GROUP AND BLANKET DISABILITY INSURANCE
41-2213. Policy standards — Disabled individuals. Every policy containing the benefits described in subsections (1), (2) and (3) of this section must contain a provision which provides for a reasonable extension of benefits with respect to employees or dependents who become totally disabled after the effective date of this act and continue to be totally disabled at the date of discontinuance of the policy. Such an extension of benefits provision will be deemed a reasonable extension of benefits provision if it complies with the standards set forth in subsections (1), (2) and (3) of this section.
(1) In the case of a policy providing benefits for loss of time or a specific indemnity during hospital confinement, the extension of benefits provision will be deemed reasonable if continuance does not affect the benefit provided.
(2) In the case of a policy providing hospital, medical or surgical expense coverage, the extension of benefits provision will be deemed reasonable if it provides benefits for covered expenses incurred as the result of the disabling condition beyond the date of discontinuance for a period of not less than twelve (12) months.
(3) In the case of a policy providing loss by dismemberment, the extension of benefits provision will be deemed reasonable if it provides benefits for dismemberment loss that occurs after termination of policy that was a result of a disabling condition that occurred while the policy was in effect. Benefits for any such loss will be payable under the policy, in accordance with its limitations, exceptions and provisions as if this policy had not been so terminated.
The benefits payable during any extension of benefits may be subject to all limitations or restrictions contained in the policy. Any extension of benefits may be terminated at such time as the employee or dependent is no longer totally disabled.
[41-2213, added 1975, ch. 204, sec. 4, p. 565; am. 1978, ch. 8, sec. 1, p. 14.]