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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 374

February Session, 2018

 

LCO No. 923

 

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Referred to Committee on INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

 

Introduced by:

 

(INS)

 

AN ACT REQUIRING THAT HEALTH CARRIERS USING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE PAY A MINIMUM COMMISSION TO CERTAIN INSURANCE PRODUCERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 38a-1080 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2019):

For purposes of sections 38a-1080 to 38a-1093, inclusive, and section 2 of this act:

(1) "Board" means the board of directors of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange;

(2) "Commissioner" means the Insurance Commissioner;

(3) "Exchange" means the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange established pursuant to section 38a-1081;

(4) "Affordable Care Act" means the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, P.L. 111-152, as both may be amended from time to time, and regulations adopted thereunder;

(5) (A) "Health benefit plan" means an insurance policy or contract offered, delivered, issued for delivery, renewed, amended or continued in the state by a health carrier to provide, deliver, pay for or reimburse any of the costs of health care services.

(B) "Health benefit plan" does not include:

(i) Coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (14), (15) and (16) of section 38a-469 or any combination thereof;

(ii) Coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance;

(iii) Liability insurance, including general liability insurance and automobile liability insurance;

(iv) Workers' compensation insurance;

(v) Automobile medical payment insurance;

(vi) Credit insurance;

(vii) Coverage for on-site medical clinics; or

(viii) Other similar insurance coverage specified in regulations issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, P.L. 104-191, as amended from time to time, under which benefits for health care services are secondary or incidental to other insurance benefits.

(C) "Health benefit plan" does not include the following benefits if they are provided under a separate insurance policy, certificate or contract or are otherwise not an integral part of the plan:

(i) Limited scope dental or vision benefits;

(ii) Benefits for long-term care, nursing home care, home health care, community-based care or any combination thereof; or

(iii) Other similar, limited benefits specified in regulations issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, P.L. 104-191, as amended from time to time;

(iv) Other supplemental coverage, similar to coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (9) and (14) of section 38a-469, provided under a group health plan.

(D) "Health benefit plan" does not include coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (3) and (13) of section 38a-469 or other fixed indemnity insurance if (i) such coverage is provided under a separate insurance policy, certificate or contract, (ii) there is no coordination between the provision of the benefits and any exclusion of benefits under any group health plan maintained by the same plan sponsor, and (iii) the benefits are paid with respect to an event without regard to whether benefits were also provided under any group health plan maintained by the same plan sponsor;

(6) "Health care services" has the same meaning as provided in section 38a-478;

(7) "Health carrier" means an insurance company, fraternal benefit society, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity subject to the insurance laws and regulations of the state or the jurisdiction of the commissioner that contracts or offers to contract to provide, deliver, pay for or reimburse any of the costs of health care services;

(8) "Internal Revenue Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time;

(9) "Person" has the same meaning as provided in section 38a-1;

(10) "Qualified dental plan" means a limited scope dental plan that has been certified in accordance with subsection (e) of section 38a-1086;

(11) "Qualified employer" has the same meaning as provided in Section 1312 of the Affordable Care Act;

(12) "Qualified health plan" means a health benefit plan that has in effect a certification that the plan meets the criteria for certification described in Section 1311(c) of the Affordable Care Act and section 38a-1086;

(13) "Qualified individual" has the same meaning as provided in Section 1312 of the Affordable Care Act;

(14) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services;

(15) "Small employer" has the same meaning as provided in section 38a-564.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2019) (a) For purposes of this section, "insurance producer" has the same meaning as provided in section 38a-702a of the general statutes.

(b) Any health carrier that delivers, issues for delivery, renews, amends or continues a qualified health plan through the exchange shall pay a reasonable commission to the insurance producer who, on or after January 1, 2019, assisted an individual or a small employer to evaluate the qualified health plans offered through the exchange and select such a plan.

(c) The exchange shall establish a schedule of reasonable commissions that health carriers shall pay to insurance producers under subsection (b) of this section.

(d) (1) The exchange shall establish and maintain a complaint system to provide reasonable procedures for the resolution of a written complaint initiated by an insurance producer concerning a health carrier's failure to comply with subsection (b) of this section. The exchange shall maintain records of all written complaints initiated by insurance producers under this subdivision.

(2) The commissioner may examine the complaint and recordkeeping systems established by the exchange under subdivision (1) of this subsection and, if the commissioner determines that such systems are inadequate, may, by regulation, require that the exchange revise such systems.

(3) The chief executive officer of the exchange shall provide to the commissioner the name of any health carrier that fails to comply with subsection (b) of this section.

(4) The commissioner shall see that all laws respecting the authority of the exchange pursuant to subsection (b) of this section are faithfully executed. The commissioner has all the powers specifically granted under title 38a of the general statutes and all further powers that are reasonable and necessary to enable the commissioner to enforce the provisions of said subsection (b).

(5) Any health carrier aggrieved by any order or decision of the commissioner under subdivision (4) of this subsection may appeal therefrom in accordance with section 38a-19 of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

January 1, 2019

38a-1080

Sec. 2

January 1, 2019

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To require health carriers that deliver, issue for delivery, renew, amend or continue a qualified health plan through the exchange to pay a reasonable commission to an insurance producer who assisted an individual or a small employer to evaluate the qualified health plans offered through the exchange and select such a plan.

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