Extension of Non-ACA-Compliant Small Group and Individual Policies and Plans

On April 19, 2018, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Ommen released Bulletin 18-01 related to the extension of non-ACA-compliant small group and individual policies and plans. As background, on April 9, 2018, the federal government announced an additional transition policy that allows insurers (if allowed by the state) to renew non-grandfathered non-ACA-compliant plans (this transitional relief has been extended several times). Such policies aren’t required to be in compliance with certain ACA mandates, including community rating, coverage of essential health benefits, prohibition on pre-existing condition exclusions and the annual out-of-pocket maximum limit.

The bulletin states that Iowa will allow insurers to renew policies in the individual market and the small group market as long as the policy ends by Dec. 31, 2019, according to the extended transitional policy. Employers with non-ACA-compliant plans should work with their insurer and advisor on any policy extension.

Bulletin 18-01 »