N.J. Admin. Code § 11:21-7.11 - Guaranteed renewal

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

(a) All health benefits plans that are issued or renewed on or after January 1, 1994, must be guaranteed renewable at the option of the policy or contract holder or small employer, except that a carrier may discontinue a health benefits plan pursuant to (b) below or nonrenew a health benefits plan pursuant to (c) below.
(b) A carrier may discontinue a health benefits plan only if:
1. The policyholder, contract holder, or employer has failed to pay premiums or contributions in accordance with the terms of the health benefits plan or the carrier has not received timely premium payments; or
2. The policyholder, contract holder, or employer has performed an act or practice that constitutes fraud or made an intentional misrepresentation of material fact under the terms of the coverage.
(c) A carrier may nonrenew a health benefits plan only if:
1. The number of employees covered under the health benefits plan is less than the number or percentage of employees required by participation requirements under the health benefits policy or contract unless renewal coincides with an employer open enrollment period. Minimum participation rates are calculated once per year at the time of initial group submission and subsequently at the time of renewal;
2. The small employer fails to comply with a small employer carrier's employer contribution requirements unless renewal coincides with an employer open enrollment period. Minimum contribution rates are calculated once per year at the time of initial group submission and subsequently at the time of renewal;
3. The carrier files with the Commissioner to withdraw from the small employer market and meets the requirements of N.J.A.C. 11:21-16;
4. The small employer ceases its membership in an association or trust of employers where the health benefits plan was issued in connection with such membership;
5. The carrier receives approval to cease offering and renewing a particular type of a plan and meets the requirements of N.J.A.C. 11:21-13;
6. The SEH Board discontinues a particular standard health benefits plan or plan option; or
7. In the case of a health maintenance organization plan issued to a small employer:
i. An eligible person who no longer resides, lives, or works in the carrier's approved service area, but only if coverage is terminated under this paragraph uniformly without regard to any health status-related factor of covered individuals; or
ii. A small employer that no longer has any enrollee in connection with such plan who lives, resides, or works in the service area of the carrier and the carrier would deny enrollment with respect to such plan pursuant to 17B:27A-26.

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N.J. Admin. Code § 11:21-7.11
Amended by 48 N.J.R. 2360(a), effective 11/7/2016

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