2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 632. Insurance contracts in specific lines.
632.896 Mandatory coverage of adopted children.

632.896

632.896 Mandatory coverage of adopted children.

632.896(1)

(1) Definitions. In this section:

632.896(1)(a)

(a) "Department" means the department of health services.

632.896(1)(b)

(b) "Disability insurance policy" has the meaning given in s. 632.895 (1) (a).

632.896(1)(c)

(c) "Placed for adoption" means any of the following:

632.896(1)(c)1.

1. The department, a county department under s. 48.57 (1) (e) or (hm), or a child welfare agency licensed under s. 48.60 places a child in the insured's home for adoption and enters into an agreement under s. 48.63 (3) (b) 4. or 48.833 (1) or (2) with the insured.

632.896(1)(c)2.

2. The department, a county department under s. 48.57 (1) (e) or (hm), or a child welfare agency under s. 48.837 (1r) places, or a court under s. 48.837 (4) (d) or (6) (b) orders, a child placed in the insured's home for adoption.

632.896(1)(c)3.

3. A sending agency, as defined in s. 48.988 (2) (d), places a child in the insured's home under s. 48.988 for adoption, or a public child placing agency, as defined in s. 48.99 (2) (r), or a private child placing agency, as defined in s. 48.99 (2) (p), of a sending state, as defined in s. 48.99 (2) (w), places a child in the insured's home under s. 48.99 as a preliminary step to a possible adoption, and the insured takes physical custody of the child at any location within the United States.

632.896(1)(c)4.

4. The person bringing the child into this state has complied with s. 48.98, and the insured takes physical custody of the child at any location within the United States.

632.896(1)(c)5.

5. A court of a foreign jurisdiction appoints the insured as guardian of a child who is a citizen of that jurisdiction, and the child arrives in the insured's home for the purpose of adoption by the insured under s. 48.839.

632.896(2)

(2) Adopted or placed for adoption. Every disability insurance policy that is issued or renewed on or after March 1, 1991, and that provides coverage for dependent children of the insured, as defined in the disability insurance policy, shall cover adopted children of the insured and children placed for adoption with the insured, on the same terms and conditions, including exclusions, limitations, deductibles and copayments, as other dependent children, except as provided in subs. (3) to (6).

632.896(3)

(3) When coverage begins and ends.

632.896(3)(a)

(a)

632.896(3)(a)1.

1. Coverage of a child under this section shall begin on the date that a court makes a final order granting adoption of the child by the insured or on the date that the child is placed for adoption with the insured, whichever occurs first.

632.896(3)(a)2.

2. Subdivision 1. does not require coverage to begin before coverage is available under the disability insurance policy for other dependent children.

632.896(3)(b)

(b) Coverage of a child placed for adoption with the insured is required under this section despite whether a court ultimately makes a final order granting adoption of the child by the insured. If adoption of a child who is placed for adoption with the insured is not finalized, the insurer may terminate coverage of the child when the child's adoptive placement with the insured terminates.

632.896(4)

(4) Preexisting conditions. Notwithstanding ss. 632.746 and 632.76 (2) (a), a disability insurance policy that is subject to sub. (2) and that is in effect when a court makes a final order granting adoption or when the child is placed for adoption may not exclude or limit coverage of a disease or physical condition of the child on the ground that the disease or physical condition existed before coverage is required to begin under sub. (3).

632.896(6)

(6) Notice to insurer. The disability insurance policy may require the insured to notify the insurer that a child is adopted or placed for adoption and to pay the insurer any premium or fees required to provide coverage for the child, within 60 days after coverage is required to begin under sub. (3). If the insured fails to give notice or make payment within 60 days as required by the disability insurance policy in accordance with this subsection, the disability insurance policy shall treat the adopted child or child placed for adoption no less favorably than it treats other dependents, other than newborn children, who seek coverage at a time other than when the dependent was first eligible to apply for coverage.

632.896 - ANNOT.

History: 1989 a. 336; 1995 a. 27 s. 9126 (19); 1995 a. 289; 1997 a. 27; 2007 a. 20 s. 9121 (6) (a); 2007 a. 186; 2009 a. 339.

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