2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:27A-12 - Procedures for equitable sharing of program losses.

17B:27A-12 Procedures for equitable sharing of program losses.

11. The board shall establish procedures for the equitable sharing of program losses among all members in accordance with their total market share as follows:

a. (1) By March 1, 1999, and following the close of each two-year calculation period thereafter, or on a different date established by the board:

(a) every carrier issuing health benefits plans in this State shall file with the board its net earned premium for the preceding two-year calculation period; and

(b) every carrier issuing individual health benefits plans in the State shall file with the board the net earned premium on health benefits plans issued pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection b. of section 2 and section 3 of this act and the claims paid. If the claims paid for all health benefits plans during the two-year calculation period exceed 115% of the net earned premium and any investment income thereon for the two-year calculation period, the amount of the excess shall be the net paid loss for the carrier that shall be reimbursable under this act.

(2) Every member shall be liable for an assessment to reimburse carriers issuing individual health benefits plans in this State which sustain net paid losses during the two-year calculation period, unless the member has received an exemption from the board pursuant to subsection d. of this section and has written a minimum number of non-group person life years as provided for in that subsection. The assessment of each member shall be in the proportion that the net earned premium of the member for the two-year calculation period preceding the assessment bears to the net earned premium of all members for the two-year calculation period preceding the assessment. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection to the contrary, a medical service corporation or a hospital service corporation shall not be liable for an assessment to reimburse carriers which sustain net paid losses.

(3) A member that is financially impaired may seek from the commissioner a deferment in whole or in part from any assessment issued by the board. The commissioner may defer, in whole or in part, the assessment of the member if, in the opinion of the commissioner, the payment of the assessment would endanger the ability of the member to fulfill its contractual obligations. If an assessment against a member is deferred in whole or in part, the amount by which the assessment is deferred may be assessed against the other members in a manner consistent with the basis for assessment set forth in this section. The member receiving the deferment shall remain liable to the program for the amount deferred.

b. The participation in the program as a member, the establishment of rates, forms or procedures, or any other joint or collective action required by this act shall not be the basis of any legal action, criminal or civil liability, or penalty against the program, a member of the board or a member of the program either jointly or separately except as otherwise provided in this act.

c. Payment of an assessment made under this section shall be a condition of issuing health benefits plans in the State for a carrier. Failure to pay the assessment shall be grounds for forfeiture of a carrier's authorization to issue health benefits plans of any kind in the State, as well as any other penalties permitted by law.

d. (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of this act to the contrary, a carrier may apply to the board, by a date established by the board, for an exemption from the assessment and reimbursement for losses provided for in this section. A carrier which applies for an exemption shall agree to cover a minimum number of non-group person life years on an open enrollment community rated basis, under a managed care or indemnity plan, as specified in this subsection, provided that any indemnity plan so issued conforms with sections 2 through 7, inclusive, of P.L.1992, c.161 (C.17B:27A-3 through 17B:27A-8). For the purposes of this subsection, non-group persons include individually enrolled persons, conversion policies issued pursuant to this act, Medicare cost and risk lives and Medicaid recipients; except that in determining whether the carrier meets the minimum number of non-group person life years required to be covered pursuant to this subsection, the number of Medicaid recipients and Medicare cost and risk lives shall not exceed 50% of the total. Pursuant to regulations adopted by the board, the carrier shall determine the number of non-group person life years it has covered by adding the number of non-group persons covered on the last day of each calendar quarter of the two-year calculation period, taking into account the limitations on counting Medicaid recipients and Medicare cost and risk lives, and dividing the total by eight.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection to the contrary, a health maintenance organization qualified pursuant to the "Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973," Pub.L.93-222 (42 U.S.C. s.300e et seq.) and tax exempt pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of section 501 of the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. s.501, may include up to one third Medicaid recipients and up to one third Medicare recipients in determining whether it meets its minimum number of non-group person life years.

(3) The minimum number of non-group person life years required to be covered, as determined by the board, shall equal the total number of non-group person life years of community rated, individually enrolled or insured persons, including Medicare cost and risk lives and enrolled Medicaid lives, of all carriers subject to this act for the two-year calculation period, multiplied by the proportion that that carrier's net earned premium bears to the net earned premium of all carriers for that two-year calculation period, including those carriers that are exempt from the assessment.

(4) On or before March 1 of the first year of each two-year calculation period, every carrier seeking an exemption pursuant to this subsection shall file with the board a statement of its net earned premium for the two-year calculation period. The board shall determine each carrier's minimum number of non-group person life years in accordance with this subsection.

(5) On or before March 1 of each year immediately following the close of a two-year calculation period, every carrier that was granted an exemption for the preceding two-year calculation period shall file with the board the number of non-group person life years, by category, covered for the two-year calculation period.

To the extent that the carrier has failed to cover the minimum number of non-group person life years established by the board, the carrier shall be assessed by the board on a pro rata basis for any differential between the minimum number established by the board and the actual number covered by the carrier.

(6) A carrier that applies for the exemption shall be deemed to be in compliance with the requirements of this subsection if it has covered 100% of the minimum number of non-group person life years required.

(7) Any carrier that writes both managed care and indemnity business that is granted an exemption pursuant to this subsection may satisfy its obligation to cover a minimum number of non-group person life years by issuing either managed care or indemnity business, or both.

e. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1997, c.146).

f. The loss assessment for the 2007-2008 two-year calculation period shall be the last loss assessment authorized under this section, and no further loss assessments shall be calculated or collected; provided, however, that nothing in this subsection shall relieve a carrier of its obligations for loss assessments authorized under this section prior to the effective date of this section of P.L.2008, c.38.

L.1992, c.161, s.11; amended 1997, c.146, s.6; 2008, c.38, s.18.

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