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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 14. Insurance
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
Chapter 200. Rules Governing Long-Term Care Insurance

14VAC5-200-187. Standards for benefit triggers.

A. A long-term care insurance policy shall condition the payment of benefits on a determination of the insured's ability to perform activities of daily living and on cognitive impairment. Eligibility for the payment of benefits shall not be more restrictive than requiring either a deficiency in the ability to perform not more than three of the activities of daily living or the presence of cognitive impairment.

B. 1. Activities of daily living shall include at least the following as defined in 14VAC5-200-50 and in the policy:

a. Bathing;

b. Continence;

c. Dressing;

d. Eating;

e. Toileting; and

f. Transferring.

2. Insurers may use activities of daily living to trigger covered benefits in addition to those contained in subdivision 1 of this subsection as long as they are defined in the policy.

C. An insurer may use additional provisions for the determination of when benefits are payable under a policy or certificate; however, the provisions shall not restrict and are not in lieu of the requirements contained in subsections A and B of this section.

D. For purposes of this section, the determination of a deficiency shall not be more restrictive than:

1. Requiring the hands-on assistance of another person to perform the prescribed activities of daily living; or

2. If the deficiency is due to the presence of a cognitive impairment, supervision or verbal cueing by another person is needed in order to protect the insured or others.

E. Assessments of activities of daily living and cognitive impairment shall be performed by licensed or certified professionals, such as physicians, nurses or social workers.

F. Long-term care insurance policies shall include a clear description of the process for appealing and resolving benefit determinations.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-223 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 4, eff. December 1, 2000; amended, Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 17, eff. September 1, 2007.

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