Sec. 31 . (a) If an eligible employee who has been continuously covered under a health insurance plan for at least ninety (90) days:
(1) loses coverage under the plan as the result of:
(A) termination of employment;
(B) reduction of hours;
(C) marriage dissolution; or
(D) attainment of any age specified in the plan;
(2) is not eligible for continuation coverage under the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 1; and
(3) requests a conversion policy from the small employer insurer that insured the health insurance plan;
the individual is entitled to receive a conversion policy from the small employer insurer.
(b) A request under subsection (a) must be made within thirty (30) days after the individual loses coverage under the health insurance plan.
(c) The premium for a conversion policy issued under this section shall not exceed one hundred fifty percent (150%) of the rate that would have been charged under the small employer health insurance plan with respect to the individual if the individual had been covered as an eligible employee under the plan during the same period. If the health insurance plan under which the individual was covered is canceled or is not renewed, the rates shall be based on the rate that would have been charged with respect to the individual if the plan had continued in force, as determined by the small employer insurer in accordance with standard actuarial principles.
(d) A conversion policy issued under this section must be approved by the insurance commissioner as described in IC 27-8-5-1 . The commissioner may not approve a conversion policy unless the policy and its benefits are:
(2) reasonable in relation to the premium charged; and
(3) in compliance with IC 27-8-6-1 .
If the benefit limits of the conversion policy are not more than the benefit limits of the small employer's health insurance plan, the small employer insurer shall credit the individual with any waiting period, deductible, or coinsurance credited to the individual under the small employer's health insurance plan.
(e) This section expires on the effective date of a mechanism enacted by the general assembly to offset the potential fiscal impact on small employers and small employer insurers that results from the establishment of a continuation policy under section 31.1 of this chapter.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Indiana Code Title 27. Insurance § 27-8-15-31 - last updated June 08, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/in/title-27-insurance/in-code-sect-27-8-15-31.html
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