N.J. Admin. Code § 11:21-2.1 - Purpose

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) The Program has been created pursuant to section 12 of P.L. 1992, c.162 (17B:27A-28 ) as amended to assure the availability of the standardized health benefits plans to New Jersey small employers, their full-time employees and the dependents of those eligible employees, on a guaranteed issue basis.
(b) The Board has been created pursuant to Section 13 of P.L. 1992, c.162 (17B:27A-29 ) to administer the Program reasonably and equitably under law.
(c) The Program Plan of Operation ("Plan") has been created in accordance with Section 14 of P.L. 1992, c.162 (17B:27A-30 ) to set forth as completely as possible the reasonable and equitable manner by which the Board will administer the Program under applicable law.
(d) The Program shall be administered by the Board. The Board shall administer the Program in accordance with the Plan developed and adopted by the Board pursuant to law, subject to the review and approval of the Commissioner of Insurance.
(e) The Board shall consist of 18 persons, including the Commissioners of Health and Senior Services and Banking and Insurance or their designees, both of whom shall serve ex officio, and 10 public members who shall be elected by the members of the Program, subject to approval by the Commissioner, and six public members who shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Initially, three of the elected public members of the Board shall be elected for a three year term, three shall be elected for a two year term, and three shall be elected for a one year term. The tenth elected public member, added by P.L. 1994, c.97, shall be elected for a three year term. Initially, of the six appointed public members added to the Board by P.L. 1994, c.97, two shall be appointed for a term of one year, two for a term of two years and two for a term of three years. Of the two elected members added by P.L. 1995, c.298, that is, a health maintenance organization and a carrier whose principal health insurance business is in the small employer market, which new members shall replace the risk-assuming carrier and the reinsuring carrier, one of the two new members shall serve for a term of one year and one of the two new members shall serve for a term of two years. Thereafter, all public members of the Board shall be elected or appointed for a term of three years. A vacancy in the membership of the Board shall be filled for an unexpired term in the manner provided for in the original election or appointment, as appropriate. No carrier shall have more than one representative on the Board, nor shall an HMO carrier and its affiliated insurance company, health service corporation, hospital service corporation, or medical service corporation have more than one representative on the Board.
(f) The following categories shall be represented among the elected public members:
1. Three carriers whose principal health insurance business is in the small employer market;
2. One carrier whose principal health insurance business is in the larger employer market;
3. A health, hospital or medical service corporation;
4. Two health maintenance organizations; and
5. Three persons representing small employers, at least one of whom represents minority small employers.
(g) The following categories shall be represented among the appointed public members:
1. Two insurance producers licensed to sell health insurance pursuant to N.J.S.A. 17:22A-1 et seq.;
2. One representative of organized labor;
3. One physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this State; and
4. Two persons who represent the general public and are not employees of a health benefits plan provider.

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N.J. Admin. Code § 11:21-2.1
Amended by 48 N.J.R. 2360(a), effective 11/7/2016

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