Health insurers will not be allowed to contest claims once the premium has been paid for a continuous period of eight years, regulator Irdai said in a fresh set of guidelines, as reported by The Economic Times.
Irdai said the objective of the guidelines is to standardise the general terms and clauses incorporated in indemnity based health insurance (excluding personal accident and domestic/overseas travel) products by simplifying the wordings of general terms and clauses of the policy contracts and ensure uniformity across the industry.
"All policy contracts of the existing health insurance products that are not in compliance with these guidelines shall be modified as and when they are due for renewal from April 1, 2021 onwards.
"After completion of eight continuous years under the policy no look back to be applied...After expiry of moratorium period (of eight years) no health insurance claim shall be contestable except for proven fraud and permanent exclusions specified in the policy contract," Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Irdai) said.
The policies will, however be subject to all limits, sub-limits, co-payments, deductibles as per the policy contract.
This period of eight years is known as the moratorium period.
The moratorium would be applicable for the sums insured of the first policy and subsequently completion of 8 continuous years would be applicable from date of enhancement of sums insured only on the enhanced limits, the regulator said in the guidelines on 'Standardization of General Terms and Clauses in Health Insurance Policy Contracts'.