WSR 99-24-005

PERMANENT RULES

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


(Basic Health Plan)

[ Order 99-06 -- Filed November 18, 1999, 11:54 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: November 18, 1999.

Purpose: To allow basic health to close nonsubsidized enrollment and provide transition coverage for subsidized enrollees who lose eligibility for premium subsidy.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 182-25-010, 182-25-030, 182-25-040, and 182-25-090.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.47.050.

Other Authority: RCW 70.47.060 and 70.47.100.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-19-027 on September 8, 1999.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: WAC 182-25-090 (2)(d) has been revised, based on stakeholder input, to clarify disenrollment of nonsubsidized enrollees when no MHCS is available to them.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 4, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, Amended 4, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 4, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

November 18, 1999

Cyndi L. Presnell

for Melodie Bankers

Rules Coordinator

OTS-3383.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-15-018, filed 7/6/98, effective 8/6/98)

WAC 182-25-010
Definitions.

The following definitions apply throughout these rules.

(1) "Administrator" means the administrator of the Washington state health care authority (HCA) or designee.

(2) "Appeal procedure" means a formal written procedure for resolution of problems or concerns raised by enrollees which cannot be resolved in an informal manner to the enrollee's satisfaction.

(3) "Basic health plan" (or BHP) means the system of enrollment and payment on a prepaid capitated basis for basic health care services administered by the administrator through managed health care systems.

(4) "BHP plus" means the program of expanded benefits available to children through coordination between the department of social and health services (DSHS) and basic health plan.  Eligibility for BHP Plus is determined by the department of social and health services, based on Medicaid eligibility criteria. To be eligible for the program children must be under age nineteen, with a family income at or below two hundred percent of federal poverty level, as defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  They must be Washington state residents, not eligible for Medicare, and may be required to meet additional DSHS eligibility requirements.

(5) "Co-payment" means a payment indicated in the schedule of benefits which is made by an enrollee to a health care provider or to the MHCS.

(6) "Covered services" means those services and benefits in the BHP schedule of benefits (as outlined in the member handbook issued to the enrollee, or to a subscriber on behalf of the enrollee), which an enrollee shall be entitled to receive from a managed health care system in exchange for payment of premium and applicable co-payments.

(7) "Disenrollment" means the termination of covered services in BHP for a subscriber and dependents, if any.

(8) "Effective date of enrollment" means the first date, as established by BHP, on which an enrollee is entitled to receive covered services from the enrollee's respective managed health care system.

(9) "Dependent" means:

(a) The subscriber's lawful spouse, not legally separated, who resides with the subscriber; or

(b) The unmarried child of the subscriber or the subscriber's dependent spouse, whether by birth, adoption, legal guardianship, or placement pending adoption, who is:

(i) Younger than age nineteen, and who has not been relinquished for adoption by the subscriber or the subscriber's dependent spouse; or

(ii) Younger than age twenty-three, and a registered student at an accredited secondary school, college, university, technical college, or school of nursing, attending full time, other than during holidays, summer and scheduled breaks; or

(c) A person of any age who is under legal guardianship of the subscriber or the subscriber's dependent spouse, and who is incapable of self-support due to disability.

(10) "Eligible full-time employee" means an employee who meets all eligibility requirements in WAC 182-25-030 and who is regularly scheduled to work thirty or more hours per week for an employer.  The term includes a self-employed individual (including a sole proprietor or a partner of a partnership, and may include an independent contractor) if the individual:

(a) Is regularly scheduled to work thirty hours or more per week; and

(b) Derives at least seventy-five percent of his or her income from a trade or business that is licensed to do business in Washington.

Persons covered under a health benefit plan pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 shall not be considered eligible employees for purposes of minimum participation requirements.

(11) "Eligible part-time employee" means an employee who meets all the criteria in subsection (10) of this section, but who is regularly scheduled to work fewer than thirty hours per week for an employer.

(12) "Employee" means one who is in the employment of an employer, as defined by RCW 50.04.080.

(13) "Employer" means an enterprise licensed to do business in Washington state, as defined by RCW 50.04.080, with employees in addition to the employer, whose wages or salaries are paid by the employer.

(14) "Enrollee" means a person who meets all eligibility requirements, who is enrolled in BHP, and for whom applicable premium payments have been made.

(15) "Family" means an individual or an individual and spouse, if not legally separated, and dependents.  For purposes of eligibility determination and enrollment in the plan, an individual cannot be a member of more than one family.

(16) "Financial sponsor" means a person, organization or other entity, approved by the administrator, that is responsible for payment of all or a designated portion of the monthly premiums on behalf of a subscriber and any dependents.

(17) "Gross family income" means total cash receipts, as defined in (a) of this subsection, before taxes, from all sources, for subscriber and dependents whether or not they are enrolled in BHP, with the exceptions noted in (b) of this subsection.

(a) Income includes:

(i) Money wages, tips and salaries before any deductions;

(ii) Net receipts from nonfarm self-employment (receipts from a person's own unincorporated business, professional enterprise, or partnership, after deductions for business expenses);

(iii) Net receipts from farm self-employment (receipts from a farm which one operates as an owner, renter, or sharecropper, after deductions for farm operating expenses);

(iv) Regular payments from Social Security, railroad retirement, unemployment compensation, strike benefits from union funds, workers' compensation, veterans' payments, public assistance, alimony, child support, military family allotments, private pensions, government employee pensions (including military retirement pay), and regular insurance or annuity payments;

(v) Work study or training stipends;

(vi) Dividends and interest accessible to the enrollee without a penalty;

(vii) Net rental income, net royalties, periodic receipts from estates or trusts, and net gambling or lottery winnings.

(b) Income does not include the following types of money received:

(i) Capital gains;

(ii) Any assets drawn down as withdrawals from a bank, the sale of property, a house or a car;

(iii) Tax refunds, gifts, loans, lump-sum inheritances, one-time insurance payments, or compensation for injury (except workers' compensation);

(iv) Noncash benefits, such as the employer-paid or union-paid portion of health insurance or other employee fringe benefits, food or housing received in lieu of wages, the value of food and fuel produced and consumed on farms, the imputed value of rent from owner-occupied nonfarm or farm housing, and such noncash benefit programs as Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches, and housing assistance;

(v) Income earned by dependent children;

(vi) Income of a family member who resides in another household when such income is not available to the subscriber or dependents seeking enrollment in BHP;

(vii) College or university scholarships, grants, fellowships and assistantships;

(viii) Payments from the department of social and health services adoption support program authorized under RCW 26.33.320 and 74.13.100 through 74.13.145;

(ix) Documented child care expenses for the care of a dependent child of a subscriber may be deducted (at a rate set by the administrator and consistent with Internal Revenue Service requirements) when calculating gross family income.  To qualify for this deduction, the subscriber must be employed during the time the child care expenses were paid, and payment may not be paid to a parent or step parent of the child or to a dependent child of the subscriber or his/her spouse.

(18) "Home care agency" means a private or public agency or organization that administers or provides home care services directly or through a contract arrangement to ill, disabled, or infirm persons in places of temporary or permanent residence, and is licensed by the department of social and health services (DSHS) as a home care agency.  In order to qualify, the agency must be under contract with one of the following DSHS programs: Chore, Medicaid Personal Care, Community Options Program Entry System (COPES) or Respite Care (up to level three).

(19) "Institution" means a federal, state, county, city or other government correctional or detention facility or government-funded facility where health care historically has been provided and funded through the budget of the operating agency, and includes, but is not limited to: Washington state department of corrections institutions; federal, county and municipal government jail and detention institutions; Washington state department of veterans affairs soldiers' and veterans' homes; department of social and health services state hospitals and facilities and juvenile rehabilitation institutions and group homes.  An institution does not include: Educational institutions; government-funded acute health care or mental health facilities except as provided above; chemical dependency facilities; and nursing homes.

(20) "Institutionalized" means to be confined, voluntarily or involuntarily, by court order or health status, in an institution, as defined in subsection (19) of this section.  This does not include persons on work release or who are residents of higher education institutions, acute health care facilities, alcohol and chemical dependency facilities, or nursing homes.

(21) "Insurance broker" or "agent" means a person who is currently licensed as a disability insurance broker or agent, according to the laws administered by the office of the insurance commissioner under chapter 48.17 RCW.

(22) "Managed health care system" (or "MHCS") means any health care organization (including health care providers, insurers, health care service contractors, health maintenance organizations, or any combination thereof) which has entered into a contract with the HCA to provide basic health care services.

(23) "Maternity benefits through medical assistance," also known as S-Medical, means the coordinated program between BHP and DSHS for eligible pregnant women.  This program includes all Medicaid benefits, including maternity coverage.  Eligible members must be at or below one hundred eighty-five percent of the federal poverty level.  Eligibility for this program is determined by DSHS, based on Medicaid eligibility criteria.

(24) "Medicaid" means the Title XIX Medicaid program administered by the department of social and health services, and includes the medical care programs provided to the "categorically needy" and the "medically needy" as defined in chapter 388-503 WAC.

(25) "Medicare" means programs established by Title XVIII of Public Law 89-97, as amended, "Health Insurance for the Aged and Disabled."

(26) "Nonsubsidized enrollee" or "full premium enrollee" means an individual who enrolls in BHP, as the subscriber or dependent, and who pays or on whose behalf is paid the full costs for participation in BHP, without subsidy from the HCA.

(27) "Open enrollment" means a time period designated by the administrator during which enrollees may enroll additional dependents or apply to transfer their enrollment from one managed health care system to another.  ((There shall be at least one annual open enrollment period of at least twenty consecutive days.))

(28) "Participating employee" means an employee of a participating employer or home care agency who has met all the eligibility requirements and has been enrolled for coverage under BHP.

(29) "Participating employer" means an employer who has been approved for enrollment in BHP as an employer group.

(30) "Preexisting condition" means any illness, injury or condition for which, in the three months immediately preceding an enrollee's effective date of enrollment in BHP:

(a) Treatment, consultation or a diagnostic test was recommended for or received by the enrollee; or

(b) The enrollee was prescribed or recommended medication; or

(c) Symptoms existed which would ordinarily cause a reasonably prudent individual to seek medical diagnosis, care or treatment.

(31) "Premium" means a periodic payment, based upon gross family income and determined under RCW 70.47.060(2), which an individual, their employer or a financial sponsor makes to BHP for subsidized or nonsubsidized enrollment in BHP.

(32) "Program" means subsidized BHP, nonsubsidized BHP, BHP Plus, or maternity benefits through medical assistance.

(33) "Provider" or "health care provider" means a health care professional or institution duly licensed and accredited to provide covered services in the state of Washington.

(((33))) (34) "Rate" means the per capita amount, including administrative charges and any applicable premium and prepayment tax imposed under RCW 48.14.020, negotiated by the administrator with and paid to a managed health care system, to provide BHP health care benefits to enrollees.

(((34))) (35) "Schedule of benefits" means the basic health care services adopted and from time to time amended by the administrator, which an enrollee shall be entitled to receive from a managed health care system in exchange for payment of premium and applicable co-payments, as described in the member handbook.

(((35))) (36) "Service area" means the geographic area served by a managed health care system as defined in its contract with HCA.

(((36))) (37) "Subscriber" is a person who applies to BHP on his/her own behalf and/or on behalf of his/her dependents, if any, who meets all applicable eligibility requirements, is enrolled in BHP, and for whom the monthly premium has been paid.  Notices to a subscriber and, if applicable, a financial sponsor or employer shall be considered notice to the subscriber and his/her enrolled dependents.

(((37))) (38) "Subsidized enrollee" or "reduced premium enrollee" means an individual who enrolls in BHP, either as the subscriber or an eligible dependent, whose current gross family income does not exceed twice the federal poverty level as adjusted for family size and determined annually by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and who receives a premium subsidy from the HCA.

(((38))) (39) "Subsidy" means the difference between the amount of periodic payment the HCA makes to a managed health care system on behalf of a subsidized enrollee, and the amount determined to be the subsidized enrollee's responsibility under RCW 70.47.060(2).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060(9) and SHB 2556.  98-15-018, 182-25-010, filed 7/6/98, effective 8/6/98.  Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050.  98-07-002, 182-25-010, filed 3/5/98, effective 4/5/98; 97-15-003, 182-25-010, filed 7/3/97, effective 8/3/97; 96-15-024, 182-25-010, filed 7/9/96, effective 8/9/96.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 99-02, filed 7/26/99, effective 8/26/99)

WAC 182-25-030
Eligibility.

(1) To be eligible for enrollment in BHP, an individual must be a Washington state resident who is not:

(a) Eligible for free Medicare coverage or eligible to buy Medicare coverage; or

(b) Institutionalized at the time of enrollment.

(2) Persons not meeting these criteria, as evidenced by information submitted on the application for enrollment or otherwise obtained by BHP, will not be enrolled.  An enrollee who is no longer a Washington resident, who becomes eligible for free or purchased Medicare, or who is later determined to have failed to meet BHP's eligibility criteria at the time of enrollment, will be disenrolled from the plan as provided in WAC 182-25-090.  An enrollee who was not confined to an institution at the time of enrollment, who is subsequently confined to an institution, will not be disenrolled, provided he or she remains otherwise eligible and continues to make all premium payments when due.

(3) Eligibility for BHP Plus and maternity benefits through medical assistance is determined by DSHS, based on Medicaid eligibility criteria.

(4) ((To be eligible)) For subsidized enrollment in BHP, an individual must meet the eligibility criteria in subsection (1) of this section, have a gross family income that does not exceed two hundred percent of federal poverty level as adjusted for family size and determined annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and must pay, or have paid on ((their)) his or her behalf, the monthly BHP premium.

(5) To be eligible for nonsubsidized enrollment in BHP, an individual may have any income level, must meet the eligibility criteria in subsection (1) of this section, and must pay, or have paid on their behalf, the full costs for participation in BHP, including the cost of administration, without subsidy from the HCA.

(6)(a) An individual otherwise eligible for enrollment in BHP may be denied enrollment if the administrator has determined that acceptance of additional enrollment would exceed limits established by the legislature, would jeopardize the orderly development of BHP, or would result in an overexpenditure of BHP funds.  ((In the event that)) An individual otherwise eligible for enrollment in either the subsidized or nonsubsidized program may also be denied enrollment if no MHCS is accepting new enrollment in that program or from the geographic area where the applicant lives.

(b) If the administrator closes or limits subsidized enrollment ((and)), to the extent funding is available, BHP will continue to accept and process applications for enrollment from:

(((a))) (i) Applicants who will pay the full premium, provided at least one MHCS is accepting new nonsubsidized enrollment from the geographic area where the applicant lives;

(((b))) (ii) Children eligible for BHP Plus;

(((c))) (iii) Children eligible for subsidized BHP, who were referred to DSHS for BHP Plus coverage, but were found ineligible for BHP Plus for reasons other than noncompliance;

(((d))) (iv) Employees of a home care agency group enrolled or applying for coverage under WAC 182-25-060;

(((e))) (v) Eligible individual home care providers;

(((f))) (vi) Licensed foster care workers;

(((g))) (vii) Limited enrollment of new employer groups; and

(((h))) (viii) Subject to availability of funding, additional space for enrollment may be reserved for other applicants as determined by the administrator, in order to ensure continuous coverage and service for current individual and group accounts.  (For example: Within established guidelines, processing routine income changes that may affect subsidy eligibility for current enrollees; adding new family members to an existing account; transferring enrollees between group and individual accounts; restoring coverage for enrollees who are otherwise eligible for continued enrollment under WAC 182-25-090 after a limited suspension of coverage due to late payment or other health care coverage; adding newly hired employees to an existing employer group; or adding new or returning members of federally recognized native American tribes to that tribe's currently approved financial sponsor group.)

(c) If the administrator has closed or limited subsidized enrollment, applicants for subsidized BHP who are not in any of ((these)) the categories in (b) of this subsection may reserve space on a reservation list to be processed according to the date the reservation or application is received by BHP.  ((In the event that)) When enrollment is reopened by the administrator, applicants whose names appear on the reservation list will be notified by BHP of the opportunity to enroll.  BHP may require new application forms and documentation from applicants on the reservation list, or may contact applicants to verify continued interest in applying, prior to determining their eligibility.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 70.47.060.  99-16-022 (Order 99-02), 182-25-030, filed 7/26/99, effective 8/26/99.  Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050.  98-07-002, 182-25-030, filed 3/5/98, effective 4/5/98; 97-15-003, 182-25-030, filed 7/3/97, effective 8/3/97; 96-15-024, 182-25-030, filed 7/9/96, effective 8/9/96.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 182-25-031
Transition coverage.

(1) During plan year 2000, because most MHCS are not accepting new enrollment in the nonsubsidized program, all MHCS serving subsidized enrollees will offer limited transition coverage for enrollees who lose eligibility for premium subsidy. For coverage after December 31, 1999, a subsidized enrollee who loses eligibility for premium subsidy may remain enrolled with no change in MHCS, benefits, or copayments through December 31, 2000, provided:

(a) The enrollee's subsidy change was processed after September 10, 1999;

(b) The enrollee is otherwise eligible for BHP;

(c) The enrollee continues to reside within the MHCS service area; and

(d) The enrollee pays the full cost of his or her coverage, plus a fee for HCA administrative costs.

(2) To retain coverage for plan year 2001, the enrollee will be required to select a MHCS contracting to serve nonsubsidized enrollees and will be covered according to the schedule of benefits for nonsubsidized enrollees.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 99-02, filed 7/26/99, effective 8/26/99)

WAC 182-25-040
Enrollment in the plan.

(1) Any individual applying for enrollment in BHP must submit a signed, completed BHP application for enrollment.  Applications for enrollment of children under the age of eighteen must be signed by the child's parent or legal guardian, who shall also be held responsible for payment of premiums due on behalf of the child.  If an applicant is accepted for enrollment, the applicant's signature acknowledges the applicant's obligation to pay the monthly premium in accordance with the terms and conditions identified in the member handbook.  Applications for subsidized enrollment on behalf of children under the age of nineteen shall be referred to the department of social and health services for Medicaid eligibility determination, unless the family chooses not to access this option.

(2) Each applicant shall list all eligible dependents to be enrolled and supply other information and documentation as required by BHP and, where applicable, DSHS medical assistance.

(a) Documentation will be required, showing the amount and sources of the applicant's gross family income.  Documentation will include a copy of the applicant's most recently filed federal income tax form, and/or other documentation that shows year-to-date income, or income for the most recent thirty days or complete calendar month as of the date of application.  An average of documented income received over a period of several months may be required for purposes of eligibility determination.

(b) Documentation of Washington state residency shall also be required, displaying the applicant's name and address.  Other documentation may be accepted if the applicant does not have a physical residence.

(c) BHP may request additional information from applicants for purposes of establishing or verifying eligibility, premium responsibility or managed health care system selection.

(d) Submission of incomplete or inaccurate information may delay or prevent an applicant's enrollment in BHP.  Intentional submission of false information may result in disenrollment of the subscriber and all enrolled dependents.

(3) Each member may be enrolled in only one BHP account.  Each family applying for enrollment must designate a managed health care system from which the applicant and all enrolled dependents will receive covered services.   All applicants from the same family who are covered under the same account must receive covered services from the same managed health care system (with the exception of cases in which a subscriber who is paying for BHP coverage for his/her dependent who lives in a different service area).  No applicant will be enrolled for whom designation of a managed health care system has not been made as part of the application for enrollment.  The administrator will establish procedures for the selection of managed health care systems, which will include conditions under which an enrollee may change from one managed health care system to another.  Such procedures will allow enrollees to change from one managed health care system to another during open enrollment, or otherwise upon showing of good cause for the transfer.

(4) When a managed health care system assists BHP applicants in the enrollment process, it must provide them with the toll-free number for BHP and information on all MHCS available within the applicant's county of residence and the estimated premiums for each available MHCS.

(5) If specific funding has been appropriated for that purpose, insurance brokers or agents who have met all statutory and regulatory requirements of the office of the insurance commissioner, are currently licensed through the office of the insurance commissioner, and who have completed BHP's training program, will be paid a commission for assisting eligible applicants to enroll in BHP.

(a) Individual policy commission: Subject to availability of funds, and as a pilot program, BHP will pay a one-time fee to any currently licensed insurance broker or agent who sells BHP to an eligible individual applicant if that applicant has not been a BHP member within the previous five years.

(b) Group policy commission: Subject to availability of funds, and as a pilot program, fees paid for the sale of BHP group coverage to an eligible employer will be based on the number of employees in the group for the first and second months of the group's enrollment.

(c) Insurance brokers or agents must provide the prospective applicant with the BHP toll-free information number and inform them of BHP benefits, limitations, exclusions, waiting periods, co-payments, all managed health care systems available to the applicant within his/her county of residence and the estimated premium for each of them.

(d) All statutes and regulations of the office of the insurance commissioner will apply to brokers or agents who sell BHP, except they will not be required to be appointed by the MHCS.

(e) BHP will not pay renewal commissions.

(6) Except as provided in WAC 182-25-030(6), applications for enrollment will be reviewed by BHP within thirty days of receipt and those applicants satisfying the eligibility criteria and who have provided all required information, documentation and premium payments will be notified of their effective date of enrollment.

(7) Eligible applicants will be enrolled in BHP in the order in which their completed applications, including all required documentation, have been received by BHP, provided that:

(a) At least one MHCS is accepting new enrollment in the program for which the applicant is applying and from the geographic area where the applicant lives; and

(b) The applicant also remits full payment of the first premium bill to BHP by the due date specified by BHP.

In the event a reservation list is implemented, eligible applicants will be enrolled in accordance with WAC 182-25-030(6).

(8) An open enrollment period of at least twenty consecutive days will be held annually. During this open enrollment period, enrollees may apply to enroll additional family members or to transfer their enrollment to a different MHCS, provided the MHCS selected is accepting new enrollment for the enrollee's program in the geographic area where the enrollee lives.

(9) Not all family members are required to apply for enrollment in BHP; however, any family member for whom application for enrollment is not made at the same time that other family members apply, may not subsequently enroll as a family member until the next open enrollment period, unless the subscriber has experienced a "qualifying change in family status." "Qualifying changes in family status" include:

(a) The loss of other health care coverage, for a family member who has previously waived coverage, provided BHP receives the family member's application within thirty days of the loss of other coverage, along with proof of the family member's continuous medical coverage from the date the subscriber enrolled in BHP;

(b) Marriage or assuming custody or dependency of a child or adult dependent (other than newborn or newly adopted children), provided BHP receives the new family member's application within thirty days of the change in family status; or

(c) Addition of an eligible newborn child or a child newly placed for adoption provided BHP receives the child's application for enrollment within sixty days of the date of birth or placement for adoption. These children may be enrolled effective from the date of birth or placement for adoption.

(((9))) (10) On a schedule approved by the administrator, BHP will request verification of information from all or a subset of enrollees ("recertification"), requiring new documentation of income to determine if the enrollee has had a change in income that would result in a different subsidy level.  For good cause, BHP may require recertification on a more widespread or more frequent basis.  Enrollees who fail to comply with a recertification request will be converted to nonsubsidized enrollment for at least one month, until new income documentation has been submitted and processed.  Each enrollee is responsible for notifying BHP within thirty days of any changes which could affect the enrollee's eligibility or premium responsibility.  If, as a result of recertification, BHP determines that an enrollee has not reported income or income changes accurately, the enrollee will be subject to the provisions of WAC 182-25-085.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 70.47.060.  99-16-022 (Order 99-02), 182-25-040, filed 7/26/99, effective 8/26/99.  Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050.  98-07-002, 182-25-040, filed 3/5/98, effective 4/5/98; 97-15-003, 182-25-040, filed 7/3/97, effective 8/3/97; 96-15-024, 182-25-040, filed 7/9/96, effective 8/9/96.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 99-01, filed 5/26/99, effective 6/26/99)

WAC 182-25-090
Disenrollment from BHP.

(1) An enrollee or employer group may disenroll effective the first day of any month by giving BHP at least ten days prior written notice of the intention to disenroll.  

(2) BHP may disenroll any enrollee or group from BHP for good cause, which includes:

(a) Failure to meet the eligibility requirements set forth in WAC 182-25-030, 182-25-050, 182-25-060, and 182-25-070;

(b) Nonpayment of premium under the provisions of subsection (5) of this section;

(c) Nonpayment of civil penalties assessed under WAC 182-25-085;

(d) When the enrollee's MHCS will no longer be available to him or her and no other MHCS in the area where the enrollee lives is accepting new enrollment in the enrollee's program;

(e) Repeated failure to pay co-payments in full on a timely basis;

(((e))) (f) Fraud, failure to provide requested verification of eligibility, or knowingly providing false information;

(((f))) (g) Abuse or intentional misconduct;

(((g))) (h) Danger or threat to the safety or property of the MHCS or the health care authority or their staff, providers, patients or visitors; and

(((h))) (i) Refusal to accept or follow procedures or treatment determined by a MHCS to be essential to the health of the enrollee, when the MHCS has advised the enrollee and demonstrated to the satisfaction of BHP that no professionally acceptable alternative form of treatment is available from the MHCS.

In addition to being disenrolled, any enrollee who knowingly provides false information to BHP or to a participating managed health care system may be held financially responsible for any covered services fraudulently obtained through BHP.

(3) At least ten days prior to the effective date of disenrollment under subsection (2) of this section, BHP will send enrollees written notice of disenrollment.

(a) The notice of disenrollment will:

(i) State the reason for the disenrollment;

(ii) State the effective date of the disenrollment;

(iii) Describe the procedures for disenrollment; and

(iv) Inform the enrollee of his or her right to appeal the disenrollment decision as set forth in WAC 182-25-100 and 182-25-105.

(b) The notice of disenrollment will be sent to both the employer or sponsor and to all members of an employer group, home care agency group or financial sponsor group that is disenrolled under these provisions. Enrollees affected by the disenrollment of a group account will be offered coverage under individual accounts. Coverage under individual accounts will not begin unless the premium for individual coverage is paid by the due date for the coverage month. A one-month break in coverage may occur for enrollees who choose to transfer to individual accounts.

(4) Enrollees covered under BHP Plus or receiving maternity benefits through medical assistance will not be disenrolled from those programs when other family members lose BHP coverage, as long as they are still eligible for those programs.

(5) Under the provisions of this subsection, BHP will suspend or disenroll enrollees and groups who do not pay their premiums when due, including amounts owed for subsidy overpayment. Partial payment or payment by check which cannot be processed or is returned due to nonsufficient funds will be regarded as nonpayment.

(a) At least ten days before coverage will lapse, BHP will send a delinquency notice to each subscriber whose premium payment has not been received by the due date. The delinquency notice will include a delinquency due date and a notice that BHP coverage will lapse unless payment is received by the delinquency due date.

(b) Except as provided in (c) of this subsection, coverage will be suspended for one month if an enrollee's premium payment is not received by the delinquency due date. BHP will send written notice of suspension to the subscriber, stating:

(i) The effective date of the suspension;

(ii) The due date by which payment must be received to restore coverage after the one-month suspension;

(iii) The subscriber and any enrolled dependents will be disenrolled if payment is not received by the final due date; and

(iv) The enrollee's right to appeal under WAC 182-25-105.

(c) Enrollees whose premium payment has not been received by the delinquency due date, and who have been suspended twice within the previous twelve months will be disenrolled for nonpayment as of the effective date of the third suspension.

(d) Enrollees who are suspended and do not pay the premium for the next coverage month by the due date on the notice of suspension will be immediately disenrolled and issued a notice of disenrollment as provided in subsection (3)(a) of this section.

(6)(a) Enrollees who voluntarily disenroll or are disenrolled from BHP may not reenroll for a period of twelve months from the date their coverage ended. An exception to this provision will be made for:

(i) Enrollees who left BHP for other health insurance, who are able to provide proof of continuous coverage from the date of disenrollment, and who apply to reenroll in BHP within thirty days of losing the other coverage;

(ii) Enrollees who left BHP because they lost eligibility and who subsequently become eligible to reenroll; and

(iii) Persons enrolling in subsidized BHP, who had enrolled and subsequently disenrolled from nonsubsidized BHP under subsection (1) or (2)(b) of this section while waiting on a reservation list for subsidized coverage.

(iv) Enrollees who were disenrolled by BHP because no MHCS was contracted to serve the program in which they were enrolled in the geographic area where they live; these enrollees may reenroll if a MHCS begins accepting enrollment for their program in their area or if they become eligible and apply for another BHP program.

(b) An enrollee who is required to wait twelve months for reenrollment under (a) of this subsection and who has been waiting on a reservation list for subsidized BHP may not reenroll prior to the end of the required twelve-month wait. If the enrollee satisfies the required twelve-month wait for reenrollment while on the reservation list, enrollment will not be completed until funding is available to enroll him or her from the reservation list.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060 and 70.47.090.  99-12-033 (Order 99-01), 182-25-090, filed 5/26/99, effective 6/26/99.  Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050.  98-07-002, 182-25-090, filed 3/5/98, effective 4/5/98; 97-15-003, 182-25-090, filed 7/3/97, effective 8/3/97; 96-15-024, 182-25-090, filed 7/9/96, effective 8/9/96.]

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