Analysis and supporting documentation that OCI used in support of the OCI’s determination of the rule’s effect on small business or in preparation of an economic impact analysis:
The OCI, with the assistance of its consultants, surveyed insurers doing individual health insurance business in the state and analyzed state and national data to ascertain the economic impact of implementing the 1332 waiver as to consumers and insurers. Maximizing the funds from the federal government will minimize financial impact on the state, will assist consumers by reducing premium increases from insurers who can offset high-cost claims with reinsurance dollars rather than through use of premium dollars.
Effect on small business:
No effect on small business is anticipated by this rule. The rule provides reinsurance to insurers offering compliant, comprehensive individual health insurance. The insurers do not meet the definition of a small business. Further the intended benefit of this rule is to make individual health insurance coverage more affordable for individuals in Wisconsin and is not targeted for small employer health insurance coverage nor is an impact on small business employers anticipated.
A copy of any comments and opinion prepared by the Board of Veterans Affairs under s. 45.03 (2m), Stats., for rule proposed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Agency contact person:
A copy of the full text of the proposed rule changes, analysis and fiscal estimate may be obtained from the website at:
or by contacting Karyn Culver, Paralegal, at:
Phone: (608) 267-9586
Address: 125 South Webster St – 2nd Floor, Madison WI 53703-3474
Mail: PO Box 7873, Madison, WI 53707-7873
Place where comments are to be submitted and deadline for submission:
A public hearing will be held in compliance with s. 227.14 (4m) and 227.24 (4), Stats., on December 18, 2018, in room 227 at the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.
Deadline for submitting comments is 4:00 pm on December 28, 2018.
Julie E. Walsh
Legal Unit - OCI Rule Comment for Rule ch. Ins 19
Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
PO Box 7873
Madison WI 53707-7873
Julie E. Walsh
Legal Unit - OCI Rule Comment for Rule ch. Ins 19
Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
125 South Webster St – 2nd Floor
Madison WI 53703-3474
Julie E. Walsh
The proposed rule changes are:
SECTION 1. Chapter Ins 19 (title) and ch. Ins 19 are created to read:
CHAPTER INS 19
WISCONSIN HEALTHCARE STABILITY PLAN.
Ins 19.01 Purpose. The commissioner implements 2017 Wis. Act 138 for the purposes of establishing the Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan (WIHSP). The commissioner will seek to maximize federal funding for the WIHSP. The commissioner shall design and adjust the payment parameters with the goal to stabilize or reduce premium rates, increase participation by health insurers, improve access to health care providers and services, and mitigate the impact of high-risk individuals participating in the individual health insurance market. 19.02 Definitions. In addition to definitions contained in s. 601.80, Stats., the following definitions shall apply in this chapter: (1) “Audit” has the meaning provided under s. 601.83 (5) (f), and includes a verification and compliance audit conducted by the office. (2) “Commissioner” has the meaning provided under s. 600.03 (11), Stats.
(3) “Compliant plan” means an individual health benefit plan offered by an eligible health carrier that conforms with regulations set forth in the Affordable Care Act, as applicable, or an individual health benefit plan that provides substantially similar benefits as required by the Affordable Care Act effective July 1, 2018.
(4) “Eligible health carrier” means an insurer offering a compliant plan either on or off the federally-facilitated marketplace that was issued after January 1, 2014, and is not a grandfathered plan or transitional plan. A transitional plan is a health plan in effect on October 1, 2013, and that may not be renewed after December 31, 2018.
(5) “Enrolled individual” means an insured member of an eligible health carrier during the applicable benefit year for at least one day and who has paid all premium owed for the period in which claims eligible for reinsurance payment were incurred.
(6) “External Data Gathering Environment” or “EDGE server” means the server developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in conjunction with the federally-facilitated marketplace for health care insurers to submit financial and medical claims information on enrolled individuals.
(7) “Office” or “OCI” has the meaning provided under s. 600.03 (34), Stats.
19.03 Benefit Year 2019 Payment Parameters. (1) For the 2019 benefit year the payment parameters are the following:
(a) Attachment point. The attachment point is $50,000.
(b) Coinsurance rate. The coinsurance rate is 50 percent.
(c) Reinsurance cap. The reinsurance cap is $250,000.
19.04 Setting Payment Parameters Beginning for Benefit Year 2020. Beginning in 2019, the commissioner shall annually establish the payment parameters for future years, beginning with benefit year 2020.
(1) The commissioner shall request, under s. 601.42, Stats., all eligible health carriers to submit data and information from prior and current benefit years including: compliant plan membership, premium experience at a metal and federally-facilitated marketplace status level, advanced premium tax credit enrollee information, and other information as requested by the commissioner.
(2) The commissioner shall publish the preliminary payment parameters and a public hearing notice in the Wisconsin Administrative Register and to the office website. The commissioner shall hold a public hearing seeking public comment regarding the preliminary payment parameters for the subsequent benefit year.
(3) The commissioner shall set the final payment parameters after consultation with an actuarial firm, consideration of comments received from the public hearing, the goals established in s. 601.83 (2), Stats., and any additional information as appropriate.
(4) The commissioner shall publish the final payment parameters in the Wisconsin Administrative Register and to the office website by May 15, of the calendar year prior to the applicable benefit year.
19.07 Eligible Claims. (1) For claims to be eligible for reinsurance payment, the eligible health carrier shall comply with s. 601.83, Stats., and submit claims that comply with all the following:
(a) The claims incurred for services or treatments that are covered medical benefits by the eligible health carrier under the terms and conditions of the carrier’s compliant plan for the applicable benefit year.
(b) The claims that were paid by the eligible health carrier after January 1, of the applicable benefit year and before April 30, of the following calendar year, or a date established by the commissioner.
(c) The cumulative amount of the claims exceeds the applicable attachment point. Claims shall not include any amount of cost sharing required to be paid by the enrolled individual or the person responsible for the payment of the enrolled individual’s cost sharing. Cost sharing may include: deductibles, co-insurance, co-payment, visit fees, or similar costs.
(d) The cumulative amount shall be reduced by any reimbursement received by the eligible health carrier for the enrolled individual through subrogation, recoupment of overpayments from providers, application of negotiated rates reductions with providers, or recoupment of third-party payment including workers compensation or civil litigation.
19.10 Reporting requirements. All eligible health carriers shall provide all requested information as ordered by the commissioner pursuant to s. 601.42, Stats. Information collected under s. Ins 19.04 (1), may be used on an aggregate basis by the commissioner to satisfy federal and state reporting requirements. Additional data may be requested to inform federal and state reports including: second lowest cost silver rates by rating area demonstrating rates with and without reinsurance payments, actual average premium rates for compliant plans, and actual enrollment for compliant plans.
19.11 Quarterly reporting requirements. (1) Eligible health carriers shall provide the information required by this section to the commissioner within 45-days from the end of each financial quarter. The data shall be extracted from the health carrier’s claims systems or similar database that tracks enrolled individual’s claims.
(2) Each quarterly report shall be transmitted to the commissioner, pursuant to s. 601.42, Stats., through a secure file transfer portal (FTP) in a format designated by the commissioner. Instructions for submission of required information shall be provided to the eligible health carriers by the commissioner. Information in the report shall include all of the following:
(a) The total number of enrolled individuals during the applicable quarter.
(b) The total amount of claims paid by the eligible health carrier in the applicable quarter.
(c) A unique identifier for each enrolled individual whose claims are submitted for reinsurance.
(d) For each identified enrolled individual the total amount of eligible claims, consistent with s. Ins 19.07.
(e) The amount eligible for reinsurance payment for each identified enrolled individual.
(f) Any additional information requested by the commissioner.
(3) The eligible health carrier shall use the same enrolled individual’s unique identifier in each quarterly and annual report to the commissioner. For enrolled individuals with claims in more than one quarter, the amounts submitted shall reflect the cumulative amount of eligible claims for that enrolled individual.
(4) The eligible carrier shall report the information required by sub. (2) (a) and (b), and all applicable information for that reporting quarter even if an eligible health carrier does not have updated or eligible claims to identify.
(5) All eligible health carriers who submit quarterly reports in accordance with this section shall retain a copy of the data and all supporting claims and enrollment data in an auditable format for 6 years from the last day of the applicable benefit year.
(6) An authorized representative of the eligible health carrier shall complete an affirmation that the data submitted is accurate, complete, and in compliance with s. Ins 19.07. The affirmation shall be transmitted to the commissioner on the same day as the data file transfer in a format designated by the commissioner. Instructions for submission of required information shall be provided to the eligible health carriers by the commissioner.
19.12 Final annual report and affirmations. (1) Eligible health carriers shall provide a final annual report to the commissioner by or before May 15, of each calendar year after the applicable benefit year. The final annual report shall be completed using data as submitted to CMS through the health carrier’s EDGE server that is compliant with all applicable EDGE server requirements. In the event the EDGE server data is no longer available, the eligible health carrier shall use data extracted from the health carrier’s claims systems or similar database that tracks enrolled insured’s validated claims.
(2) The final annual report shall be transmitted to the commissioner through a secure FTP in a format designated by the commissioner. Instructions for submission of required information shall be provided to the eligible health carriers by the commissioner. The information shall include all of the following:
(a) The final total number of enrolled individuals for the applicable benefit year utilizing the same unique identifiers as contained in quarterly reports.
(b) The final total amount of claims incurred in the applicable benefit year that were paid by the eligible health carrier no later than April 30 of the next calendar year.
(c) The final amount of eligible claims for each identified enrolled individual.
(d) Any additional information requested by the commissioner.
(3) An authorized representative of the eligible health carrier shall complete a report affirming the data was derived from the EDGE server and is accurate, in compliance with the EDGE business rules and s. 601.83, Stats. The affirmation shall be transmitted to the commissioner by or before May 15, of each calendar year after the applicable benefit year in a format designated by the commissioner. Instructions for submission of required information shall be provided to the eligible health carriers by the commissioner. (4) (a) An authorized officer of the eligible health carriers shall attest to the carrier’s compliance with s. 601.83, Stats., in a format designated by the commissioner. Instructions for submission of required information shall be provided to the eligible health carriers by the commissioner. The information shall include all of the following:
1. An attestation that the information provided to the commissioner is accurate, included only eligible claims and was derived from EDGE server data.
2. An attestation that the information contained the same unique identifiers for enrolled individuals as reported in quarterly or annual reports.