Sec. 2.5 . (a) As used in this section, the term “policy of accident and sickness insurance” does not include the following:
(1) Accident only, credit, dental, vision, Medicare supplement, long term care, or disability income insurance.
(2) Coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance.
(3) Automobile medical payment insurance.
(4) A specified disease policy.
(5) A short term insurance plan that:
(A) may not be renewed; and
(B) has a duration of not more than six (6) months.
(6) A policy that provides indemnity benefits not based on any expense incurred requirement, including a plan that provides coverage for:
(A) hospital confinement, critical illness, or intensive care; or
(B) gaps for deductibles or copayments.
(7) Worker's compensation or similar insurance.
(8) A student health plan.
(9) A supplemental plan that always pays in addition to other coverage.
(10) An employer sponsored health benefit plan that is:
(A) provided to individuals who are eligible for Medicare; and
(B) not marketed as, or held out to be, a Medicare supplement policy.
(b) The benefits provided by:
(1) an individual policy of accident and sickness insurance; or
(2) a certificate of coverage that is issued under a nonemployer based association group policy of accident and sickness insurance to an individual who is a resident of Indiana;
may not be excluded, limited, or denied for more than twelve (12) months after the effective date of the coverage because of a preexisting condition of the individual.
(c) An individual policy of accident and sickness insurance or a certificate of coverage described in subsection (b) may not define a preexisting condition, a rider, or an endorsement more restrictively than as:
(1) a condition that would have caused an ordinarily prudent person to seek medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment during the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the effective date of the plan;
(2) a condition for which medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment was recommended or received during the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the effective date of the plan; or
(3) a pregnancy existing on the effective date of the plan.
(d) An insurer shall reduce the period allowed for a preexisting condition exclusion described in subsection (b) by the amount of time the individual has continuously served under a preexisting condition clause for a policy of accident and sickness insurance issued under IC 27-8-15 if the individual applies for a policy under this chapter not more than thirty (30) days after coverage under a policy of accident and sickness insurance issued under IC 27-8-15 expires.
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