REFERENCE TITLE: medicare supplement insurance; guaranteed availability





State of Arizona


Fifty-fourth Legislature

Second Regular Session





SB 1287


Introduced by

Senators Dalessandro: Alston, Bowie, Bradley, Contreras, Gonzales, Mendez, Navarrete, Otondo, Peshlakai, Quezada, Rios, Steele; Representative Salman





amending section 20‑1133, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to medicare supplement insurance.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 20-1133, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE20-1133.  Medicare supplement insurance; guaranteed availability; applicability

A.  The director shall adopt those rules as are necessary to comply with the requirements of the social security disability amendments of 1980 (P.L. 96‑265; 42 United States Code section 1395ss) and any federal laws or regulations pertaining to that section, so that this state may retain its full authority to regulate minimum standards for medicare supplement insurance.

B.  Subject to the other limitations provided in this subsection, no a benefit mandated in this title for health insurance policies shall does not apply to medicare supplement insurance policies unless such the mandated policy benefits are benefit is set forth in rules a rule adopted pursuant to this section or unless the statute mandating the policy benefits benefit expressly states that it is made specifically applicable to medicare supplement insurance policies.  No A medicare supplement insurance policy shall may not contain any exclusion for services provided by any type of properly licensed health care provider if the provider's services are eligible for medicare reimbursement and if the specific services in question would be covered by medicare.  In no event shall The scope of benefits of a medicare supplement policy may not be less than the minimum level of benefits established by federal law.

C.  Every insurer that offers medicare supplement insurance under a policy, contract, certificate or evidence of coverage pursuant to subsection D of this section shall provide guaranteed availability of coverage to any eligible individual who desires to enroll in medicare supplement insurance coverage and may not:

1.  Decline to offer that coverage to, or deny enrollment of, that eligible individual.

2.  Impose any preexisting condition exclusion for that coverage.

3.  charge an additional premium for a preexisting condition.

C.  D.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, rules adopted pursuant to this section apply to insurance furnished provided under disability insurance policies, under subscription contracts of hospital, medical, dental or optometric service corporations, under certificates of fraternal benefit societies, under evidences of coverage of health care services organizations and under coverages issued by any other insurer, which policies, contracts, certificates, membership coverages, evidences of coverage and coverages are delivered or issued for delivery in this state on or after the effective date of rules adopted pursuant to subsection A of this section.  In adopting the rules required by subsection A of this section, the director shall prescribe an effective date of the rules that will allow insurers sufficient time to bring their forms and practices into compliance with the requirements of the rule. END_STATUTE