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2011 Florida Statutes

SECTION 6415
Coverage for natural-born, adopted, and foster children children in insured's custodial care.
F.S. 627.6415
627.6415 Coverage for natural-born, adopted, and foster children; children in insured’s custodial care.
(1) A health insurance policy that provides coverage for a member of the family of the insured shall, as to the family member’s coverage, provide that the health insurance benefits applicable to children of the insured also apply to an adopted child or a foster child of the insured placed in compliance with chapter 63, prior to the child’s 18th birthday, from the moment of placement in the residence of the insured. Except in the case of a foster child, the policy may not exclude coverage for any preexisting condition of the child. In the case of a newborn child, coverage begins at the moment of birth if a written agreement to adopt the child has been entered into by the insured prior to the birth of the child, whether or not the agreement is enforceable. This section does not require coverage for an adopted child who is not ultimately placed in the residence of the insured in compliance with chapter 63.
(2) A policy may require the insured to notify the insurer of the birth or placement of an adopted child within a specified time period of not less than 30 days after the birth or placement in the residence of a child adopted by the insured. If timely notice is given, the insurer may not charge an additional premium for coverage of the child for the notice period. If timely notice is not given, the insurer may charge an additional premium from the date of birth or placement. If notice is given within 60 days of the birth or placement of the child, the insurer may not deny coverage for the child due to the failure of the insured to timely notify the insurer of the birth or placement of the child.
(3) If the policy does not require the insured to notify the insurer of the birth or placement of an adopted child within a specified time period, the insurer may not deny coverage for such child or retroactively charge the insured an additional premium for such child. However, the insurer may prospectively charge the insured an additional premium for the child if the insurer provides at least 45 days’ notice of the additional premium required.
(4) In order to increase access to postnatal, infant, and pediatric health care for all children placed in court-ordered custody, including foster children, all health insurance policies that provide coverage for a member of the family of the insured shall, as to such family member’s coverage, also provide that the health insurance benefits applicable for children shall be payable with respect to a foster child or other child in court-ordered temporary or other custody of the insured, prior to the child’s 18th birthday.
History.ss. 3, 5, ch. 85-189; s. 1, ch. 88-269; s. 1, ch. 91-185; ss. 124, 149, ch. 92-33; s. 5, ch. 92-278; s. 114, ch. 92-318; s. 9, ch. 98-159.