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Comprehensive Health Association of North Dakota (CHAND)

The Comprehensive Health Association of North Dakota (CHAND) was created by the North Dakota Legislative Assembly in 1981 and became operational in 1982. Its initial purpose was to provide comprehensive health insurance benefits to residents of the state who have been denied health insurance or have been given restricted coverage or excessive health premiums because of high-risk health problems.

CHAND offers health insurance to North Dakota residents who either are unable to find adequate health insurance coverage in the private market due to medical conditions or who have lost their employer-sponsored group health insurance.

Insurance carriers licensed to do business in North Dakota must inform individuals denied health insurance coverage by their company about CHAND.

CHAND covers major medical and prescription drug expenses, subject to benefit plan limitations and exclusions. An individual is eligible to receive $1,000,000 in benefits from CHAND during their lifetime. An individual who has received $1,000,000 in CHAND benefits from enrollment in any combination of benefit plans is not eligible to obtain new coverage through the association.

Premiums fund approximately one-half to two-thirds of the program, not to exceed 135% of premiums charged in the state of North Dakota for similar coverage. The balance is covered by assessments to companies that write $100,000 in annual premiums on behalf of residents of North Dakota. Additional dollars may also come through federal grants.

Applicants are required to meet CHAND eligibility requirements to qualify.

For more information, visit CHAND's website at www.chand.org.

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