Sec. 1. (a) The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.
(b) "Association" means the Indiana comprehensive health insurance association established under section 2.1 of this chapter.
(c) "Association policy" means a policy issued by the association that provides coverage specified in section 3 of this chapter. The term does not include a Medicare supplement policy that is issued under section 9 of this chapter.
(d) "Carrier" means an insurer providing medical, hospital, or surgical expense incurred health insurance policies.
(e) "Church plan" means a plan defined in the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 under 26 U.S.C. 414(e).
(f) "Commissioner" refers to the insurance commissioner.
(g) "Creditable coverage" has the meaning set forth in the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (26 U.S.C. 9801(c)(1)).
(h) "Eligible expenses" means those charges for health care services and articles provided for in section 3 of this chapter.
(i) "Federal income poverty level" has the meaning set forth in IC 12-15-2-1.
(j) "Federally eligible individual" means an individual:
(1) for whom, as of the date on which the individual seeks coverage under this chapter, the aggregate period of creditable coverage is at least eighteen (18) months and whose most recent prior creditable coverage was under a:
included in the furnishing to any individual of medical care, dental
care, or hospitalization, or incident to the furnishing of such care or
hospitalization, as well as the furnishing to any person of any other
services or products for the purpose of preventing, alleviating,
curing, or healing human illness or injury.
(q) "Health insurance" means hospital, surgical, and medical expense incurred policies, nonprofit service plan contracts, health maintenance organizations, limited service health maintenance organizations, and self-insured plans. However, the term "health insurance" does not include short term travel accident policies, accident only policies, fixed indemnity policies, automobile medical payment, or incidental coverage issued with or as a supplement to liability insurance.
(r) "Insured" means all individuals who are provided qualified comprehensive health insurance coverage under an individual policy, including all dependents and other insured persons, if any.
(s) "Medicaid" means medical assistance provided by the state under the Medicaid program under IC 12-15.
(t) "Medical care payment" means amounts paid for:
(1) the diagnosis, care, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease or amounts paid for the purpose of affecting any structure or function of the body;
(2) transportation primarily for and essential to Medicare services referred to in subdivision (1); and
(3) insurance covering medical care referred to in subdivisions (1) and (2).
(u) "Medically necessary" means health care services that the association has determined:
(1) are recommended by a legally qualified physician;
(2) are commonly and customarily recognized throughout the physician's profession as appropriate in the treatment of the patient's diagnosed illness; and
(3) are not primarily for the scholastic education or career and technical training of the provider or patient.
(v) "Medicare" means Title XVIII of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.).
(w) "Policy" means a contract, policy, or plan of health insurance.
(x) "Policy year" means a twelve (12) month period during which a policy provides coverage or obligates the carrier to provide health care services.
(y) "Health maintenance organization" has the meaning set out in IC 27-13-1-19.
(z) "Resident" means an individual who is:
(1) legally domiciled in Indiana for at least twelve (12) months before applying for an association policy; or
(2) a federally eligible individual and legally domiciled in Indiana.
(aa) "Self-insurer" means an employer who provides services, payment for, or reimbursement of any part of the cost of health care services other than payment of insurance premiums or subscriber
charges to a carrier. However, the term "self-insurer" does not
include an employer who is exempt from state insurance regulation
by federal law, or an employer who is a political subdivision of the
state of Indiana.
(bb) "Services of a skilled nursing facility" means services that must commence within fourteen (14) days following a confinement of at least three (3) consecutive days in a hospital for the same condition.
(cc) "Skilled nursing facility", "home health agency", "hospital", and "home health services" have the meanings assigned to them in 42 U.S.C. 1395x.
(dd) "Medicare supplement policy" means an individual policy of accident and sickness insurance that is designed primarily as a supplement to reimbursements under Medicare for the hospital, medical, and surgical expenses of individuals who are eligible for Medicare benefits.
(ee) "Limited service health maintenance organization" has the meaning set forth in IC 27-13-34-4.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.249, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.253-1989, SEC.1; P.L.1-1990, SEC.260; P.L.2-1992, SEC.785; P.L.26-1994, SEC.13; P.L.116-1994, SEC.64; P.L.2-1995, SEC.107; P.L.188-1995, SEC.8; P.L.91-1998, SEC.12; P.L.1-2001, SEC.33; P.L.193-2003, SEC.3; P.L.234-2007, SEC.165.
(Repealed by P.L.1-1990, SEC.261.)
Comprehensive health insurance association; establishment; board of directors; plan of operation; powers and duties
Sec. 2.1. (a) There is established a nonprofit legal entity to be referred to as the Indiana comprehensive health insurance association, which must assure that health insurance is made available throughout the year to each eligible Indiana resident applying to the association for coverage. All carriers, health maintenance organizations, limited service health maintenance organizations, and self-insurers providing health insurance or health care services in Indiana must be members of the association. The association shall operate under a plan of operation established and approved under subsection (c) and shall exercise its powers through a board of directors established under this section.
(b) The board of directors of the association consists of nine (9) members whose principal residence is in Indiana selected as follows:
(1) Four (4) members to be appointed by the commissioner from the members of the association, one (1) of which must be a representative of a health maintenance organization.
(2) Two (2) members to be appointed by the commissioner shall be consumers representing policyholders.
(3) Two (2) members shall be the state budget director or
designee and the commissioner of the department of insurance
(4) One (1) member to be appointed by the commissioner must be a representative of health care providers.
The commissioner shall appoint the chairman of the board, and the board shall elect a secretary from its membership. The term of office of each appointed member is three (3) years, subject to eligibility for reappointment. Members of the board who are not state employees may be reimbursed from the association's funds for expenses incurred in attending meetings. The board shall meet at least semiannually, with the first meeting to be held not later than May 15 of each year.
(c) The association shall submit to the commissioner a plan of operation for the association and any amendments to the plan necessary or suitable to assure the fair, reasonable, and equitable administration of the association. The plan of operation becomes effective upon approval in writing by the commissioner consistent with the date on which the coverage under this chapter must be made available. The commissioner shall, after notice and hearing, approve the plan of operation if the plan is determined to be suitable to assure the fair, reasonable, and equitable administration of the association and provides for the sharing of association losses on an equitable, proportionate basis among the member carriers, health maintenance organizations, limited service health maintenance organizations, and self-insurers. If the association fails to submit a suitable plan of operation within one hundred eighty (180) days after the appointment of the board of directors, or at any time thereafter the association fails to submit suitable amendments to the plan, the commissioner shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 necessary or advisable to implement this section. These rules are effective until modified by the commissioner or superseded by a plan submitted by the association and approved by the commissioner. The plan of operation must:
(1) establish procedures for the handling and accounting of assets and money of the association;
(2) establish the amount and method of reimbursing members of the board;
(3) establish regular times and places for meetings of the board of directors;
(4) establish procedures for records to be kept of all financial transactions and for the annual fiscal reporting to the commissioner;
(5) establish procedures whereby selections for the board of directors will be made and submitted to the commissioner for approval;
(6) contain additional provisions necessary or proper for the execution of the powers and duties of the association; and
(7) establish procedures for the periodic advertising of the general availability of the health insurance coverages from the association.
later than March 30 of each year, a financial report for the preceding
calendar year in a form approved by the commissioner.
(j) All policy forms issued by the association must conform in substance to prototype forms developed by the association, must in all other respects conform to the requirements of this chapter, and must be filed with and approved by the commissioner before their use.
(k) The association may not issue an association policy to any individual who, on the effective date of the coverage applied for, does not meet the eligibility requirements of section 5.1 of this chapter.
(l) The association and the premium collected by the association shall be exempt from the premium tax, the adjusted gross income tax, or any combination of these upon revenues or income that may be imposed by the state.
(m) Members who, during any calendar year, have paid one (1) or more assessments levied under this chapter may include in the rates for premiums charged for insurance policies to which this chapter applies amounts sufficient to recoup a sum equal to the amounts paid to the association by the member less any amounts returned to the member insurer by the association, and the rates shall not be deemed excessive by virtue of including an amount reasonably calculated to recoup assessments paid by the member.
(n) The association shall provide for the option of monthly collection of premiums.
(o) The association shall periodically certify to the budget agency the amount necessary to pay seventy-five percent (75%) of any net loss as specified in subsection (g).
As added by P.L.1-1990, SEC.262. Amended by P.L.26-1991, SEC.27; P.L.1-1994, SEC.136; P.L.116-1994, SEC.65; P.L.26-1994, SEC.14; P.L.2-1995, SEC.108; P.L.255-1995, SEC.9; P.L.91-1998, SEC.13; P.L.192-2002(ss), SEC.169; P.L.178-2003, SEC.63; P.L.193-2003, SEC.4; P.L.97-2004, SEC.99; P.L.51-2004, SEC.1; P.L.1-2007, SEC.186; P.L.229-2011, SEC.251.
(Repealed by P.L.1-2007, SEC.248.)
Sec. 2.3. (a) A member shall, not later than October 31 of each year, certify an independently audited report to the:
(2) legislative council; and
(3) department of insurance;
of the amount of tax credits taken against assessments by the member under section 2.1 (as in effect December 31, 2004) or 2.4 of this chapter during the previous calendar year. A report certified under this section to the legislative council must be in an electronic format
under IC 5-14-6.
(b) A member shall, not later than October 31 of each year, certify an independently audited report to the association of the amount of assessments paid by the member against which a tax credit has not been taken under section 2.1 (as in effect December 31, 2004) or 2.4 of this chapter as of the date of the report.
As added by P.L.167-2002, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.28-2004, SEC.168; P.L.51-2004, SEC.3; P.L.2-2005, SEC.72; P.L.1-2006, SEC.488.
Sec. 2.4. (a) Beginning January 1, 2005, a member that, before January 1, 2005, has:
(1) paid an assessment; and
(2) not taken a credit against taxes;
under section 2.1 of this chapter (as in effect December 31, 2004) is not entitled to claim or carry forward the unused tax credit except as provided in this section.
(b) A member described in subsection (a) may, for each taxable year beginning after December 31, 2006, take a credit of not more than ten percent (10%) of the amount of the assessments paid before January 1, 2005, against which a tax credit has not been taken before January 1, 2005. A credit under this subsection may be taken against premium taxes, adjusted gross income taxes, or any combination of these, or similar taxes upon revenues or income of the member that may be imposed by the state, up to the amount of the taxes due for each taxable year.
(c) If the maximum amount of a tax credit determined under subsection (b) for a taxable year exceeds a member's liability for the taxes described in subsection (b), the member may carry the unused portion of the tax credit forward to subsequent taxable years. Tax credits carried forward under this subsection are not subject to the ten percent (10%) limit set forth in subsection (b).
(d) The total amount of credits taken by a member under this section in all taxable years may not exceed the total amount of assessments paid by the member before January 1, 2005, minus the total amount of tax credits taken by the member under section 2.1 of this chapter (as in effect December 31, 2004) before January 1, 2005.
As added by P.L.51-2004, SEC.4.
Members; general requirements
Sec. 2.5. (a) A member shall comply with the association's plan of operation.
(b) A member assessment under section 2.1 of this chapter is due not more than thirty (30) days after the member receives written notice of the assessment. A member that pays an assessment after the due date shall pay interest on the assessment at the rate of six percent (6%) per annum.
Member and health care provider grievances
Sec. 2.6. (a) If a:
(1) member is aggrieved by an act of the association; or
(2) health care provider is aggrieved by an act of the association with respect to reimbursement to the provider under an association policy;
the member or health care provider shall, not more than ninety (90) days after the act occurs, appeal to the board of directors for review of the act.
(1) within thirty (30) days after an appeal is filed under subsection (a), the board of directors has not acted on the appeal; or
(2) a member or health care provider is aggrieved by a final action or decision of the board of directors;
the member or health care provider may appeal to the commissioner.
(c) An appeal to the commissioner under subsection (b) must be filed less than thirty (30) days after the:
(1) expiration of the thirty (30) day period specified in subsection (b)(1); or
(2) action or decision specified in subsection (b)(2).
(d) The commissioner shall, not more than forty-five (45) days after an appeal is filed under subsection (c), take a final action or issue an order regarding the appeal.
(e) A final action or order of the commissioner on an appeal filed under this section is subject to judicial review.
(f) If a member or health care provider sues the association, the court shall not award to the member or health care provider:
(1) attorney's fees or costs; or
(2) punitive damages.
As added by P.L.51-2004, SEC.6.
Association policy coverage; reimbursement methods; eligible expenses; managed care
Sec. 3. (a) An association policy issued under this chapter may pay an amount for medically necessary eligible expenses related to the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury that exceed the deductible and coinsurance amounts applicable under section 4 of this chapter. Payment under an association policy must be based on one (1) or a combination of the following reimbursement methods, as determined by the board of directors:
(1) The association's usual and customary fee schedule in effect on January 1, 2004. If payment is based on the usual and customary fee schedule in effect on January 1, 2004, the rates of reimbursement under the fee schedule must be adjusted annually by a percentage equal to the percentage change in the
Indiana medical care component of the Consumer Price Index
for all Urban Consumers, as published by the United States
Bureau of Labor Statistics during the preceding calendar year.
(2) A health care provider network arrangement. If payment is based on a health care provider network arrangement, reimbursement under an association policy must be made according to:
(A) a network fee schedule for network health care providers and nonnetwork health care providers; and
(B) any additional coinsurance that applies to the insured under the association policy if the insured obtains health care services from a nonnetwork health care provider.
(3) Reimbursement for an eligible expense in an amount equal to not less than the federal Medicare reimbursement rate for the eligible expense plus ten percent (10%).
(b) Eligible expenses are the charges for the following health care services and articles to the extent furnished by a health care provider in an emergency situation or furnished or prescribed by a physician:
(1) Hospital services, including charges for the institution's most common semiprivate room, and for private room only when medically necessary, but limited to a total of one hundred eighty (180) days in a year.
(2) Professional services for the diagnosis or treatment of injuries, illnesses, or conditions, other than mental or dental, that are rendered by a physician or, at the physician's direction, by the physician's staff of registered or licensed nurses, and allied health professionals.
(3) The first twenty (20) professional visits for the diagnosis or treatment of one (1) or more mental conditions rendered during the year by one (1) or more physicians or, at their direction, by their staff of registered or licensed nurses, and allied health professionals.
(4) Drugs and contraceptive devices requiring a physician's prescription.
(5) Services of a skilled nursing facility for not more than one hundred eighty (180) days in a year.
(6) Services of a home health agency up to two hundred seventy (270) days of service a year.
(7) Use of radium or other radioactive materials.
(10) Prostheses, other than dental.
(11) Rental of durable medical equipment which has no personal use in the absence of the condition for which prescribed.
(12) Diagnostic X-rays and laboratory tests.
(13) Oral surgery for:
(A) excision of partially or completely erupted impacted teeth;
(B) excision of a tooth root without the extraction of the
entire tooth; or
(C) the gums and tissues of the mouth when not performed in connection with the extraction or repair of teeth.
(14) Services of a physical therapist and services of a speech therapist.
(15) Professional ambulance services to the nearest health care facility qualified to treat the illness or injury.
(16) Other medical supplies required by a physician's orders.
An association policy may also include comparable benefits for those who rely upon spiritual means through prayer alone for healing upon such conditions, limitations, and requirements as may be determined by the board of directors.
(c) A managed care organization that issues an association policy may not refuse to enter into an agreement with a hospital solely because the hospital has not obtained accreditation from an accreditation organization that:
(1) establishes standards for the organization and operation of hospitals;
(2) requires the hospital to undergo a survey process for a fee paid by the hospital; and
(3) was organized and formed in 1951.
(d) This section does not prohibit a managed care organization from using performance indicators or quality standards that:
(1) are developed by private organizations; and
(2) do not rely upon a survey process for a fee charged to the hospital to evaluate performance.
(e) For purposes of this section, if benefits are provided in the form of services rather than cash payments, their value shall be determined on the basis of their monetary equivalency.
(f) The following are not eligible expenses in any association policy within the scope of this chapter:
(1) Services for which a charge is not made in the absence of insurance or for which there is no legal obligation on the part of the patient to pay.
(2) Services and charges made for benefits provided under the laws of the United States, including Medicare and Medicaid, military service connected disabilities, medical services provided for members of the armed forces and their dependents or for employees of the armed forces of the United States, medical services financed in the future on behalf of all citizens by the United States.
(3) Benefits which would duplicate the provision of services or payment of charges for any care for injury or disease either:
(A) arising out of and in the course of an employment subject to a worker's compensation or similar law; or
(B) for which benefits are payable without regard to fault under a coverage statutorily required to be contained in any motor vehicle or other liability insurance policy or equivalent self-insurance.
However, this subdivision does not authorize exclusion of
charges that exceed the benefits payable under the applicable
worker's compensation or no-fault coverage.
(4) Care which is primarily for a custodial or domiciliary purpose.
(5) Cosmetic surgery unless provided as a result of an injury or medically necessary surgical procedure.
(6) Any charge for services or articles the provision of which is not within the scope of the license or certificate of the institution or individual rendering the services.
(g) The coverage and benefit requirements of this section for association policies may not be altered by any other inconsistent state law without specific reference to this chapter indicating a legislative intent to add or delete from the coverage requirements of this chapter.
(h) This chapter does not prohibit the association from issuing additional types of health insurance policies with different types of benefits that, in the opinion of the board of directors, may be of benefit to the citizens of Indiana.
(i) This chapter does not prohibit the association or its administrator from implementing uniform procedures to review the medical necessity and cost effectiveness of proposed treatment, confinement, tests, or other medical procedures. Those procedures may take the form of preadmission review for nonemergency hospitalization, case management review to verify that covered individuals are aware of treatment alternatives, or other forms of utilization review. Any cost containment techniques of this type must be adopted by the board of directors and approved by the commissioner.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.249, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.28-1988, SEC.106; P.L.253-1989, SEC.3; P.L.116-1994, SEC.66; P.L.259-1995, SEC.1; P.L.51-2004, SEC.7; P.L.229-2011, SEC.252.
Sec. 3.2. Except as provided in section 3.6 of this chapter, a health care provider shall not bill an insured for any amount that exceeds:
(1) the payment made by the association under the association policy for eligible expenses incurred by the insured; and
(2) any copayment, deductible, or coinsurance amounts applicable under the association policy.
As added by P.L.51-2004, SEC.8.
Chronic disease and pharmaceutical management programs
Sec. 3.5. (a) The association shall:
(1) approve and implement chronic disease management and pharmaceutical management programs based on:
(A) an analysis of the highest cost health care services covered under association policies;
(B) a review of chronic disease management and
pharmaceutical management programs used in populations
similar to insureds; and
(C) a determination of the chronic disease management and pharmaceutical management programs expected to best improve health outcomes in a cost effective manner;
(2) consider recommendations of the drug utilization review board established by IC 12-15-35-19 concerning chronic disease management and pharmaceutical management programs;
(3) when practicable, coordinate programs adopted under this section with comparable programs implemented by the state; and
(4) implement a copayment structure for prescription drugs covered under an association policy.
(b) A program approved and implemented under this section may not require prior authorization for a prescription drug that is prescribed for the treatment of:
(1) human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and is included on the AIDS drug assistance program formulary adopted by the state department of health under the federal Ryan White CARE Act (42 U.S.C. 300ff et seq.); or
(2) hemophilia according to recommendations of the:
(A) Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability of the United States Department of Health and Human Services; or
(B) Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the National Hemophilia Foundation.
(c) The copayment structure implemented under subsection (a) must be based on an annual actuarial analysis.
(d) A disease management program for which federal funding is available is considered to be approved by the association under this section.
(e) An insured who has a chronic disease for which at least one (1) chronic disease management program is approved under this section shall participate in an approved chronic disease management program for the chronic disease as a condition of coverage of treatment for the chronic disease under an association policy.
As added by P.L.193-2003, SEC.5.
Mail order or Internet based pharmacy
Sec. 3.6. (a) The association shall approve a mail order or Internet based pharmacy (as defined in IC 25-26-18-1) through which an insured may obtain prescription drugs covered under an association policy.
(b) A prescription drug that is covered under an association policy is covered if the prescription drug is obtained from:
(1) a pharmacy approved under subsection (a); or
(2) a pharmacy that:
(A) is not approved under subsection (a); and
Policies; deductible and coinsurance requirements; limitations
Sec. 4. (a) Subject to the limitation provided in subsection (c), an association policy offered in accordance with this chapter must impose a five hundred dollar ($500) deductible on a per person per policy year basis. The deductible must be applied to the first five hundred dollars ($500) of eligible expenses incurred by the covered person.
(b) Subject to the limitation provided in subsection (c), a mandatory coinsurance requirement shall be imposed at the rate of twenty percent (20%) of eligible expenses in excess of the mandatory deductible.
(c) The maximum aggregate out-of-pocket payments for eligible expenses by the insured in the form of deductibles and coinsurance may not exceed one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) per individual or two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) per family, per policy year.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.249, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.253-1989, SEC.4.
(Repealed by P.L.1-1990, SEC.263.)
Policies; eligible persons; dependent coverage; preexisting conditions
Sec. 5.1. (a) A person is not eligible for an association policy if the person is eligible for any of the coverage described in subdivisions (1) and (2). A person other than a federally eligible individual may not apply for an association policy unless the person has applied for:
(1) Medicaid; and
(2) coverage under the:
(A) preexisting condition insurance plan program established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under Section 1101 of Title I of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148); and
(B) Indiana check-up plan under IC 12-15-44.2;
child's attainment of the limiting age, and subsequently as may be
required by the carrier, but not more frequently than annually after
the two (2) year period following the child's attainment of the
(f) An association policy that provides coverage for a family member of the person in whose name the contract is issued must, as to the family member's coverage, also provide that the health insurance benefits applicable for children are payable with respect to a newly born child of the person in whose name the contract is issued from the moment of birth. The coverage for newly born children must consist of coverage of injury or illness, including the necessary care and treatment of medically diagnosed congenital defects and birth abnormalities. If payment of a specific premium is required to provide coverage for the child, the contract may require that notification of the birth of a child and payment of the required premium must be furnished to the carrier within thirty-one (31) days after the date of birth in order to have the coverage continued beyond the thirty-one (31) day period.
(g) Except as provided in subsection (h), an association policy may contain provisions under which coverage is excluded during a period of three (3) months following the effective date of coverage as to a given covered individual for preexisting conditions, as long as medical advice or treatment was recommended or received within a period of three (3) months before the effective date of coverage. This subsection may not be construed to prohibit preexisting condition provisions in an insurance policy that are more favorable to the insured.
(h) If a person applies for an association policy within six (6) months after termination of the person's coverage under a health insurance arrangement and the person meets the eligibility requirements of subsection (c), then an association policy may not contain provisions under which:
(1) coverage as to a given individual is delayed to a date after the effective date or excluded from the policy; or
(2) coverage as to a given condition is denied;
on the basis of a preexisting health condition. This subsection may not be construed to prohibit preexisting condition provisions in an insurance policy that are more favorable to the insured.
(i) For purposes of this section, coverage under a health insurance arrangement includes, but is not limited to, coverage pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985.
As added by P.L.1-1990, SEC.264. Amended by P.L.23-1993, SEC.155; P.L.130-1994, SEC.46; P.L.116-1994, SEC.67; P.L.26-1994, SEC.15; P.L.2-1995, SEC.109; P.L.91-1998, SEC.14; P.L.207-1999, SEC.5 and P.L.233-1999, SEC.11; P.L.193-2003, SEC.7; P.L.211-2003, SEC.5; P.L.97-2004, SEC.100; P.L.211-2005, SEC.3; P.L.3-2008, SEC.213; P.L.229-2011, SEC.253.
Policies; renewal provisions; election to continue coverage upon
death of policyholder
Sec. 6. (a) An association policy offered under this chapter must contain provisions under which the association is obligated to renew the contract until:
(1) the date on which coverage terminates under section 5.1 of this chapter; or
(2) the day on which the individual in whose name the contract is issued first becomes eligible for Medicare coverage, except that in a family policy covering both husband and wife, the age of the younger spouse must be used as the basis for meeting the durational requirement of this subdivision.
(b) The association may not change the rates for association policies or Medicare supplement policies except on a class basis with a clear disclosure in the policy of the association's right to do so.
(c) An association policy offered under this chapter must provide that upon the death of the individual in whose name the contract is issued, every other individual then covered under the contract may elect, within a period specified in the contract, to continue coverage under the same or a different contract until such time as he would have ceased to be entitled to coverage had the individual in whose name the contract was issued lived.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.249, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.116-1994, SEC.68; P.L.193-2003, SEC.8.
Sec. 7. The commissioner may adopt rules, under IC 4-22-2, that:
(1) provide for disclosure by carriers of the availability of insurance coverage from the association; and
(2) implement this chapter.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.249, SEC.1.
Civil or criminal liability of association or members
Sec. 8. Neither the participation by carriers or members in the association, the establishment of rates, forms, or procedures for coverages issued by the association, nor any joint or collective action required by this chapter shall be the basis of any legal action, civil, or criminal liability against the association or members of it either jointly or separately.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.249, SEC.1.
Medicare supplement policies
Sec. 9. (a) The association may issue Medicare supplement policies to individuals who reside in Indiana.
(b) A Medicare supplement policy issued under this section:
(1) must be based on a model policy adopted by the commissioner under IC 27-8-13-10.1; and
(2) must meet the standards for Medicare supplement policy
benefits established under IC 27-8-13-10.1.
(c) A Medicare supplement policy issued under this section is not subject to the deductible and coinsurance requirements and the eligibility restrictions applying to association policies under sections 4 and 5.1 of this chapter. However, the association may provide that an individual is not eligible for a Medicare supplement policy issued under this section unless the individual has applied to one (1) carrier for a Medicare supplement policy and the application of the individual has been rejected.
As added by P.L.116-1994, SEC.69.
Sec. 10. Before January 1, 1996, the board of directors of the association shall establish eligibility guidelines for the issuance of an association policy under this chapter to prohibit an:
(2) insurance producer; or
(3) insurance broker;
from placing in or referring to the association an individual who works for an employer who offers employees an employee welfare benefit plan (as defined in 29 U.S.C. 1002).
As added by P.L.93-1995, SEC.9. Amended by P.L.178-2003, SEC.64.
Use of diagnostic or procedure codes
Sec. 11.2. (a) Not more than ninety (90) days after the effective date of a diagnostic or procedure code described in this subsection:
(1) the association shall begin using the most current version of the:
(A) current procedural terminology (CPT);
(B) international classification of diseases (ICD);
(C) American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM);
(D) current dental terminology (CDT);
(E) Healthcare common procedure coding system (HCPCS); and
(F) third party administrator (TPA);
codes under which the association pays claims for services provided under an association policy; and
(2) a health care provider shall begin using the most current version of the:
(A) current procedural terminology (CPT);
(B) international classification of diseases (ICD);
(C) American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM);
(D) current dental terminology (CDT);
(E) Healthcare common procedure coding system (HCPCS); and