(a) Any of the following acts are prohibited as unfairly discriminatory:
(1) Denying, refusing to issue, renew or reissue, canceling or otherwise terminating a health benefit plan, or restricting or excluding health benefit plan coverage, or adding a premium differential to any health benefit plan on the basis of the applicant's or insured's abuse status;
(2) Excluding or limiting coverage or denying a claim incurred by an insured as a result of abuse on the basis of the insured's abuse status;
(3) Terminating group coverage for a subject of abuse on the basis of the insured's abuse status where coverage was originally issued in the name of the abuser and the abuser has divorced, separated from, or lost custody of the subject of abuse, or the abuser's coverage has terminated voluntarily or involuntarily. Nothing in this subdivision (3) prohibits the insurer or health carrier from requiring the subject of abuse to pay the full premium for the person's coverage under the health plan or from requiring the subject of abuse to reside or work within its service area. Nothing in this subdivision (3) gives a subject of abuse any greater rights than the subject would otherwise have had to continued coverage under Tennessee or federal law. The continuation coverage required by this section shall be satisfied by any COBRA coverage provided to a subject of abuse and is not intended to be in addition to any coverage provided under COBRA; or
(4) Disclosing or transferring any information, by a person employed by or contracting with a health carrier, relating to an applicant's or insured's abuse status or abuse-related medical condition, or the applicant's or insured's status as a family member, employer or associate of, or in a relationship with a subject of abuse, except:
(A) For purposes related to the provision of health care services;
(B) For the purpose of administering claims, utilization review or case management; or
(C) Where required by the commissioner or a court of competent jurisdiction.
(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a health carrier from asking an applicant or insured about a medical condition, even if the condition is abuse-related, or using information thereby obtained for the purpose of acts or practices permitted by this part. A subject of abuse, at the subject's absolute discretion, may provide evidence of abuse to a health carrier for the limited purpose of facilitating treatment of an abuse-related condition or demonstrating that a medical condition is abuse-related, and nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing the health carrier to disregard that information.
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