Kentucky Health Insurance


Kentucky mandates for newborn coverage

I've found documentation from October of 2009 that states Kentucky mandates free newborn coverage for the first 31 days on a parents plan as long as they submit the required enrollment paperwork during that time. Has this been changed? Thank you, ...
by Jody in louisville, KY, 02/03/2015

Kentucky Health Insurance

Kentucky has fewer health insurance regulations than most states. Still, it's important to familiarize yourself with them, so you're more confident and wise in your purchase.

This guide:

  • Describes important Kentucky health insurance policy regulations.

  • Lists rules Kentucky health insurance companies must follow.

Health insurance policies are regulated by each state's own health insurance laws. Kentucky health insurance companies and policyholders alike must abide by established insurance laws.

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Kentucky health insurance policy provisions

Some of the most important Kentucky health insurance laws to be concerned with are the ones regulating the health insurance policy specifically.

One Kentucky health insurance policy regulation is called the guaranteed renewability provision. This provision prohibits Kentucky health insurance companies from terminating your health insurance policy on the grounds of illness.

Also, Kentucky health insurance policies can include a exclusion periods for conditions you had 6 months prior to the beginning of your health insurance policy. If your Kentucky health insurance policy implements an exclusion period, the cost of any treatment you receive for the pre-existing condition is not paid for by your health insurance company. These exclusion periods can last up to 12 months.

However, Kentucky health insurance policies can also contain elimination riders, which exclude conditions from coverage permanently.

If you are switching Kentucky health insurance policies, your old plan's exclusion period can credit your new plan's exclusion period.

As an advantage to you, Kentucky health insurance policies that cover the parents? dependents, must also cover newborns and newly adopted children for the first 31 days. The parents must then make the required health insurance policy adjustments to include the new child under their coverage.

Also, handicapped dependents that exceed the age limit to be covered under a parent's Kentucky health insurance policy, can actually continue to receive coverage under the parent's plan.

Regulating Kentucky health insurance companies

Kentucky health insurance laws do not strict policy restrictions.

For instance, Kentucky health insurance companies are allowed to refuse you coverage or charge you more for coverage on the basis of your health and age. There are limits to how much extra can be charged based on these factors.

However, Kentucky health insurance companies must offer any individual to which they have agreed to sell health insurance a state standardized health insurance policy.

Also, unless you have violated a policy regulation, Kentucky health insurance companies cannot refuse to renew your health insurance policy.

Temporary Kentucky health insurance

There may be times when you have breaks in your health insurance coverage. You should purchase a temporary Kentucky health insurance policy in these instances.

Conversion policies are a good option for temporary health insurance in Michigan. If you have recently left a fully insured group policy and have exhausted your COBRA continuation coverage, you are eligible for a conversion policy.

You also qualify of you have lost your Kentucky health insurance coverage because of divorce or because you recently exceeded the age limit for dependent health care coverage

The policy premiums for these plans will likely be much more than you were originally paying and the coverage may not be the same. However, these plans offer adequate and affordable Kentucky health insurance without exclusion periods when you need it.

More KY health insurance help

If you want more help getting the a good health insurance policy, read our guide to health insurance.
Also see the guide to Kentucky small business health insurance.

To find out more about KY health insurance laws and regulations, visit the official website of the Kentucky Department of Insurance.