2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:26-2 - Form of policy; requirements.

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 17B:26-2 (2017)

17B:26-2 Form of policy; requirements.

17B:26-2. a. No such policy of insurance shall be delivered or issued for delivery to any person in this State unless:

(1) The entire money and other considerations therefor are expressed therein; and

(2) The time at which the insurance takes effect and terminates is expressed therein; and

(3) It purports to insure only one person, except that a policy may insure, originally or by subsequent amendment, upon the application of an adult member of a family who shall be deemed the policyholder, any two or more eligible members of that family, including husband, wife, dependent children or any children under a specified age which shall not exceed 19 years and any other person dependent upon the policyholder; and

(4) The style, arrangement and over-all appearance of the policy give no undue prominence to any portion of the text, and unless every printed portion of the text of the policy and of any endorsements or attached papers is plainly printed in light-faced type of a style in general use, the size of which shall be uniform and not less than 10-point with a lower-case unspaced alphabet length not less than 120-point (the "text" shall include all printed matter except the name and address of the insurer, name or title of the policy, the brief description if any, and captions and subcaptions); and

(5) The exceptions and reductions of indemnity are set forth in the policy and, except those which are set forth in sections 17B:26-3 to 17B:26-31 inclusive, are printed, at the insurer's option, either included with the benefit provision to which they apply, or under an appropriate caption such as "exceptions," or "exceptions and reductions," provided that if an exception or reduction specifically applies only to a particular benefit of the policy, a statement of such exception or reduction shall be included with the benefit provision to which it applies; and

(6) Each such form, including riders and endorsements, shall be identified by a form number in the lower left-hand corner of the first page thereof; and

(7) It contains no provision purporting to make any portion of the charter, rules, constitution, or bylaws of the insurer a part of the policy unless such portion is set forth in full in the policy, except in the case of the incorporation of, or reference to, a statement of rates or classification of risks, or short-rate table filed with the commissioner.

b. A policy under which coverage of a dependent of the policyholder terminates at a specified age shall, with respect to an unmarried child covered by the policy prior to the attainment of age 19, who is incapable of self-sustaining employment by reason of intellectual disability or physical handicap and who became so incapable prior to attainment of age 19 and who is chiefly dependent upon such policyholder for support and maintenance, not so terminate while the policy remains in force and the dependent remains in such condition, if the policyholder has within 31 days of such dependent's attainment of the limiting age submitted proof of such dependent's incapacity as described herein. The foregoing provisions of this paragraph shall not require an insurer to insure a dependent who is a child with an intellectual disability or physical handicap where the policy is underwritten on evidence of insurability based on health factors set forth in the application or where such dependent does not satisfy the conditions of the policy as to any requirement for evidence of insurability or other provisions of the policy, satisfaction of which is required for coverage thereunder to take effect. In any such case the terms of the policy shall apply with regard to the coverage or exclusion from coverage of such dependent.

c. Notwithstanding any provision of a policy of health insurance, hereafter delivered or issued for delivery in this State, whenever such policy provides for reimbursement for any optometric service which is within the lawful scope of practice of a duly licensed optometrist, the insured under such policy shall be entitled to reimbursement for such service, whether the said service is performed by a physician or duly licensed optometrist.

d. If any policy is issued by an insurer domiciled in this State for delivery to a person residing in another state, and if the official having responsibility for the administration of the insurance laws of such other state shall have advised the commissioner that any such policy is not subject to approval or disapproval by such official, the commissioner may by ruling require that such policy meet the standards set forth in subsection a. of this section and in sections 17B:26-3 to 17B:26-31 inclusive.

e. Notwithstanding any provision of a policy of health insurance, hereafter delivered or issued for delivery in this State, whenever such policy provides for reimbursement for any psychological service which is within the lawful scope of practice of a duly licensed psychologist, the insured under such policy shall be entitled to reimbursement for such service, whether the said service is performed by a physician or duly licensed psychologist.

f. Notwithstanding any provision of a policy of health insurance, hereafter delivered or issued for delivery in this State, whenever such policy provides for reimbursement for any service which is within the lawful scope of practice of a duly licensed chiropractor, the insured under such policy or the chiropractor rendering such service shall be entitled to reimbursement for such service, when the said service is performed by a chiropractor. The foregoing provision shall be liberally construed in favor of reimbursement of chiropractors.

g. All individual health insurance policies which provide coverage for a family member or dependent of the insured on an expense incurred basis shall also provide that the health insurance benefits applicable for children shall be payable with respect to a newly born child of that insured from the moment of birth.

(1) The coverage for newly born children shall consist of coverage of injury or sickness including the necessary care and treatment of medically diagnosed congenital defects and birth abnormalities.

(2) If payment of a specific premium is required to provide coverage for a child, the policy may require that notification of birth of a newly born child and payment of the required premium must be furnished to the insurer within 60 days after the date of birth in order to have the coverage continue beyond such 60-day period.

h. All individual health insurance policies which provide coverage on an expense incurred basis but do not provide coverage for a family member or dependent of the insured on an expense incurred basis shall nevertheless provide for coverage of newborn children of the insured which shall commence with the moment of birth of each child and shall consist of coverage of injury or sickness including the necessary care and treatment of medically diagnosed congenital defects and birth abnormalities, provided application therefor and payment of the required premium are made to the insurer to include in said policy coverage the same or similar to that of the insured, described in g. (1) above 60 days from the date of a newborn child.

i. Whenever, pursuant to the provisions of an individual or group contract issued by an insurer, the former spouse of a named insured is no longer entitled to coverage as an individual dependent by reason of divorce, separate coverage for such former spouse shall be made available by the insurer on an individual non-group basis under the following conditions:

(1) Application for such non-group coverage shall be made to the insurer by or on behalf of such former spouse no later than 31 days following the date his or her coverage under the prior certificate or contract terminated.

(2) No new evidence of insurability shall be required in connection with the application for such non-group coverage but any health exception, limitation or exclusion applicable to said former spouse under the prior coverage may, at the option of the insurer, be carried over to the new non-group coverage.

(3) The effective date of the new coverage shall be the day following the date on which such former spouse's coverage under the prior certificate or contract terminated.

(4) The benefits provided under the non-group coverage issued to such former spouse shall be at least equal to the basic benefits provided in contracts then being issued by the insurer to acceptable new non-group applicants of the same age and family status.

amended 1973, c.22, s.14; 1973, c.342; 1975, c.111, s.1; 1975, c.119; 1979, c.86, s.5; 1980, c.113, s.2; 2010, c.50, s.9; 2017, c.361, s.7.

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