Conditional Renewal for Non-ACA-Compliant Plans Extended

On April 4, 2019, Idaho Department of Insurance Director Cameron released Bulletin No. 19-02 related to the extension of non-ACA compliant small group and individual policies and plans. As background, on March 25, 2019, CMS provided guidance for a transition policy extension that allows insurers the option to renew non-grandfathered non-ACA-compliant plans, as long as the state allows. Such transition policies are not 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.

Transitional relief for these “grandmothered” plans has been extended several times before, and this bulletin applies the most recent federal extension to ID and allows insurers to renew policies in the individual market and the small group market according to the extended transitional policy through December 31, 2020. Please note, however, that such carriers must continue to abide by requirements outlined in Bulletin 16-03 (meaning that all grandmothered plans will be on a calendar-year renewal schedule).

Additionally, carriers are required to provide a notice at renewal which informs the individual or small employer of the option to renew the existing coverage or to enroll in a new plan on or off the ID marketplace. The notice must also inform them that some ACA market reforms are not included in their current plans. There is a model notice available on the department’s website that must be used without modification, and must be mailed without any other materials except for a cover letter, which may include the renewal premium.

Small employers that are interested in renewing their non-ACA-compliant plan should work with their advisors and insurers.

Bulletin 19-02 »