17:48E-29. Nongroup coverage for former spouse
Whenever, pursuant to the provisions of a group contract issued by a health service corporation, the former spouse of an employee or member of a policyholder under a group contract is no longer entitled to coverage as an eligible dependent by reason of divorce, separate coverage for the former spouse shall be made available by the health service corporation on an individual nongroup basis under the following conditions:
a. Application for the nongroup coverage shall be made to the health service corporation by or on behalf of the former spouse no later than 31 days following the date his or her coverage under the prior group contract terminated.
b. No new evidence of insurability shall be required in connection with the application for the nongroup coverage but any health exception, limitation or exclusion applicable to the former spouse under the prior coverage may, at the option of the health service corporation, be carried over to the new nongroup coverage.
C. The effective date of the new coverage shall be the day following the date on which the former spouse’s coverage under the prior group contract terminated.
d. The benefits provided under the nongroup coverage issued to the former spouse shall be at least equal to the basic benefits provided in contracts then being issued by the health service corporation to new nongroup applicants of the same age and family statuS.
L. 1985, C. 236, S.29, eff. July 15, 1985.
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