2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 632. Insurance contracts in specific lines.
632.76 Incontestability for disability insurance.

632.76

632.76 Incontestability for disability insurance.

632.76(1)

(1) Avoidance for misrepresentations. No statement made by an applicant in the application for individual disability insurance coverage and no statement made respecting the person's insurability by a person insured under a group policy, except fraudulent misrepresentation, is a basis for avoidance of the policy or denial of a claim for loss incurred or disability commencing after the coverage has been in effect for 2 years. The policy may provide for incontestability even with respect to fraudulent misstatements.

632.76(2)

(2) Preexisting diseases.

632.76(2)(a)

(a) No claim for loss incurred or disability commencing after 2 years from the date of issue of the policy may be reduced or denied on the ground that a disease or physical condition existed prior to the effective date of coverage, unless the condition was excluded from coverage by name or specific description by a provision effective on the date of loss. This paragraph does not apply to a group health benefit plan, as defined in s. 632.745 (9), which is subject to s. 632.746.

632.76(2)(ac)

(ac)

632.76(2)(ac)1.

1. Notwithstanding par. (a), no claim or loss incurred or disability commencing after 12 months from the date of issue of an individual disability insurance policy, as defined in s. 632.895 (1) (a), may be reduced or denied on the ground that a disease or physical condition existed prior to the effective date of coverage, unless the condition was excluded from coverage by name or specific description by a provision effective on the date of the loss.

632.76(2)(ac)2.

2. Except as provided in subd. 3., an individual disability insurance policy, as defined in s. 632.895 (1) (a), other than a short-term policy subject to s. 632.7495 (4) and (5), may not define a preexisting condition more restrictively than a condition, whether physical or mental, regardless of the cause of the condition, for which medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment was recommended or received within 12 months before the effective date of coverage.

632.76(2)(ac)3.

3. Except as the commissioner provides by rule under s. 632.7495 (5), all of the following apply to an individual disability insurance policy that is a short-term policy subject to s. 632.7495 (4) and (5):

632.76(2)(ac)3.a.

a. The policy may not define a preexisting condition more restrictively than a condition, whether physical or mental, regardless of the cause of the condition, for which medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment was recommended or received before the effective date of coverage.

632.76(2)(ac)3.b.

b. The policy shall reduce the length of time during which a preexisting condition exclusion may be imposed by the aggregate of the insured's consecutive periods of coverage under the insurer's individual disability insurance policies that are short-term policies subject to s. 632.7495 (4) and (5). For purposes of this subd. 3. b., coverage periods are consecutive if there are no more than 63 days between the coverage periods.

632.76(2)(b)

(b) Notwithstanding par. (a), no claim for loss incurred or disability commencing after 6 months from the date of issue of a medicare supplement policy, medicare replacement policy or long-term care insurance policy may be reduced or denied on the ground that a disease or physical condition existed prior to the effective date of coverage. Notwithstanding par. (ac) 2., a medicare supplement policy, medicare replacement policy, or long-term care insurance policy may not define a preexisting condition more restrictively than a condition for which medical advice was given or treatment was recommended by or received from a physician within 6 months before the effective date of coverage. Notwithstanding par. (a), if on the basis of information contained in an application for insurance a medicare supplement policy, medicare replacement policy, or long-term care insurance policy excludes from coverage a condition by name or specific description, the exclusion must terminate no later than 6 months after the date of issue of the medicare supplement policy, medicare replacement policy, or long-term care insurance policy. The commissioner may by rule exempt from this paragraph certain classes of medicare supplement policies, medicare replacement policies, and long-term care insurance policies, if the commissioner finds the exemption is not adverse to the interests of policyholders and certificate holders.

632.76 - ANNOT.

History: 1975 c. 375, 421; 1981 c. 82; 1985 a. 29; 1989 a. 31; 1995 a. 289; 1997 a. 27; 2009 a. 28.

632.76 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also s. Ins 3.39, Wis. adm. code.

632.76 - ANNOT.

A generic exclusion of all diseases or conditions diagnosed or treated before issuance of the policy does not constitute exclusion by "name or specific description" under sub. (2). Peterson v. Equitable Life Assurance Society, 57 F. Supp. 2d 692 (1999).

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