File No. 33642
This rule was published in the June 1, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 11) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Notice to Uninsurable Applicants for Health Insurance
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 33642
Filed: 05/13/2010 02:16:26 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The changes to this rule have been requested by HIPUtah to collect data about individuals denied coverage by insurance companies.
Summary of the rule or change:
The changes require health insurers to provide notice and information to HIPUtah about applicants they deny coverage to who do not have individual insurance coverage. The rule states what information is to be collected and when it should be sent electronically to HIPUtah.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 31A-29-116
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
The changes to this rule will have no effect on the department or state budgets. It will not require any filings to the department and so no additional work load. The changes require health insurers to collect and submit information to HIPUtah.
The changes to this rule will have no fiscal impact on local government since the rule changes deals with the relationship between insurers and HIPUtah.
The changes will have no fiscal impact on small businesses. It will only impact insurers who are required to collect data regarding applicants they deny coverage to.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
Health insurers will be required to collect and send information electronically to HIPUtah about applicants they deny coverage to. Costs to insurers will be in the time it takes to collect and transmit the information. HIPUtah will also have some cost in time to sort and analyze the information. There should be no cost filtered down to those insured by HIPUtah.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
Health insurers will be required to collect and send information electronically to HIPUtah about applicants who are denied coverage by them. Costs to insurers will be in the time it takes to collect and transmit the information. HIPUtah will also have some cost in time to sort and analyze the information.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
There should be no fiscal impact on Utah businesses resulting from the changes to this rule.
Neal T. Gooch, Acting Commissioner
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Insurance
450 N MAIN ST
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84114-1201
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Jilene Whitby at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3803, by FAX at 801-538-3829, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Jilene Whitby, Information Specialist
R590. Insurance, Administration.
R590-172. Notice to Uninsurable Applicants for Health Insurance.
This rule is adopted pursuant to the provisions of Section 31A-29-116.
This rule applies to all health insurers doing business in the State of Utah.
For the purpose of this rule the commissioner adopts the definitions as particularly set forth in Section 31A-1-301 and in addition, the following:
The term, "health insurance," is defined in Subsection 31A-29-103(5)(a) as any hospital and medical expense-incurred policy; nonprofit health care service plan contract, and health maintenance organization subscriber contract. It does not include workers' compensation insurance, automobile medical payment insurance, or insurance under which benefits are payable with or without regard to fault and which is required by law to be contained in any liability insurance policy.
Every health insurer writing health insurance in the State of Utah will provide a written notice containing the requirements in R590-176-5(3)(a), Health Benefit Plan Enrollment, and the following language to each applicant for health insurance coverage that is denied coverage by the insurer for reasons relating to health:
"You have been denied health insurance coverage due to a health condition which is uninsurable. The Utah Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool (HIPUtah) was created to provide health insurance to residents of Utah who are denied health insurance and who are considered uninsurable. If you have lived in the State of Utah for 12 consecutive months prior to applying for insurance with this company you may be eligible for health insurance coverage with HIPUtah.
"However, if you have not lived in the state of Utah for 12 consecutive months, but you are a Utah resident and you are coming from another State's high risk pool or have had 18 months of continuous coverage with the most recent coverage being through a group health plan, you may still be eligible for health insurance coverage with the Utah Comprehensive Insurance Pool.
"Part or all of the preexisting waiting period will be waived if you are an eligible individual according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or your previous coverage was involuntarily terminated for reasons other than for nonpayment of premium or fraud, and application for HIPUtah is made within 63 days of that termination. The amount of credit given will depend on the length of time an applicant was previously covered under that health insurance.
"If application for coverage with HIPUtah is made within 30 days of this denial letter and you are declined coverage with the pool, HIPUtah will issue a certificate of insurability and you may reapply for coverage with this company within 30 days of the certificate date.
"To find out whether you qualify for pool coverage or to make application for pool coverage, Salt Lake City area residents should call 442-6660. Residents of other areas in Utah should call 1-800-638-5038, ext. 6660, toll free. The HIPUtah's mailing address is P.O. Box 30192, Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0192."
R590-172-5. Enforcement Date.
The commissioner will begin enforcing the revised provisions of this rule 45 days from the effective date of the rule
If a provision of this rule or its application to any person or circumstance is for any reason held to be invalid, the remainder of the rule and the application of such provisions are not affected.
KEY: health insurance
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
Notice of Continuation: May 5, 2005
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 31A-29-116
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Jilene Whitby at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3803, by FAX at 801-538-3829, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.