Nebraska Revised Statute 44-7,103

Chapter 44 Section 7,103


Continuing coverage for children to age thirty; requirements.

(1) For purposes of this section, health benefit plan means any expense-incurred individual or group sickness and accident insurance policy, health maintenance organization contract, subscriber contract, or self-funded employee benefit plan to the extent not preempted by federal law, except for any policy or contract that provides coverage only for excepted benefits as defined in the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, 29 U.S.C. 1191b, and regulations adopted pursuant to the act, as such act and regulations existed on January 1, 2009, or any policy or contract that provides coverage for a specified disease or other limited-benefit coverage.

(2) Notwithstanding section 44-3,131, any health benefit plan that provides coverage for children shall provide for continuing coverage for such children as follows:

(a) If coverage under the health benefit plan would otherwise terminate because a covered child ceases to be a dependent, ceases to be a full-time student, or attains an age which exceeds the specified age at which coverage ceases pursuant to the plan, the health benefit plan shall provide the option to the insured to continue coverage for such child through the end of the month in which the child (i) marries, (ii) ceases to be a resident of the state, unless the child is under nineteen years of age or is enrolled on a full-time basis in any college, university, or trade school, (iii) receives coverage under another health benefit plan or a self-funded employee benefit plan that is not included in the definition of a health benefit plan under subsection (1) of this section but provides similar coverage, or (iv) attains thirty years of age; and

(b) The health benefit plan may require:

(i) A written election from the insured; and

(ii) An additional premium for the child. Such premium shall not vary based upon the health status of the child and shall not exceed the amount the health benefit plan would receive for an identical individual for a single adult insured. No employer shall be required to contribute to any additional premium under this subdivision.