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632.725(2)(c) (c) Establish a standardized explanation of benefits format for health care insurance benefits and require that an insurer that provides health care coverage to one or more residents of this state use, by July 1, 1993, the standardized format for all printed forms that contain an explanation of benefits. The rule shall also require that benefits be explained in easily understood language.
632.725(2)(d) (d) Establish a uniform statewide patient identification system in which each individual who receives health care services in this state is assigned an identification number. The standardized billing format established under par. (a) and the standardized claim format established under par. (b) shall provide for the designation of an individual's patient identification number.
632.725(3) (3)Proposals for legislation. The commissioner shall develop proposals for legislation for the use of the patient identification system established under sub. (2) (d) and for the implementation of the proposed uses, including any proposals for safeguarding patient confidentiality.
632.725 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. Ins 3.65 and 3.651, Wis. adm. code.
632.726 632.726 Current procedural terminology code changes.
632.726(1)(1) In this section, "current procedural terminology code" means a number established by the American Medical Association that a health care provider puts on a health insurance claim form to describe the services that he or she performed.
632.726(2) (2) If an insurer changes a current procedural terminology code that was submitted by a health care provider on a health insurance claim form, the insurer shall include on the explanation of benefits form the reason for the change to the current procedural terminology code and shall cite on the explanation of benefits form the source for the change.
632.726 History History: 2007 a. 20.
632.73 632.73 Right to return policy.
632.73(1) (1) Right of return. A policyholder may return an individual or franchise disability policy within 10 days after receipt. If the policyholder does so, the contract is void, and all payments made under it shall be refunded. This subsection does not apply to medicare supplement policies, medicare replacement policies or long-term care insurance policies subject to sub. (2m).
632.73(2) (2)Notification. Subsection (1) shall in substance be conspicuously printed on the first page of each such policy or conspicuously attached thereto.
632.73(2m) (2m)Medicare supplement policies, medicare replacement policies and long-term care insurance policies. Medicare supplement policies, medicare replacement policies and long-term care insurance policies shall have a notice that complies with this subsection prominently printed on the first page of the policy or certificate, or attached thereto. The notice shall state that the policyholder or certificate holder shall have the right to return the policy or certificate within 30 days of its delivery to the policyholder or certificate holder and to have the premium refunded to the person who paid the premium if, after examination of the policy or certificate, the policyholder or certificate holder is not satisfied for any reason. The commissioner may by rule exempt from this subsection certain classes of medicare supplement policies, medicare replacement policies and long-term care insurance policies, if the commissioner finds the exemption is not adverse to the interests of policyholders and certificate holders.
632.73(3) (3)Exemptions.
632.73(3)(a)(a) Specified. This section does not apply to single premium nonrenewable policies issued for terms not greater than 6 months or covering accidents only or accidental bodily injuries only.
632.73(3)(b) (b) By rule. The commissioner may by rule permit exemptions from subs. (1) and (2) for additional classes or parts of classes of insurance where the right to return the policy would be impracticable or is not necessary to protect the policyholder's interests.
632.73 History History: 1975 c. 375, 421; 1981 c. 82; 1985 a. 29; 1985 a. 332 s. 253; 1989 a. 31.
632.74 632.74 Reinstatement of individual or franchise disability insurance policies.
632.74(1) (1) Conditions of reinstatement. If an insurer, after termination of an individual or franchise disability insurance policy for nonpayment of premium, within one year after the termination accepts without reservation a premium payment, the policy is reinstated as of the date of the acceptance. There is no acceptance without reservation if the insurer delivers or mails a written statement of reservations within 45 days after receipt of the payment.
632.74(2) (2)Consequences of reinstatement. If a policy is reinstated under sub. (1) or if the insurer within one year after the termination issues to the policyholder a reinstatement policy, any losses resulting from accidents occurring or sickness beginning between the termination and the effective date of the reinstatement or the new policy are not covered, and no premium is payable for that period, except to the extent that the premium is applied to a reserve for future losses. The insurer may also charge a reinstatement fee in accordance with a schedule that has been filed with and expressly approved by the commissioner as not excessive and not unreasonably discriminatory. In all other respects, the reinstated or renewed contract shall be treated as an uninterrupted contract subject to any provisions which are endorsed on or attached to the contract in connection with the reinstatement and which are fully and prominently disclosed to the policyholder.
632.74 History History: 1975 c. 375; 1985 a. 280; 1987 a. 247.
632.745 632.745 Coverage requirements for group and individual health benefit plans; definitions. In this section and ss. 632.746 to 632.7495:
632.745(1) (1) "Affiliation period" means the period which, under the terms of health insurance coverage offered by a health maintenance organization, must expire before the health insurance coverage becomes effective.
632.745(2) (2) "Beneficiary" has the meaning given in section 3 (8) of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
632.745(3) (3) "Bona fide association" means an association that satisfies all of the following:
632.745(3)(a) (a) The association has been actively in existence for at least 5 years.
632.745(3)(b) (b) The association has been formed and maintained in good faith for purposes other than obtaining insurance.
632.745(3)(c) (c) The association does not condition membership in the association on any health status-related factor of an individual, including an employee of an employer or a dependent of an employee.
632.745(3)(d) (d) The association makes health insurance coverage offered through the association available to all members, regardless of any health status-related factor of those members or individuals eligible for coverage through a member.
632.745(3)(e) (e) The association does not make health insurance coverage offered through the association available other than in connection with a member of the association.
632.745(3)(f) (f) The association meets any additional requirements that are imposed by a rule of the commissioner designed to prevent the use of an association for risk segmentation.
632.745(4) (4)
632.745(4)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), "creditable coverage" means coverage under any of the following:
632.745(4)(a)1. 1. A group health plan.
632.745(4)(a)2. 2. Health insurance.
632.745(4)(a)3. 3. Part A or part B of title XVIII of the federal Social Security Act.
632.745(4)(a)4. 4. Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, except for coverage consisting solely of benefits under section 1928 of that act.
632.745(4)(a)5. 5. Chapter 55 of title 10 of the United States Code.
632.745(4)(a)6. 6. A medical care program of the federal Indian health service or of an American Indian tribal organization.
632.745(4)(a)7. 7. A state health benefits risk pool.
632.745(4)(a)8. 8. A health plan offered under chapter 89 of title 5 of the United States Code.
632.745(4)(a)9. 9. A public health plan, as defined in regulations issued by the federal department of health and human services.
632.745(4)(a)10. 10. A health coverage plan under section 5 (e) of the federal Peace Corps Act, 22 USC 2504 (e).
632.745(4)(b) (b) "Creditable coverage" does not include coverage consisting solely of coverage of excepted benefits, as defined in section 2791 (c) of P.L. 104-191.
632.745(5) (5)
632.745(5)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), "eligible employee" means an employee who works on a permanent basis and has a normal work week of 30 or more hours. The term includes a sole proprietor, a business owner, including the owner of a farm business, a partner of a partnership and a member of a limited liability company if the sole proprietor, business owner, partner or member is included as an employee under a health benefit plan of an employer, but the term does not include an employee who works on a temporary or substitute basis.
632.745(5)(b) (b) For purposes of a group health benefit plan, or a self-insured health plan, that is offered by the state under s. 40.51 (6) or by the group insurance board under s. 40.51 (7), "eligible employee" has the meaning given in s. 40.02 (25).
632.745(6) (6)
632.745(6)(a)(a) "Employer" means any of the following:
632.745(6)(a)1. 1. An individual, firm, corporation, partnership, limited liability company or association that is actively engaged in a business enterprise in this state, including a farm business.
632.745(6)(a)2. 2. A municipality, as defined in s. 16.70 (8).
632.745(6)(a)2m. 2m. A long-term care district under s. 46.2895.
632.745(6)(a)3. 3. The state.
632.745(6)(b) (b) For purposes of this definition, all of the following apply:
632.745(6)(b)1. 1. All persons treated as a single employer under subsection (b), (c), (m) or (o) of section 414 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall be treated as one employer.
632.745(6)(b)2. 2. "Employer" includes any predecessor of an employer.
632.745(7) (7) "Enrollment date" means, with respect to an individual covered under a group health plan or health insurance, the date of enrollment of the individual under the plan or insurance or, if earlier, the first day of the waiting period for such enrollment.
632.745(8) (8) "Federal continuation provision" means any of the following:
632.745(8)(a) (a) Section 4980B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, except for section 4980B (f) (1) of that code insofar as it relates to pediatric vaccines.
632.745(8)(b) (b) Part 6 of subtitle B of title I of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, except for section 609 of that act.
632.745(8)(c) (c) Title XXII of P.L. 104-191.
632.745(9) (9) "Group health benefit plan" means a health benefit plan that is issued by an insurer to or through an employer on behalf of a group consisting of at least 2 employees or a group including at least 2 eligible employees. The term includes individual health benefit plans covering eligible employees when 3 or more are sold to or through an employer.
632.745(10) (10) "Group health plan" means any of the following:
632.745(10)(a) (a) An employee welfare plan, as defined in section 3 (1) of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, to the extent that the employee welfare plan provides medical care, including items and services paid for as medical care, to employees or to their dependents, as defined under the terms of the employee welfare plan, directly or through insurance, reimbursement, or otherwise.
632.745(10)(b) (b) Any program that would not otherwise be an employee welfare benefit plan and that is established or maintained by a partnership, to the extent that the program provides medical care, including items and services paid for as medical care, to present or former partners of the partnership or to their dependents, as defined under the terms of the program, directly or through insurance, reimbursement or otherwise.
632.745(11) (11)
632.745(11)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), "health benefit plan" means any hospital or medical policy or certificate.
632.745(11)(b) (b) "Health benefit plan" does not include any of the following:
632.745(11)(b)1. 1. Coverage that is only accident or disability income insurance, or any combination of the 2 types.
632.745(11)(b)2. 2. Coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance.
632.745(11)(b)3. 3. Liability insurance, including general liability insurance and automobile liability insurance.
632.745(11)(b)4. 4. Worker's compensation or similar insurance.
632.745(11)(b)5. 5. Automobile medical payment insurance.
632.745(11)(b)6. 6. Credit-only insurance.
632.745(11)(b)7. 7. Coverage for on-site medical clinics.
632.745(11)(b)8. 8. Other similar insurance coverage, as specified in regulations issued by the federal department of health and human services, under which benefits for medical care are secondary or incidental to other insurance benefits.
632.745(11)(b)9. 9. If provided under a separate policy, certificate or contract of insurance, or if otherwise not an integral part of the policy, certificate or contract of insurance: limited-scope dental or vision benefits; benefits for long-term care, nursing home care, home health care, community-based care, or any combination of those benefits; and such other similar, limited benefits as are specified in regulations issued by the federal department of health and human services under section 2791 of P.L. 104-191.
632.745(11)(b)10. 10. Hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance or coverage only for a specified disease or illness, if all of the following apply:
632.745(11)(b)10.a. a. The benefits are provided under a separate policy, certificate or contract of insurance.
632.745(11)(b)10.b. b. There is no coordination between the provision of such benefits and any exclusion of benefits under any group health plan maintained by the same plan sponsor.
632.745(11)(b)10.c. c. Such benefits are paid with respect to an event without regard to whether benefits are provided with respect to such an event under any group health plan maintained by the same plan sponsor.
632.745(11)(b)11. 11. Benefits that are provided under a separate policy, certificate or contract of insurance and that are medicare supplemental health insurance, as defined in section 1882 (g) (1) of the federal Social Security Act, coverage supplemental to the coverage provided under chapter 55 of title 10 of the United States Code or similar supplemental coverage provided as supplemental to coverage under a group health plan.
632.745(11)(b)12. 12. Other insurance exempted by rule of the commissioner.
632.745(12) (12) "Health insurance" includes health benefit plans but does not include group health plans.
632.745(13) (13) "Health maintenance organization" has the meaning given in s. 609.01 (2).
632.745(14) (14) "Health status-related factor" means any of the factors listed in s. 632.748 (1) (a).
632.745(15) (15) "Insurer" means an insurer that is authorized to do business in this state, in one or more lines of insurance that includes health insurance, and that offers health benefit plans covering individuals in this state or eligible employees of one or more employers in this state. The term includes a health maintenance organization, a preferred provider plan, as defined in s. 609.01 (4), an insurer operating as a cooperative association organized under ss. 185.981 to 185.985 and a limited service health organization, as defined in s. 609.01 (3).
632.745(16) (16) "Large employer" means, with respect to a calendar year and a plan year, an employer that employed an average of at least 51 employees on business days during the preceding calendar year, or that is reasonably expected to employ an average of at least 51 employees on business days during the current calendar year if the employer was not in existence during the preceding calendar year, and that employs at least 2 employees on the first day of the plan year.
632.745(17) (17) "Large group market" means the health insurance market under which individuals obtain health insurance coverage on behalf of themselves and their dependents, directly or through any arrangement, under a group health benefit plan maintained by a large employer.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)