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(215 ILCS 5/363)
(from Ch. 73, par. 975)
Medicare supplement policies; minimum standards.
(1) Except as otherwise specifically provided therein, this
Section and Section 363a of this Code shall apply to:
(a) all Medicare supplement policies and subscriber
contracts delivered or issued for delivery in this State on and after January 1, 1989; and
(b) all certificates issued under group Medicare
supplement policies or subscriber contracts, which certificates are issued or issued for delivery in this State on and after January 1, 1989.
This Section shall not apply to "Accident Only" or "Specified Disease"
types of policies. The provisions of this Section are not intended to prohibit
or apply to policies or health care benefit plans, including group
conversion policies, provided to Medicare eligible persons, which policies
or plans are not marketed or purported or held to be Medicare supplement
policies or benefit plans.
(2) For the purposes of this Section and Section 363a, the following
terms have the following meanings:
(a) "Applicant" means:
(i) in the case of individual Medicare supplement
policy, the person who seeks to contract for insurance benefits, and
(ii) in the case of a group Medicare policy or
subscriber contract, the proposed certificate holder.
(b) "Certificate" means any certificate delivered or
issued for delivery in this State under a group Medicare supplement policy.
(c) "Medicare supplement policy" means an individual
policy of accident and health insurance, as defined in paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of Section 355a of this Code, or a group policy or certificate delivered or issued for delivery in this State by an insurer, fraternal benefit society, voluntary health service plan, or health maintenance organization, other than a policy issued pursuant to a contract under Section 1876 of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 1395 et seq.) or a policy issued under a demonstration project specified in 42 U.S.C. Section 1395ss(g)(1), or any similar organization, that is advertised, marketed, or designed primarily as a supplement to reimbursements under Medicare for the hospital, medical, or surgical expenses of persons eligible for Medicare.
(d) "Issuer" includes insurance companies, fraternal
benefit societies, voluntary health service plans, health maintenance organizations, or any other entity providing Medicare supplement insurance, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(e) "Medicare" means the Health Insurance for the
Aged Act, Title XVIII of the Social Security Amendments of 1965.
(3) No Medicare supplement insurance policy, contract, or
that provides benefits that duplicate benefits provided by Medicare, shall
be issued or issued for delivery in this State after December 31, 1988. No
such policy, contract, or certificate shall provide lesser benefits than
those required under this Section or the existing Medicare Supplement
Minimum Standards Regulation, except where duplication of Medicare benefits
(4) Medicare supplement policies or certificates shall have a
prominently printed on the first page of the policy or attached thereto
stating in substance that the policyholder or certificate holder shall have
the right to return the policy or certificate within 30 days of its
delivery and to have the premium refunded directly to him or her in a
timely manner if, after examination of the policy or certificate, the
insured person is not satisfied for any reason.
(5) A Medicare supplement policy or certificate may not deny a
for losses incurred more than 6 months from the effective date of coverage
for a preexisting condition. The policy may not define a preexisting
condition more restrictively than a condition for which medical advice was
given or treatment was recommended by or received from a physician within 6
months before the effective date of coverage.
(6) An issuer of a Medicare supplement policy shall:
(a) not deny coverage to an applicant under 65 years
of age who meets any of the following criteria:
(i) becomes eligible for Medicare by reason of
disability if the person makes application for a Medicare supplement policy within 6 months of the first day on which the person enrolls for benefits under Medicare Part B; for a person who is retroactively enrolled in Medicare Part B due to a retroactive eligibility decision made by the Social Security Administration, the application must be submitted within a 6-month period beginning with the month in which the person received notice of retroactive eligibility to enroll;
(ii) has Medicare and an employer group health
plan (either primary or secondary to Medicare) that terminates or ceases to provide all such supplemental health benefits;
(iii) is insured by a Medicare Advantage plan
that includes a Health Maintenance Organization, a Preferred Provider Organization, and a Private Fee-For-Service or Medicare Select plan and the applicant moves out of the plan's service area; the insurer goes out of business, withdraws from the market, or has its Medicare contract terminated; or the plan violates its contract provisions or is misrepresented in its marketing; or
(iv) is insured by a Medicare supplement policy
and the insurer goes out of business, withdraws from the market, or the insurance company or agents misrepresent the plan and the applicant is without coverage;
(b) make available to persons eligible for Medicare
by reason of disability each type of Medicare supplement policy the issuer makes available to persons eligible for Medicare by reason of age;
(c) not charge individuals who become eligible for
Medicare by reason of disability and who are under the age of 65 premium rates for any medical supplemental insurance benefit plan offered by the issuer that exceed the issuer's highest rate on the current rate schedule filed with the Division of Insurance for that plan to individuals who are age 65 or older; and
(d) provide the rights granted by items (a) through
(d), for 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, to any person who had enrolled for benefits under Medicare Part B prior to this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly who otherwise would have been eligible for coverage under item (a).
(7) The Director shall issue reasonable rules and regulations
(a) To establish specific standards for policy
provisions of Medicare policies and certificates. The standards shall be in accordance with the requirements of this Code. No requirement of this Code relating to minimum required policy benefits, other than the minimum standards contained in this Section and Section 363a, shall apply to Medicare supplement policies and certificates. The standards may cover, but are not limited to the following:
(A) Terms of renewability.
(B) Initial and subsequent terms of eligibility.
(C) Non-duplication of coverage.
(D) Probationary and elimination periods.
(E) Benefit limitations, exceptions and
(F) Requirements for replacement.
(G) Recurrent conditions.
(H) Definition of terms.
(I) Requirements for issuing rebates or credits
to policyholders if the policy's loss ratio does not comply with subsection (7) of Section 363a.
(J) Uniform methodology for the calculating and
reporting of loss ratio information.
(K) Assuring public access to loss ratio
information of an issuer of Medicare supplement insurance.
(L) Establishing a process for approving or
disapproving proposed premium increases.
(M) Establishing a policy for holding public
hearings prior to approval of premium increases.
(N) Establishing standards for Medicare Select
(O) Prohibited policy provisions not otherwise
specifically authorized by statute that, in the opinion of the Director, are unjust, unfair, or unfairly discriminatory to any person insured or proposed for coverage under a medicare supplement policy or certificate.
(b) To establish minimum standards for benefits and
claims payments, marketing practices, compensation arrangements, and reporting practices for Medicare supplement policies.
(c) To implement transitional requirements of
Medicare supplement insurance benefits and premiums of Medicare supplement policies and certificates to conform to Medicare program revisions.
(8) If an individual is at least 65 years of age but no more than 75 years of age and has an existing Medicare supplement policy, the individual is entitled to an annual open enrollment period lasting 45 days, commencing with the individual's birthday, and the individual may purchase any Medicare supplement policy with the same issuer that offers benefits equal to or lesser than those provided by the previous coverage. During this open enrollment period, an issuer of a Medicare supplement policy shall not deny or condition the issuance or effectiveness of Medicare supplemental coverage, nor discriminate in the pricing of coverage, because of health status, claims experience, receipt of health care, or a medical condition of the individual. An issuer shall provide notice of this annual open enrollment period for eligible Medicare supplement policyholders at the time that the application is made for a Medicare supplement policy or certificate. The notice shall be in a form that may be prescribed by the Department.
(9) Without limiting an individual's eligibility under Department rules implementing 42 U.S.C. 1395ss(s)(2)(A), for at least 63 days after the later of the applicant's loss of benefits or the notice of termination of benefits, including a notice of claim denial due to termination of benefits, under the State's medical assistance program under Article V of the Illinois Public Aid Code, an issuer shall not deny or condition the issuance or effectiveness of any Medicare supplement policy or certificate that is offered and is available for issuance to new enrollees by the issuer; shall not discriminate in the pricing of such a Medicare supplement policy because of health status, claims experience, receipt of health care, or medical condition; and shall not include a policy provision that imposes an exclusion of benefits based on a preexisting condition under such a Medicare supplement policy if the individual:
(a) is enrolled for Medicare Part B;
(b) was enrolled in the State's medical assistance
program during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency described in Section 5-1.5 of the Illinois Public Aid Code;
(c) was terminated or disenrolled from the State's
medical assistance program after the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and the later of the date of termination of benefits or the date of the notice of termination, including a notice of a claim denial due to termination, occurred on, after, or no more than 63 days before the end of either, as applicable:
(A) the individual's Medicare supplement open
enrollment period described in Department rules implementing 42 U.S.C. 1395ss(s)(2)(A); or
(B) the 6-month period described in Section
363(6)(a)(i) of this Code; and
(d) submits evidence of the date of termination of
benefits or notice of termination under the State's medical assistance program with the application for a Medicare supplement policy or certificate.
(10) Each Medicare supplement policy and certificate available from an insurer on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 103rd General Assembly shall be made available to all applicants who qualify under subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subsection (6) or Department rules implementing 42 U.S.C. 1395ss(s)(2)(A) without regard to age or applicability of a Medicare Part B late enrollment penalty.
(Source: P.A. 102-142, eff. 1-1-22; 103-102, eff. 6-16-23.)