HB1585 (2010) Detail

Allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates.


HB 1585-FN – AS INTRODUCED

2010 SESSION

10-2485

01/10

HOUSE BILL 1585-FN

AN ACT allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates.

SPONSORS: Rep. W. O'Brien, Hills 4; Rep. Boyce, Belk 5

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

ANALYSIS

This bill allows health insurance policies without mandates to be sold to New Hampshire residents. Under this bill, if the policy or certificate does not include certain mandated coverages, it must be submitted to the insurance commissioner for approval.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

10-2485

01/10

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten

AN ACT allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Chapter; Health Insurance Competition and Freedom Act. Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 420-K the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 420-L

HEALTH INSURANCE COMPETITION AND FREEDOM ACT

420-L:1 Findings and Purpose. The general court finds:

I. That separate health and medical insurance company licensing among states results in a lack of inter-state competition among health care insurance companies, which in turn contributes to health and medical insurance policies being unnecessarily costly and therefore not universally available to all.

II. That health insurance policies are additionally made costly and therefore not universally available to all who may elect to obtain this insurance coverage by numerous additional statutorily and regulatory mandated health insurance coverages, many of which are of no or marginal use to certain individual health insurance policy holders or beneficiaries or which would be rejected by some individual health insurance policy holders or beneficiaries in order to obtain affordable core coverage.

III. That by allowing every health insurance company, which is licensed to provide health insurance coverage in any state of the United States and is in good standing in all states in which it is registered or licensed to do business, to provide health insurance coverage for New Hampshire residents after the company has registered with the commissioner of the insurance department, the commissioner has verified that it is licensed to provide health insurance coverage in any state of the United States and is in good standing in all states in which it is registered or licensed to do business, and the commissioner has approved of its health insurance policy, will result in greater competition among health insurers, thereby reducing the cost of health insurance in New Hampshire.

IV. That by allowing health insurance companies to provide health insurance policies not including previously mandated coverages, it is in the interest of the residents of New Hampshire that those policies clearly state both what health insurance coverages are being provided as well as those previously mandated coverages which are not provided.

V. That it is also in the interest of the residents of New Hampshire that all health insurance companies providing health insurance coverage in New Hampshire be subject to the jurisdiction and courts of the state of New Hampshire.

420-L:2 Definitions. In this chapter: The words and terms, “certificate,” “commissioner,” “company,” “insurer,” “policy” and “policy form,” whether used in the singular or plural, shall have the same meanings in this chapter as provided in RSA 420-H:2.

420-L:3 Acceptance of Out-of-State Licensed Health Care Companies and Insurers. All companies and insurers that are licensed to provide health or medical insurance policy in any state of the United states shall be allowed to provide health care insurance to residents of New Hampshire, upon satisfaction of the conditions set forth in RSA 420-L:4.

420-L:4 Conditions for Companies and Insurers Providing Health Insurance Coverage in New Hampshire. Each company and insurer providing any health or medical insurance policy to a resident of New Hampshire:

I. Shall be licensed to provide health or medical insurance policies in New Hampshire or any other state of the United States.

II. Shall register with the commissioner and annually renew such registration through procedures or regulations adopted by the commissioner.

III. Shall be registered with the New Hampshire secretary of state, either as a domestic or foreign corporation or business, to do business in the state of New Hampshire.

IV. If not licensed in New Hampshire to provide such policies to residents of New Hampshire, shall annual certify to the commissioner that it is licensed in another state of the United States to provide such policies to insureds.

V. Shall use only policy forms and certificates approved by the commissioner if any of the mandated coverages listed in RSA 420-L:7 is not going to be provided pursuant to that policy form or certificate.

420-L:5 Appointment of Commissioner as Agent for Service of Process; Designation of Forum, Venue and Jurisdiction. Companies and insurers providing any health or medical insurance policy to a resident of New Hampshire shall be deemed to have irrevocably appointed the commissioner as agent for service of process and, not withstanding any language in a policy or certificate or otherwise, to have agreed that the courts of the state of New Hampshire shall be the proper, convenient and exclusive forum, venue and jurisdiction for resolving all disputes with residents of the state of New Hampshire and arising under all its health or medical insurance policies and certificates covering residents of the state of New Hampshire.

420-L:6 Pre-Approval of Policies and Certificates. Prior to providing health or medical insurance coverage to any resident of New Hampshire pursuant to a policy or a certificate that does not provide all of the mandated coverages set forth in RSA 420-L:7, the company or insurer providing such health or medical insurance coverage shall submit the policy and certificate to the commissioner for the commissioner to determine if the submitted policy and certificate satisfies the requirements of RSA 420-H and otherwise is reasonably understandable with regard to coverages and exclusions from coverages. If the commissioner reasonably determines that the policy or certificate fails to do so, the commissioner shall so inform the company or insurer and specify changes to be made to achieve compliance with RSA 420-H and for the policy and certificate to be reasonably understandable with regard to coverages and exclusions from coverages. If the commissioner fails to make and communicate a reasonable determination within 60 days of the submission of the policy or certificate, the submitted policy and certificate shall be deemed for all purposes to satisfy this provision.

420-L:7 Mandated Coverages for Approved Policies and Certificates Not Required.

I. Any company or insurer may, through a policy or certificate approved or deemed approved pursuant to RSA 420-L:6, provide health or medical insurance coverage that does not include any statutorily or regulatory mandated health or medical insurance coverages, including without limitation those listed in RSA 420-L:7, II and those which may hereafter be mandated by statute or regulation.

II. Policies and certificates approved or deemed approved pursuant to RSA 420-L:6 shall not be required to include any of the coverages listed or described in the following statutory provisions: RSA 135-C:10, I(c); RSA 415:6-b; RSA 415:6-c; RSA 415:6-d; RSA 415:6-e; RSA 415:6-g; RSA 415:6-j; RSA 415:6-l; RSA 415:6-m; RSA 415:6-n; RSA 415:6-o; RSA 415:18-a; RSA 415:18-c; RSA 415:18-d; RSA 415:18-e; RSA 415:18-f; RSA 415:18-g; RSA 415:18-h; RSA 415:18-i; RSA 415:18-j; RSA 415:18-l;

RSA 415:18-n; RSA 415:18-q; RSA 415:18-r; RSA 415:18-s; RSA 415:18-t; RSA 417-E; RSA 420-A:8-r;

RSA 420-A:13; RSA 420-A:14; RSA 420-A:17; RSA 420-A:17-a; RSA 420-A:17-b; RSA 420-A:17-c; RSA 420-A:17-f; RSA 420-A:17-g; RSA 420-B:8-b; RSA 420-B:8-e; RSA 420-B:8-ee; RSA 420-B:8-f; RSA 420-B;8-ff; RSA 420-B:8-gg; RSA 420-B:8-j; RSA 420-B:8-k; RSA 420-B:8-l, I.

420-L:8 Interpretation. All policies and certificates which are submitted for approval under RSA 420-L:6 are to be interpreted broadly so as to find coverages unless plainly and clearly excluded, and in favor of the insured or beneficiaries of such policy or certificates.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

LBAO

10-2485

12/07/09

HB 1585-FN - FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates.

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The Insurance Department states this bill may decrease state general fund revenue, county expenditures, and local expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2010 and each year thereafter. There is no fiscal impact on county and local revenue or state expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

    The Insurance Department states this bill allows companies not otherwise licensed by the Department to engage in the business of health insurance in the State under certain conditions and allows companies to write health insurance policies that do not comply with certain mandated benefits. To the extent policies can be sold without certain mandated benefits, lower cost options may be available leading to a decrease in expenditures for county and local governments. The Department states the lower cost option may cause a decrease in premium tax revenue. Additionally, the Department is unclear what premium tax rate, if any would apply to the non-licensed companies which may result in a decrease in revenue.

Links

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Action Dates

Date Body Type

Bill Text Revisions

HB1585 Revision: 16160 Date: Dec. 10, 2009, midnight

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