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Title XXIV BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Chapter 376

Effective - 01 Jan 2008, see footnote bottom

  376.454.  Individual market, renewal or continuation at option of individual — nonrenewal or discontinuation permitted, when — discontinuation of a type of coverage, procedure. — 1.  Except as provided in this section, a health insurance issuer that provides individual health insurance coverage to an individual shall renew or continue in force such coverage at the option of the individual.

  2.  A health insurance issuer may nonrenew or discontinue health insurance coverage of an individual in the individual market based only on one or more of the following:

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

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

  (3)  The issuer is ceasing to offer coverage in the individual market in accordance with subsection 4 of this section;

  (4)  In the case of a health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the market through a network plan, the individual no longer resides, lives, or works in the service area or in an area for which the issuer is authorized to do business but only if such coverage is terminated under this subdivision uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of covered individuals;

  (5)  In the case of health insurance coverage that is made available in the individual market only through one or more bona fide associations, the membership of the individual in the association on the basis of which the coverage is provided ceases, but only if such coverage is terminated under this subdivision uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of covered individuals.

  3.  In any case in which an issuer decides to discontinue offering a particular type of health insurance coverage offered in the individual market, coverage of such type may be discontinued by the issuer only if:

  (1)  The issuer provides notice to each covered individual provided coverage of this type in such market of such discontinuation at least ninety days prior to the date of the discontinuation of such coverage;

  (2)  The issuer offers to each individual in the individual market provided coverage of this type, the option to purchase any other individual health insurance coverage currently being offered by the issuer for individuals in such market; and

  (3)  In exercising the option to discontinue coverage of this type and in offering the option of coverage under subdivision (2) of this subsection, the issuer acts uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of enrolled individuals or individuals who may become eligible for such coverage.

  4.  (1)  In any case in which a health insurance issuer elects to discontinue offering all health insurance coverage in the individual market in the state, health insurance coverage may be discontinued by the issuer only if:

  (a)  The issuer provides notice to the director and to each individual of such discontinuation at least one hundred eighty days prior to the date of the expiration of such coverage; and

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

  (2)  In the case of a discontinuation under subdivision (1) of this subsection, the issuer shall not provide for the issuance of any health insurance coverage in the individual market for a five-year period beginning on the date of the discontinuation of the last health insurance coverage not so renewed.

  5.  At the time of coverage renewal, a health insurance issuer may modify the health insurance coverage for a policy form offered to individuals in the individual market so long as such modification is consistent with applicable law and effective on a uniform basis among all individuals with that policy form.  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 individual's health insurance coverage or as specified in the policy or contract.

  6.  In applying this section in the case of health insurance coverage that is made available by a health insurance issuer in the individual market to individuals only through one or more associations, a reference to an individual is deemed to include a reference to such an association of which the individual is a member.

  7.  An insurer shall provide a certification of creditable coverage as required by Public Law 104-191 and regulations pursuant thereto.

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(L. 2007 H.B. 818)

Effective 1-01-08


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