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2012 Statute


40-19c06.Subscription agreements; contents; continuation of subscription agreements; converted subscription agreements. (a) No subscription agreement, except as provided in subsection (d), between a corporation organized under the nonprofit medical and hospital service corporation act and a subscriber, shall entitle more than one person to benefits, except that a "family subscription agreement" may be issued, at an established subscription charge, to a husband and wife, or husband, wife, and their dependent child or children and any other person dependent upon the subscriber. Only the subscriber must be named in the subscription agreement.

(b) Every subscription agreement entered into by any such corporation with any subscriber shall be in writing and a certificate stating the terms and conditions shall be furnished to the subscriber to be kept by the subscriber. No such certificate form shall be made, issued or delivered in this state unless it contains the following provisions: (1) A statement of the nature of the benefits to be furnished and the period during which they will be furnished, and if there are any benefits to be excepted, a detailed statement of such exceptions printed as hereinafter specified; (2) a statement of the terms and conditions, if any, upon which the subscription agreement may be canceled or otherwise terminated at the option of either party; (3) a statement that the subscription agreement includes the endorsements and attached papers, if any, and contains the entire contract; (4) a statement that no statement by the subscriber in the application for a subscription agreement shall avoid the subscription agreement or be used in any legal proceeding, unless such application or an exact copy is included in or attached to such subscription agreement, and that no agent or representative of such corporation, other than an officer or officers designated therein, is authorized to change the subscription agreement or waive any of its provisions; (5) a statement that if the subscriber defaults in making any payments under the subscription agreement, the subsequent acceptance of a payment by the corporation or by one of its duly authorized agents shall reinstate the subscription agreement but with respect to sickness and injury, only to cover such sickness as may be first manifested more than 10 days after the date of such acceptance; (6) a statement of the period of grace which will be allowed the subscriber for making any payment due under the subscription agreement. Such period shall not be less than 10 days; and (7) if applicable, a statement of the kind of hospital in which the subscriber may receive benefits and the types of benefits to which the subscriber may be entitled to in such kinds of hospitals. The subscriber shall be entitled to benefits in any nonparticipating hospital in Kansas which is licensed by the secretary of health and environment and in which the average length of stay of patient is similar to the average length of stay in participating hospitals. The agreements issued by any corporation currently or previously organized under this act may include provisions allowing for direct payment of benefits only to contracting health care providers.

(c) In every such subscription agreement made, issued or delivered in this state: (1) All printed portions shall be plainly printed; (2) the exceptions of the subscription agreement shall appear with the same prominence as the benefits to which they apply; (3) if the subscription agreement contains any provisions purporting to make any portion of the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the corporation a part of the subscription agreement, such portion shall be set forth in full; and (4) there shall be a brief description of the subscription agreement on the first page and on its filing back.

(d) Any such corporations may issue a group or blanket subscription agreement, provided the group of persons insured conforms to the requirements of law applicable to other companies writing group or blanket sickness and accident insurance policies and provided such subscription agreement and the individual certificates issued to members of the group shall comply in substance with this section. Any such subscription agreement may provide for the adjustment of the premiums based upon the experience at the end of the first year or of any subsequent year of insurance, and such readjustment may be made retroactive in the form of a rate credit or a cash refund.

(e) (1) Any group subscription agreement issued pursuant to subsection (d) shall provide that an employee or member or such employee's or member's covered dependents whose insurance under the group subscription agreement has been terminated for any reason, including discontinuance of the group in its entirety or with respect to an insured class, and who has been continuously insured under the group subscription agreement or under any group policy or subscription agreement providing similar benefits which it replaces for at least three months immediately prior to termination, shall be entitled to have such coverage nonetheless continued under the group policy for a period of 18 months and at the end of such eighteen-month period of continuation, such employee or member or such employee's or member's covered dependents shall be entitled to obtain, at the employee's, member's or dependent's option either:

(A) A converted subscription agreement providing coverage equal to 80% of that afforded under the group subscription agreement for basic hospital, surgical and medical benefits. Persons selecting this option shall also be entitled to obtain major medical expense coverage which will provide hospital, medical and surgical expense benefits to an aggregate maximum of not less than $50,000. The major medical expense coverage may be subject to a copayment by the covered person of not more than 20% of covered charges and a deductible stated on a per person, per family, per illness, per benefit period, or per year basis or a combination of such bases of not more than $500 per person subject to a maximum annual deductible of $750 per family; or

(B) a subscription agreement which imposes a deductible of not less than $1,000 per subscriber and not less than $2,000 per family and subjects the covered person to a copayment of not more than 20% of covered charges with a $1,000 maximum copayment per subscriber and $2,000 maximum copayment per family per contract year and providing a lifetime maximum benefit of not less than $1,000,000.

(2) The requirements imposed by this subsection (e) shall not apply to a group subscription agreement which provides benefits for specific diseases or for accidental injuries only or any group subscription agreement issued to an employer subject to the continuation and conversion obligations set forth at title I, subtitle B, part 6 of the employee retirement income security act of 1974 or at title XXII of the public health service act, as each act was in effect on January 1, 1987, to the extent federal law provides the employee or member or such employee's or member's covered dependents with equal or greater continuation or conversion rights, or any employee or member or such employee's or member's covered dependents whose termination of insurance under the group subscription agreement occurred because:

(A) Such person failed to pay any required contribution after receiving reasonable notice of such required contribution from the insurer in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the commissioner of insurance;

(B) any discontinued group coverage was replaced by similar group coverage within 31 days; or the employee or member is or could be covered by medicare (title XVIII of the United States social security act as added by the social security amendments of 1965 or as later amended or superseded);

(C) coverage for the employee or member, or any covered dependent thereof, was terminated for cause as permitted by the group policy or certificate of coverage approved by the commissioner; or

(D) the employee or member is or could be covered to the same extent by any other insured or lawful self-insured arrangement which provides expense incurred hospital, surgical or medical coverage and benefits for individuals in a group under which the person was not covered prior to such termination. In the event the group policy is terminated and not replaced the insurer may issue an individual policy or certificate in lieu of a conversion policy or the continuation of group coverage required herein if the individual policy or certificate provides substantially similar coverage for the same or less premium as the group subscription agreement. In any event, the employee or member  shall have the option to be issued a conversion policy which meets the requirements set forth in this subsection (e) in lieu of the right to continue group coverage.

(3) Written application for the converted subscription agreement shall be made and the first premium paid to the insurer not later than 31 days after termination of the group coverage and shall become effective the day following the termination of insurance under the group subscription agreement. In addition, the converted subscription agreement shall be subject to the provisions contained in paragraphs (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (13), (14), (15), (16), (17), (18), (19), and (20) of subsection (j) of K.S.A. 40-2209, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1980, ch. 137, § 24; L. 1984, ch. 172, § 3; L. 1987, ch. 169, § 1; L. 1988, ch. 157, § 1; L. 1992, ch. 196, § 1; L. 1998, ch. 174, § 2; L. 2005, ch. 145, § 1; L. 2008, ch. 164, § 3; July 1.