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149.14(5)(b) (b) Except as provided in pars. (c) and (e), if the covered costs incurred by the eligible person exceed the deductible for major medical expense coverage in a calendar year, the plan shall pay at least 80% of any additional covered costs incurred by the person during the calendar year.
149.14(5)(c) (c) Except as provided in par. (e), if the aggregate of the covered costs not paid by the plan under par. (b) and the deductible exceeds $500 for an eligible person receiving medicare, $2,000 for any other eligible person during a calendar year or $4,000 for all eligible persons in a family, the plan shall pay 100% of all covered costs incurred by the eligible person during the calendar year after the payment ceilings under this paragraph are exceeded.
149.14(5)(d) (d) Notwithstanding pars. (a) to (c), the department may establish different deductible amounts, a different coinsurance percentage and different covered costs and deductible aggregate amounts from those specified in pars. (a) to (c) in accordance with cost containment provisions established by the department under s. 149.17 (4).
149.14(5)(e) (e) Subject to sub. (8) (b), the department may, by rule under s. 149.17 (4), establish for prescription drug coverage under sub. (3) (d) copayment amounts, coinsurance rates, and copayment and coinsurance out-of-pocket limits over which the plan will pay 100% of covered costs under sub. (3) (d). The department may provide subsidies for prescription drug copayment amounts paid by eligible persons under s. 149.165 (2) (a) 1. to 5. Any copayment amount, coinsurance rate, or out-of-pocket limit established under this paragraph is subject to the approval of the board. Copayments and coinsurance paid by an eligible person under this paragraph are separate from and do not count toward the deductible and covered costs not paid by the plan under pars. (a) to (c).
149.14(5m) (5m)Premium rates. For the coverage required under this section, the premium rates charged to eligible persons with coverage under sub. (2) (b) shall be determined on the basis of the following factors:
149.14(5m)(a) (a) A comparison between the average per capita amount of covered expenses paid by the plan in the previous calendar year on behalf of eligible persons with coverage under sub. (2) (b) and the average per capita amount of covered expenses paid by the plan in the previous calendar year on behalf of eligible persons with coverage under sub. (2) (a).
149.14(5m)(b) (b) The enrollment levels of eligible persons with coverage under sub. (2) (b).
149.14(5m)(c) (c) Other economic factors that the department and the board consider relevant.
149.14(6) (6)Preexisting conditions.
149.14(6)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), no person who obtains coverage under the plan may be covered for any preexisting condition during the first 6 months of coverage under the plan if the person was diagnosed or treated for that condition during the 6 months immediately preceding the filing of an application with the plan.
149.14(6)(b) (b) An eligible individual who obtains coverage under the plan may not be subject to any preexisting condition exclusion under the plan.
149.14(7) (7)Coordination of benefits.
149.14(7)(a)(a) Covered expenses under the plan shall not include any charge for care for injury or disease for which benefits are payable without regard to fault under coverage statutorily required to be contained in any motor vehicle or other liability insurance policy or equivalent self-insurance, for which benefits are payable under a worker's compensation or similar law, or for which benefits are payable under another policy of health care insurance, medicare, medical assistance or any other governmental program, except as otherwise provided by law.
149.14(7)(b) (b) The department has a cause of action against an eligible participant for the recovery of the amount of benefits paid which are not for covered expenses under the plan. Benefits under the plan may be reduced or refused as a setoff against any amount recoverable under this paragraph.
149.14(7)(c) (c) The department is subrogated to the rights of an eligible person to recover special damages for illness or injury to the person caused by the act of a 3rd person to the extent that benefits are provided under the plan. Section 814.03 (3) applies to the department under this paragraph.
149.14(8) (8)Applicability of medical assistance provisions.
149.14(8)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), the department may, by rule under s. 149.17 (4), apply to the plan the same utilization and cost control procedures that apply under rules promulgated by the department to medical assistance under subch. IV of ch. 49.
149.14(8)(b) (b) The department may not apply to eligible persons for covered services or articles the same copayments that apply to recipients of medical assistance under subch. IV of ch. 49 for services or articles covered under that program.
149.14 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also s. HFS 119.12, Wis. adm. code.
149.142 149.142 Provider payment rates.
149.142(1) (1)
149.142(1)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), the department shall establish payment rates for covered expenses that consist of the allowable charges paid under s. 49.46 (2) for the services and articles provided plus an enhancement determined by the department. The rates shall be based on the allowable charges paid under s. 49.46 (2), projected plan costs and trend factors. Using the same methodology that applies to medical assistance under subch. IV of ch. 49, the department shall establish hospital outpatient per visit reimbursement rates and hospital inpatient reimbursement rates that are specific to diagnostically related groups of eligible persons.
149.142(1)(b) (b) The payment rate for a prescription drug shall be the allowable charge paid under s. 49.46 (2) (b) 6. h. for the prescription drug. Notwithstanding s. 149.17 (4), the department may not reduce the payment rate for prescription drugs below the rate specified in this paragraph, and the rate may not be adjusted under s. 149.143 or 149.144.
149.142(2) (2) Except as provided in sub. (1) (b), the rates established under this section are subject to adjustment under ss. 149.143 and 149.144.
149.142 History History: 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16.
149.143 149.143 Payment of plan costs.
149.143(1) (1) The department shall pay or recover the operating costs of the plan from the appropriation under s. 20.435 (4) (v) and administrative costs of the plan from the appropriation under s. 20.435 (4) (u). For purposes of determining premiums, insurer assessments and provider payment rate adjustments, the department shall apportion and prioritize responsibility for payment or recovery of plan costs from among the moneys constituting the fund as follows:
149.143(1)(am) (am) A total of 60% from the following sources, calculated as follows:
149.143(1)(am)1. 1. First, from premiums from eligible persons with coverage under s. 149.14 (2) (a) set at a rate that is 140% to 150% of the rate that a standard risk would be charged under an individual policy providing substantially the same coverage and deductibles as are provided under the plan and from eligible persons with coverage under s. 149.14 (2) (b) set in accordance with s. 149.14 (5m), including amounts received for premium, deductible, and prescription drug copayment subsidies under s. 149.144, and from premiums collected from eligible persons with coverage under s. 149.146 set in accordance with s. 149.146 (2) (b).
149.143(1)(am)2. 2. Second, from moneys specified under sub. (2m), to the extent that the amounts under subd. 1. are insufficient to pay 60% of plan costs.
149.143(1)(am)3. 3. Third, by increasing premiums from eligible persons with coverage under s. 149.14 (2) (a) to more than the rate at which premiums were set under subd. 1. but not more than 200% of the rate that a standard risk would be charged under an individual policy providing substantially the same coverage and deductibles as are provided under the plan and from eligible persons with coverage under s. 149.14 (2) (b) by a comparable amount in accordance with s. 149.14 (5m), including amounts received for premium, deductible, and prescription drug copayment subsidies under s. 149.144, and by increasing premiums from eligible persons with coverage under s. 149.146 in accordance with s. 149.146 (2) (b), to the extent that the amounts under subds. 1. and 2. are insufficient to pay 60% of plan costs.
149.143(1)(am)4. 4. Fourth, notwithstanding par. (bm), by increasing insurer assessments, excluding assessments under s. 149.144, and adjusting provider payment rates, subject to s. 149.142 (1) (b) and excluding adjustments to those rates under s. 149.144, in equal proportions and to the extent that the amounts under subds. 1. to 3. are insufficient to pay 60% of plan costs.
149.143(1)(bm) (bm) A total of 40% as follows:
149.143(1)(bm)1. 1. Fifty percent from insurer assessments, excluding assessments under s. 149.144.
149.143(1)(bm)2. 2. Fifty percent from adjustments to provider payment rates, subject to s. 149.142 (1) (b) and excluding adjustments to those rates under s. 149.144.
149.143(2) (2)
149.143(2)(a)(a) Prior to each plan year, the department shall estimate the operating and administrative costs of the plan and the costs of the premium reductions under s. 149.165, the deductible reductions under s. 149.14 (5) (a), and any prescription drug copayment reductions under s. 149.14 (5) (e) for the new plan year and do all of the following:
149.143(2)(a)1.a.a. Estimate the amount of enrollee premiums that would be received in the new plan year if the enrollee premiums were set at a level sufficient, when including amounts received for premium, deductible, and prescription drug copayment subsidies under s. 149.144 and from premiums collected from eligible persons with coverage under s. 149.146 set in accordance with s. 149.146 (2) (b), to cover 60% of the estimated plan costs for the new plan year.
149.143(2)(a)1.b. b. Estimate the amount of enrollee premiums that will be received under sub. (1) (am) 1.
149.143(2)(a)2. 2. After making the determinations under subd. 1., by rule set premium rates for the new plan year, including the rates under s. 149.146 (2) (b), in the manner specified in sub. (1) (am) 1. and 3. and such that a rate for coverage under s. 149.14 (2) (a) is approved by the board and is not less than 140% nor more than 200% of the rate that a standard risk would be charged under an individual policy providing substantially the same coverage and deductibles as are provided under the plan.
149.143(2)(a)3. 3. By rule set the total insurer assessments under s. 149.13 for the new plan year by estimating and setting the assessments at the amount necessary to equal the amounts specified in sub. (1) (am) 4. and (bm) 1. and notify the commissioner of the amount.
149.143(2)(a)4. 4. By the same rule as under subd. 3. adjust the provider payment rate for the new plan year, subject to s. 149.142 (1) (b), by estimating and setting the rate at the level necessary to equal the amounts specified in sub. (1) (am) 4. and (bm) 2. and as provided in s. 149.145.
149.143(2)(b) (b) In setting the premium rates under par. (a) 2., the insurer assessment amount under par. (a) 3. and the provider payment rate under par. (a) 4. for the new plan year, the department shall include any increase or decrease necessary to reflect the amount, if any, by which the rates and amount set under par. (a) for the current plan year differed from the rates and amount which would have equaled the amounts specified in sub. (1) (am) and (bm) in the current plan year.
149.143(2m) (2m)
149.143(2m)(a)(a) The department shall keep a separate accounting of the difference between the following:
149.143(2m)(a)1. 1. The amount of premiums received in a plan year from all eligible persons, including amounts received for premium, deductible, and prescription drug copayment subsidies.
149.143(2m)(a)2. 2. The amount of premiums, including amounts received for premium, deductible, and prescription drug copayment subsidies, necessary to cover 60% of the plan costs for the plan year.
149.143(2m)(b) (b) Any amount by which the amount under par. (a) 1. exceeds the amount under par. (a) 2. may be used only as follows:
149.143(2m)(b)1. 1. To reduce premiums in succeeding plan years as provided in sub. (1) (am) 2. For eligible persons with coverage under s. 149.14 (2) (a), premiums may not be reduced below 140% of the rate that a standard risk would be charged under an individual policy providing substantially the same coverage and deductibles as are provided under the plan.
149.143(2m)(b)2. 2. For other needs of eligible persons, with the approval of the board.
149.143(2m)(b)3. 3. For distribution to eligible persons, notwithstanding any requirements in this chapter related to setting premium amounts. The department, with the approval of the board and the concurrence of the plan actuary, shall determine the policies, eligibility criteria, methodology, and other factors to be used in making any distribution under this subdivision.
149.143(3) (3)
149.143(3)(a)(a) If, during a plan year, the department determines that the amounts estimated to be received as a result of the rates and amount set under sub. (2) (a) 2. to 4. and any adjustments in insurer assessments and the provider payment rate under s. 149.144 will not be sufficient to cover plan costs, the department may by rule increase the premium rates set under sub. (2) (a) 2. for the remainder of the plan year, subject to s. 149.146 (2) (b) and the maximum specified in sub. (2) (a) 2., by rule increase the assessments set under sub. (2) (a) 3. for the remainder of the plan year, subject to sub. (1) (bm) 1., and by the same rule under which assessments are increased adjust the provider payment rate set under sub. (2) (a) 4. for the remainder of the plan year, subject to sub. (1) (bm) 2. and s. 149.142 (1) (b).
149.143(3)(b) (b) If the department increases premium rates and insurer assessments and adjusts the provider payment rate under par. (a) and determines that there will still be a deficit and that premium rates have been increased to the maximum extent allowable under par. (a), the department may further adjust, in equal proportions, assessments set under sub. (2) (a) 3. and the provider payment rate set under sub. (2) (a) 4., without regard to sub. (1) (bm) but subject to s. 149.142 (1) (b).
149.143(3m) (3m) Subject to s. 149.14 (4m), insurers and providers may recover in the normal course of their respective businesses without time limitation assessments or provider payment rate adjustments used to recoup any deficit incurred under the plan.
149.143(4) (4) Using the procedure under s. 227.24, the department may promulgate rules under sub. (2) or (3) for the period before the effective date of any permanent rules promulgated under sub. (2) or (3), but not to exceed the period authorized under s. 227.24 (1) (c) and (2). Notwithstanding s. 227.24 (1) and (3), the department is not required to make a finding of emergency.
149.143(5) (5)
149.143(5)(a)(a) Annually, no later than April 30, the department shall perform a reconciliation with respect to plan costs, premiums, insurer assessments, and provider payment rate adjustments based on data from the previous calendar year. On the basis of the reconciliation, the department shall make any necessary adjustments in premiums, insurer assessments, or provider payment rates, subject to s. 149.142 (1) (b), for the fiscal year beginning on the first July 1 after the reconciliation, as provided in sub. (2) (b).
149.143(5)(b) (b) Except as provided in sub. (3) and s. 149.144, the department shall adjust the provider payment rates to meet the providers' specified portion of the plan costs no more than once annually, subject to s. 149.142 (1) (b). The department may not determine the adjustment on an individual provider basis or on the basis of provider type, but shall determine the adjustment for all providers in the aggregate, subject to s. 149.142 (1) (b).
149.143 History History: 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9, 165; 2001 a. 16, 109; 2003 a. 33.
149.143 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also ch. HFS 119, Wis. adm. code.
149.144 149.144 Adjustments to insurer assessments and provider payment rates for premium, deductible, and prescription drug copayment reductions. The department shall, by rule, adjust in equal proportions the amount of the assessment set under s. 149.143 (2) (a) 3. and the provider payment rate set under s. 149.143 (2) (a) 4., subject to ss. 149.142 (1) (b) and 149.143 (1) (am), sufficient to reimburse the plan for premium reductions under s. 149.165, deductible reductions under s. 149.14 (5) (a), and any prescription drug copayment reductions under s. 149.14 (5) (e). The department shall notify the commissioner so that the commissioner may levy any increase in insurer assessments.
149.144 History History: 1997 a. 27 ss. 4840c, 4845c; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 33.
149.144 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also ch. HFS 119, Wis. adm. code.
149.145 149.145 Program budget. The department, in consultation with the board, shall establish a program budget for each plan year. The program budget shall be based on the provider payment rates specified in s. 149.142 and in the most recent provider contracts that are in effect and on the funding sources specified in ss. 149.143 (1) and 149.144, including the methodologies specified in ss. 149.143, 149.144, and 149.146 for determining premium rates, insurer assessments, and provider payment rates. Except as otherwise provided in s. 149.143 (3) (a) and (b) and subject to s. 149.142 (1) (b), from the program budget the department shall derive the actual provider payment rate for a plan year that reflects the providers' proportional share of the plan costs, consistent with ss. 149.143 and 149.144. The department may not implement a program budget established under this section unless it is approved by the board.
149.145 History History: 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 33.
149.146 149.146 Choice of coverage.
149.146(1)(1)
149.146(1)(a)(a) Beginning on January 1, 1998, in addition to the coverage required under s. 149.14, the plan shall offer to all eligible persons who are not eligible for medicare a choice of coverage, as described in section 2744 (a) (1) (C), P.L. 104-191. Any such choice of coverage shall be major medical expense coverage.
149.146(1)(b) (b) An eligible person under par. (a) may elect once each year, at the time and according to procedures established by the department, among the coverages offered under this section and s. 149.14. If an eligible person elects new coverage, any preexisting condition exclusion imposed under the new coverage is met to the extent that the eligible person has been previously and continuously covered under this chapter. No preexisting condition exclusion may be imposed on an eligible person who elects new coverage if the person was an eligible individual when first covered under this chapter and the person remained continuously covered under this chapter up to the time of electing the new coverage.
149.146(2) (2)
149.146(2)(a)(a) Except as specified by the department, the terms of coverage under s. 149.14, including deductible reductions under s. 149.14 (5) (a) and prescription drug copayment reductions under s. 149.14 (5) (e), do not apply to the coverage offered under this section. Premium reductions under s. 149.165 do not apply to the coverage offered under this section.
149.146(2)(am)1.1. For all eligible persons with coverage under this section, the deductible shall be $2,500. Expenses used to satisfy the deductible during the last 90 days of a calendar year shall also be applied to satisfy the deductible for the following calendar year.
149.146(2)(am)2. 2. Except as provided in subds. 3. and 5., if the covered costs incurred by the eligible person exceed the deductible for major medical expense coverage in a calendar year, the plan shall pay at least 80% of any additional covered costs incurred by the person during the calendar year.
149.146(2)(am)3. 3. Except as provided in subd. 5., if the aggregate of the covered costs not paid by the plan under subd. 2. and the deductible exceeds $3,500 for any eligible person during a calendar year or $7,000 for all eligible persons in a family, the plan shall pay 100% of all covered costs incurred by the eligible person during the calendar year after the payment ceilings under this subdivision are exceeded.
149.146(2)(am)4. 4. Notwithstanding subds. 1. to 3., the department may establish different deductible amounts, a different coinsurance percentage and different covered costs and deductible aggregate amounts from those specified in subds. 1. to 3. in accordance with cost containment provisions established by the department under s. 149.17 (4).
149.146(2)(am)5. 5. Subject to s. 149.14 (8) (b), the department may, by rule under s. 149.17 (4), establish for prescription drug coverage under this section copayment amounts, coinsurance rates, and copayment and coinsurance out-of-pocket limits over which the plan will pay 100% of covered costs for prescription drugs. Any copayment amount, coinsurance rate, or out-of-pocket limit established under this subdivision is subject to the approval of the board. Copayments and coinsurance paid by an eligible person under this subdivision are separate from and do not count toward the deductible and covered costs not paid by the plan under subds. 1. to 3.
149.146(2)(b) (b) The schedule of premiums for coverage under this section shall be promulgated by rule by the department, as provided in s. 149.143. The rates for coverage under this section shall be set such that they differ from the rates for coverage under s. 149.14 (2) (a) by the same percentage as the percentage difference between the following:
149.146(2)(b)1. 1. The rate that a standard risk would be charged under an individual policy providing substantially the same coverage and deductibles as provided under s. 149.14 (2) (a) and (5) (a).
149.146(2)(b)2. 2. The rate that a standard risk would be charged under an individual policy providing substantially the same coverage and deductibles as the coverage offered under this section.
149.146 History History: 1997 a. 27 ss. 4860c, 4860d; Stats. 1997 s. 149.146; 1997 a. 237; 1999 a. 9, 165; 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 33.
149.146 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also ch. HFS 119, Wis. adm. code.
149.15 149.15 Board of governors.
149.15(1)(1) The plan shall have a board of governors consisting of representatives of 2 participating insurers that are nonprofit corporations, representatives of 2 other participating insurers, 3 health care provider representatives, including one representative of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, one representative of the Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association and one representative of an integrated multidisciplinary health system, and 4 public members, including one representative of small businesses in the state, appointed by the secretary for staggered 3-year terms. In addition, the commissioner, or a designated representative from the office of the commissioner, and the secretary, or a designated representative from the department, shall be members of the board. The public members shall not be professionally affiliated with the practice of medicine, a hospital, or an insurer. At least one of the public members shall be an individual who has coverage under the plan. The secretary or the secretary's representative shall be the chairperson of the board. Board members, except the commissioner or the commissioner's representative and the secretary or the secretary's representative, shall be compensated at the rate of $50 per diem plus actual and necessary expenses.
149.15(2) (2) Annually, the board shall make a report to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3) and to the members of the plan summarizing the activities of the plan in the preceding calendar year. The annual report shall define the cost burden imposed by the plan on all policyholders in this state.
149.15(2m) (2m) Annually, beginning in 1999, the board shall submit a report on or before June 30 to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) and to the governor on the operation of the plan, including any recommendations for changes to the plan.
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