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2009 Florida Statutes

Section 627.643, Florida Statutes 2009

627.643  Uniform minimum standards.--

(1)  The commission shall adopt rules which establish minimum standards for the general content of forms of individual and family health insurance policies. The rules must include terms of renewability, initial and subsequent conditions of eligibility, termination of insurance, probationary periods, exclusions, limitations, and reductions. The minimum standards are in addition to, and must comply with, the individual health insurance policy provisions provided in part II and in this part.

(2)  The commission shall adopt rules which establish minimum standards of benefits and identification for each of the following categories of coverage in individual and family accident and health insurance policy forms, other than conversion policy forms:

(a)  Basic hospital expense insurance.

(b)  Basic medical expense insurance.

(c)  Basic surgical expense insurance.

(d)  Hospital confinement indemnity insurance.

(e)  Major medical expense insurance.

(f)  Disability income protection insurance.

(g)  Accident-only insurance.

(h)  Limited benefit insurance.

(i)  Supplemental insurance.

(j)  Home health care coverage.

(k)  Nonconventional coverage.

This subsection does not preclude the issuance of a policy which combines two or more of the categories of coverage enumerated in paragraphs (a)-(e). This subsection does not preclude the issuance of a policy that does not meet the prescribed minimum standards for categories of coverage in paragraphs (a)-(g) if the office determines that the policy is either experimental in nature or is demonstrated to be a type of coverage that fulfills a reasonable need of the person or persons to be insured. Any policy not meeting the minimum standards that is approved by the office must be identified as to category only as prescribed by the office.

(3)  The office may, within the time provided by law for the disapproval of an individual or family form of accident or health insurance, disapprove any form if it finds that the form does not comply with applicable law or it finds that the form is unjust, unfair, or inequitable to the policyholder, any insured, or any beneficiary. In acting upon any submission, the office shall consider whether the benefits afforded under the submitted policy or benefit form fulfill a reasonable need of a policyholder.

History.--s. 1, ch. 74-281; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-174; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 492, 497, 809(2nd), ch. 82-243; s. 79, ch. 82-386; ss. 60, 114, ch. 92-318; s. 1152, ch. 2003-261.