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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 1: Creditable coverage and resident defined

Section 1. As used in this chapter, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:—

''Creditable coverage'', coverage of an individual under any of the following health plans or as a named beneficiary receiving coverage on another's plan with no lapse of coverage for more than 63 days: (a) an individual or group health plan which meets the definition of ''minimum creditable coverage'' as established by the board of the connector; (b) a health plan including, but not limited to, a health plan issued, renewed or delivered within or without the commonwealth to an individual who is enrolled in a qualifying student health insurance program under section 18 of chapter 15A or a qualifying student health program of another state; (c) Part A or Part B of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act; (d) Title XXI or XIX of the Social Security Act, other than coverage consisting solely of benefits under section 1928 or section 1903 (v) of said Title XIX; (e) 10 U.S.C. 55; (f) a medical care program of the Indian Health Service or of a tribal organization; (g) a state health benefits risk pool; (h) a health plan offered under 5 U.S.C. 89; (i) a public health plan as defined in federal regulations authorized by the Public Health Service Act, section 2701(c)(1)(I), as amended by Public Law 104–191; (j) a health benefit plan under the Peace Corps Act, 22 U.S.C. 2504(e); (k) coverage for young adults under section 10 of chapter 176J; and (l) any other qualifying coverage required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended, or by regulations promulgated under that act; provided, however, that the following shall not qualify as creditable coverage: a plan issued as a supplemental health insurance policy including, but not limited to, accident only, credit only, or limited scope vision or dental benefits if offered separately; hospital indemnity insurance policies that provide a benefit to be paid to an insured or a dependent, including the spouse of an insured, on the basis of a hospitalization of the insured or a dependent, that are sold as a supplement and not as a substitute for a health benefit plan and that meet any requirements set by the commissioner of insurance by regulation; disability income insurance; coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance; specified disease insurance that is purchased as a supplement and not as a substitute for a health plan and that meets any requirements the commissioner, by regulation, may set; insurance arising out of a workers' compensation law or similar law; automobile medical payment insurance; insurance under which benefits are payable with or without regard to fault and which is statutorily required to be contained in a liability insurance policy or equivalent self insurance; long–term care if offered separately; coverage supplemental to the coverage provided under 10 U.S.C. 55 if offered as a separate insurance policy; or any policy subject to chapter 176K or any similar policies issued on a group basis, including Medicare Prescription drug plans.

''Resident'', a person who has:

(1) obtained an exemption under clause Seventeenth, Seventeenth C, Seventeenth C1/2, Seventeenth D, Eighteenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-second A, Twenty-second B, Twenty-second C, Twenty-second D, Twenty-second E, Thirty-seventh, Thirty-seventh A, Forty-first, Forty-first A, Forty-first B, Forty-first C, Forty-second or Forty-third of section 5 of chapter 59;

(2) obtained an exemption under section 5C of said chapter 59;

(3) filed a Massachusetts resident income tax return under chapter 62;

(4) obtained a rental deduction under subparagraph (9) of paragraph (a) of Part B of section 3 of chapter 62;

(5) declared in a home mortgage settlement document that the mortgaged property located in the commonwealth would be occupied as his principal residence;

(6) obtained homeowner's liability insurance coverage on property that was declared to be occupied as a principal residence;

(7) filed a certificate of residency and identified his place of residence in a city or town in the commonwealth in order to comply with a residency ordinance as a prerequisite for employment with a governmental entity;

(8) paid on his own behalf or on behalf of a child or dependent of whom the person has custody, resident in-state tuition rates to attend a state-sponsored college, community college or university;

(9) applied for and received public assistance from the commonwealth for himself or his child or dependent of whom he has custody;

(10) has a child or dependent, of whom he has custody, who is enrolled in a public school in a city or town in the commonwealth, unless the cost of such education is paid for by him, such child or dependent, or by another education jurisdiction;

(11) is registered to vote in the commonwealth;

(12) obtained any benefit, exemption, deduction, entitlement, license, permit or privilege by claiming principal residence in the commonwealth; or

(13) is a resident under any other written criteria under which the commissioner of revenue may determine residency in the commonwealth.