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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

14VAC5-200-80. Prohibition of post-claims underwriting.

A. All applications and enrollment forms for long-term care insurance policies or certificates except those which are guaranteed issue shall contain clear and unambiguous questions designed to ascertain the health condition of the applicant.

B. Requirements for applications or enrollment forms:

1. If an application or enrollment form for long-term care insurance contains a question that asks whether the applicant has had medication prescribed by a physician, it must also ask the applicant to list each medication that has been prescribed.

2. If the medications listed in such application or enrollment form were known by the insurer, or should have been known at the time of application, to be directly related to a medical condition for which coverage would otherwise be denied, then the policy or certificate shall not be rescinded for that condition, even if such condition is not otherwise disclosed in the application or enrollment form.

C. Except for policies or certificates which are guaranteed issue:

1. The following language shall be set out conspicuously and in close conjunction with the applicant's signature block on an application or enrollment form for a long-term care insurance policy or certificate:

Caution: If your answers on this application or enrollment form are incorrect or untrue, [company] has the right to deny benefits or rescind your [policy] [certificate].

The agent and the applicant must sign this section.

2. The following language, or language substantially similar to the following, shall be set out conspicuously, in bold face type, on the long-term care insurance policy or certificate at the time of delivery:

Caution: This policy may not apply when you have a claim! Please read! The issuance of this long-term care insurance [policy] [certificate] is based upon your responses to the questions on your [application] [enrollment form]. A copy of your [application] [enrollment form] [is enclosed] [was retained by you when you applied]. If your answers are incorrect or untrue, the company has the right to deny benefits or rescind your [policy] [certificate]. The best time to clear up any questions is now, before a claim arises! If, for any reason, any of your answers are incorrect, contact the company at this address: [insert address].

3. Prior to issuance of a long-term care policy or certificate to an applicant age 80 or older, the insurer shall obtain one of the following:

a. A report of a physical examination;

b. An assessment of functional capacity;

c. An attending physician's statement; or

d. Copies of medical records.

D. A copy of the completed application or enrollment form (whichever is applicable) shall be delivered to the insured no later than at the time of delivery of the policy or certificate unless it was retained by the applicant at the time of application.

E. Every insurer selling or issuing long-term care insurance benefits shall maintain a record of all policy or certificate rescissions, both state and countrywide, except those which the insured voluntarily effectuated, and shall annually by March 1 furnish this information to the commission in the format prescribed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (Form A).

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-5202 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Regulation 40, Case No. INS910239, § 9, eff. January 1, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 6, eff. February 1, 2002; Volume 23, Issue 17, eff. September 1, 2007.

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