Idaho Statutes
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TITLE 41
INSURANCE
CHAPTER 52
INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE AVAILABILITY ACT
41-5212.  Standards to assure fair marketing. (1) Each individual carrier shall actively market health benefit plan coverage, including the individual basic, standard, catastrophic A, catastrophic B, and HSA compatible health benefit plans, to eligible individuals in the state. If an individual carrier denies coverage to an individual on the basis of the health status or claims experience of the individual or dependents, the individual carrier shall offer the individual the opportunity to purchase an individual basic, standard, catastrophic A, catastrophic B, or HSA compatible health benefit plan.
(2)  (a) Except as provided in subsection (2)(b) of this section, no individual carrier or agent shall, directly or indirectly, engage in the following activities:
(i)   Encouraging or directing individuals to refrain from filing an application for coverage with the individual carrier because of the health status, claims experience, industry, occupation or geographic location of the individual or dependents.
(ii)  Encouraging or directing individuals to seek coverage from another carrier because of the health status, claims experience, industry, occupation or geographic location of the individual.
(b)  The provisions of subsection (2)(a) of this section shall not apply with respect to information provided by an individual carrier or agent to an individual regarding the established geographic service area or a restricted network provision of an individual carrier.
(3)  (a) Except as provided in subsection (2)(b) of this section, no individual carrier shall, directly or indirectly, enter into any contract, agreement or arrangement with an agent that provides for or results in the compensation paid to an agent for the sale of a health benefit plan to be carried because of the health status, claims experience, industry, occupation or geographic location of the individual.
(b)  The provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection shall not apply with respect to a compensation arrangement that provides compensation to an agent on the basis of percentage of premium, provided that the percentage shall not vary because of the health status, claims experience, industry, occupation or geographic area of the individual.
(4)  An individual carrier shall provide reasonable compensation, as provided under the plan of operation of the individual high risk reinsurance pool, to an agent, if any, for the sale of an individual basic, standard, catastrophic A, catastrophic B, or HSA compatible health benefit plan.
(5)  No individual carrier may terminate, fail to renew or limit its contract or agreement of representation with an agent for any reason related to the health status, claims experience, occupation or geographic location of the individuals placed by the agent with the individual carrier.
(6)  Denial by an individual carrier of an application for coverage from an individual shall be in writing and shall state the reason or reasons for the denial.
(7)  The director may establish rules setting forth additional standards to provide for the fair marketing and broad availability of health benefit plans to individuals in this state.
(8)  (a) A violation of the provisions of this section by an individual carrier or an agent shall be an unfair trade practice pursuant to the provisions of section 41-1302, Idaho Code.
(b)  If an individual carrier enters into a contract, agreement or other arrangement with a third party administrator to provide administrative, marketing or other services related to the offering of health benefit plans to individuals in this state, the third party administrator shall be subject to the provisions of this section as if it were an individual carrier.

History:
[41-5212, added 1994, ch. 427, sec. 1, p. 1347; am. 1995, ch. 360, sec. 11, p. 1260; am. 1997, ch. 321, sec. 23, p. 986; am. 2000, ch. 472, sec. 16, p. 1632; am. 2005, ch. 353, sec. 3, p. 1115.]


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