2015 ORS 743.685¹
Outline of coverage
  • information brochure
  • rules

(1) In order to provide for full and fair disclosure in the sale of Medicare supplement policies, no Medicare supplement policy or certificate shall be delivered in this state unless an outline of coverage is delivered to the applicant at the time application is made.

(2) The Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services shall prescribe the format and content of the outline of coverage required by subsection (1) of this section. The director shall consult with the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services concerning the content and format of the outline of coverage, especially in reference to the ease with which senior citizens may understand the form and compare the coverage provided under the policy to which the outline of coverage refers. For purposes of this section, "format" means style, arrangements and overall appearance, including such items as the size, color and prominence of type and arrangement of text and captions. The outline of coverage required by subsection (1) of this section shall include at least the following:

(a) A description of the principal benefits and coverage provided in the policy;

(b) A statement of the renewal provisions, including any reservation by the insurer of a right to change premiums and disclosure of the existence of any automatic renewal premium increases based on the policyholder’s age; and

(c) A statement that the outline of coverage is a summary of the policy issued or applied for and that the policy should be consulted to determine governing contractual provisions.

(3) Insurers shall fill out the standardized form and have the completed information included on the form approved by the director before selling supplemental Medicare coverage in this state.

(4) In the purchase or renewal of a Medicare supplement policy, a copy of the outline of coverage must be used in explaining policy coverage to a purchaser and shall be provided to the applicant at the time the sales presentation is made. The completed outline of coverage shall be considered part of the sales presentation materials for the purposes of ORS 742.009 (Regulation of sales material).

(5) The insurer shall obtain acknowledgment of receipt or certify delivery of the outline of coverage at the time of sale.

(6) The director may adopt by rule a standard form and the contents of an informational brochure for persons eligible for Medicare, which is intended to improve the buyer’s ability to select the most appropriate coverage and improve the buyer’s understanding of Medicare. Except in the case of direct response insurance policies, the director may require by rule that the information brochure be provided to any prospective insureds eligible for Medicare concurrently with delivery of the outline of coverage. With respect to direct response insurance policies, the director may require by rule that the prescribed brochure be provided upon request to any prospective insureds eligible for Medicare, but in no event later than the time of policy delivery.

(7) The director may adopt by rule captions or notice requirements, determined to be in the public interest and designed to inform prospective insureds that particular insurance coverages are not Medicare supplement coverages, for all health insurance policies sold to persons eligible for Medicare, other than:

(a) Medicare supplement policies; or

(b) Disability income policies.

(8) The director may adopt rules governing the full and fair disclosure of the information in connection with the replacement of health insurance policies, subscriber contracts or certificates by persons eligible for Medicare. [1989 c.255 §6; 1993 c.113 §2; 1997 c.96 §2]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 743—Health and Life Insurance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors743.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.