SB 178(TITLE AM): "An Act increasing the number of eligible employees that constitute an employer group for purposes of providing small employer health insurance; amending the definition of `small employer'; and requiring an annual report from the Small Employer Health Reinsurance Association until 1999."
00SENATE BILL NO. 178(title am) 01 "An Act increasing the number of eligible employees that constitute an employer 02 group for purposes of providing small employer health insurance; amending the 03 definition of `small employer'; and requiring an annual report from the Small 04 Employer Health Reinsurance Association until 1999." 05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 * Section 1. AS 21.56.160(b) is amended to read: 07 (b) A small employer insurer that cannot offer coverage under (a)(3) of this 08 section may not offer health insurance coverage in the applicable area to new cases of 09 employer groups with more than 50  eligible employees or to small employer 10 groups until the later of 180 days following each refusal or the date on which the 11 insurer notifies the director that it has regained capacity to deliver services to small 12 employer groups. 13 * Sec. 2. AS 21.56.250(23) is amended to read: 14 (23) "small employer" means a person, firm, corporation, partnership,
01 or association actively engaged in business whose total employed work force consisted 02 of, on at least 50 percent of its working days during the preceding 12 months, at least 03 two but not more than 50  eligible employees, the majority of whom are employed 04 within the state; in determining the number of eligible employees, companies that are 05 affiliated companies or that are eligible to file a combined tax return for purposes of 06 federal taxation, are considered one employer; except as otherwise specifically 07 provided, provisions of this chapter that apply to a small employer that has a health 08 benefit plan continue to apply until the plan anniversary following the date the 09 employer no longer meets the requirements of this definition; 10 * Sec. 3. Section 11(e), ch. 39, SLA 1993, is amended to read: 11 (e) Notwithstanding AS 21.56.070, enacted in sec. 5 of this Act, the board of 12 directors of the Small Employer Health Reinsurance Association shall provide the 13 report required under AS 21.56.070 to the director of the division of insurance 14 annually until December 31, 1999 .