SMALL EMPLOYER HEALTH INSURANCE AVAILABILITY ACT
41-4704. Applicability and scope. With the exception of a health benefit plan subject to regulation under chapter 52, title 41, Idaho Code, and to the extent permitted by federal law, the provisions of this chapter shall apply to any health benefit plan delivered or issued for delivery in the state of Idaho that provides coverage to the employees of a small employer in this state if any of the following conditions are met:
(1) Any portion of the premium or benefits is paid by or on behalf of the small employer;
(2) An eligible employee or dependent is reimbursed, whether through wage adjustments or otherwise, by or on behalf of the small employer for any portion of the premium;
(3) The health benefit plan is treated by the employer or any of the eligible employees or dependents as part of a plan or program for the purposes of section 162, section 125 or section 106 of the United States internal revenue code.
(4) (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, for the purposes of this chapter, carriers that are affiliated companies or that are eligible to file a consolidated tax return shall be treated as one (1) carrier and any restrictions or limitations imposed in this chapter shall apply as if all health benefit plans delivered or issued for delivery to small employers in this state by such affiliated carriers were issued by one (1) carrier.
(b) An affiliated carrier that is a health maintenance organization having a certificate of authority pursuant to the provisions of chapter 39, title 41, Idaho Code, may be considered to be a separate carrier for the purposes of this chapter.
(c) Unless otherwise authorized by the director, a small employer carrier shall not enter into one (1) or more ceding arrangements with respect to health benefit plans delivered or issued for delivery to small employers in this state if such arrangements would result in less than fifty percent (50%) of the insurance obligation or risk for such health benefit plans being retained by the ceding carrier. The provisions of sections 41-510 and 41-511, Idaho Code, shall apply if a small employer carrier cedes or assumes all of the insurance obligation or risk with respect to one (1) or more health benefit plans delivered or issued for delivery to small employers in this state.
[41-4704, added 1993, ch. 176, sec. 1, p. 438; am. 1994, ch. 427, sec. 3, p. 1352; am. 1995, ch. 360, sec. 3, p. 1240.]