senate Bill S2557

Relates to pre-existing condition provisions for group and blanket disability policies

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 25 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE
  • 04 / Apr / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.231
  • 05 / Apr / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 06 / Apr / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE
  • 30 / Jan / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.132
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 06 / Feb / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE

Summary

Relates to pre-existing condition provisions for group and blanket disability policies which excludes coverage under the policy for a disability commencing during the twelve months following the effective date of coverage for the covered person.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4098
Versions:
S2557
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3234, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4770, A8543

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2557

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the insurance law, in relation to pre-existing condition
provisions for group and blanket disability policies

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would amend §3234 of the insurance law to require disability
income insurers to make available to employers who purchase group or
blanket disability insurance the option of a contract with a
pre-existing condition exclusion provision. This bill would require
insurers to offer employers a group disability contract with a
provision that establishes that a pre-existing condition that occurs
prior to an employee's effective date of coverage, and results in the
disability of that employee within the first twelve months after the
effective date of coverage, would be excluded from coverage. Insurers
would also be required to offer to employers a contract that would
limit but not exclude disability coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Employers could choose which of these options they want in their
contract.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends §3234 of the insurance law by adding a
new subsection (b) to require that insurers must make available to
employers a pre-existing condition exclusion provision in all group
and blanket disability contracts being offered. Such exclusion would
provide that a pre-existing condition that occurs prior to an
employee's effective date of coverage, and results in the disability
of that employee within the first twelve months after the effective
date of coverage, would be excluded from coverage for loss of income.
Section 1 also re-letters current subsection (b) as new subsection
(c) and makes conforming changes to the new subsection.

JUSTIFICATION:

Due to a recent Court of Appeals decision (Benesowitz v. Metropolitan
Life Insurance Company, 8 NY3d 661 2007)
which reinterpreted §3234
(a) (2) of the insurance law, insurers and businesses in New York
were required to revise what was previously considered to be a
preexisting condition exclusion provision in group disability income
insurance contracts and instead apply it as a limitation on coverage
only for up to twelve months following the employee's effective date
of coverage. As a result, employees who become disabled due to a
pre-existing condition are no longer excluded from coverage for the
life of that claim. This decision permits some seriously ill
employees to obtain coverage and then almost immediately file a claim

and will result, in some cases, in an increase in the premiums
charged for group disability income policies in New York. These
increased rates would be for a type of coverage that can already be
quite costly for businesses/employees to afford and any increase in
rates might preclude this coverage from being purchased or continued
altogether.

Giving employers the choice of which option to purchase will result in
more New Yorkers being offered disability coverage. Those companies
that can afford the more expensive benefit could elect to provide
that, whereas those who cannot can purchase the contract with the
less expensive benefit option.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.4770 of 2009-10

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2557

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to pre-existing condition
  provisions for group and blanket disability policies

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Subsection  (b)  of section 3234 of the insurance law, as
added by chapter 650 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows:
  (b)  AN INSURER THAT OFFERS A POLICY IN CONFORMANCE WITH PARAGRAPH TWO
OF SUBSECTION (A) OF THIS SECTION  MUST  ALSO  MAKE  AVAILABLE,  AND  IF
REQUESTED  BY THE POLICYHOLDER, PROVIDE A GROUP OR BLANKET POLICY WITH A
PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PROVISION WHICH EXCLUDES COVERAGE UNDER THE POLI-
CY FOR A DISABILITY COMMENCING DURING THE TWELVE  MONTHS  FOLLOWING  THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF COVERAGE FOR THE COVERED PERSON.
  (C) Nothing [herein] IN THIS SECTION shall be construed to prohibit or
restrict  an  insurer from utilizing other forms of underwriting for the
members of the group in lieu of, or in  addition  to,  the  pre-existing
condition provision described in subsection (a) OR (B) of this section.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05425-01-1

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