2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:27E-4 - Definitions relative to regulation of long-term care insurance

17B:27E-4. Definitions relative to regulation of long-term care insurance

4. As used in this act, unless the context requires otherwise:

"Applicant" means:

(1) In the case of an individual long-term care insurance policy, the person who seeks to contract for benefits; and

(2) In the case of a group long-term care insurance policy, the proposed certificate holder.

"Certificate" means any certificate or evidence of coverage issued under a group long-term care insurance policy, which has been delivered or issued for delivery in this State.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance.

"Group long-term care insurance" means a long-term care insurance policy which is delivered or issued for delivery in this State and issued to:

(1) a group conforming to one of the descriptions set forth at N.J.S. 17B:27-2 through 17B:27-8 inclusive, or N.J.S. 17B:27-27; or

(2) any group not set forth in paragraph (1) of this definition, which in the opinion of the commissioner may be insured for group long-term care insurance in accordance with sound underwriting principles.

"Long-term care insurance" means any insurance policy, certificate or rider advertised, marketed, offered or designed to provide coverage for not less than 12 consecutive months for each covered person on an expense incurred, indemnity, prepaid or other basis, for one or more necessary or medically necessary diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic, rehabilitative, maintenance or personal care services, provided in a setting other than an acute care unit of a hospital. The term includes group and individual annuities and life insurance policies or riders which provide directly or which supplement long-term care insurance. The term also includes a policy or rider which provides for payment of benefits based upon cognitive impairment or the loss of functional capacity. The term shall also apply to qualified long-term care insurance contracts. Long-term care insurance may be issued by insurers; fraternal benefit societies; health, hospital, or medical service corporations; prepaid health plans; or health maintenance organizations. Long-term care insurance shall not include any insurance policy which is offered primarily to provide basic Medicare supplement coverage, basic hospital expense coverage, basic medical-surgical expense coverage, hospital confinement indemnity coverage, major medical expense coverage, disability income or related asset-protection coverage, accident only coverage, or limited benefit health coverage. With regard to life insurance, this term does not include life insurance policies which accelerate the death benefit specifically for one or more qualifying events, and which provide the option of a lump-sum payment for those benefits and in which neither the benefits nor the eligibility for the benefits is conditioned upon the receipt of long-term care. Notwithstanding any other provision contained herein, any product advertised, marketed or offered as long-term care insurance shall be subject to the provisions of this act.

"Policy" means any policy, contract, subscriber agreement, rider or endorsement providing long-term care insurance coverage delivered or issued for delivery in this State by an insurer; fraternal benefit society; health, hospital, or medical service corporation; prepaid health plan; health maintenance organization or any similar organization.

"Qualified long-term care insurance contract" or "federally tax-qualified long-term care insurance contract" means an individual or group insurance contract that meets the requirements of 26 U.S.C. s. 7702B(b), as follows:

(1) The only insurance protection provided under the contract is coverage of qualified long-term services. A contract shall not fail to satisfy the requirements of this paragraph by reason of payments being made on a per diem or other periodic basis without regard to the expenses incurred during the period to which the payments relate;

(2) The contract does not pay or reimburse expenses incurred for services or items to the extent that the expenses are reimbursable under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. s. 1395 et seq.) or would be so reimbursable but for the application of a deductible or coinsurance amount. The requirements of this paragraph do not apply to expenses that are reimbursable under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. s. 1395 et seq.) only as a secondary payor. A contract shall not fail to satisfy the requirements of this paragraph by reason of payments being made on a per diem or other periodic basis without regard to the expenses incurred during the period to which the payments relate;

(3) The contract is guaranteed renewable, within the meaning of 26 U.S.C. s. 7702B(b)(1)(C);

(4) The contract does not provide for a cash surrender value or other money that can be paid, assigned, pledged as collateral for a loan, or borrowed except as provided in paragraph (5) of this definition;

(5) All refunds of premiums, and all policyholder dividends or similar amounts, under the contract are to be applied as a reduction in future premiums or to increase future benefits, except that a refund on the event of death of the insured or a complete surrender or cancellation of the contract shall not exceed the aggregate premiums paid under the contract; and

(6) The contract meets the consumer protection provisions set forth in 26 U.S.C. s. 7702B(g).

"Qualified long-term care insurance contract" or "federally tax-qualified long-term care insurance contract" also means the portion of a life insurance contract that provides long-term care insurance coverage by a rider or as part of the contract and that satisfies the requirements of 26 U.S.C. s. 7702B(b) and (e).

L.2003,c.207,s.4.

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