On and after January 1, 1985, every insurer and nonprofit hospital service plan issuing group disability insurance which covers hospital, medical, or surgical expenses shall offer to group policyholders a continuation benefit which, if selected, shall have a duration of at least 90 days and which shall be offered consecutively to any federal requirement for continuation benefits. The terms and conditions shall include continuation benefit coverage for widows, widowers, divorced or legally separated spouses, spouses of covered employees becoming entitled to benefits under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, and their dependents, including dependent children who cease to be dependent children under the plan, who were covered by the group contract on the date of termination of coverage. However, any existing provisions of law regarding termination of a dependent child status shall not be affected by this section.
The continuation of coverage shall be available only under the following conditions:
(a) Those eligible remain within the State of California, although the departure of a dependent child to another state shall not invalidate the continuation provisions for any other family members.
(b) Those eligible do not marry or remarry, although the marriage of any dependent child shall not invalidate the continuation provisions for other family members.
(c) Those eligible are not eligible for any comparable state, federal, or private group medical plan, although the eligibility of any dependent child shall not invalidate the continuation provisions for other family members.
(d) Those eligible do not find employment with an employer that has a group plan of its own, even if the plan is less substantive, although the entry into such an employee plan by a dependent child shall not invalidate the continuation provisions for other family members.
(e) The group policy is not terminated or the employer's participation in the group policy is not terminated.
(f) Those eligible do not knowingly furnish incorrect information or otherwise improperly obtain the benefits of the plan.
(g) The continuing individual shall pay the premium amount in the manner specified in the group policy for both his or her share of the premium and the group policyholder's share, if any.
(h) Eligible persons under this section shall be notified in the same manner required for conversion notification pursuant to Section 12689. Every insurer shall communicate the availability of such coverage to all group policyholders and to all prospective group policyholders with whom they are negotiating.
(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 960, Sec. 2.)