SB 178: "An Act relating to small employer health insurance."

00SENATE BILL NO. 178 01 "An Act relating to small employer health insurance." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 21.56.160(b) is amended to read: 04  (b) A small employer insurer that cannot offer coverage under (a)(3) of this 05 section may not offer health insurance coverage in the applicable area to new cases of 06 employer groups with more than 50 [25] eligible employees or to small employer 07 groups until the later of 180 days following each refusal or the date on which the 08 insurer notifies the director that it has regained capacity to deliver services to small 09 employer groups. 10 * Sec. 2. AS 21.56.250(23) is amended to read: 11  (23) "small employer" means a person, firm, corporation, partnership, 12 or association actively engaged in business whose total employed work force consisted 13 of, on at least 50 percent of its working days during the preceding 12 months, at least 14 two but not more than 50 [25] eligible employees, the majority of whom are employed

01 within the state; in determining the number of eligible employees, companies that are 02 affiliated companies or that are eligible to file a combined tax return for purposes of 03 federal taxation, are considered one employer; except as otherwise specifically 04 provided, provisions of this chapter that apply to a small employer that has a health 05 benefit plan continue to apply until the plan anniversary following the date the 06 employer no longer meets the requirements of this definition; 07 * Sec. 3. Section 11(e), ch. 39, SLA 1993, is amended to read: 08  (e) Notwithstanding AS 21.56.070, enacted in sec. 5 of this Act, the board of 09 directors of the Small Employer Health Reinsurance Association shall provide the 10 report required under AS 21.56.070 to the director of the division of insurance 11 annually until December 31, 1999 [1997].