2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 632. Insurance contracts in specific lines.
632.7497 Modifications at renewal.

632.7497

632.7497 Modifications at renewal.

632.7497(1)

(1) In this section, "individual major medical or comprehensive health benefit plan" includes coverage under a group policy that is underwritten on an individual basis and issued to individuals or families.

632.7497(2)

(2) An insurer that issues an individual major medical or comprehensive health benefit plan shall, at the time of a coverage renewal, at the request of an insured, permit the insured to do either of the following:

632.7497(2)(a)

(a) Change his or her coverage to any of the following:

632.7497(2)(a)1.

1. A different but comparable individual major medical or comprehensive health benefit plan currently offered by the insurer.

632.7497(2)(a)2.

2. An individual major medical or comprehensive health benefit plan currently offered by the insurer with more limited benefits.

632.7497(2)(a)3.

3. An individual major medical or comprehensive health benefit plan currently offered by the insurer with higher deductibles.

632.7497(2)(b)

(b) Modify his or her existing coverage by electing an optional higher deductible, if any, under the individual major medical or comprehensive health benefit plan.

632.7497(3)

(3)

632.7497(3)(a)

(a) The insurer may not impose any new preexisting condition exclusion under the new or modified coverage under sub. (2) that did not apply to the insured's original coverage and shall allow the insured credit under the new or modified coverage for the period of original coverage.

632.7497(3)(b)

(b) For the new or modified coverage, the insurer may not rate for health status other than on the insured's health status at the time the insured applied for the original coverage and as the insured disclosed on the original application.

632.7497(4)

(4)

632.7497(4)(a)

(a) Annually, the insurer shall mail to each insured under an individual major medical or comprehensive health benefit plan issued by the insurer, a notice that includes all of the following information:

632.7497(4)(a)1.

1. That the insured has the right to elect alternative coverage as described in sub. (2).

632.7497(4)(a)2.

2. A description of the alternatives available to the insured.

632.7497(4)(a)3.

3. The procedure for making the election.

632.7497(4)(b)

(b) The insurer shall mail the notice under par. (a) not more than 3 months nor less than 60 days before the renewal date of the insured's plan.

632.7497(5)

(5)

632.7497(5)(a)

(a) Nothing in this section requires an insurer to issue alternative coverage under sub. (2) if the insured's coverage may be nonrenewed or discontinued under s. 632.7495 (2), (3) (b), or (4).

632.7497(5)(b)

(b) Notwithstanding s. 600.01 (1) (b) 3. and 4., this section applies to a group health benefit plan described in s. 600.01 (1) (b) 3. or 4. if that group health benefit plan is an individual major medical or comprehensive health benefit plan as defined in sub. (1).

632.7497 - ANNOT.

History: 2009 a. 28.

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