 468F.
MD Code, Insurance, § 15-919, MD INSURANCE § 15-919
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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