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632.746(9)(d) (d) In applying minimum participation requirements with respect to an employer, an insurer may not count eligible employees who have other coverage that is creditable coverage in determining whether the applicable percentage of participation is met, except that an insurer may count eligible employees who have coverage under another health benefit plan that is sponsored by that employer and that is creditable coverage.
632.746(9)(e) (e) This subsection does not apply to a group health benefit plan offered by the state under s. 40.51 (6) or by the group insurance board under s. 40.51 (7).
632.746(10) (10)
632.746(10)(a)1.1. Except as provided in rules promulgated under subd. 3. or 4., if an insurer offers a group health benefit plan to an employer, the insurer shall offer coverage to all of the eligible employees of the employer and their dependents. Except as provided in rules promulgated under subd. 3. or 4., an insurer may not offer coverage to only certain individuals in an employer group or to only part of the group, except for an eligible employee who has not yet satisfied an applicable waiting period, if any.
632.746(10)(a)2. 2. Except as provided in rules promulgated under subd. 3., if the state or a county, city, village, town or school district offers coverage under a self-insured health plan, it shall offer coverage to all of its eligible employees and their dependents. Except as provided in rules promulgated under subd. 3., the state or a county, city, village, town or school district may not offer coverage to only certain individuals in the employer group or to only part of the group, except for an eligible employee who has not yet satisfied an applicable waiting period, if any.
632.746(10)(a)3. 3. The secretary of employee trust funds, with the approval of the group insurance board, shall promulgate rules related to offering coverage to eligible employees under a group health benefit plan, or a self-insured health plan, offered by the state under s. 40.51 (6) or by the group insurance board under s. 40.51 (7). The rules shall conform to the intent of subds. 1. and 2. and may not allow the state or the group insurance board to refuse to offer coverage to an eligible employee or dependent for reasons related to health condition.
632.746(10)(a)4. 4. The commissioner may promulgate rules permitting exceptions to the requirement under subd. 1. for classes of eligible employees or their dependents. No rule promulgated under this subdivision may permit an insurer to refuse to offer to provide coverage to an eligible employee or his or her dependent for reasons related to health condition.
632.746(10)(b)1.1. An insurer may not modify a group health benefit plan with respect to an employer or an eligible employee or dependent, through riders, endorsements or otherwise, to restrict or exclude coverage for certain diseases or medical conditions otherwise covered by the group health benefit plan.
632.746(10)(b)2. 2. The state or a county, city, village, town or school district may not modify a self-insured health plan with respect to an eligible employee or dependent, through riders, endorsements or otherwise, to restrict or exclude coverage for certain diseases or medical conditions otherwise covered by the self-insured health plan.
632.746(10)(b)3. 3. Nothing in this paragraph limits the authority of the group insurance board to fulfill its obligations as trustee under s. 40.03 (6) (d) or to design or modify procedures or provisions pertaining to enrollment, premium transmitted or coverage of eligible employees for health care benefits under s. 40.51 (1).
632.746 History History: 1997 a. 27; 2003 a. 33; 2007 a. 20 ss. 3679, 9121 (6) (a); 2009 a. 11.
632.747 632.747 Guaranteed acceptance.
632.747(1) (1) Employee becomes eligible after commencement of coverage. Unless otherwise permitted by rule of the commissioner, if an insurer provides coverage under a group health benefit plan, the insurer shall provide coverage under the group health benefit plan to an eligible employee who becomes eligible for coverage after the commencement of the employer's coverage, and to the eligible employee's dependents, regardless of health condition or claims experience, if all of the following apply:
632.747(1)(a) (a) The employee has satisfied any applicable waiting period.
632.747(1)(b) (b) The employer agrees to pay the premium required for coverage of the employee under the group health benefit plan.
632.747(3) (3)State or municipal self-insured plans. If the state or a county, city, village, town or school district provides coverage under a self-insured health plan, it shall provide coverage under the self-insured health plan to an eligible employee who waived coverage during an enrollment period during which the employee was entitled to enroll in the self-insured health plan, regardless of health condition or claims experience, if all of the following apply:
632.747(3)(a) (a) The eligible employee was covered as a dependent under creditable coverage when he or she waived coverage under the self-insured health plan.
632.747(3)(b) (b) The eligible employee's coverage under the creditable coverage has terminated or will terminate due to a divorce from the insured under the creditable coverage, the death of the insured under the creditable coverage, loss of employment by the insured under the creditable coverage or involuntary loss of coverage under the creditable coverage by the insured under the creditable coverage.
632.747(3)(c) (c) The eligible employee applies for coverage under the self-insured health plan not more than 30 days after termination of his or her coverage under the creditable coverage.
632.747 History History: 1995 a. 289; 1997 a. 27.
632.748 632.748 Prohibiting discrimination.
632.748(1) (1)
632.748(1)(a)(a) Subject to subs. (3) and (4), an insurer may not establish rules for the eligibility of any individual to enroll, or for the continued eligibility of any individual to remain enrolled, under a group health benefit plan based on any of the following factors with respect to the individual or a dependent of the individual:
632.748(1)(a)1. 1. Health status.
632.748(1)(a)2. 2. Medical condition, including both physical and mental illnesses.
632.748(1)(a)3. 3. Claims experience.
632.748(1)(a)4. 4. Receipt of health care.
632.748(1)(a)5. 5. Medical history.
632.748(1)(a)6. 6. Genetic information.
632.748(1)(a)7. 7. Evidence of insurability, including conditions arising out of acts of domestic violence.
632.748(1)(a)8. 8. Disability.
632.748(1)(b) (b) For purposes of par. (a), rules for eligibility to enroll under a group health benefit plan include rules defining any applicable waiting periods for enrollment.
632.748(2) (2) An insurer offering a group health benefit plan may not require any individual, as a condition of enrollment or continued enrollment under the plan, to pay, on the basis of any health status-related factor with respect to the individual or a dependent of the individual, a premium or contribution that is greater than the premium or contribution for a similarly situated individual enrolled under the plan.
632.748(3) (3) To the extent consistent with s. 632.746, sub. (1) shall not be construed to do any of the following:
632.748(3)(a) (a) Require a group health benefit plan to provide particular benefits other than those provided under the terms of the plan.
632.748(3)(b) (b) Prevent a group health benefit plan from establishing limitations or restrictions on the amount, level, extent or nature of benefits or coverage for similarly situated individuals enrolled under the plan.
632.748(4) (4) Nothing in sub. (1) shall be construed to do any of the following:
632.748(4)(a) (a) Restrict the amount that an insurer may charge an employer for coverage under a group health benefit plan.
632.748(4)(b) (b) Prevent an insurer offering a group health benefit plan from establishing premium discounts or rebates, or from modifying otherwise applicable copayments or deductibles, in return for adherence to programs of health promotion and disease prevention.
632.748(4)(c) (c) Provide an exception from, or limit, the rate regulation under s. 635.05.
632.748 History History: 1997 a. 27.
632.749 632.749 Contract termination and renewability.
632.749(1) (1)
632.749(1)(a)(a) Except as provided in subs. (2) to (4) and notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer that offers a group health benefit plan shall renew such coverage or continue such coverage in force at the option of the employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor.
632.749(1)(b) (b) At the time of coverage renewal, the insurer may modify a group health benefit plan issued in the large group market.
632.749(2) (2) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may nonrenew or discontinue a group health benefit plan, but only if any of the following applies:
632.749(2)(a) (a) The plan sponsor has failed to pay premiums or contributions in accordance with the terms of the group health benefit plan or in a timely manner.
632.749(2)(b) (b) The plan sponsor has performed an act or engaged in a practice that constitutes fraud or made an intentional misrepresentation of material fact under the terms of the coverage.
632.749(2)(c) (c) The plan sponsor has failed to comply with a material plan provision that is permitted under law relating to employer contribution or group participation rules.
632.749(2)(d) (d) The insurer is ceasing to offer coverage in the market in which the group health benefit plan is included in accordance with sub. (3) and any other applicable state law.
632.749(2)(e) (e) In the case of a group health benefit plan that the insurer offers through a network plan, there is no longer an enrollee under the plan who resides, lives or works in the service area of the insurer or in an area in which the insurer is authorized to do business and, in the case of the small group market, the insurer would deny enrollment under the plan under s. 635.19 (2) (a) 1.
632.749(2)(f) (f) In the case of a group health benefit plan that is made available only through one or more bona fide associations, the employer ceases to be a member of the association on which the coverage is based. Coverage may be terminated if this paragraph applies only if the coverage is terminated uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of any covered individual.
632.749(3) (3)
632.749(3)(a)(a) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may discontinue offering in this state a particular type of group health benefit plan offered in either the large group market or the group market other than the large group market, but only if all of the following apply:
632.749(3)(a)1. 1. The insurer provides notice of the discontinuance to each employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state, and to the participants and beneficiaries covered under the coverage, at least 90 days before the date on which the coverage will be discontinued.
632.749(3)(a)2. 2. The insurer offers to each employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state the option to purchase from among all of the other group health benefit plans that the insurer offers in the market in which is included the type of group health benefit plan that is being discontinued, except that in the case of the large group market, the insurer must offer each employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor the option to purchase one other group health benefit plan that the insurer offers in the large group market.
632.749(3)(a)3. 3. In exercising the option to discontinue coverage of this particular type and in offering the option to purchase coverage under subd. 2., the insurer acts uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of any covered participants or beneficiaries or any participants or beneficiaries who may become eligible for coverage.
632.749(3)(b) (b) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may discontinue offering in this state all group health benefit plans in the large group market or in the group market other than the large group market, or in both such group markets, but only if all of the following apply:
632.749(3)(b)1. 1. The insurer provides notice of the discontinuance to the commissioner and to each employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state, and to the participants and beneficiaries covered under the coverage, at least 180 days before the date on which the coverage will be discontinued.
632.749(3)(b)2. 2. All group health benefit plans issued or delivered for issuance in this state in the affected market or markets are discontinued and coverage under such group health benefit plans is not renewed.
632.749(3)(b)3. 3. The insurer does not issue or deliver for issuance in this state any group health benefit plan in the affected market or markets before 5 years after the day on which the last group health benefit plan is discontinued under subd. 2.
632.749(4) (4) This section does not apply to a group health benefit plan offered by the state under s. 40.51 (6) or by the group insurance board under s. 40.51 (7).
632.749 History History: 1995 a. 289; 1997 a. 27.
632.7495 632.7495 Guaranteed renewability of individual health insurance coverage.
632.7495(1)(a)(a) Except as provided in subs. (2) to (4) and notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer that provides individual health benefit plan coverage shall renew such coverage or continue such coverage in force at the option of the insured individual and, if applicable, the association through which the individual has coverage.
632.7495(1)(b) (b) At the time of coverage renewal, the insurer may modify the individual health benefit plan coverage policy form as long as the modification is consistent with state law and effective on a uniform basis among all individuals with coverage under that policy form.
632.7495(2) (2) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may nonrenew or discontinue the individual health benefit plan coverage of an individual, but only if any of the following applies:
632.7495(2)(a) (a) The individual or, if applicable, the association through which the individual has coverage has failed to pay premiums or contributions in accordance with the terms of the health insurance coverage or in a timely manner.
632.7495(2)(b) (b) The individual or, if applicable, the association through which the individual has coverage has performed an act or engaged in a practice that constitutes fraud or made an intentional misrepresentation of material fact under the terms of the health insurance coverage.
632.7495(2)(c) (c) The insurer is ceasing to offer individual health benefit plan coverage in accordance with sub. (3) and any other applicable state law.
632.7495(2)(d) (d) In the case of individual health benefit plan coverage that the insurer offers through a network plan, the individual no longer resides, lives or works in the service area or in an area in which the insurer is authorized to do business. Coverage may be terminated if this paragraph applies only if the coverage is terminated uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of covered individuals.
632.7495(2)(e) (e) In the case of individual health benefit plan coverage that the insurer offers only through one or more bona fide associations, the individual ceases to be a member of the association on which the coverage is based. Coverage may be terminated if this paragraph applies only if the coverage is terminated uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of covered individuals.
632.7495(2)(f) (f) The individual is eligible for medicare and the commissioner by rule permits coverage to be terminated.
632.7495(3)(a)(a) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may discontinue offering in this state a particular type of individual health benefit plan coverage, but only if all of the following apply:
632.7495(3)(a)1. 1. The insurer provides notice of the discontinuance to each individual for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state and, if applicable, to the association through which the individual has coverage at least 90 days before the date on which the coverage will be discontinued.
632.7495(3)(a)2. 2. The insurer offers to each individual for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state and, if applicable, to the association through which the individual has coverage the option to purchase any other type of individual health insurance coverage that the insurer offers for individuals.
632.7495(3)(a)3. 3. In electing to discontinue coverage of this particular type and in offering the option to purchase coverage under subd. 2., the insurer acts uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of enrolled individuals or individuals who may become eligible for the type of coverage described under subd. 2.
632.7495(3)(b) (b) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may discontinue offering individual health benefit plan coverage in this state, but only if all of the following apply:
632.7495(3)(b)1. 1. The insurer provides notice of the discontinuance to the commissioner and to each individual for whom the insurer provides individual health benefit plan coverage in this state and, if applicable, to the association through which the individual has coverage at least 180 days before the date on which the coverage will be discontinued.
632.7495(3)(b)2. 2. All individual health benefit plan coverage issued or delivered for issuance in this state is discontinued and coverage under such coverage is not renewed.
632.7495(3)(b)3. 3. The insurer does not issue or deliver for issuance in this state any individual health benefit plan coverage before 5 years after the day on which the last individual health benefit plan coverage is discontinued under subd. 2.
632.7495(4) (4) Except as the commissioner may provide by rule under sub. (5) and notwithstanding subs. (1) and (2) and s. 631.36 (4), an insurer is not required to renew individual health benefit plan coverage that complies with all of the following:
632.7495(4)(a) (a) The coverage is marketed and designed to provide short-term coverage as a bridge between coverages.
632.7495(4)(b) (b) The coverage has a term of not more than 12 months.
632.7495(4)(c) (c) The coverage term aggregated with all consecutive periods of the insurer's coverage of the insured by individual health benefit plan coverage not required to be renewed under this subsection does not exceed 18 months. For purposes of this paragraph, coverage periods are consecutive if there are no more than 63 days between the coverage periods.
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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)