INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE AVAILABILITY ACT
41-5203. Definitions. As used in this chapter:
(1) "Actuarial certification" means a written statement by a member of the American academy of actuaries or other individual acceptable to the director that an individual carrier is in compliance with the provisions of section 41-5206, Idaho Code, based upon the person’s examination and including a review of the appropriate records and the actuarial assumptions and methods used by the individual carrier in establishing premium rates for applicable health benefit plans.
(2) "Affiliate" or "affiliated" means any entity or person who directly or indirectly through one (1) or more intermediaries, controls or is controlled by, or is under common control with, a specified entity or person.
(3) "Agent" means a producer as defined in section 41-1003(8), Idaho Code.
(4) "Base premium rate" means, as to a rating period, the lowest premium rate charged or that could have been charged under a rating system by the individual carrier to individuals with similar case characteristics for health benefit plans with the same or similar coverage.
(5) "Carrier" means any entity that provides health insurance in this state. For purposes of this chapter, carrier includes an insurance company, a hospital or professional service corporation, a fraternal benefit society, a health maintenance organization, any entity providing health insurance coverage or benefits to residents of this state as certificate holders under a group policy issued or delivered outside of this state, and any other entity providing a plan of health insurance or health benefits subject to state insurance regulation.
(6) "Case characteristics" means demographic or other objective characteristics of an individual that are considered by the individual carrier in the determination of premium rates for the individual, provided that claim experience, health status and duration of coverage shall not be case characteristics for the purposes of this chapter.
(7) "Control" shall be defined in the same manner as in section 41-3802(2), Idaho Code.
(8) "Dependent" in any new or renewing plan means a spouse, an unmarried child under the age of twenty-five (25) years and who receives more than one-half (1/2) of his financial support from the parent, or an unmarried child of any age who is medically certified as disabled and dependent upon the parent.
(9) "Director" means the director of the department of insurance of the state of Idaho.
(10) "Eligible individual" means an Idaho resident individual or dependent of an Idaho resident:
(a) Who is under the age of sixty-five (65) years, is not eligible for coverage under a group health plan, part A or part B of title XVIII of the social security act (medicare), or a state plan under title XIX (medicaid) or any successor program, and who does not have other health insurance coverage; or
(b) Who is a federally eligible individual (one who meets the eligibility criteria set forth in the federal health insurance portability and accountability act of 1996, Public Law 104-191, Sec. 2741(b) (HIPAA)).
An "eligible individual" can be the dependent of an eligible employee, which eligible employee is receiving health insurance benefits subject to the regulation of title 41, Idaho Code.
(11) "Enhanced short-term plan" means an individual health benefit plan that:
(a) Has an initial period of less than twelve (12) months and is renewable at the option of the individual for up to the number of months established by rules issued pursuant to section 41-5214, Idaho Code; and
(b) Otherwise meets the standards established by rules issued pursuant to section 41-5214, Idaho Code.
(12) "Established geographic service area" means a geographic area, as approved by the director and based on the carrier’s certificate of authority to transact insurance in this state, within which the carrier is authorized to provide coverage.
(13) "Health benefit plan" means any hospital or medical policy or certificate, any subscriber contract provided by a hospital or professional service corporation, or health maintenance organization subscriber contract and includes enhanced short-term plans. Health benefit plan does not include policies or certificates of insurance for specific disease, hospital confinement indemnity, accident-only, credit, dental, vision, medicare supplement, long-term care, or disability income insurance, student health benefits only, coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance, worker’s compensation or similar insurance, automobile medical payment insurance, or nonrenewable short-term coverage issued for a period of twelve (12) months or less.
(14) "Index rate" means, as to a rating period for individuals with similar case characteristics, the arithmetic average of the applicable base premium rate and the corresponding highest premium rate.
(15) "Individual basic health benefit plan" means a lower cost health benefit plan developed pursuant to chapter 55, title 41, Idaho Code, prior to April 1, 2017.
(16) "Individual carrier" means a carrier that offers health benefit plans covering eligible individuals and their dependents.
(17) "Individual catastrophic A health benefit plan" means a higher limit health benefit plan developed pursuant to chapter 55, title 41, Idaho Code, prior to April 1, 2017.
(18) "Individual catastrophic B health benefit plan" means a health benefit plan with limits higher than an individual catastrophic A health benefit plan developed pursuant to chapter 55, title 41, Idaho Code, prior to April 1, 2017.
(19) "Individual HSA compatible health benefit plan" means a health savings account compatible health benefit plan developed pursuant to chapter 55, title 41, Idaho Code, prior to April 1, 2017.
(20) "Individual standard health benefit plan" means a health benefit plan developed pursuant to chapter 55, title 41, Idaho Code, prior to April 1, 2017.
(21) "New business premium rate" means, as to a rating period, the lowest premium rate charged or offered or which could have been charged or offered by the individual carrier to individuals with similar case characteristics for newly issued health benefit plans with the same or similar coverage.
(22) "Premium" means all moneys paid by an individual and eligible dependents as a condition of receiving coverage from a carrier, including any fees or other contributions associated with the health benefit plan.
(23) "Qualifying previous coverage" and "qualifying existing coverage" mean benefits or coverage provided under:
(a) Medicare or medicaid, civilian health and medical program for uniformed services (CHAMPUS), the Indian health service program, a state health benefit risk pool, or any other similar publicly sponsored program; or
(b) Any group or individual health insurance policy or health benefit arrangement whether or not subject to the state insurance laws, including coverage provided by a managed care organization, hospital or professional service corporation, or a fraternal benefit society, that provides benefits similar to or exceeding benefits provided under the basic health benefit plan.
(24) "Rating period" means the calendar period for which premium rates established by a carrier are assumed to be in effect.
(25) "Reinsuring carrier" means a carrier participating in the Idaho individual high-risk reinsurance pool established in chapter 55, title 41, Idaho Code.
(26) "Restricted network provision" means any provision of a health benefit plan that conditions the payment of benefits, in whole or in part, on the use of health care providers that have entered into a contractual arrangement with the carrier to provide health care services to covered individuals.
(27) "Risk-assuming carrier" means a carrier whose application is approved by the director pursuant to section 41-5210, Idaho Code.
[41-5203, added 1994, ch. 427, sec. 1, p. 1338; am. 1995, ch. 360, sec. 8, p. 1254; am. 1997, ch. 321, sec. 20, p. 980; am. 2000, ch. 472, sec. 11, p. 1623; am. 2001, ch. 296, sec. 10, p. 1068; am. 2004, ch. 285, sec. 1, p. 802; am. 2005, ch. 353, sec. 1, p. 1111; am. 2007, ch. 148, sec. 4, p. 434; am. 2009, ch. 125, sec. 9, p. 401; am. 2013, ch. 266, sec. 14, p. 692; am. 2017, ch. 281, sec. 11, p. 741; am. 2019, ch. 301, sec. 1, p. 893.]