58-17B-16. Temporary absence from nursing home or assisted living facility--Effect on benefits for long-term care charges and other requirements--Application. If an insured is receiving benefits for long-term care services in a nursing home or assisted living facility under a long-term care policy or certificate subject to this chapter, and temporarily leaves the nursing home or assisted living facility for a period not to exceed fourteen days annually, the insurer may not reduce or limit benefits for long-term care charges incurred by the insured during that temporary absence unless otherwise provided in the policy or certificate. The insurer may not consider that absence in determining whether the insured qualifies or continues to qualify for a waiver of premium or other policy or certificate benefits or eligibility requirements. This section applies to all policies or certificates that are issued after June 30, 2005.