2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:26A-13 - Medicare Supplement Plan C offered

17B:26A-13. Medicare Supplement Plan C offered

2. a. No later than 60 days after the effective date of this act, every carrier issuing or renewing Medicare supplement insurance policies or contracts shall, as a condition of issuing or renewing health benefits plans in this State, offer, at a minimum, Medicare Supplement Plan C policies or contracts to persons in this State 50 years of age or older who are entitled to Medicare benefits due to disability, except as otherwise provided in subsection d. of this section.

b. No carrier shall deny or condition the issuance or renewal of a Medicare supplement insurance policy or contract available for sale in this State pursuant to subsection a. of this section nor discriminate in the pricing of such policy or contract because of the health status, claims experience, receipt of health care or medical condition of an applicant if an application for the policy or contract is submitted during the six-month period beginning with the first month in which an individual is enrolled for benefits under Medicare Part B or if the application for the policy or contract is submitted within six months after the effective date of this act.

c. Subsections a. and b. of this section shall not be construed as preventing the exclusion of benefits under a policy or contract during the first three months, based on a preexisting condition for which the insured received treatment or was otherwise diagnosed during the six months before the policy or contract became effective, except that the limitation shall not apply to an individual who has, under a prior health benefits policy or contract, with no intervening lapse in coverage, been treated or diagnosed by a physician for a condition under that policy or contract or satisfied a three-month preexisting condition limitation.

d. (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of this section to the contrary, a carrier that does not currently issue or renew individual Medicare supplement insurance policies or contracts and does issue and renew Medicare supplement insurance policies or contracts for groups whose membership in the group is not based on health status, claims experience, receipt of health care or medical condition, shall not be required to provide coverage to persons eligible for Medicare supplement insurance coverage pursuant to subsection a. of this section, other than to members of the group.

(2) No group to which the provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection apply shall institute an age requirement for participation in the group after June 1, 1995.

e. (1) Rates for Medicare supplement insurance policies or contracts issued pursuant to this section shall be no greater than the lowest rate charged by a carrier for the same type of policies or contracts issued to persons 65 years of age and over and shall be formulated in accordance with the provisions of section 6 of P.L.1982, c.95 (C.17:35C-6) or section 6 of P.L.1982, c.94 (C.17B:26A-6), as appropriate, and any rules or regulations promulgated thereto.

(2) Following the close of each carrier's accounting year, if the commissioner determines that a carrier's loss ratio for policies or contracts issued pursuant to section 2 or 3 of this act was less than 75% for group policies or contracts or less than 65% for individual policies or contracts for that calendar year, the carrier shall be required to refund to the holders of any policy or contract the difference between the amount of net earned premium it received that year and the amount that would have been necessary to achieve the 75% or 65% loss ratio, as appropriate.

L.1995,c.229,s.2.

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