Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session


Parts: A B C D E F G H I J

Chapter 244

H.P. 821 - L.D. 1180

PART C

Sec. C-1. 24 MRSA 2321, sub-1, as amended by PL 2003, c. 428, Pt. F, 1, is further amended to read:

1.Filing of rate information. Every nonprofit hospital and medical service organization shall file with the superintendent every rate, rating formula and every modification of any of the foregoing that it proposes to use in connection with individual health insurance contracts, group Medicare supplement contracts as defined in Title 24-A, chapter 67, group nursing home or long-term care contracts as defined in Title 24-A, chapter 68 or 68-A, and certain group contracts included within the definition of "individual health plan" in Title 24-A, section 2736-C, subsection 1, paragraph C. Every filing under this subsection must state the effective date of the filing. Every filing under this subsection must be made not less than 60 days in advance of the stated effective date unless the 60-day requirement is waived by the superintendent for a period of time not to exceed 30 days. In the case of a filing that meets the criteria in subsection 4, the superintendent may suspend the effective date for a longer period not to exceed 30 days from the date the organization satisfactorily responds to any reasonable discovery requests.

Sec. C-2. 24 MRSA 2321, sub-4, as amended by PL 2001, c. 432, 2, is repealed.

Sec. C-3. 24 MRSA 2321, sub-5, as amended by PL 2001, c. 432, 3, is repealed.

Sec. C-4. 24-A MRSA 2735-A, sub-1, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 432, 4, is amended to read:

1.Notice of rate filing or rate increase on existing policies. An insurer offering individual health plans as defined in section 2736-C must provide written notice by first class mail of a rate filing to all affected policyholders at least 60 days before the effective date of any proposed increase in premium rates or any proposed rating formula, classification of risks or modification of any formula or classification of risks. The notice must also inform policyholders of their right to request a hearing pursuant to section 229 or a special rate hearing pursuant to section 2736, subsection 4 or Title 24, section 2321, subsection 5. The notice must show the proposed rate and state that the rate is subject to regulatory approval. The superintendent may not take final action on a rate filing until 40 days after the date notice is mailed by an insurer. An increase in premium rates may not be implemented until 60 days after the notice is provided or until the effective date under section 2736, whichever is later.

Sec. C-5. 24-A MRSA 2736, sub-3, as amended by PL 2007, c. 629, Pt. M, 1, is repealed.

Sec. C-6. 24-A MRSA 2736, sub-4, as amended by PL 2007, c. 629, Pt. M, 2, is repealed.

Sec. C-7. 24-A MRSA 2808-B, sub-2-A, A, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 469, Pt. E, 16, is amended to read:

A.Every filing must state the effective date of the filing. Every filing must be made not less than 60 days in advance of the stated effective date, unless the 60-day requirement is waived by the superintendent. The effective date may be suspended by the superintendent for a period of time not to exceed 30 days. In the case of a filing that meets the criteria in subsection 2-B, paragraph E, the superintendent may suspend the effective date for a longer period not to exceed 30 days from the date the carrier satisfactorily responds to any reasonable discovery requests.

Sec. C-8. 24-A MRSA 2808-B, sub-2-B, E, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 469, Pt. E, 16, is repealed.

Sec. C-9. 24-A MRSA 2808-B, sub-2-B, F, as amended by PL 2007, c. 629, Pt. M, 9, is repealed.

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