DAR File No. 38785

This rule was published in the September 1, 2014, issue (Vol. 2014, No. 17) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Insurance, Administration

Rule R590-236

HIPAA Eligibility Following Receipt of a Certificate of Insurability or Denial by an Individual Carrier

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Repeal)

DAR File No.: 38785
Filed: 08/15/2014 03:43:06 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

Due to changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Public Health Service Act (PHSA) 2702, this rule is no longer needed.

Summary of the rule or change:

Due to the ACA that requires health insurance companies to no longer deny coverage, and has resulted in the withdrawal of the Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool (Pool) from the market, this rule is no longer needed. Therefore, this rule is repealed in its entirety.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Subsection 31A-30-104(7)
  • Subsection 31A-2-201(3)
  • Subsection 31A-29-106(1)(f)

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

This rule will have no fiscal impact on the department and the state's budget. The rule has to do with effective dates of coverage for HIPAA eligible applicants applying for coverage with an individual carrier or the Pool.

local governments:

The rule will have no fiscal impact on local governments. It has to do with effective dates of coverage for HIPAA eligible applicants applying for coverage with an individual carrier or the Pool.

small businesses:

This rule does not apply to small businesses. The rule applied to individuals seeking coverage from the pool or who were certified by them to seek coverage from individual carriers and the effective dates of coverage for those individuals. The rule was procedural in nature.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

The repeal of this rule will have no fiscal impact on individuals or large employers. The rule applied to individuals seeking coverage from the pool or who were certified by them to seek coverage from individual carriers and the effective dates of coverage for those individuals. The rule was procedural in nature.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

The repeal of this rule will have no fiscal impact on individuals or large employers. The rule applied to individuals seeking coverage from the pool or who were certified by them to seek coverage from individual carriers and the effective dates of coverage for those individuals. The rule was procedural in nature.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

The repeal of this rule will have no fiscal impact.

Todd E. Kiser, Commissioner

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Insurance
Administration
Room 3110 STATE OFFICE BLDG
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 jwhitby@utah.gov

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:

10/01/2014

This rule may become effective on:

10/08/2014

Authorized by:

Todd Kiser, Commissioner

RULE TEXT

R590. Insurance, Administration.

[R590-236. HIPAA Eligibility Following Receipt of a Certificate of Insurability or Denial by an Individual Carrier.

R590-236-1. Authority.

This rule is promulgated and adopted pursuant to Subsections 31A-2-201(3), 31A-29-106(1)(f), and 31A-30-104(7).

 

R590-236-2. Purpose and Scope.

(1) The purpose of this rule is to provide interpretation of the interplay between federal and state statutes that affect the protections provided by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Pub.L. 104-191, 110 Stat. 1962, to applicants that apply for coverage with HIPUtah and receive a certificate of insurability from HIPUtah, or denial of coverage by an individual carrier.

(2) The rule addresses the effective dates of coverage for HIPAA eligible applicants applying for coverage with an individual carrier or HIPUtah.

(3) The rule provides guidance for actual and potential interplay between HIPAA, Sections 31A-22-605.1, 31A-30-108, and 31A-29-111 to:

(i) individual carriers,

(ii) the HIPUtah pool administrator; and

(iii) HIPUtah applicants.

 

R590-236-3. Definitions.

As used in this rule:

(1) "Certificate of insurability" means a certificate issued by HIPUtah pursuant to Subsection 31A-29-111.

(2) "HIPAA" means the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Pub.L. 104-191, 110 Stat. 1962.

(3) "HIPAA eligible" means an applicant who is eligible for coverage under the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-191, 110 Stat. 1962.

(4) "HIPAA eligibility" means the eligibility required by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Pub. L. 104-191, 110 Stat. 1962.

(5) "HIPUtah" means the Utah Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool established by Section 31A-29-104.

(6) "Individual carrier" has the same meaning as defined in Subsection 31A-30-103.

(7) "Preexisting condition" means preexisting condition as defined in Subsection 31A-1-301.

(8) "Waiting period" means the period of time beginning on the date the HIPAA eligible submits a substantially complete application for coverage and ends on the date:

(a) coverage is effective;

(b) the application is denied by the insurer; or

(c) which the offer of coverage lapses without being accepted by the HIPAA eligible.

 

R590-236-4. HIPAA and Subsection 31A-22-605.1, Eligibility and Creditable Coverage.

(1) A HIPAA eligible must submit a substantially complete application no later than 63 consecutive days, excluding waiting periods, following termination of any preceding HIPAA qualified coverage, to preserve HIPAA rights.

(2) A HIPAA eligible cannot have a break in qualifying coverage of 63 or more consecutive days, except for applicable waiting periods to preserve HIPAA rights.

(3) HIPAA eligibles applying within the time period in R590-236-4(1) will receive creditable coverage toward a preexisting condition waiting period.

(4) A waiting period does not count in determining whether a break in qualifying coverage occurred.

 

R590-236-5. HIPAA and Subsection 31A-29-111(4)(a), 30-Day Provision.

(1) This section applies to a HIPAA eligible that has been denied by an individual carrier and is approved by HIPUtah.

(2) When a HIPAA eligible submits a substantially completed application to an individual carrier within the HIPAA 63-day time period and is denied coverage, to preserve HIPAA rights, the HIPAA eligible must make application to HIPUtah no later than:

(a) the remainder of the 63 consecutive day time period under HIPAA; or

(b) 30 consecutive days after denial by the individual carrier.

(3) Effective Dates.

(a) A HIPAA eligible applying within the time period in R590-236-5(2)(a), shall have an effective date with HIPUtah on the first day of the month following the submission of a substantially completed application, if the required premium is paid.

(b) A HIPAA eligible applying within the time period in R590-236-5(2)(b), shall have an effective date with HIPUtah on the first day of the month following the date of submission of a substantially completed application to the individual carrier who denied coverage immediately prior to the application to HIPUtah, if the required premium is paid.

(c) When a HIPAA eligible applies within both time periods in R590-236-5(2)(a) and (b), the HIPAA eligible shall choose the effective date provided in R590-236-5(3)(a) or (b).

 

R590-236-6. HIPAA and Subsection 31A-30-108(3)(e)(i), 30-Day Provision.

(1) This section applies to a HIPAA eligible who meets HIPUtah's eligibility requirements but does not meet HIPUtah's health underwriting criteria, having been previously denied by an individual carrier, and is issued a certificate of insurability under Section 31A-29-111.

(2)(a) A HIPAA eligible may reapply with the individual carrier who denied coverage immediately prior to HIPUtah's issuance of a certificate of insurability to preserve HIPAA rights, no later than:

(i) the remainder of the 63 consecutive day time period under HIPAA; or

(ii) 30 consecutive days after the date of issuance of a certificate of insurability.

(b) R590-236-6(2)(a) applies only to a HIPAA eligible that has:

(i) submitted a substantially completed application to an individual carrier within the HIPAA 63-day time period;

(ii) is denied coverage by an individual carrier; and

(iii) makes application to HIPUtah no later than:

(I) the remainder of the 63 consecutive day time period under HIPAA; or

(II) 30 consecutive days after denial by the individual carrier.

(3) Effective Dates.

(a) A HIPAA eligible applying within the time period in R590-236-6(2)(a)(i), shall have an effective date with the individual carrier on the first day of the month following the submission of a substantially completed application, if the required premium is paid.

(b) A HIPAA eligible applying within the time period in R590-236-6(2)(a)(ii), shall have an effective date with the individual carrier on the first day of the month following the original submission of a substantially completed application to the individual carrier who denied coverage immediately prior to the application to HIPUtah, if the required premium is paid.

(c) When a HIPAA eligible applies within both time periods in R590-236-6(2)(a)(i) and (ii), the HIPAA eligible shall choose the effective date provided in R590-236-6(3)(a) or (b).

 

R590-236-7. HIPAA and Subsection 31A-30-108(3)(e)(ii)(B), 45-Day Provision.

(1) This section applies to a HIPAA eligible who applies first with HIPUtah, meets HIPUtah's eligibility requirements, but does not meet HIPUtah's health underwriting criteria and is issued a certificate of insurability under Section 31A-29-111.

(2) When a HIPAA eligible submits a substantially completed application to HIPUtah within the HIPAA 63-day time period and is issued a certificate of insurability, the HIPAA eligible may make application to an individual carrier no later than:

(a) the remainder of the 63 consecutive day time period under HIPAA; or

(b) 45 consecutive days after the date of issuance of a certificate of insurability by HIPUtah.

(3) Effective Dates.

(a) A HIPAA eligible qualifying under option R590-236-7(2)(a) shall have an effective date of the first of the month following the submission of the substantially completed application to an individual carrier, if the required premium is paid.

(b) A HIPAA eligible qualifying under R590-236-7(2)(b) shall have an effective date of the day following the submission of the substantially completed application to HIPUtah, if the required premium is paid.

(c) When a HIPAA eligible applies within both time periods in R590-236-7(2)(a) and (b), the HIPAA eligible shall choose the effective date provided in R590-236-7(3)(a) or (b).

 

R590-236-8. Severability.

If any provision of this rule or the application of the rule to any person or circumstance is for any reason held to be invalid, the remainder of the rule and the application of the rule to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected by such a determination.

 

R590-236-9. Enforcement Date.

The commissioner will begin enforcing the provisions of this rule immediately upon the effective date of the rule.

 

KEY: HIPAA eligibility

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: April 9, 2007

Notice of Continuation: October 25, 2011

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 31A-29-106; 31A-30-104; 31A-2-201]

 


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