Maine Revised Statutes

§2844. Coordination of benefits

1. Authorization.  Provisions contained in group and blanket health insurance contracts relating to coordination of benefits payable under the contract and under other plans of insurance or of health care coverage under which a certificate holder or the certificate holder's dependents may be covered must conform to rules adopted by the superintendent. These rules may establish uniformity in the permissive use of coordination of benefits provisions in order to avoid claim delays and misunderstandings that otherwise result from the use of inconsistent or incompatible provisions among the several insurers and nonprofit hospital, medical service and health care plans.
[ 1995, c. 332, Pt. H, §1 (AMD) .]
1-A. Coordination with Medicare.  Coordination of benefits is governed by the following provisions.
A. The contract may not coordinate benefits with Medicare Part A unless:
(1) The insured is enrolled in Medicare Part A;
(2) The insured was previously enrolled in Medicare Part A and voluntarily disenrolled;
(3) The insured stated on an application or other document that the insured was enrolled in Medicare Part A; or
(4) The insured is eligible for Medicare Part A without paying a premium and the certificate states that it will not pay benefits that would be payable under Medicare even if the insured fails to exercise the insured's right to premium-free Medicare Part A coverage. [1997, c. 604, Pt. G, §2 (NEW).]
B. The contract may not coordinate benefits with Medicare Part B unless:
(1) The insured is enrolled in Medicare Part B;
(2) The insured was previously enrolled in Medicare Part B and voluntarily disenrolled;
(3) The insured stated on an application or other document that the insured was enrolled in Medicare Part B; or
(4) The insured is eligible for Medicare Part A without paying a premium and the insurer provided prominent notification to the insured both when the certificate was issued and, if applicable, when the insured becomes eligible for Medicare due to age. The notification must state that the contract will not pay benefits that would be payable under Medicare even if the insured fails to enroll in Medicare Part B. [1997, c. 604, Pt. G, §2 (NEW).]
C. Coordination is not permitted with Medicare coverage for which the insured is eligible but not enrolled except as provided in paragraphs A and B. [1997, c. 604, Pt. G, §2 (NEW).]
[ 1997, c. 604, Pt. G, §2 (NEW) .]
2. Medicaid and Cub Care programs.  Insurers may not consider the availability or eligibility for medical assistance under 42 United States Code, Section 13969, referred to as "Medicaid," or Title 22, section 3174-T, referred to as the "Cub Care program," when considering coverage eligibility or benefit calculations for insureds and covered family members.
A. To the extent that payment for coverage expenses has been made under the Medicaid program or the Cub Care program for health care items or services furnished to an individual, the State is considered to have acquired the rights of the insured or family member to payment by the insurer for those health care items or services. Upon presentation of proof that the Medicaid program or the Cub Care program has paid for covered items or services, the insurer shall make payment to the Medicaid program or the Cub Care program according to the coverage provided in the contract or certificate. [1997, c. 777, Pt. B, §3 (AMD).]
B. An insurer may not impose requirements on a state agency that has been assigned the rights of an individual eligible for Medicaid or Cub Care coverage and covered by a subscriber contract that are different from requirements applicable to an agent or assignee of any other covered individual. [1997, c. 777, Pt. B, §3 (AMD).]
[ 2005, c. 683, Pt. A, §41 (AMD) .]
3. Credit toward deductible.  When an insured is covered under more than one expense-incurred health plan, payments made by the primary plan, payments made by the insured and payments made from a health savings account or similar fund for benefits covered under the secondary plan must be credited toward the deductible of the secondary plan. This subsection does not apply if the secondary plan is designed to supplement the primary plan.
[ 2005, c. 121, Pt. D, §3 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1985, c. 526, §2 (NEW). RR 1993, c. 2, §47 (COR). 1993, c. 666, §B2 (RPR). 1995, c. 332, §H1 (AMD). 1997, c. 604, §G2 (AMD). 1997, c. 777, §B3 (AMD). 2005, c. 121, §D3 (AMD). 2005, c. 683, §A41 (AMD).

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