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Title XXIV BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Chapter 376

Effective - 01 Jan 2008, see footnote bottom

  376.452.  Large group market, renewal or continuation of coverage required — nonrenewal or discontinuation permitted, when — conditions for discontinuation. — 1.  Except as provided in this section, if a health insurance issuer offers health insurance coverage in the large group market in connection with a group health plan, the health insurance issuer shall renew or continue the coverage in force at the option of the plan sponsor.

  2.  A health insurance issuer may nonrenew or discontinue health insurance coverage offered in connection with a group health plan in the large group market if:

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

  (2)  The plan sponsor has performed an act or practice that constitutes fraud or has made an intentional misrepresentation of material fact under the terms of the coverage;

  (3)  The plan sponsor has failed to comply with the health insurance issuer's minimum participation requirements;

  (4)  The plan sponsor has failed to comply with the health insurance issuer's employer contribution requirements;

  (5)  The health insurance issuer is ceasing to offer coverage in the large group market in accordance with subsection 3 of this section;

  (6)  In the case of a health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the large group market through a network plan, there is no longer any enrollee under the group health plan who lives, resides, or works in the service area of the health insurance issuer or in the area for which the issuer is authorized to do business;

  (7)  In the case of health insurance coverage that is made available in the large group market only through one or more bona fide associations, the membership of an employer in the bona fide association ceases, but only if coverage is terminated under this subdivision uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of any covered individual.

  3.  A health insurance issuer shall not discontinue offering a particular type of group health insurance coverage offered in the large group market unless:

  (1)  The issuer provides notice to each plan sponsor, participant and beneficiary provided coverage of this type in the large group market of the discontinuation at least ninety days prior to the date of the discontinuation of the coverage;

  (2)  The issuer offers to each plan sponsor being provided coverage of this type in the large group market the option to purchase any other health insurance coverage currently being offered by the health insurance issuer to a group health plan in the large group market; and

  (3)  The issuer acts uniformly without regard to the claims experience of those plan sponsors or any health status-related factor of any participant or beneficiary covered or new participant or beneficiary who may become eligible for such coverage.

  4.  (1)  A health insurance issuer shall not discontinue offering all health insurance coverage in the large group market unless:

  (a)  The issuer provides notice of discontinuation to the director and to each plan sponsor, participant and beneficiary covered at least one hundred eighty days prior to the date of the discontinuation of coverage; and

  (b)  All health insurance issued or delivered for issuance in Missouri in the large group market is discontinued and coverage under such health insurance is not renewed.

  (2)  In the case of a discontinuation under this subsection, the health insurance issuer shall not provide for the issuance of any health insurance coverage in the large group market for a period of five years beginning on the date of the discontinuation of the last health insurance coverage not renewed.

  5.  At the time of coverage renewal, a health insurance issuer may modify the health insurance coverage for a product offered to a group health plan in the large group market.  For purposes of this subsection, renewal shall be deemed to occur not more often than annually on the anniversary of the effective date of the group health plan's health insurance coverage unless a longer term is specified in the policy or contract.

  6.  In the case of health insurance coverage that is made available by a health insurance issuer only through one or more bona fide associations, a reference to plan sponsor in this section is deemed, with respect to coverage provided to an employer member of the association, to include a reference to such employer.

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(L. 2007 H.B. 818)

Effective 1-01-08


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