2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 632. Insurance contracts in specific lines.
632.749 Contract termination and renewability.

632.749

632.749 Contract termination and renewability.

632.749(1)

(1)

632.749(1)(a)

(a) Except as provided in subs. (2) to (4) and notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer that offers a group health benefit plan shall renew such coverage or continue such coverage in force at the option of the employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor.

632.749(1)(b)

(b) At the time of coverage renewal, the insurer may modify a group health benefit plan issued in the large group market.

632.749(2)

(2) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may nonrenew or discontinue a group health benefit plan, but only if any of the following applies:

632.749(2)(a)

(a) The plan sponsor has failed to pay premiums or contributions in accordance with the terms of the group health benefit plan or in a timely manner.

632.749(2)(b)

(b) The plan sponsor has performed an act or engaged in a practice that constitutes fraud or made an intentional misrepresentation of material fact under the terms of the coverage.

632.749(2)(c)

(c) The plan sponsor has failed to comply with a material plan provision that is permitted under law relating to employer contribution or group participation rules.

632.749(2)(d)

(d) The insurer is ceasing to offer coverage in the market in which the group health benefit plan is included in accordance with sub. (3) and any other applicable state law.

632.749(2)(e)

(e) In the case of a group health benefit plan that the insurer offers through a network plan, there is no longer an enrollee under the plan who resides, lives or works in the service area of the insurer or in an area in which the insurer is authorized to do business and, in the case of the small group market, the insurer would deny enrollment under the plan under s. 635.19 (2) (a) 1.

632.749(2)(f)

(f) In the case of a group health benefit plan that is made available only through one or more bona fide associations, the employer ceases to be a member of the association on which the coverage is based. Coverage may be terminated if this paragraph applies only if the coverage is terminated uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of any covered individual.

632.749(3)

(3)

632.749(3)(a)

(a) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may discontinue offering in this state a particular type of group health benefit plan offered in either the large group market or the group market other than the large group market, but only if all of the following apply:

632.749(3)(a)1.

1. The insurer provides notice of the discontinuance to each employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state, and to the participants and beneficiaries covered under the coverage, at least 90 days before the date on which the coverage will be discontinued.

632.749(3)(a)2.

2. The insurer offers to each employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state the option to purchase from among all of the other group health benefit plans that the insurer offers in the market in which is included the type of group health benefit plan that is being discontinued, except that in the case of the large group market, the insurer must offer each employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor the option to purchase one other group health benefit plan that the insurer offers in the large group market.

632.749(3)(a)3.

3. In exercising the option to discontinue coverage of this particular type and in offering the option to purchase coverage under subd. 2., the insurer acts uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of any covered participants or beneficiaries or any participants or beneficiaries who may become eligible for coverage.

632.749(3)(b)

(b) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may discontinue offering in this state all group health benefit plans in the large group market or in the group market other than the large group market, or in both such group markets, but only if all of the following apply:

632.749(3)(b)1.

1. The insurer provides notice of the discontinuance to the commissioner and to each employer and, if applicable, plan sponsor for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state, and to the participants and beneficiaries covered under the coverage, at least 180 days before the date on which the coverage will be discontinued.

632.749(3)(b)2.

2. All group health benefit plans issued or delivered for issuance in this state in the affected market or markets are discontinued and coverage under such group health benefit plans is not renewed.

632.749(3)(b)3.

3. The insurer does not issue or deliver for issuance in this state any group health benefit plan in the affected market or markets before 5 years after the day on which the last group health benefit plan is discontinued under subd. 2.

632.749(4)

(4) This section does not apply to a group health benefit plan offered by the state under s. 40.51 (6) or by the group insurance board under s. 40.51 (7).

632.749 - ANNOT.

History: 1995 a. 289; 1997 a. 27.

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