2015 ORS 743B.344¹
Procedure for obtaining continuation of coverage under ORS 743B.343

(1) As used in subsections (1) to (6) of this section, "plan administrator" means:

(a) The person designated as the plan administrator by the instrument under which the group health insurance plan is operated; or

(b) If no plan administrator is designated, the plan sponsor.

(2) Within 60 days of legal separation or the entry of a judgment of dissolution of marriage, a legally separated or divorced spouse eligible for continued coverage under ORS 743B.343 (Availability of continued coverage under group policy for surviving, divorced or separated spouse 55 or older) who seeks such coverage shall give the plan administrator written notice of the legal separation or dissolution. The notice shall include the mailing address of the legally separated or divorced spouse.

(3) Within 30 days of the death of a covered person whose surviving spouse is eligible for continued coverage under ORS 743B.343 (Availability of continued coverage under group policy for surviving, divorced or separated spouse 55 or older), the group policyholder shall give the plan administrator written notice of the death and of the mailing address of the surviving spouse.

(4) Within 14 days of receipt of notice under subsection (2) or (3) of this section, the plan administrator shall notify the legally separated, divorced or surviving spouse that the policy may be continued. The notice shall be mailed to the mailing address provided to the plan administrator and shall include:

(a) A form for election to continue the coverage;

(b) A statement of the amount of periodic premiums to be charged for the continuation of coverage and of the method and place of payment; and

(c) Instructions for returning the election form by mail within 60 days after the date of mailing of the notice by the plan administrator.

(5) Failure of the legally separated, divorced or surviving spouse to exercise the election in accordance with subsection (4) of this section shall terminate the right to continuation of benefits.

(6) If a plan administrator fails to notify the legally separated, divorced or surviving spouse as required by subsection (4) of this section, premiums shall be waived from the date the notice was required until the date notice is received by the legally separated, divorced or surviving spouse.

(7) The provisions of this section and ORS 743B.343 (Availability of continued coverage under group policy for surviving, divorced or separated spouse 55 or older) and 743B.345 (Premium for continuation of coverage under ORS 743B.344) apply only to employers with 20 or more employees and group health insurance plans with 20 or more certificate holders on a typical business day during the preceding calendar year. [Formerly 743.601]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 743B—Health Benefit Plans: Individual and Group, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors743B.­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.
 
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