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215 ILCS 5/367
(215 ILCS 5/367)
(from Ch. 73, par. 979)
Group accident and health insurance.
(1) Group accident and health insurance is hereby declared to be that
form of accident and health insurance covering not less than 2
members, or employees of members, written under a
master policy issued to any governmental corporation, unit, agency or
department thereof, or to any corporation, copartnership, individual
employer, or to any association upon application of an executive officer or
trustee of such association having a constitution or bylaws and formed in
good faith for purposes other than that of obtaining insurance, where
officers, members, employees, employees of members or classes or department
thereof, may be insured for their individual benefit. In addition a group
accident and health policy may be written to insure any group which may be
insured under a group life insurance policy. The term "employees" shall
include the officers, managers and employees of subsidiary or affiliated
corporations, and the individual proprietors, partners and employees of
affiliated individuals and firms, when the business of such subsidiary or
affiliated corporations, firms or individuals, is controlled by a common
employer through stock ownership, contract or otherwise.
(2) Any insurance company authorized to write accident and health
insurance in this State shall have power to issue group accident and
health policies. No policy of group accident and health insurance may
be issued or delivered in this State unless a copy of the form thereof
shall have been filed with the department and approved by it in
accordance with Section 355, and it contains in substance those
provisions contained in Sections 357.1 through 357.30 as may be applicable
to group accident and health insurance and the following provisions:
(a) A provision that the policy, the application of
the employer, or executive officer or trustee of any association, and the individual applications, if any, of the employees, members or employees of members insured shall constitute the entire contract between the parties, and that all statements made by the employer, or the executive officer or trustee, or by the individual employees, members or employees of members shall (in the absence of fraud) be deemed representations and not warranties, and that no such statement shall be used in defense to a claim under the policy, unless it is contained in a written application.
(b) A provision that the insurer will issue to the
employer, or to the executive officer or trustee of the association, for delivery to the employee, member or employee of a member, who is insured under such policy, an individual certificate setting forth a statement as to the insurance protection to which he is entitled and to whom payable.
(c) A provision that to the group or class thereof
originally insured shall be added from time to time all new employees of the employer, members of the association or employees of members eligible to and applying for insurance in such group or class.
(3) Anything in this code to the contrary notwithstanding, any group
accident and health policy may provide that all or any portion of any
indemnities provided by any such policy on account of hospital, nursing,
medical or surgical services, may, at the insurer's option, be paid
directly to the hospital or person rendering such services; but the
policy may not require that the service be rendered by a particular
hospital or person. Payment so made shall discharge the insurer's
obligation with respect to the amount of insurance so paid. Nothing in this
subsection (3) shall prohibit an insurer from providing incentives for
insureds to utilize the services of a particular hospital or person.
(4) Special group policies may be issued to school districts
providing medical or hospital service, or both, for pupils of the
district injured while participating in any athletic activity under the
jurisdiction of or sponsored or controlled by the district or the
authorities of any school thereof. The provisions of this Section
governing the issuance of group accident and health insurance shall,
insofar as applicable, control the issuance of such policies issued to
(5) No policy of group accident and health insurance may be issued
or delivered in this State unless it provides that upon the death of the
insured employee or group member the dependents' coverage, if any,
continues for a period of at least 90 days subject to any other policy
provisions relating to termination of dependents' coverage.
(6) No group hospital policy covering miscellaneous hospital
expenses issued or delivered in this State shall contain any exception
or exclusion from coverage which would preclude the payment of expenses
incurred for the processing and administration of blood and its
(7) No policy of group accident and health insurance, delivered in
this State more than 120 days after the effective day of the Section,
which provides inpatient hospital coverage for sicknesses shall exclude
from such coverage the treatment of alcoholism. This subsection shall
not apply to a policy which covers only specified sicknesses.
(8) No policy of group accident and health insurance, which
provides benefits for hospital or medical expenses based upon the actual
expenses incurred, issued or delivered in this State shall contain any
specific exception to coverage which would preclude the payment of
actual expenses incurred in the examination and testing of a victim of
an offense defined in Sections 11-1.20 through 11-1.60 or 12-13 through 12-16 of the Criminal Code
of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012, or an attempt to commit such offense,
to establish that sexual contact did occur or did not occur, and to
establish the presence or absence of sexually transmitted
disease or infection, and
examination and treatment of injuries and trauma sustained by the victim of
such offense, arising out of the offense. Every group policy of accident
and health insurance which specifically provides benefits for routine
physical examinations shall provide full coverage for expenses incurred in
the examination and testing of a victim of an offense defined in Sections
11-1.20 through 11-1.60 or 12-13 through 12-16 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012, or an attempt to commit such
offense, as set forth in this
Section. This subsection shall not apply to a policy which covers hospital
and medical expenses for specified illnesses and injuries only.
(9) For purposes of enabling the recovery of State funds, any insurance
carrier subject to this Section shall upon reasonable demand by the Department
of Public Health disclose the names and identities of its insureds entitled
to benefits under this provision to the Department of Public Health whenever
the Department of Public Health has determined that it has paid, or is about
to pay, hospital or medical expenses for which an insurance carrier is liable
under this Section. All information received by the Department of Public
Health under this provision shall be held on a confidential basis and shall
not be subject to subpoena and shall not be made public by the Department
of Public Health or used for any purpose other than that authorized by this
(10) Whenever the Department of Public Health finds that it has paid all
or part of any hospital or medical expenses which an insurance carrier is
obligated to pay under this Section, the Department of Public Health shall
be entitled to receive reimbursement for its payments from such insurance
carrier provided that the Department of Public Health has notified the
insurance carrier of its claim before the carrier has paid the benefits to
its insureds or the insureds' assignees.
(11) (a) No group hospital, medical or surgical expense
policy shall contain any provision whereby benefits otherwise payable thereunder are subject to reduction solely on account of the existence of similar benefits provided under other group or group-type accident and sickness insurance policies where such reduction would operate to reduce total benefits payable under these policies below an amount equal to 100% of total allowable expenses provided under these policies.
(b) When dependents of insureds are covered under 2
policies, both of which contain coordination of benefits provisions, benefits of the policy of the insured whose birthday falls earlier in the year are determined before those of the policy of the insured whose birthday falls later in the year. Birthday, as used herein, refers only to the month and day in a calendar year, not the year in which the person was born. The Department of Insurance shall promulgate rules defining the order of benefit determination pursuant to this paragraph (b).
(12) Every group policy under this Section shall be subject to the
provisions of Sections 356g and 356n of this Code.
(13) No accident and health insurer providing coverage for hospital
or medical expenses on an expense incurred basis shall deny
reimbursement for an otherwise covered expense incurred for any organ
transplantation procedure solely on the basis that such procedure is deemed
experimental or investigational unless supported by the determination of
the Office of Health Care Technology Assessment within the Agency for
Health Care Policy and Research within the federal Department of Health and
Human Services that such procedure is either experimental or investigational or
that there is insufficient data or experience to determine whether an organ
transplantation procedure is clinically acceptable. If an accident and
health insurer has made written request, or had one made on its behalf by a
national organization, for determination by the Office of Health Care
Technology Assessment within the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
within the federal Department of Health and Human Services as to whether a
specific organ transplantation procedure is clinically acceptable and said
organization fails to respond to such a request within a period of 90 days,
the failure to act may be deemed a determination that the procedure is
deemed to be experimental or investigational.
(14) Whenever a claim for benefits by an insured under a dental
prepayment program is denied or reduced, based on the review of x-ray
films, such review must be performed by a dentist.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13