(a)General requirement. In order to participate in an Exchange, a health insurance issuer must have in effect a certification issued or recognized by the Exchange to demonstrate that each health plan it offers in the Exchange is a QHP.
(b)QHP issuer requirement. A QHP issuer must—
(1) Comply with the requirements of this subpart with respect to each of its QHPs on an ongoing basis;
(2) Comply with Exchange processes, procedures, and requirements set forth in accordance with subpart K ofpart 155 and, in the small group market, § 155.705 of this subchapter;
(3) Ensure that each QHP complies with benefit design standards, as defined in§ 156.20;
(4) Be licensed and in good standing to offer health insurance coverage in each State in which the issuer offers health insurance coverage;
(5) Implement and report on a quality improvement strategy or strategies described insection 1311(c)(1)(E) of the Affordable Care Act consistent with the standards of section 1311(g) of the Affordable Care Act, disclose and report information on health care quality and outcomes described in sections 1311(c)(1)(H), (c)(1)(I), and (c)(3) of the Affordable Care Act, and implement appropriate enrollee satisfaction surveys consistent with section 1311(c)(4) of the Affordable Care Act
(6) Pay any applicable user fees assessed under§ 156.50; and
(7) Comply with the standards related to the risk adjustment program under45 CFR part 153.
(c)Offering requirements. A QHP issuer must offer through the Exchange:
(1) At least one QHP in the silver coverage level and at least one QHP in the gold coverage level as described insection 1302(d)(1) of the Affordable Care Act; and,
(2) A child-only plan at the same level of coverage, as described insection 1302(d)(1) of the Affordable Care Act, as any QHP offered through the Exchange to individuals who, as of the beginning of the plan year, have not attained the age of 21.
(d)State requirements. A QHP issuer certified by an Exchange must adhere to the requirements of this subpart and any provisions imposed by the Exchange, or a State in connection with its Exchange, that are conditions of participation or certification with respect to each of its QHPs.
(e)Non-discrimination. A QHP issuer must not, with respect to its QHP, discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.
(f)Broker compensation in a Federally-facilitated Exchange. A QHP issuer must pay the same broker compensation for QHPs offered through a Federally-facilitated Exchange that the QHP issuer pays for similar health plans offered in the State outside a Federally-facilitated Exchange.
(g)Certification standard specific to a Federally-facilitated Exchange. A Federally-facilitated Exchange may certify a QHP in the individual market of a Federally-facilitated Exchange only if the QHP issuer meets one of the conditions below:
(1) The QHP issuer also offers through a Federally-facilitated SHOP serving that State at least one small group market QHP at the silver level of coverage and one at the gold level of coverage as described insection 1302(d) of the Affordable Care Act;
(2) The QHP issuer does not offer small group market products in that State, but another issuer in the same issuer group offers through a Federally-facilitated SHOP serving that State at least one small group market QHP at the silver level of coverage and one at the gold level of coverage; or
(3) Neither the issuer nor any other issuer in the same issuer group has a share of the small group market, as determined by HHS, greater than 20 percent, based on the earned premiums submitted by all issuers in the State's small group market, under§ 158.110 of this subchapter, on the reporting date immediately preceding the due date of the application for QHP certification.
(h)Operational requirements. As a condition of certification of a QHP, an issuer must attest that it will comply with all QHP operational requirements described in subparts D, E, H, K, L, and M of this part.