TITLE 27
Insurance

CHAPTER 27-50
Small Employer Health Insurance Availability Act

SECTION 27-50-6


§ 27-50-6 Renewability of coverage.

(a) A health benefit plan subject to this chapter is renewable with respect to all eligible employees or dependents, at the option of the small employer, except in any of the following cases:

(1) The plan sponsor has failed to pay premiums or contributions in accordance with the terms of the health benefit plan or the carrier has not received timely premium payments;

(2) The plan sponsor or, with respect to coverage of individual insured under the health benefit plan, the insured or the insured's representative has performed an act or practice that constitutes fraud or made an intentional misrepresentation of material fact under the terms of coverage;

(3) Noncompliance with the carrier's minimum participation requirements;

(4) Noncompliance with the carrier's employer contribution requirements;

(5) The small employer carrier elects to discontinue offering all of its health benefit plans delivered or issued for delivery to small employers in this state if the carrier:

(i) Provides advance notice of its decision under this paragraph to the commissioner in each state in which it is licensed; and

(ii) Provides notice of the decision to:

(A) All affected small employers and enrollees and their dependents; and

(B) The insurance commissioner in each state in which an affected insured individual is known to reside at least one hundred and eighty (180) days prior to the nonrenewal of any health benefit plans by the carrier, provided the notice to the commissioner under this subparagraph is sent at least three (3) working days prior to the date the notice is sent to the affected small employers and enrollees and their dependents;

(6) The director:

(i) Finds that the continuation of the coverage would not be in the best interests of the policyholders or certificate holders or would impair the carrier's ability to meet its contractual obligations; and

(ii) Assists affected small employers in finding replacement coverage;

(7) The small employer carrier decides to discontinue offering a particular type of health benefit plan in the state's small employer market if the carrier:

(i) Provides notice of the decision not to renew coverage at least ninety (90) days prior to the nonrenewal of any health benefit plans to all affected small employers and enrollees and their dependents;

(ii) Offers to each small employer issued a particular type of health benefit plan the option to purchase all other health benefit plans currently being offered by the carrier to small employers in the state; and

(iii) In exercising this option to discontinue a particular type of health benefit plan and in offering the option of coverage pursuant to paragraph (7)(ii) of this subsection acts uniformly without regard to the claims experience of those small employers or any health status-related factor relating to any enrollee or dependent of an enrollee or enrollees and their dependents covered or new enrollees and their dependents who may become eligible for coverage;

(8) In the case of health benefit plans that are made available in the small group market through a network plan, there is no longer an employee of the small employer living, working or residing within the carrier's established geographic service area and the carrier would deny enrollment in the plan pursuant to § 27-50-7(e)(1)(ii); or

(9) In the case of a health benefit plan that is made available in the small employer market only through one or more bona fide associations, the membership of an employer in the bona fide association, on the basis of which the coverage is provided, ceases, but only if the coverage is terminated under this paragraph uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor relating to any covered individual.

(b)(1) A small employer carrier that elects not to renew health benefit plan coverage pursuant to subdivision (a)(2) of this section because of the small employer's fraud or intentional misrepresentation of material fact under the terms of coverage may choose not to issue a health benefit plan to that small employer for one year after the date of nonrenewal.

(2) This subsection shall not be construed to affect the requirements of § 27-50-7 as to the obligations of other small employer carriers to issue any health benefit plan to the small employer.

(c)(1) A small employer carrier that elects to discontinue offering health benefit plans under subdivision (a)(5) of this section is prohibited from writing new business in the small employer market in this state for a period of five (5) years beginning on the date the carrier ceased offering new coverage in this state.

(2) In the case of a small employer carrier that ceases offering new coverage in this state pursuant to subdivision (a)(5) of this section, the small employer carrier, as determined by the director, may renew its existing business in the small employer market in the state or may be required to nonrenew all of its existing business in the small employer market in the state.

(d) A small employer carrier offering coverage through a network plan is not required to offer coverage or accept applications pursuant to subsection (a) or (b) of this section in the case of the following:

(1) To an eligible person who no longer resides, lives, or works in the service area, or in an area for which the carrier is authorized to do business, but only if coverage is terminated under this subdivision uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of covered individuals; or

(2) To a small employer that no longer has any enrollee in connection with the plan who lives, resides, or works in the service area of the carrier, or the area for which the carrier is authorized to do business.

(e) At the time of coverage renewal, a small employer carrier may modify the health insurance coverage for a product offered to a group health plan if, for coverage that is available in the small group market other than only through one or more bona fide associations, such modification is consistent with otherwise applicable law and effective on a uniform basis among group health plans with that product.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2000, ch. 200, § 9; P.L. 2000, ch. 229, § 10; P.L. 2003, ch. 119, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 120, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 286, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 375, § 1.)