Ins 9.08(1) (1) Annual statement. All insurers authorized to write health maintenance organization business and insurers licensed to write only limited service health organization business shall file with the commissioner by March 1 of each year an annual statement for the preceding year. A health maintenance organization insurer shall use the current health maintenance organization annual statement blank prepared by the national association of insurance commissioners.
Ins 9.08(1)(a) (a) A health maintenance organization insurer shall include with its annual statement a statement of covered expenses, and a special procedures opinion from a certified public accountant, in the form prescribed by the commissioner as appendix A.
Ins 9.08(1)(b) (b) A health maintenance organization insurer shall file a quarterly report, including a report concerning covered expenses, in a form prescribed by the commissioner within 45 days after the close of each of the first 3 calendar quarters of the year unless the commissioner has notified the insurer that another reporting schedule is appropriate.
Ins 9.08(1)(c) (c) A health maintenance organization insurer shall include with its annual audit financial reports filed under s. Ins 50.05 a statement of covered expenses and an audit opinion concerning the statement. Both the statement and opinion shall be in the form prescribed by the commissioner as appendix B and are due no later than May 1 of each year.
Ins 9.08(2) (2)Quarterly report. An insurer writing health maintenance organization business, other than a health maintenance organization insurer, shall file a quarterly report in a form prescribed by the commissioner within 45 days after the close of each of the first 3 calendar quarters of the year unless the commissioner notifies the insurer that another reporting schedule is appropriate.
Ins 9.08(3) (3)Presumptions.
Ins 9.08(3)(a)(a) If a health maintenance organization insurer fails to file a statement or opinion required under subs. (1) to (3) by the time required, it is presumed, in any action brought by the office within one year of the due date, that the health maintenance organization insurer is in financially hazardous condition and that the percentage of its liabilities for health care costs which are covered liabilities is and continues to be less than 65% for the purpose of s. 609.95, Stats.
Ins 9.08(3)(b) (b) It is presumed that the percentage of liabilities that are covered liabilities of a health maintenance organization insurer is and continues to be not greater than the percentage of covered expenses stated in the report or statement filed under subs. (1) to (3) for the most recent period.
Ins 9.08(3)(c) (c) The health maintenance organization insurer has the burden of refuting a presumption under par. (a) or (b).
Ins 9.08(4) (4)Annual statement form. An insurer licensed to write only limited service health organization business shall use the current Limited Service Health Organization annual statement blank prepared by the national association of insurance commissioners. All other insurers shall file an annual report in a form prescribed by the commissioner.
Ins 9.08 Note Note: The list of the forms described in subs. (1) and (4) may be obtained from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, P. O. Box 7873, Madison, WI 53707-7873.
Ins 9.08 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00.
Ins 9.09 Ins 9.09 Notice of election and termination of hold harmless.
Ins 9.09(1)(1) A notice of election to be exempt from s. 609.91 (1) (b), Stats., or a notice of termination of election to be subject to s. 609.91 (1) (c), Stats., in accord with s. 609.925 (1), Stats., is effective only if filed on the form prescribed by the commissioner and if the form is properly completed.
Ins 9.09(2) (2) A notice of termination of election to be exempt from s. 609.91 (1) (b), Stats., in accord with s. 609.92 (4), Stats., or a notice of termination of election to be subject to s. 609.91 (1) (c), Stats., in accord with s. 609.925 (2), Stats., shall be filed on the form prescribed by the commissioner. Notices described in this subsection that are filed with the commissioner but are not on the prescribed form or are not properly completed are nevertheless effective.
Ins 9.09(3) (3) In accordance with s. 609.93, Stats., a provider may not exercise an election under s. 609.92 or 609.925, Stats., separately from a clinic or an individual practice association with respect to health care costs arising from health care provided under a contract with, or through membership in, the individual practice association or provided through the clinic.
Ins 9.09 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00.
Ins 9.10 Ins 9.10 Receivables from affiliates. A receivable, note or other obligation of an affiliate to a health maintenance organization insurer and limited service health organization insurer shall be valued at zero by the insurer for all purposes including, but not limited to, the purpose of reports or statements filed with the office, unless the commissioner specifically approves a different value. The different value shall be not more than the amount of the receivable, note or other obligation which is fully secured by a security interest in cash or cash equivalents held in a segregated account or trust.
Ins 9.10 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00.
Ins 9.11 Ins 9.11 Receivables from Individual Practice Association ("IPA"). After December 31, 1990, a health maintenance organization insurer shall value receivables, notes or obligations of individual practice associations as defined under s. 600.03 (23g), Stats., at zero for all purposes including, but not limited to, the purpose of reports or statements filed with the office, unless the receivable, note or obligation is fully secured by a security interest in cash or cash equivalents held in a segregated account or trust.
Ins 9.11 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00.
Ins 9.12 Ins 9.12 Incidental or immaterial indemnity business in health maintenance organizations.
Ins 9.12(1) (1) Except as provided by sub. (2), insurance business is not incidental or immaterial under s. 609.03 (3) (a) 3., Stats., if a health maintenance organization insurer issues coverage which is not typically included in a health maintenance organization or limited service health organization policy and the insurer does any of the following:
Ins 9.12(1)(a) (a) Markets the policy containing the coverage.
Ins 9.12(1)(b) (b) The total premium for policies containing the coverage exceeds or is projected to exceed 5% of total premium earned in any 12–month period.
Ins 9.12(2) (2) Insurance business is incidental or immaterial under s. 609.03 (3) (a) 3., Stats., if the business is written according to the terms of a specific business plan for issuance of coverage under s. 609.03 (3) (a) 3., Stats., and the business plan is approved in writing by the office. A request for approval to do business under this paragraph including, but not limited to, issuance of policies with point of service coverage, shall include a detailed business plan, a copy of the policy form, a detailed description of how the business will be marketed and premium volume controlled, and other information prescribed by the office. The total premium for policies containing coverages subject to this paragraph and policies issued under sub. (1) may not exceed 10% of premium earned or projected to be earned in any 12–month period.
Ins 9.12(3) (3) If the commissioner approves insurance business as incidental or immaterial the commissioner may also, by order under s. Ins 9.04 (2), require the insurer to maintain more than the minimum compulsory surplus.
Ins 9.12(4) (4) For the purpose of this section, any coverage that covers services by a provider other than a participating provider is not typically included in a health maintenance organization or limited service health organization policy, except coverage of emergency out–of–area services.
Ins 9.12 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00.
Ins 9.13 Ins 9.13 Summary. A health maintenance organization insurer shall use the form prescribed in appendix C to comply with s. 609.94, Stats.
Ins 9.13 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00.
Ins 9.14 Ins 9.14 Nondomestic HMO. No certificate of authority may be issued under ch. 618, Stats., to a person to do health maintenance organization or limited service health organization business in this state unless the person is organized and regulated as an insurer and domiciled in the United States.
Ins 9.14 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00.
Ins 9.15 Ins 9.15 Time period. In accordance with s. 227.116, Stats., the commissioner shall review and make a determination on an application for a certificate of authority within 60 business days after it has been received.
Ins 9.15 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00.
subch. III of ch. Ins 9 Subchapter III — Market Conduct Standards for Defined Network Plans, Preferred Provider Plans and Limited Service Health Organizations
Ins 9.20 Ins 9.20 Scope. This subchapter applies to all insurers offering a defined network plan, preferred provider plan or limited service health organization in this state. The insurer shall ensure that the requirements of this subchapter are met by all defined network plans, preferred provider plans or limited service health organizations issued by the insurer. The commissioner may approve an exemption to this subchapter for an insurer to market a defined network plan, preferred provider plan or limited service health organization if the insurer files the plan with the commissioner and the commissioner determines that all of the following conditions are met:
Ins 9.20(1) (1) The coverage involves ancillary coverage with minimal cost controls, such as minimal cost controls involving vision, prescription cards or transplant centers.
Ins 9.20(2) (2) The cost controls are unlikely to significantly affect the pattern of practice.
Ins 9.20(3) (3) The exemption is consistent with the purpose of this subchapter.
Ins 9.20 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00; CR 05-059: renum. from Ins 9.31 and am. (intro.) Register February 2006 No. 602, eff. 3-1-06; CR 06-083: am. (intro.) Register December 2006 No. 612, eff. 1-1-07.
Ins 9.21 Ins 9.21 Limited exemptions.
Ins 9.21(1)(1) Silent discount. An insurer, with respect to a defined network plan:
Ins 9.21(1)(a) (a) Is exempt from meeting the requirements under ss. 609.22, 609.24, 609.32, 609.34, 609.36 and 632.83, Stats., and ss. Ins 9.31, 9.32 (1), 9.35, 9.37, 9.38, 9.39, 9.40 (1) to (7), 9.42 (1) to (7), if the only owned, employed, or participating provider providing services covered under the plan is a silent provider network.
Ins 9.21(1)(b) (b) Is exempt from meeting the requirements under ss. 609.22, 609.24, 609.32, 609.34, and 609.36, Stats., and ss. Ins 9.32 (1), 9.35, 9.37, 9.38, 9.39, 9.40 (1) to (7), and 9.42 (1) to (7), solely with respect to services provided by the silent provider network, if the plan also covers services by providers that the insurer owns or employs, or another participating provider. An insurer is not exempt from those provisions with respect to a provider that is not a silent provider network.
Ins 9.21(2) (2)De minimus limited exception. Insurers offering a defined network plan are exempt from meeting the requirements under ss. 609.22 (1) to (4) and (8), 609.32 and 609.34, Stats., ss. Ins 9.32 (1), 9.40 (1) to (7), and 9.42 (6) and (7), with respect to a defined network plan, if the insurer meets all of the following requirements.
Ins 9.21(2)(a) (a) The insurer offering a defined network plan provides comprehensive benefits to insureds of at least 80% coverage for in-plan providers.
Ins 9.21(2)(b) (b) The insurer's only financial incentive to the insureds to utilize participating providers is a co-insurance differential of not more than 10% between in-plan versus off-plan providers. Except for the co-insurance differential of no greater than 10%, all benefits, deductibles and co-payments must be the same regardless of whether the insured obtains benefits, services or supplies from in-plan or off-plan providers.
Ins 9.21(2)(c) (c) The insurer makes no representation regarding quality of care.
Ins 9.21(2)(d) (d) The insurer makes no representation that the defined network plan is a preferred provider plan or that the defined network plan directs or is responsible for the quality of health care services. Nothing in this paragraph prevents an insurer from describing the availability or limits on availability of participating providers or the extent or limits of coverage under the defined network plan if participating or non-participating providers are utilized by an insured.
Ins 9.21(2)(e) (e) The insurer, at the time an application is solicited, does all of the following.
Ins 9.21(2)(e)1. 1. Discloses to a potential applicant, and allows the applicant a reasonable opportunity to review, a directory which reasonably and clearly discloses the availability and location of providers:
Ins 9.21(2)(e)1.a. a. Within reasonable travel distance from the principle location of the place of employment of employees likely to enroll under the plan, if the applicant is an employer; or
Ins 9.21(2)(e)1.b. b. Within reasonable travel distance from the residence of the proposed insured, for any other application.
Ins 9.21(2)(e)2. 2. Obtains on the application, or on an addendum to the application, the applicant's signed acknowledgement that the applicant:
Ins 9.21(2)(e)2.a. a. Has reviewed the disclosure under subd. 1.;
Ins 9.21(2)(e)2.b. b. Understands that participating providers may or may not be available to provide services and that the insurer is not required to make participating providers available; and
Ins 9.21(2)(e)2.c. c. Understands that the plan will provide reduced benefits if the insured uses a non-participating provider.
Ins 9.21(2)(e)3. 3. Provides to each applicant a copy of the provider directory at the time the policy is issued.
Ins 9.21(2)(e)4. 4. The insurer provides access to translation services for the purpose of providing information concerning benefits, to the greatest extent possible, if a significant number of enrollees of the plan customarily use languages other than English.
Ins 9.21 History History: Cr. Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00; correction in (1) (a) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2001 No. 551; CR 05-059: renum. from Ins 9.32 and am. (1) (a) and (b), (2) (a) and (d) Register February 2006 No. 602, eff. 3-1-06.
Ins 9.25 Ins 9.25 Preferred provider plan same service provisions. For purposes of s. 609.35, Stats., an insurer offering a preferred provider plan covers the same services when performed by a nonparticipating provider that it covers when those services are performed by a participating provider only if the insurer complies with all of the following:
Ins 9.25(1) (1) The insurer offering a preferred provider plan provides coverage that complies with either of the following:
Ins 9.25(1)(a) (a) Provides coverage for services performed by nonparticipating providers with the insurer paying at a coinsurance rate of not less than 60% and the enrollee paying at a coinsurance rate of not more than 40%.
Ins 9.25(1)(b) (b) Provides coverage for services performed by nonparticipating providers with the insurer paying at a coinsurance rate not less than 50% and the enrollee paying at a coinsurance rate of not more than 50% and the insurer provides the enrollee with the disclosure notice that is compliant with sub. (5).
Ins 9.25(2) (2) The insurer offering a preferred provider plan equally applies material exclusions regardless if the services are performed by either participating or nonparticipating providers. The insurer may exceed the coinsurance differential in s. Ins 9.27 (1), or the deductible differential in s. Ins 9.27 (2), or the co-payment differential in s. Ins 9.27 (3) to the extent the insurer reasonably determines the cost sharing is necessary to encourage enrollees to use participating providers or centers of excellence for transplant or other unique disease treatment services or preventive health care services limited to immunizations pursuant to s. 632.895 (14), Stats., and the services as covered benefits greater than the minimum required for specific mandated benefits under ss. 632.895 and 632.89, Stats., when the insurer at the time of solicitation and within the policy, does either or both, as applicable, of the following:
Ins 9.25(2)(a) (a) Provides a disclosure to enrollees that identify the centers of excellence and the specific covered benefits that are covered at a different rate if provided by a health care provider that is recognized and identified as a center of excellence.
Ins 9.25(2)(b) (b) Clearly and prominently discloses that either immunizations or expanded benefits above mandated minimum coverage, or both, are covered when performed by participating providers or with greater disparity than permitted in s. Ins 9.27 (1) through (3).
Ins 9.25(3) (3) The insurer offering a preferred provider plan provides coverage of services without use of any financial incentives other than maximum limits, out-of-pocket limits and those incentives described in this section and s. Ins 9.27 to encourage the use of participating providers.
Ins 9.25(4) (4) The insurer offering a preferred provider plan may use utilization management, including preauthorization or similar methods, for denying access to or coverage of services of nonparticipating providers with just cause and without such frequency as to indicate a general business practice.
Ins 9.25(5) (5) An insurer required to provide a disclosure notice under sub. (1) shall provide the disclosure notice to the applicant at the time of solicitation, and shall include in a prominent location within the certificate of coverage issued under a group policy and in a prominent location in an individual policy, the following form and in not less than 11-point bold font:
"NOTICE: LIMITED BENEFITS WILL BE PAID WHEN NONPARTICIPATING PROVIDERS ARE USED. You should be aware that when you elect to utilize the services of a nonparticipating provider for a covered service, benefit payments to such non-participating provider are not based upon the amount billed. The basis of your benefit payment will be determined according to your policy's fee schedule, usual and customary charge (which is determined by comparing charges for similar services adjusted to the geographical area where the services are performed), or other method as defined by the policy. YOU RISK PAYING MORE THAN THE COINSURANCE, DEDUCTIBLE AND CO-PAYMENT AMOUNT DEFINED IN THE POLICY AFTER THE PLAN HAS PAID ITS REQUIRED PORTION. Nonparticipating providers may bill enrollees for any amount up to the billed charge after the plan has paid its portion of the bill. Participating providers have agreed to accept discounted payment for covered services with no additional billing to the enrollee other than co-payment, coinsurance and deductible amounts. You may obtain further information about the participating status of professional providers and information on out-of-pocket expenses by calling [the toll free telephone] number on your identification card [or visiting [the company's] website].
Ins 9.25(6) (6) The insurer files a report with the commissioner certifying compliance with this section on a form prescribed by the commissioner and signed by an officer of the company.
Ins 9.25(7) (7) The insurer does not require a referral to obtain coverage for care from either a participating or nonparticipating provider and complies with ss. Ins 9.27 and 9.32 (2).
Ins 9.25(8) (8) This section first applies to an insurer offering a preferred provider plan beginning on January 1, 2007. This section does not apply to an insurer with respect to a preferred provider plan issued prior to January 1, 2007 and periodically renewed after December 31, 2006.
Ins 9.25 History History: CR 05-059: cr. Register February 2006 No. 602, eff. 3-1-06; emerg. cr. (8), eff. 9-1-06; CR 06-083: am. (4) Register December 2006 No. 612, eff. 1-1-07; CR 06-118: cr. (8) Register April 2007 No. 616, eff. 5-1-07.
Ins 9.26 Ins 9.26 Preferred provider plan subject to defined network plan regulations. An insurer offering a preferred provider plan that does not cover the same services when performed by a nonparticipating provider that it covers when those services are performed by a participating provider is subject to the requirements of a defined network plan that is not a preferred provider plan including ss. Ins 9.31, 9.32 (1), 9.35 (1), 9.37 (4), 9.40 (2), (4) and (6), and 18.03 (2) (c) 1., and ss. 609.22 (2), (3), (4) and (7), 609.32 (1) and 609.34 (1), Stats.
Ins 9.26 History History: CR 05-059: cr. Register February 2006 No. 602, eff. 3-1-06.
Ins 9.27 Ins 9.27 Preferred provider plan requirements. Insurers offering a preferred provider plan shall comply with all the following:
Ins 9.27(1) (1) Except as provided in s. Ins 9.25 (2), insurers offering a preferred provider plan that apply a coinsurance percentage when the services are performed by nonparticipating providers at a different percentage than the coinsurance percentage that is applied when the services are performed by participating providers shall offer plans that have either of the following:
Ins 9.27(1)(a) (a) The coinsurance differential between participating and nonparticipating providers performing the same services is 30% or less.
Ins 9.27(1)(b) (b) The coinsurance differential between participating and nonparticipating provider performing the same services is greater than 30% and the insurer provides the enrollee with a disclosure notice that is compliant with s. Ins 9.25 (5).
Ins 9.27(2) (2) Except as provided in s. Ins 9.25 (2), insurers offering a preferred provider plan that apply a deductible when the services are performed by nonparticipating providers in a different amount than the deductible that is applied when the services are performed by participating providers shall offer plans that have either of the following:
Ins 9.27(2)(a) (a) The deductible applied to nonparticipating providers is no more than 2 times greater than the deductible applied to participating providers or no more than $2000 higher than the participating provider deductible.
Ins 9.27(2)(b) (b) The deductible applied to nonparticipating providers is more than 2 times greater than the deductible applied to participating providers or is more than $2000 higher than the participating provider deductible and the insurer provides the enrollee with a disclosure notice that is compliant with s. Ins 9.25 (5).
Ins 9.27(3) (3) Except as provided in s. Ins 9.25 (2), insurers offering a preferred provider plan that apply a co-payment when the services are performed by nonparticipating providers in a different amount than the co-payment that is applied when the services are performed by participating providers shall offer plans that have either of the following:
Ins 9.27(3)(a) (a) The co-payment applied to nonparticipating providers is no more than 3 times greater than the co-payment applied to participating providers or no more than $100 for services of a health care provider or no more than $300 for services of a health care facility.
Ins 9.27(3)(b) (b) The co-payment applied to nonparticipating providers is more than 3 times greater than the co-payment applied to participating providers or is more than $100 for services of a health care provider or is more than $300 for services of a health care facility and the insurer provides the enrollee with a disclosure notice that is compliant with s. Ins 9.25 (5).
Ins 9.27(4) (4) This section first applies to an insurer offering a preferred provider plan beginning on January 1, 2007. This section does not apply to an insurer with respect to a preferred provider plan issued prior to January 1, 2007 and periodically renewed after December 31, 2006.
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