2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 655. Health care liability and injured patients and families compensation.
655.24 Insurance policy forms.

655.24

655.24 Insurance policy forms.

655.24(1)

(1) No insurer may enter into or issue any policy of health care liability insurance until its policy form has been submitted to and approved by the commissioner under s. 631.20 (1) (a). The filing of a policy form by any insurer with the commissioner for approval shall constitute, on the part of the insurer, a conclusive and unqualified acceptance of all provisions of this chapter, and an agreement by it to be bound hereby as to any policy issued by it to any health care provider.

655.24(1m)

(1m) Notwithstanding sub. (1), the issuance of a policy of health care liability insurance by an insurer to a health care provider constitutes, on the part of the insurer, a conclusive and unqualified acceptance of all of the provisions of this chapter, and an agreement by it to be bound under the provisions of this chapter as to any policy issued by it to a health care provider.

655.24(2)

(2) Every policy issued under this chapter shall be deemed conclusively to provide all of the following:

655.24(2)(a)

(a) That the insurer agrees to pay in full all of the following:

655.24(2)(a)1.

1. Attorney fees and other costs incurred in the settlement or defense of any claims.

655.24(2)(a)2.

2. Any settlement, arbitration award or judgment imposed against the insured under this chapter up to the limits expressed in s. 655.23 (4), or the maximum liability limit for which the health care provider is insured, whichever is greater.

655.24(2)(a)3.

3. Any portion or all of the interest, as determined by the board of governors, on an amount recovered against the insured under this chapter for which the insured is liable under s. 807.01 (4), 814.04 (4) or 815.05 (8).

655.24(2)(b)

(b) That any termination of the policy by cancellation or nonrenewal is not effective as to patients claiming against those covered by the policy unless the insured has been notified as provided in sub. (3) and s. 631.36, except that an insurer may cancel a health care provider's policy under s. 631.36 (2) if the health care provider is no longer licensed to practice medicine or nursing.

655.24(3)

(3) A notice of cancellation or nonrenewal that is required under sub. (2) (b) issued to a health care provider who is a natural person must inform the health care provider that his or her license to practice medicine or nursing may be suspended or not renewed if the health care provider has no insurance or insufficient insurance. The insurer shall retain a copy of each notice issued under sub. (2) (b) for not less than 10 years from the date of mailing or delivery of the notice and shall furnish a copy to the commissioner upon request.

655.24(4)

(4) The insurer shall, upon termination of a policy of health care liability insurance issued under this chapter by cancellation or nonrenewal, notify the commissioner of the termination.

655.24 - ANNOT.

History: 1975 c. 37; 1977 c. 131; 1985 a. 340; 1989 a. 187; 1991 a. 214; 1999 a. 9.

655.24 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also s. Ins 17.35, Wis. adm. code.

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