Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 11. Long-Term Care Insurance Act

Prior Hospitalization Or Institutionalization

33-22-1115. Prior hospitalization or institutionalization. (1) A long-term care insurance policy may not be delivered or issued for delivery in Montana if the policy conditions eligibility for a benefit:

(a) on a prior hospitalization requirement;

(b) provided in an institutional care setting on the receipt of a higher level of institutional care; or

(c) other than waiver of premium, postconfinement benefits, postacute care benefits, or recuperative benefits, on a prior institutionalization requirement.

(2) A long-term care insurance policy containing a limitation or condition for eligibility other than those prohibited in subsection (1) must clearly label, in a separate paragraph of the policy or certificate entitled "Limitations or Conditions on Eligibility for Benefits", the limitations or conditions, including any required number of days of confinement.

(3) A long-term care insurance policy that contains a benefit advertised, marketed, or offered as a home health care benefit may not condition receipt of a benefit on a prior institutionalization requirement.

(4) A long-term care insurance policy that conditions eligibility of noninstitutional benefits on the prior receipt of institutional care may not require a prior institutional stay of more than 30 days.

(5) A long-term care insurance policy that provides benefits only following institutionalization may not condition the benefits upon admission to a facility for the same or a related condition within a period of less than 30 days after discharge from the institution.

History: En. Sec. 8, Ch. 355, L. 1989; amd. Sec. 15, Ch. 416, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 32, L. 2007.