2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 632. Insurance contracts in specific lines.
632.7495 Guaranteed renewability of individual health insurance coverage.

632.7495

632.7495 Guaranteed renewability of individual health insurance coverage.

632.7495(1)

(1)

632.7495(1)(a)

(a) Except as provided in subs. (2) to (4) and notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer that provides individual health benefit plan coverage shall renew such coverage or continue such coverage in force at the option of the insured individual and, if applicable, the association through which the individual has coverage.

632.7495(1)(b)

(b) At the time of coverage renewal, the insurer may modify the individual health benefit plan coverage policy form as long as the modification is consistent with state law and effective on a uniform basis among all individuals with coverage under that policy form.

632.7495(2)

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

632.7495(2)(a)

(a) The individual or, if applicable, the association through which the individual has coverage has failed to pay premiums or contributions in accordance with the terms of the health insurance coverage or in a timely manner.

632.7495(2)(b)

(b) The individual or, if applicable, the association through which the individual has coverage 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 health insurance coverage.

632.7495(2)(c)

(c) The insurer is ceasing to offer individual health benefit plan coverage in accordance with sub. (3) and any other applicable state law.

632.7495(2)(d)

(d) In the case of individual health benefit plan coverage that the insurer offers through a network plan, the individual no longer resides, lives or works in the service area or in an area in which the insurer is authorized to do business. Coverage may be terminated if this paragraph applies only if the coverage is terminated uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of covered individuals.

632.7495(2)(e)

(e) In the case of individual health benefit plan coverage that the insurer offers only through one or more bona fide associations, the individual 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 covered individuals.

632.7495(2)(f)

(f) The individual is eligible for medicare and the commissioner by rule permits coverage to be terminated.

632.7495(3)

(3)

632.7495(3)(a)

(a) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may discontinue offering in this state a particular type of individual health benefit plan coverage, but only if all of the following apply:

632.7495(3)(a)1.

1. The insurer provides notice of the discontinuance to each individual for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state and, if applicable, to the association through which the individual has coverage at least 90 days before the date on which the coverage will be discontinued.

632.7495(3)(a)2.

2. The insurer offers to each individual for whom the insurer provides coverage of this type in this state and, if applicable, to the association through which the individual has coverage the option to purchase any other type of individual health insurance coverage that the insurer offers for individuals.

632.7495(3)(a)3.

3. In electing 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 enrolled individuals or individuals who may become eligible for the type of coverage described under subd. 2.

632.7495(3)(b)

(b) Notwithstanding s. 631.36 (2) to (4m), an insurer may discontinue offering individual health benefit plan coverage in this state, but only if all of the following apply:

632.7495(3)(b)1.

1. The insurer provides notice of the discontinuance to the commissioner and to each individual for whom the insurer provides individual health benefit plan coverage in this state and, if applicable, to the association through which the individual has coverage at least 180 days before the date on which the coverage will be discontinued.

632.7495(3)(b)2.

2. All individual health benefit plan coverage issued or delivered for issuance in this state is discontinued and coverage under such coverage is not renewed.

632.7495(3)(b)3.

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

632.7495(4)

(4) Except as the commissioner may provide by rule under sub. (5) and notwithstanding subs. (1) and (2) and s. 631.36 (4), an insurer is not required to renew individual health benefit plan coverage that complies with all of the following:

632.7495(4)(a)

(a) The coverage is marketed and designed to provide short-term coverage as a bridge between coverages.

632.7495(4)(b)

(b) The coverage has a term of not more than 12 months.

632.7495(4)(c)

(c) The coverage term aggregated with all consecutive periods of the insurer's coverage of the insured by individual health benefit plan coverage not required to be renewed under this subsection does not exceed 18 months. For purposes of this paragraph, coverage periods are consecutive if there are no more than 63 days between the coverage periods.

632.7495(4)(d)

(d) Rules promulgated by the commissioner under sub. (5).

632.7495(5)

(5) The commissioner shall promulgate rules governing disclosures related to, and may promulgate rules setting standards for, the sale of individual health benefit plans that an insurer is not required to renew under sub. (4).

632.7495 - ANNOT.

History: 1997 a. 27, 237; 2009 a. 28.

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