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H.B. 178 Enrolled
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the Insurance Code and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . clarifies that the Children's Health Insurance Program should have access to at least
14 two different provider networks;
15 . extends the COBRA premium assistance provided under Section 3001 of the
16 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. S. 111-5) to state
17 mini-COBRA benefits; and
18 . makes technical amendments to the health benefit plan broker disclosure
20 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
23 This bill provides an immediate effective date.
24 This bill coordinates with H.B. 188, Health System Reform-Insurance Market, by
25 providing that parts of this bill supersede parts of H.B. 188.
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 26-40-110, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 208 and 382
29 31A-23a-501, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 298
31 31A-22-722.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
34 Section 1. Section 26-40-110 is amended to read:
35 26-40-110. Managed care -- Contracting for services.
36 (1) Program benefits provided to enrollees under the program, as described in Section
37 26-40-106 , shall be delivered in a managed care system if the department determines that
38 adequate services are available where the enrollee lives or resides.
39 (2) (a) The department shall use the following criteria to evaluate bids from health
41 (i) ability to manage medical expenses, including mental health costs;
42 (ii) proven ability to handle accident and health insurance;
43 (iii) efficiency of claim paying procedures;
44 (iv) proven ability for managed care and quality assurance;
45 (v) provider contracting and discounts;
46 (vi) pharmacy benefit management;
47 (vii) an estimate of total charges for administering the pool;
48 (viii) ability to administer the pool in a cost-efficient manner;
49 (ix) the ability to provide adequate providers and services in the state; and
50 (x) other criteria established by the department.
51 (b) The dental benefits required by Section 26-40-106 may be bid out separately from
52 other program benefits.
53 (c) Except for dental benefits, the department shall request bids for the program's
54 benefits in 2008. The department shall request bids for the program's dental benefits in 2009.
55 The department shall request bids for the program's benefits at least once every five years
57 (d) The department's contract with health plans for the program's benefits shall include
58 risk sharing provisions in which the health plan must accept at least 75% of the risk for any
59 difference between the department's premium payments per client and actual medical
61 (3) The executive director shall report to and seek recommendations from the Health
62 Advisory Council created in Section 26-1-7.5 :
63 (a) if the division receives less than two bids or proposals under Subsection (1) that
64 are acceptable to the division or responsive to the bid; and
65 (b) before awarding a contract to a managed care system.
66 (4) (a) The department shall award contracts to [
67 (i) if the department determines that [
69 (ii) (A) the responsive bidder is able to offer the program access to two different
70 provider networks; or
71 (B) the selection of two different responsive bidders will provide the program with
72 access to two different provider networks.
73 (b) The department may contract with the Group Insurance Division within the Utah
74 State Retirement Office to provide services under Subsection (1) if:
75 (i) the department is not able to contract with [
76 carriers that under Subsection (4)(a) are able to provide the program access to two different
77 provider networks;
78 (ii) the executive director seeks the recommendation of the Health Advisory Council
79 under Subsection (3); and
80 (iii) the executive director determines that either:
81 (A) [
82 different provider networks were not received by the department; or
83 (B) [
84 (c) In accordance with Section 49-20-201 , a contract awarded under Subsection (4)(b)
85 is not subject to the risk sharing required by Subsection (2)(d).
86 (5) Title 63G, Chapter 6, Utah Procurement Code, shall apply to this section.
87 Section 2. Section 31A-22-722.5 is enacted to read:
88 31A-22-722.5. Mini-COBRA election -- American Recovery and Reinvestment
90 (1) An individual has a right, until April 18, 2009, to contact the individual's employer
91 or the insurer for the employer to participate in a second election period for mini-COBRA
92 benefits under Section 31A-22-722 in accordance with Section 3001 of the American
93 Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. S. 111-5) if the individual:
94 (a) was involuntarily terminated from employment between September 1, 2008 and
95 February 17, 2009, as defined in Section 3001 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment
96 Act of 2009 (Pub. S. 111-5);
97 (b) is eligible for COBRA premium assistance under Section 3001 of the American
98 Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. S. 111-5); and
99 (c) was eligible for Utah mini-COBRA as provided in Section 31A-22-722 at the time
100 of termination.
101 (2) (a) An individual or the employer of the individual shall contact the insurer and
102 inform the insurer that the individual wants to take advantage of the second election period for
103 mini-COBRA coverage under the provisions of Section 3001 of the American Recovery and
104 Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. S. 111-5).
105 (b) An individual or an employer on behalf of an eligible individual must submit the
106 enrollment forms for coverage under Subsection (1) to the insurer prior to May 1, 2009.
107 (3) The provision regarding the application of pre-existing condition waivers to the
108 extended second election period for federal COBRA under Section 3001 of the American
109 Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. S. 111-5) shall apply to the extended second
110 election for state mini-COBRA under this section.
111 (4) An insurer that violates this section is subject to penalties in accordance with
112 Section 31A-2-308 .
113 Section 3. Section 31A-23a-501 is amended to read:
114 31A-23a-501. Licensee compensation.
115 (1) As used in this section:
116 (a) "Commission compensation" includes funds paid to or credited for the benefit of a
117 licensee from:
118 (i) commission amounts deducted from insurance premiums on insurance sold by or
119 placed through the licensee; or
120 (ii) commission amounts received from an insurer or another licensee as a result of the
121 sale or placement of insurance.
122 (b) (i) "Compensation from an insurer or third party administrator" means
123 commissions, fees, awards, overrides, bonuses, contingent commissions, loans, stock options,
124 gifts, prizes, or any other form of valuable consideration:
125 (A) whether or not payable pursuant to a written agreement; and
126 (B) received from:
127 (I) an insurer; or
128 (II) a third party to the transaction for the sale or placement of insurance.
129 (ii) "Compensation from an insurer or third party administrator" does not mean
130 compensation from a customer that is:
131 (A) a fee or pass-through costs as provided in Subsection (1)(e); or
132 (B) a fee or amount collected by or paid to the producer that does not exceed an
133 amount established by the commissioner by administrative rule.
134 (c) (i) "Customer" means:
135 (A) the person signing the application or submission for insurance; or
136 (B) the authorized representative of the insured actually negotiating the placement of
137 insurance with the producer.
138 (ii) "Customer" does not mean a person who is a participant or beneficiary of:
139 (A) an employee benefit plan; or
140 (B) a group or blanket insurance policy or group annuity contract sold, solicited, or
141 negotiated by the producer or affiliate.
143 the benefit of a licensee other than commission compensation.
144 (ii) "Noncommission compensation" does not include charges for pass-through costs
145 incurred by the licensee in connection with obtaining, placing, or servicing an insurance
148 (i) costs for copying documents to be submitted to the insurer; and
149 (ii) bank costs for processing cash or credit card payments.
150 (2) A licensee may receive from an insured or from a person purchasing an insurance
151 policy, noncommission compensation if the noncommission compensation is stated on a
152 separate, written disclosure.
153 (a) The disclosure required by this Subsection (2) shall:
154 (i) include the signature of the insured or prospective insured acknowledging the
155 noncommission compensation;
156 (ii) clearly specify the amount or extent of the noncommission compensation; and
157 (iii) be provided to the insured or prospective insured before the performance of the
159 (b) Noncommission compensation shall be:
160 (i) limited to actual or reasonable expenses incurred for services; and
161 (ii) uniformly applied to all insureds or prospective insureds in a class or classes of
162 business or for a specific service or services.
163 (c) A copy of the signed disclosure required by this Subsection (2) must be maintained
164 by any licensee who collects or receives the noncommission compensation or any portion
166 (d) All accounting records relating to noncommission compensation shall be
167 maintained by the person described in Subsection (2)(c) in a manner that facilitates an audit.
168 (3) (a) A licensee may receive noncommission compensation when acting as a
169 producer for the insured in connection with the actual sale or placement of insurance if:
170 (i) the producer and the insured have agreed on the producer's noncommission
171 compensation; and
172 (ii) the producer has disclosed to the insured the existence and source of any other
173 compensation that accrues to the producer as a result of the transaction.
174 (b) The disclosure required by this Subsection (3) shall:
175 (i) include the signature of the insured or prospective insured acknowledging the
176 noncommission compensation;
177 (ii) clearly specify the amount or extent of the noncommission compensation and the
178 existence and source of any other compensation; and
179 (iii) be provided to the insured or prospective insured before the performance of the
181 (c) The following additional noncommission compensation is authorized:
182 (i) compensation received by a producer of a compensated corporate surety who under
183 procedures approved by a rule or order of the commissioner is paid by surety bond principal
184 debtors for extra services;
185 (ii) compensation received by an insurance producer who is also licensed as a public
186 adjuster under Section 31A-26-203 , for services performed for an insured in connection with a
187 claim adjustment, so long as the producer does not receive or is not promised compensation
188 for aiding in the claim adjustment prior to the occurrence of the claim;
189 (iii) compensation received by a consultant as a consulting fee, provided the
190 consultant complies with the requirements of Section 31A-23a-401 ; or
191 (iv) other compensation arrangements approved by the commissioner after a finding
192 that they do not violate Section 31A-23a-401 and are not harmful to the public.
193 (4) (a) For purposes of this Subsection (4), "producer" includes:
194 (i) a producer;
195 (ii) an affiliate of a producer; or
196 (iii) a consultant.
197 (b) Beginning January 1, 2010, in addition to any other disclosures required by this
198 section, a producer may not accept or receive any compensation from an insurer or third party
199 administrator for the placement of a health benefit plan, other than a hospital confinement
200 indemnity policy, unless prior to the customer's purchase of the health benefit plan the
202 (i) except as provided in Subsection (4)(c), discloses in writing to the customer that
203 the producer will receive compensation from the insurer or third party administrator for the
204 placement of insurance, including the amount or type of compensation known to the producer
205 at the time of the disclosure; and
206 (ii) except as provided in Subsection (4)(c):
207 (A) obtains the customer's signed acknowledgment that the disclosure under
208 Subsection (4)(b)(i) was made to the customer; or
209 (B) certifies to the insurer that the disclosure required by Subsection (4)(b)(i) was
210 made to the customer.
211 (c) If the compensation to the producer from an insurer or third party administrator is
212 for the renewal of a health benefit plan, once the producer has made an initial disclosure that
213 complies with Subsection (4)(b), the producer does not have to disclose compensation
214 received for the subsequent yearly renewals in accordance with Subsection (4)(b) until the
215 renewal period immediately following 36 months after the initial disclosure.
216 (d) (i) A copy of the signed acknowledgment required by Subsection (4)(b) must be
217 maintained by the licensee who collects or receives any part of the compensation from an
218 insurer or third party administrator in a manner that facilitates an audit.
219 (ii) The standard application developed in accordance with Section 31A-22-635 shall
220 include a place for a producer to provide the disclosure required by this Subsection (4), and if
221 completed, shall satisfy the requirement of Subsection (4)(d)(i).
222 (e) Subsection (4)(b)(ii) does not apply to:
223 (i) a person licensed as a producer who acts only as an intermediary between an
224 insurer and the customer's producer, including a managing general agent; or
225 (ii) the placement of insurance in a secondary or residual market.
227 the amount of any premium due for insurance effected by or through that licensee or to charge
228 a reasonable rate of interest upon past-due accounts.
230 as defined in Section 31A-35-102 .
231 Section 4. Effective date.
232 If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
233 upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
234 Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
235 the date of veto override.
236 Section 5. Coordinating H.B. 178 with H.B. 188 -- Substantively superseding
238 If this H.B. 178 and H.B. 188, Health System Reform - Insurance Market, both pass, it
239 is the intent of the Legislature that Section 31A-23a-501 in this H.B. 178 supersede the
240 provisions of Section 31A-23a-501 in H.B. 188, when the Office of Legislative Research and
241 General Counsel prepares the Utah Code database for publication.
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