§ 89a.111. Minimum standards for home health and community care benefits in long-term care insurance policies.
(a) A long-term care insurance policy or certificate may not, if it provides benefits for home health care or community care services, limit or exclude benefits by requiring any of the following:
(1) That the insured or claimant would need care in a skilled nursing facility if home health or community care services were not provided.
(2) That the insured or claimant first or simultaneously receive nursing or therapeutic services, or both, in a home, community or institutional setting before home health care services are covered.
(3) Limiting eligible services to services provided by registered nurses or licensed practical nurses.
(4) That a nurse or therapist provide services covered by the policy that can be provided by a home health aide, or licensed or certified home care worker acting within the scope of the person licensure or certification.
(5) Excluding coverage for personal care services provided by a home health aide.
(6) That the provision of home health or community care services be at a level of certification or licensure greater than that required by the eligible service.
(7) That the insured or claimant have an acute condition before home health or community care services are covered.
(8) Limiting benefits to services provided by Medicare-certified agencies or providers.
(9) Excluding coverage for adult day care services.
(b) A long-term care insurance policy or certificate, if it provides for 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 1 years 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 does not apply to policies or certificates issued to residents of continuing care retirement communities.
(c) Home health or community care coverage may be applied to the nonhome health care benefits provided in the policy or certificate when determining maximum coverage under the terms of the policy or certificate.
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