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Title XXIII CORPORATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Chapter 354

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  354.410.  Certificate issued, when — annual deposit, requirements — capital account, amount, contents. — 1.  The director shall issue or deny a certificate of authority to any person filing an application pursuant to section 354.405.  Issuance of a certificate of authority may then be granted upon payment of the application fee prescribed in section 354.500 if the director is satisfied that the following conditions are met:

  (1)  The persons responsible for the conduct of the affairs of the applicant are competent, trustworthy, and possess good reputations;

  (2)  The health care organization constitutes an appropriate mechanism whereby the health maintenance organization will effectively provide or arrange for the provision of basic health care services on a prepaid basis through insurance or otherwise, except to the extent of requirements for co-payments, coinsurance or deductibles;

  (3)  The health maintenance organization is financially responsible and may reasonably be expected to meet its obligations to enrollees and prospective enrollees.  In making this determination, the director may consider:

  (a)  The financial soundness of the arrangements for health care services and the schedule of charges used in connection therewith;

  (b)  The adequacy of working capital;

  (c)  Any agreement with an insurer, a government, or any other organization for insuring the payment of the cost of health care services or the provision for automatic applicability of an alternative coverage in the event of discontinuance of the health maintenance organization;

  (d)  Any agreement with providers for the provision of health care services; and

  (e)  Any deposit of cash or securities submitted in accordance with subsection 2;

  (4)  The health maintenance organization's arrangements for health care services and the schedule of charges used in connection therewith are financially sound;

  (5)  The working capital be adequate;

  (6)  Any agreement with an insurer, a health service corporation, a government, or any other organization for insuring the payment of the cost of health care services contain a provision for the automatic applicability of alternative coverage in the event of discontinuance of the health maintenance organization;

  (7)  There be an agreement with providers for the provision of health care services;

  (8)  The enrollees shall be afforded an opportunity to participate in matters of policy and operation pursuant to section 354.420;

  (9)  Nothing in the proposed method of operation, as shown by the information submitted pursuant to section 354.405 or by independent investigation, is contrary to the public interest; and

  (10)  The health maintenance organization is able to provide its enrollees with adequate access to health care providers.

  2.  Unless otherwise provided below, each health maintenance organization shall deposit with the director, or with any organization or trustee acceptable to the director through which a custodial or controlled account is utilized, cash, securities, or any combination of these or other measures that is acceptable to the director in the amount set forth in this subsection:

  (1)  The amount for an organization that is beginning operation shall be the greater of:  (a) five percent of its estimated expenditures for health care services for its first year of operation, (b) twice its estimated average monthly uncovered expenditures for its first year of operation, or (c) one hundred fifty thousand dollars for a medical group/staff model, or three hundred thousand dollars for an individual practice association.  At the beginning of each succeeding year, unless not applicable, the organization shall deposit with the director, or organization or trustee, cash, securities, or any combination of these or other measures acceptable to the director, in an amount equal to four percent of its estimated annual uncovered expenditures for that year.

  (2)  Unless not applicable, an organization that is in operation on September 28, 1983, shall make a deposit equal to the larger of:  (a) one percent of the preceding twelve months' uncovered expenditures, or (b) one hundred fifty thousand dollars for a medical group/staff model, or three hundred thousand dollars for an individual practice association on the first day of the first calendar year beginning six months or more after September 28, 1983.  In the second calendar year, if applicable, the amount of the additional deposit shall be equal to two percent of its estimated annual uncovered expenditures.  In the third calendar year, if applicable, the additional deposit shall be equal to three percent of its estimated annual uncovered expenditures for that year, and in the fourth calendar year and subsequent years, if applicable, the additional deposit shall be equal to four percent of its estimated annual uncovered expenditures for each year.  Each year's estimate, after the first year of operation, shall reasonably reflect the prior years' operating experience and delivery arrangements.  The director may waive any of the deposit requirements set forth in subdivisions (1) and (2) above, whenever satisfied that the organization has sufficient net worth and an adequate history of generating net income to assure its financial viability for the next year, or its performance and obligations are guaranteed by an organization with sufficient net worth and an adequate history of generating net income, or the assets of the organization or its contracts with insurers, hospital or medical service corporations, governments, or other organizations are sufficient to reasonably assure the performance of its obligations.

  3.  When an organization has achieved a net worth not including land, buildings, and equipment, of at least one million dollars or has achieved a net worth including organization-related land, buildings, and equipment of at least five million dollars, the annual deposit requirements shall not apply.  The annual deposit requirement shall not apply to an organization if the total amount of the deposit is equal to twenty-five percent of its estimated annual uncovered expenditures for the next calendar year, or the capital and surplus requirements for the formation or admittance of an accident and health insurer in this state, whichever is less.  If the organization has a guaranteeing organization which has been in operation for at least five years and has a net worth not including land, buildings, and equipment of at least one million dollars or which has been in operation for at least ten years and has a net worth including organization-related land, buildings, and equipment of at least five million dollars, the annual deposit requirement shall not apply; provided, however, that if the guaranteeing organization is sponsoring more than one organization, the net worth requirement shall be increased by a multiple equal to the number of such organizations.  This requirement to maintain a deposit in excess of the deposit required of an accident and health insurer shall not apply during any time that the guaranteeing organization maintains a net worth at least equal to the capital and surplus requirements for an accident and health insurer for each organization it sponsors.

  4.  All income from deposits shall belong to the depositing organization and shall be paid to it as it becomes available.  A health maintenance organization that has made a securities deposit may withdraw the securities deposit or any part thereof, first having deposited, in lieu thereof, a deposit of cash, securities, or any combination of these or other measures of equal amount and value to that withdrawn.  Any securities shall be approved by the director before being substituted.

  5.  In any year in which an annual deposit is not required of an organization, at its request the director shall reduce the required deposit by one hundred thousand dollars for each two hundred fifty thousand dollars of net worth in excess of the amount that allows it not to make an annual deposit.  If the amount of net worth no longer supports a reduction of its required deposit, the organization shall immediately redeposit one hundred thousand dollars for each two hundred fifty thousand dollars of reduction in net worth, provided that its total deposit shall not exceed the maximum required under this section.  Notwithstanding any provisions of sections 354.400 to 354.636, the deposit held by the director shall in no case be less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars for a group staff/model or three hundred thousand dollars for an individual practice association model.

  6.  Each health maintenance organization that obtains a certificate of authority after September 28, 1983, shall have and maintain a capital account of at least one hundred fifty thousand dollars for a medical group/staff model, or three hundred thousand dollars for an individual practice association in addition to any deposit requirements under this section.  The capital account shall be net of any accrued liabilities and be in the form of cash, securities or any combination of these or other measures acceptable to the director.

  7.  A certificate of authority shall be denied only after compliance with the requirements of section 354.490.

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(L. 1983 H.B. 127, A.L. 1997 H.B. 335, A.L. 2013 S.B. 262)


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