2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 632. Insurance contracts in specific lines.
632.84 Benefit appeals under certain policies.

632.84

632.84 Benefit appeals under certain policies.

632.84(1)

(1) Definitions. In this section:

632.84(1)(a)

(a) "Nursing home" has the meaning given in s. 50.01 (3).

632.84(1)(b)

(b) "Nursing home insurance policy" means an individual or group insurance policy which provides coverage primarily for confinement or care in a nursing home.

632.84(2)

(2) Review and appeal.

632.84(2)(a)

(a) Except as provided in sub. (3), an insurer offering a medicare supplement policy, medicare replacement policy, nursing home insurance policy or long-term care insurance policy shall establish an internal procedure by which the policyholder or the certificate holder or a representative of the policyholder or the certificate holder may appeal the denial of any benefits under the medicare supplement policy, medicare replacement policy, nursing home insurance policy or long-term care insurance policy. The procedure established under this paragraph shall include all of the following:

632.84(2)(a)1.

1. The opportunity for the policyholder or certificate holder or a representative of the policyholder or certificate holder to submit a written request, which may be in any form and which may include supporting material, for review by the insurer of the denial of any benefits under the policy.

632.84(2)(a)2.

2. Within 30 days after receiving the request under subd. 1., disposition of the review and notification to the person submitting the request of the results of the review.

632.84(2)(b)

(b) An insurer shall describe the procedure established under par. (a) in every policy, group certificate and outline of coverage issued in connection with a medicare supplement policy, medicare replacement policy, nursing home insurance policy or long-term care insurance policy.

632.84(2)(c)

(c) If an insurer denies any benefits under a medicare supplement policy, medicare replacement policy, nursing home insurance policy or long-term care insurance policy, the insurer shall, at the time the insurer gives notice of the denial of any benefits, provide the policyholder and certificate holder with a written description of the appeal process established under par. (a).

632.84(2)(d)

(d) An insurer offering a medicare supplement policy, medicare replacement policy, nursing home insurance policy or long-term care insurance policy shall annually report to the commissioner a summary of all appeals filed under this section and the disposition of those appeals.

632.84(3)

(3) Exceptions. This section does not apply to a health maintenance organization, limited service health organization or preferred provider plan, as defined in s. 609.01.

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History: 1987 a. 156, 403; 1989 a. 31.

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Cross Reference: See also s. Ins 3.55, Wis. adm. code.

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