33-22-523. Special enrollment periods. (1) A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group health insurance coverage in connection with a group health plan shall permit an employee or a dependent of an employee who is eligible, but not enrolled, for coverage under the terms of the group health plan to enroll for coverage under the terms of the group health plan if:
(a) the employee or dependent was covered under a group health plan or had health insurance coverage at the time that coverage was previously offered to the employee or dependent;
(b) the employee stated in writing at the time that coverage under a group health plan or health insurance coverage was the reason for declining enrollment, but only if the plan sponsor or health insurance issuer required the statement at the time and provided the employee with notice of the requirement and the consequences of the requirement at the time;
(c) the employee's or dependent's coverage described in subsection (1)(a) was:
(i) under a COBRA continuation provision and was exhausted; or
(ii) not under a COBRA continuation provision and was terminated as a result of loss of eligibility for the coverage or because employer contributions toward the coverage were terminated; and
(d) under the terms of the group health plan, the employee requests the enrollment not later than 30 days after the date of exhaustion of coverage described in subsection (1)(c)(i) or termination of coverage or employer contribution described in subsection (1)(c)(ii).
(2) (a) A group health plan must provide for a dependent special enrollment period described in subsection (2)(b) during which a dependent may be enrolled under the group health plan as a dependent of the individual if the person becomes a dependent of the individual through marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption. In the case of the birth or adoption of a child, the spouse of the individual may be enrolled as a dependent of the individual if the spouse is otherwise eligible for coverage.
(b) A dependent special enrollment period under this subsection (2) is a period of not less than 30 days that begins on the later of:
(i) the date dependent coverage is made available; or
(ii) the date of the marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption.
(3) If an individual seeks to enroll a dependent during the first 30 days of the dependent special enrollment period, the coverage of the dependent becomes effective:
(a) in the case of marriage, not later than the first day of the first month beginning after the date on which the completed request for enrollment is received;
(b) in the case of a dependent's birth, as of the date of birth; or
(c) in the case of a dependent's adoption or placement for adoption, the date of the adoption or placement for adoption.
History: En. Sec. 35, Ch. 416, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 45, Ch. 472, L. 1999.