2013 Maryland Code
§ 2-115 - Adoption of regulations in emergency.
(a) The Commissioner shall adopt regulations that may be applied when:
(1) the Governor has declared a state of emergency for the State or an area within the State under § 14-107 of the Public Safety Article; or
(2) the President of the United States has issued a major disaster or emergency declaration for the State or an area within the State under the federal Stafford Act.
(b) The regulations may:
(1) apply to any person regulated by the Commissioner under this article or Title 19, Subtitle 7 of the Health - General Article; and
(i) submission of claims or proof of loss;
(ii) grace periods for payment of premiums and performance of other duties by insureds;
(iii) temporary postponement of cancellations, nonrenewals, premium increases, or policy modifications;
(iv) procedures for obtaining nonelective health care services;
(v) time restrictions for filling or refilling prescription drugs;
(vi) time frames applicable to an action by the Commissioner under this article; and
(vii) any other activity necessary to protect the residents of the State.
(c) (1) To activate a regulation adopted under this section, the Commissioner shall issue a bulletin specifying:
(i) that the regulation is activated;
(ii) the line or lines of business to which the regulation applies;
(iii) the geographic areas to which the regulation applies; and
(iv) the period of time for which the regulation applies.
(2) A regulation activated under paragraph (1) of this subsection may not apply beyond the duration of, or the geographical area included within, the Governor’s or President’s declaration of a state of emergency or disaster.
(3) The Commissioner:
(i) shall provide a copy of the bulletin to the emergency contact designated by the person subject to the bulletin; and
(ii) may post a copy of the bulletin on the Administration’s Web site.
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