MANAGED CARE REFORM
41-3940. Preexisting conditions. A general managed care plan shall comply with the following provisions:
(1) A general managed care plan shall not deny, exclude or limit benefits for a covered individual for covered expenses incurred more than twelve (12) months following the effective date of the individual's coverage due to a preexisting condition. A general managed care plan shall not define a preexisting condition more restrictively than a condition, whether physical or mental, regardless of the cause of the condition, for which medical advice, diagnosis, care or treatment was recommended or received during the six (6) months immediately preceding the effective date of coverage.
(2) Genetic information shall not be considered as a condition described in subsection (1) of this section in the absence of a diagnosis of the condition related to such information.
(3) A managed care organization that does not use preexisting condition limitations in any of its general managed care plans may impose an affiliation period. "Affiliation period" means a period of time not to exceed sixty (60) days for new entrants and not to exceed ninety (90) days for late enrollees during which no premiums shall be collected and coverage issued shall not become effective. Such period shall begin on the enrollment date. This subsection does not preclude application of any waiting period applicable to all new enrollees under the general managed care plan, provided that any carrier-imposed waiting period is no longer than sixty (60) days and is used in lieu of a preexisting condition exclusion. An affiliation period under a plan shall run concurrently with any waiting period under the plan.
[41-3940, added 1997, ch. 321, sec. 6, p. 957.]