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(1) Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) , enacts various health care coverage market reforms that take effect January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA requires each health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the individual or group market in a state to accept every employer and individual in the state that applies for that coverage and to renew that coverage at the option of the plan sponsor or the individual. PPACA prohibits a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion with respect to that plan or coverage. PPACA allows the premium rate charged by a health insurance issuer offering small group or individual coverage to vary only by rating area, age, tobacco use, and whether the coverage is for an individual or family and prohibits discrimination against individuals based on health status, as specified. PPACA requires an issuer to consider all enrollees in its individual market plans to be part of a single risk pool and to consider all enrollees in its small group market plans to be part of a single risk pool, as specified. PPACA also requires each state to, by January 1, 2014, establish an American Health Benefit Exchange that facilitates the purchase of qualified health plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers, as specified.
Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Insurance Commissioner. Existing law requires insurers offering coverage in the individual market to offer coverage for a child subject to specified requirements. Existing law establishes the California Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) to facilitate the purchase of qualified health plans through the Exchange by qualified individuals and qualified small employers by January 1, 2014.
This bill would require an insurer, on and after October 1, 2013, to offer, market, and sell all of the insurer's health benefit plans that are sold in the individual market for policy years on or after January 1, 2014, to all individuals and dependents in each service area in which the insurer provides or arranges for the provision of health care services, as specified, but would require insurers to limit enrollment in individual health benefit plans to specified open enrollment and special enrollment periods. The bill would prohibit these insurers from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion upon any individual and from conditioning the issuance or offering of individual health benefit plans on any health status-related factor, as specified. The bill would require a health insurer to consider the claims experience of all insureds of its nongrandfathered individual health benefit plans offered in the state to be part of a single risk pool, as specified, would require the insurer to establish a specified index rate for that market, and would authorize the insurer to vary premiums from the index rate based only on specified factors. The bill would authorize insurers to use only age, geographic region, and family size for purposes of establishing rates for individual health benefit plans, as specified. The bill would require insurers to provide specified information regarding the Exchange to applicants for and subscribers of individual health benefit plans offered outside the Exchange. The bill would prohibit an insurer from advertising or marketing an individual grandfathered health plan for the purpose of enrolling a dependent of the policyholder in the plan and would also require insurers to annually issue a specified notice to policyholders enrolled in a grandfathered plan. The bill would make certain of these provisions inoperative if, and 12 months after, certain provisions of PPACA are repealed or amended, as specified.
Existing law requires insurers to guarantee issue their small employer health benefit plans, as specified. With respect to nongrandfathered small employer health benefit plans for plan years on or after January 1, 2014, among other things, existing law provides certain exceptions from the guarantee issue requirement, allows the premium for small employer health benefit plans to vary only by age, geographic region, and family size, as specified, and requires insurers to provide special enrollment periods and coverage effective dates consistent with the individual nongrandfathered market in the state. Existing law provides that these provisions shall be inoperative if specified provisions of PPACA are repealed.
This bill would modify the small employer special enrollment periods and coverage effective dates for purposes of consistency with the individual market reforms described above. The bill would also modify the exceptions from the guarantee issue requirement and the manner in which an insurer determines premium rates for a small employer health benefit plan, as specified. The bill would also require an insurer to consider the claims experience of all enrollees of its nongrandfathered small employer health benefit plans offered in this state to be part of a single risk pool, as specified, would require the insurer to establish a specified index rate for that market, and would authorize the insurer to vary premiums from the index rate based only on specified factors. The bill would make certain of these provisions inoperative, as specified, if, and 12 months after, specified provisions of PPACA are repealed.
(2) PPACA requires a state or the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement a risk adjustment program for the 2014 benefit year and every benefit year thereafter, under which a charge is assessed on low actuarial risk plans and a payment is made to high actuarial risk plans, as specified. If a state that elects to operate an American Health Benefit Exchange elects not to administer this risk adjustment program, the secretary will operate the program and issuers will be required to submit data for purposes of the program to the secretary.
This bill would require that any data submitted by health insurers to the secretary for purposes of the risk adjustment program also be submitted to the Department of Insurance, in the same format. The bill would require the department to use that data for specified purposes.
(3) Existing law requires insurers to provide a summary of information about each of their health insurance policies, as provided, upon the appropriate disclosure form as prescribed by the Insurance Commissioner.
This bill would provide that, on and after January 1, 2014, a health insurer issuing the federal uniform summary of benefits and coverage also complies with the commissioner's disclosure requirements, but would require that the insurer ensure that all applicable state law disclosures are made in other documents. The bill would require the insurer to provide the commissioner a copy of the federal summary of benefits and coverage form and the corresponding health insurance policy, as specified.
(4) This bill would become operative only if SB 2 of the 2013â€“14 First Extraordinary Session is enacted and becomes effective.