(a) Except as provided under AS 21.56.160 , a small employer insurer shall, as a condition of transacting business in this state with small employers, offer to small employers all health care insurance plans the small employer insurer actively markets to small employers in this state, including a basic health care insurance plan and a standard health care insurance plan approved by the director.

Terms Used In Alaska Statutes 21.56.140 - Required offer of coverage

  • amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • state: means the State of Alaska unless applied to the different parts of the United States and in the latter case it includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060

(b) A small employer insurer shall issue a health care insurance plan to a small employer that applies for a plan and shall accept for enrollment under the health care insurance coverage all eligible employees and their dependents who apply for enrollment during the period in which the employee first becomes eligible to enroll under the terms of the plan. A small employer insurer may not place a restriction on an eligible employee or dependent with respect to being a participant or beneficiary that is inconsistent with AS 21.54.100 .

(c) A small employer insurer may not increase a requirement for minimum employee participation or for minimum employer contribution applicable to a small employer at any time after the small employer has been accepted for coverage, except that a small employer insurer may vary application of minimum participation and employer contribution requirements by the size of the small employer group. In applying minimum employee participation requirements, a small employer insurer may not consider employees or dependents who have existing creditable coverage in determining whether the minimum employee participation level is met.

(d) If a small employer insurer offers coverage to a small employer, the small employer insurer shall offer coverage to all of the eligible employees of the small employer and their dependents. A small employer insurer may not offer coverage to only certain individuals in a small employer group or to only part of the group, except in the case of late enrollees as provided in AS 21.54.110 (d). For purposes of complying with this subsection,

(1) a small employer insurer may issue a health care insurance plan that covers only those employees that the small employer selects to be covered under its plan, except that the small employer insurer shall initially offer a plan to the small employer that covers all eligible employees as defined in AS 21.56.250 and their dependents;

(2) a small employer insurer, producer, or any other representative of the small employer insurer may not directly or indirectly influence a small employer in selecting which employees will be covered under the small employer’s health care insurance plan based on the factors concerning unfair discrimination listed in AS 21.54.100 ; and

(3) a small employer insurer shall apply the minimum employee participation and minimum employer contribution requirements to those employees that the small employer selects to be covered under the small employer’s health care insurance plan.

(e) The small employer insurer shall apply this section uniformly to all small employers without regard to the claims experience of the small employers and their employees and dependents or a health status factor of an employee or dependent.

(f) A small employer insurer may not, directly or indirectly, encourage or direct small employers to refrain from filing an application for coverage with a small employer insurer or to seek coverage from another insurer because of a health status factor, the claims experience, the industry, the occupation, the size, or the geographic location of the small employer.

(g) Except as provided in AS 21.54.110 , a small employer insurer may not, by a rider or amendment applicable to a specific individual, restrict or exclude coverage or benefits by type of illness, treatment, medical condition, or service otherwise covered by the plan.

(h) This section does not apply to health care insurance plans offered by a small employer insurer if the insurer makes the health care insurance plans available in the small employer market only through a bona fide association.

(i) The director may, by order, establish benefits, cost sharing levels, exclusions, and limitations for the basic and standard health care insurance plans offered under (a) of this section.