58-17B-6. Defining "preexisting conditions"--Requirements--Exclusions for loss or confinement--Extending limitation periods. No long-term care insurance policy or certificate other than a policy or certificate thereunder issued to a group as defined in subdivision 58-17B-2(4)(a):
(1) Shall use a definition of "preexisting condition" which is more restrictive than the following: Preexisting condition means a condition for which medical advice or treatment was recommended by, or received from a provider of health care services, within six months preceding the effective date of coverage of an insured person;
(2) May exclude coverage for a loss or confinement which is the result of a preexisting condition unless such loss or confinement begins within six months following the effective date of coverage of an insured person.
The director may extend the limitation periods set forth herein as to specific age group categories in specific policy forms upon findings that the extension is in the best interest of the public. The definition of "preexisting condition" does not prohibit an insurer from using an application form designed to elicit the complete health history of an applicant, and, on the basis of the answers on that application, from underwriting in accordance with that insurer's established underwriting standards. Unless otherwise provided in the policy or certificate, a preexisting condition, regardless of whether it is disclosed on the application, need not be covered until the waiting period described in subdivision (2) of this section expires. No long-term care insurance policy or certificates may exclude or use waivers or riders of any kind to exclude, limit or reduce coverage or benefits for specifically named or described preexisting diseases or physical conditions beyond the waiting period described in subdivision (2) of this section.
Source: SL 1989, ch 440, § 6.