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  376.405.  Group health and accident policies, approval required — exempt, when, director's powers. — 1.  No insurance company licensed to transact business in this state shall deliver or issue for delivery in this state any policy of group accident or group health insurance, or group accident and health insurance, including insurance against hospital, medical or surgical expenses, covering a group in this state, unless such policy form shall have been approved by the director of the department of commerce and insurance of the state of Missouri.

  2.  The director of the department of commerce and insurance shall have authority to make such reasonable rules and regulations concerning the filing and submission of such policy forms as are necessary, proper or advisable. Such rules and regulations shall provide, among other things, that if a policy form is disapproved, all specific reasons for nonconformance shall be stated in writing within forty-five days from the date of filing; that a hearing shall be granted upon such disapproval, if so requested; and that the failure of the director of the department of commerce and insurance, to take action approving or disapproving a submitted policy form within forty-five days from the date of filing, shall be deemed an approval thereof.  If at any time after a policy form is approved or deemed approved the director determines that any provision of the filing is contrary to state law, the director shall notify the health carrier of the specific provisions that are contrary to state law and any specific statute or regulation to which the provision is contrary, and request that the health carrier file, within thirty days of the notification, an amendment form that modifies the provision to conform to state law.  Upon approval of the amendment form by the director, the health carrier shall issue a copy of the amendment to each individual and entity to which the filing has been issued.  Such amendment shall have the force and effect as if the amendment was in the original filing or policy.

  3.  The director of the department of commerce and insurance shall approve only those policy forms which are in compliance with the insurance laws of this state and which contain such words, phraseology, conditions and provisions which are specific, certain and unambiguous and reasonably adequate to meet needed requirements for the protection of those insured.  The disapproval of any policy form shall be based upon the requirements of the laws of this state or of any regulation lawfully promulgated thereunder.

  4.  The director of the department of commerce and insurance may, by order or bulletin, exempt from the approval requirements of this section for so long as he deems proper any insurance policy, document, or form or type thereof, as specified in such order or bulletin, to which, in his opinion, this section may not practicably be applied, or the approval of which is, in his opinion, not desirable or necessary for the protection of the public.


(L. 1959 H.B. 253 § 1, A.L. 1984 S.B. 592, A.L. 2013 S.B. 262)

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