(3) The Director shall issue such rules as he shall deem necessary
or desirable to establish specific standards, including standards of
full and fair disclosure that set forth the form and content and
required disclosure for sale, of individual policies of accident and
health insurance, which rules and regulations shall be in addition to
and in accordance with the applicable laws of this State, and which may
cover but shall not be limited to: (a) terms of renewability; (b)
initial and subsequent conditions of eligibility; (c) non-duplication of
coverage provisions; (d) coverage of dependents; (e) pre-existing
conditions; (f) termination of insurance; (g) probationary periods; (h)
limitation, exceptions, and reductions; (i) elimination periods; (j)
requirements regarding replacements; (k) recurrent conditions; and (l)
the definition of terms, including, but not limited to, the following:
hospital, accident, sickness, injury, physician, accidental means, total
disability, partial disability, nervous disorder, guaranteed renewable,
The Director may issue rules that specify prohibited policy
provisions not otherwise specifically authorized by statute which in the
opinion of the Director are unjust, unfair or unfairly discriminatory to
the policyholder, any person insured under the policy, or beneficiary.
(4) The Director shall issue such rules as he shall deem necessary
or desirable to establish minimum standards for benefits under each
category of coverage in individual accident and health policies, other
than conversion policies issued pursuant to a contractual conversion
privilege under a group policy, including but not limited to the
following categories: (a) basic hospital expense coverage; (b) basic
medical-surgical expense coverage; (c) hospital confinement indemnity
coverage; (d) major medical expense coverage; (e) disability income
protection coverage; (f) accident only coverage; and (g) specified
disease or specified accident coverage.
Nothing in this subsection (4) shall preclude the issuance of any
policy which combines two or more of the categories of coverage
enumerated in subparagraphs (a) through (f) of this subsection.
No policy shall be delivered or issued for delivery in this State
which does not meet the prescribed minimum standards for the categories
of coverage listed in this subsection unless the Director finds that
such policy is necessary to meet specific needs of individuals or groups
and such individuals or groups will be adequately informed that such
policy does not meet the prescribed minimum standards, and such policy
meets the requirement that the benefits provided therein are reasonable
in relation to the premium charged. The standards and criteria to be
used by the Director in approving such policies shall be included in the
rules required under this Section with as much specificity as
The Director shall prescribe by rule the method of identification of
policies based upon coverages provided.
(5) (a) In order to provide for full and fair disclosure in the
sale of individual accident and health insurance policies, no such
policy shall be delivered or issued for delivery in this State unless
the outline of coverage described in paragraph (b) of this subsection
either accompanies the policy, or is delivered to the applicant at the
time the application is made, and an acknowledgment signed by the
insured, of receipt of delivery of such outline, is provided to the
insurer. In the event the policy is issued on a basis other than that
applied for, the outline of coverage properly describing the policy must
accompany the policy when it is delivered and such outline shall clearly
state that the policy differs, and to what extent, from that for which
application was originally made. All policies, except single premium
nonrenewal policies, shall have a notice prominently printed on the
first page of the policy or attached thereto stating in substance, that
the policyholder shall have the right to return the policy within 10 days of its delivery and to have the premium refunded if after
examination of the policy the policyholder is not satisfied for any
(b) The Director shall issue such rules as he shall deem necessary
or desirable to prescribe the format and content of the outline of
coverage required by paragraph (a) of this subsection. "Format" means
style, arrangement, and overall appearance, including such items as the
size, color, and prominence of type and the arrangement of text and
captions. "Content" shall include without limitation thereto,
statements relating to the particular policy as to the applicable
category of coverage prescribed under subsection (4); principal benefits;
exceptions, reductions and limitations; and renewal provisions,
including any reservation by the insurer of a right to change premiums.
Such outline of coverage shall clearly state that it constitutes a
summary of the policy issued or applied for and that the policy should
be consulted to determine governing contractual provisions.
(c) Without limiting the generality of paragraph (b) of this subsection (5), no qualified health plans shall be offered for sale directly to consumers through the health insurance marketplace operating in the State in accordance with Sections 1311 and
1321 of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-148), as amended by the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152), and any amendments thereto, or regulations or guidance issued thereunder (collectively, "the Federal Act"), unless the following information is made available to the consumer at the time he or she is comparing policies and their premiums:
(i) With respect to prescription drug benefits, the
(d) Each company that offers qualified health plans for sale directly to consumers through the health insurance marketplace operating in the State shall make the information in paragraph (c) of this subsection (5), for each qualified health plan that it offers, available and accessible to the general public on the company's Internet website and through other means for individuals without access to the Internet.
(e) The Department shall ensure that State-operated Internet websites, in addition to the Internet website for the health insurance marketplace established in this State in accordance with the Federal Act, prominently provide links to Internet-based materials and tools to help consumers be informed purchasers of health insurance.
(f) Nothing in this Section shall be interpreted or implemented in a manner not consistent with the Federal Act. This Section shall apply to all qualified health plans offered for sale directly to consumers through the health insurance marketplace operating in this State for any coverage year beginning on or after January 1, 2015.
(6) Prior to the issuance of rules pursuant to this Section, the
Director shall afford the public, including the companies affected
thereby, reasonable opportunity for comment. Such rulemaking is subject
to the provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
(7) When a rule has been adopted, pursuant to this Section, all
policies of insurance or subscriber contracts which are not in
compliance with such rule shall, when so provided in such rule, be
deemed to be disapproved as of a date specified in such rule not less
than 120 days following its effective date, without any further or
additional notice other than the adoption of the rule.
(8) When a rule adopted pursuant to this Section so provides, a
policy of insurance or subscriber contract which does not comply with
the rule shall, not less than 120 days from the effective date of such
rule, be construed, and the insurer or service corporation shall be
liable, as if the policy or contract did comply with the rule.
(9) Violation of any rule adopted pursuant to this Section shall be
a violation of the insurance law for purposes of Sections 370 and 446 of this
(Source: P.A. 99-329, eff. 1-1-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)