110 STAT. 2082 PUBLIC LAW 104-191—AUG. 21, 1996 "(4) BENEFITS NOT SUBJECT TO REQUIREMENTS IF OFFERED AS SEPARATE INSURANCE POLICY. —Medicare supplemental health insurance (as defined under section 1882(g)(1) of the Social Security Act), coverage supplemental to the coverage provided under chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code, and similar supplemental coverage provided to coverage under a group health plan. "(d) OTHER DEFINITIONS.— For purposes of this chapter— "(1) COBRA cdNTiNUATiON PROVISION. —The term 'COBRA continuation provision' means any of the following: "(A) Section 4980B, other than subsection (f)(1) thereof insofar as it relates to pediatric vaccines. "(B) Part 6 of subtitle B of title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1161 et seq.), other than section 609 of such Act. "(C) Title XXII of the Public Health Service Act. "(2) GOVERNMENTAL PLAN.— The term 'governmental plan' has the meaning given such term by section 414(d). "(3) MEDICAL CARE.— The term 'medical care' has the meaning given such term by section 213(d) determined without regard to— "(A) paragraph (1)(C) thereof, and "(B) so much of paragraph (1)(D) thereof as relates to qualified long-term care insurance. "(4) NETWORK PLAN. — The term 'network plan' means health insurance coverage of a health insurance issuer under which the financing and delivery of medical care are provided, in whole or in part, through a defined set of providers under contract with the issuer. "(5) PLACED FOR ADOPTION DEFINED.— The term 'placement', or being 'placed', for adoption, in connection with any placement for adoption of a child with any person, means the assumption and retention by such person of a legal obligation for total or partial support of such child in anticipation of adoption of such child. The child's placement with such person terminates upon the termination of such legal obligation. " SEC. 9806. REGULATIONS. "The Secretary, consistent with section 104 of the Health Care Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, may promulgate such regulations as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of this chapter. The Secretary may promulgate any interim final rules as the Secretary determines are appropriate to carry out this chapter.". (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.— The table of subtitles of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item: "Subtitle K. Group health plan portability, access, and renewability requirements.". 26 USC 9801 (c) EFFECTIVE DATE.— note. (1) IN GENERAL.— The amendments made by this section shall apply to plan years beginning after June 30, 1997. (2) DETERMINATION OF CREDITABLE COVERAGE. — (A) PERIOD OF COVERAGE. — (i) IN GENERAL. —Subject to clause (ii), no period before July 1, 1996, shall be taken into account under chapter 100 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as added by this section) in determining creditable coverage.
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