02-031 C.M.R. ch. 425, § 12 - Minimum Home Care and Community Care Benefits

Current through 2022-14, April 6, 2022

A. A long-term care insurance policy or certificate, if it provides benefits for home health care or community care services, shall not limit or exclude benefits in any of the following ways:
(1) By requiring that the insured or claimant would need care in a skilled nursing facility if home health care services were not provided;
(2) By requiring that the insured or claimant first or simultaneously receive nursing or therapeutic services, or both, in a home, community or institutional setting before home care services are covered;
(3) By limiting eligible services to services provided by registered nurses or licensed practical nurses;
(4) By requiring that a nurse or therapist provide services covered by the policy that can be provided by a home health aide, or other licensed or certified home care worker acting within the scope of his or her licensure or certification;
(5) By excluding coverage for personal care services provided by a home health aide;
(6) By requiring that the provision of home health care services be at a level of certification or licensure greater than that required by the eligible service;
(7) By requiring that the insured or claimant have an acute condition before home health care services are covered;
(8) By limiting benefits to services provided by Medicare-certified agencies or providers; or
(9) By excluding coverage for adult day care services.
B. A long-term care insurance policy or certificate, if it covers home health or community care services, shall provide total home health or community care coverage that is a dollar amount equivalent to at least one-half of one year's coverage available for nursing home benefits under the policy or certificate, at the time covered home health or community care services are being received. This requirement shall not apply to policies or certificates issued to residents of continuing care retirement communities.
C. Home health care coverage may be applied to the non-residential home health care benefits provided in the policy or certificate when determining maximum coverage under the policy or certificate.

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02-031 C.M.R. ch. 425, § 12

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