Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-09-008.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Basic Health coverage for health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees.
Hearing Location(s): Health Care Authority, 676 Woodland Square Loop S.E., West Wing, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Lacey, WA, on October 27, 2004, at 3:00 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: October 28, 2004.
Submit Written Comments to: Rosanne Reynolds, P.O. Box 42686, Olympia, WA 98504-2686, e-mail Rrey107@hca.wa.gov, fax (360) 928-2605, by October 27, 2004.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Nikki Johnson by October 13, 2004, TTY (888) 923-5622 or (360) 923-2805.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Implementation of health coverage tax credit enrollment through Basic Health, according to the provisions of chapter 192, Laws of 2004 (ESHB 2797).
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The 2004 legislature passed ESHB 2797, authorizing the enrollment of health coverage tax credit enrollees through Basic Health, effective January 1, 2005. While these rules are not required by federal law, revisions are required in order for Basic Health to meet the federal requirements for state qualified health plans. New WAC 182-25-120 is adopted to provide information to applicants and enrollees concerning how to become a member of Basic Health while participating in the HCTC program.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.47.050.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 192, Laws of 2004.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Health Care Authority, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Rosanne Reynolds, Lacey, Washington, (360) 923-2948.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The Health Care Authority is not required by chapter 19.85 RCW to prepare a small business economic impact statement. There will be little, if any, cost to small businesses.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to the Health Care Authority rules unless requested by the Joint Administrative Rules [Review] Committee or applied voluntarily.
September 21, 2004
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 02-01, filed 8/27/03, effective 10/1/03)
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 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, coinsurance and deductible.
(7) "Disenrollment" means the termination of ((
services in)) coverage for a BHP (( for a subscriber and
dependents, if any)) enrollee.
(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," as it applies to the subsidized or nonsubsidized programs, 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 incapable of self-support due to disability, and who is the unmarried child of the subscriber or the subscriber's dependent spouse, whether by birth, adoption, or legal guardianship; or
(d) An unmarried child younger than age nineteen who is residing with the subscriber under an informal guardianship agreement. For a child to be considered a dependent of the subscriber under this provision:
(i) The guardianship agreement must be signed by the child's parent;
(ii) The guardianship agreement must authorize the subscriber to obtain medical care for the child;
(iii) The subscriber must be providing at least fifty percent of the child's support; and
(iv) The child must be on the account for BHP coverage.
(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 applicable 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
, if not legally separated,)) and dependents.
For purposes of eligibility determination and enrollment in
(( the plan)) BHP, 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. An average of documented income received over a period of several months will be used for purposes of eligibility determination, unless documentation submitted confirms a change in circumstances so that an average would not be an accurate reflection of current income. A twelve-month average will be used when calculating gambling income, lump-sum payments, and income from capital gains. A twelve-month history of receipts and expenses will be required for calculating self-employment or rental income unless the applicant or enrollee has not owned the business for at least twelve months.
(a) Income includes:
(i) Wages, tips and salaries before any deductions;
(ii) Net receipts from nonfarm self-employment (receipts from a person's own business, professional enterprise, or partnership, after deductions for business expenses). In calculating net self-employment income, deductions will not be allowed for noncash-flow items such as depreciation, amortization, or business use of home, and a net loss from this calculation will not be used to offset other income sources;
(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). In calculating net self-employment income, deductions will not be allowed for noncash-flow items such as depreciation, amortization, or business use of home, and a net loss from this calculation will not be used to offset other income sources;
(iv) Periodic payments from Social Security, railroad retirement, military pension or retirement pay, military disability pensions, military disability payments, government employee pensions, private pensions, unemployment compensation, and strike benefits from union funds;
(v) One-time insurance payments other than reimbursement for a loss, periodic insurance or annuity payments, and compensation for injury other than reimbursement for medical costs, including workers' compensation;
(vi) Public assistance, alimony, child support, and military family allotments;
(vii) Work study, assistantships, or training stipends;
(viii) Dividends and interest accessible to the enrollee without a penalty for early withdrawal;
(ix) Net rental income, net royalties, and net gambling or lottery winnings;
(x) Lump sum inheritances and periodic receipts from estates or trusts; and
(xi) Net income from capital gains.
(b) Income does not include the following types of money received:
(i) Any assets drawn down as withdrawals from a bank, the sale of property, a house or a car;
(ii) Tax refunds, gifts, loans;
(iii) Noncash receipts, 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, goods or services received due to payments a trust makes to a third party, and such noncash benefit programs as Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches, state supplementary payment income that is specifically dedicated to reimburse for services received, and housing assistance;
(iv) Income earned by dependent children with the exception of distributions from a corporation, partnership, or business;
(v) 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;
(vi) College or university scholarships, grants, and fellowships;
(vii) 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;
(viii) 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:
(A) The subscriber and the spouse listed as a dependent on the account, if any, must be employed or attending school full-time during the time the child care expenses were paid; and
(B) Payment may not be paid to a parent or stepparent 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:
(a) 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; or
(b) A self-funded or self-insured method of providing insurance coverage to subsidized enrollees provided under RCW 41.05.140 and subject to the limitations under RCW 70.47.100(7).
(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.
(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 six 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) Medication was prescribed or recommended for the enrollee; 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, ((
gross family income and)) determined under RCW 70.47.060(2),
which an individual, (( their)) an employer (( or)), a financial
sponsor, or other entity 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, or other such category of enrollment specified
within this chapter.
(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.
(34) "Rate" means the amount, including administrative
charges and any applicable premium and prepayment tax imposed
under RCW ((
48.14.020)) 48.14.0201, negotiated by the
administrator with and paid to a managed health care system,
to provide BHP health care benefits to enrollees.
(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.
(36) "Service area" means the geographic area served by a managed health care system as defined in its contract with HCA.
(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)) is responsible for payment of premiums and to whom BHP
sends notices and communications. The subscriber may be a BHP
enrollee or the spouse, parent, or guardian of an enrolled
dependent and may or may not be enrolled for coverage. Notices to a subscriber and, if applicable, a financial
sponsor or employer shall be considered notice to the
subscriber and his/her enrolled dependents.
(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. To the extent that state funds are specifically appropriated for this purpose, with a corresponding federal match, "subsidized enrollee" also means an individual who enrolls in BHP, either as the subscriber or an eligible dependent, whose current gross family income is more than two hundred percent, but less than two hundred fifty-one percent, of 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.
(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).
(40) "Washington state resident" or "resident," for purposes of this chapter, means a person who physically resides and maintains a residence in the state of Washington.
(a) To be considered a Washington resident, enrollees who are temporarily out of Washington state for any reason:
(i) May be required to demonstrate their intent to return to Washington state; and
(ii) May not be out of Washington state for more than three consecutive calendar months.
(b) Dependent children who meet the requirements of subsection (9)(b)(ii) of this section and are attending school out-of-state may be considered to be residents if they are out-of-state during the school year, provided their primary residence is in Washington state and they return to Washington state during breaks. Dependent children attending school out-of-state may also be required to provide proof that they pay out-of-state tuition, vote in Washington state and file their federal income taxes using a Washington state address.
(c) "Residence" may include, but is not limited to:
(i) A home the person owns or is purchasing or renting;
(ii) A shelter or other physical location where the person is staying in lieu of a home; or
(iii) Another person's home.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.020(4) and 70.47.060 (5) and (9). 03-18-039 (Order 02-01), § 182-25-010, filed 8/27/03, effective 10/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.020 (4) and (5), 70.47.060 (9) and (10), 74.08A.100 and 2002 c 371. 02-24-051 (Order 02-06), § 182-25-010, filed 12/3/02, effective 1/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050. 01-09-001 (Order 00-08), § 182-25-010, filed 4/4/01, effective 5/5/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 70.47.020 as revised by E2SSB 6067. 01-01-134 (Order 00-04), § 182-25-010, filed 12/20/00, effective 1/20/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060 and 70.47.100. 99-24-005 (Order 99-06), § 182-25-010, filed 11/18/99, effective 12/19/99. 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.]
(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) For subsidized enrollment in BHP, an individual must meet the eligibility criteria in subsection (1) of this section and the definition of "subsidized enrollee" in WAC 182-25-010(38), and must pay, or have paid on 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 as a subsidized enrollee 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. 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, to the extent funding is available, BHP will continue to accept and process applications for subsidized enrollment from:
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;
(ii) Children eligible for BHP Plus;
(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;
(iv))) (ii) Employees of a home care agency group
enrolled or applying for coverage under WAC 182-25-060;
(v))) (iii) Eligible individual home care providers;
(vi))) (iv) Licensed foster care workers;
(vii))) (v) Limited enrollment of new employer groups;
(viii))) (vi) 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
(c) If the administrator has closed or limited subsidized
enrollment, applicants for subsidized BHP who are not in any
of the categories in (b) of this subsection may reserve space
on a ((
reservation)) waiting list to be processed according to
the date the (( reservation)) waiting list request or
application is received by BHP. When enrollment is reopened
by the administrator, applicants whose names appear on the
(( reservation)) waiting list will be notified by BHP of the
opportunity to enroll. BHP may require new application forms
and documentation from applicants on the (( reservation))
waiting list, or may contact applicants to verify continued
interest in applying, prior to determining their eligibility.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 70.47.020 as revised by E2SSB 6067. 01-01-134 (Order 00-04), § 182-25-030, filed 12/20/00, effective 1/20/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060 and 70.47.100. 99-24-005 (Order 99-06), § 182-25-030, filed 11/18/99, effective 12/19/99. 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.]
(2) Each applicant ((
shall)) for subsidized enrollment or
BHP Plus must list all eligible dependents (( to)), whether or
not the dependents will be enrolled, and must supply other
information and documentation as required by BHP and, where
applicable, DSHS medical assistance.
(a) Applicants for subsidized enrollment must provide
,)) showing the amount and sources of (( the
applicant's)) their gross family income (( is required)). Income documentation (( will)) must 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 verification of nonfiling status, and copies of pay stubs
or other documents showing income for the most recent thirty
days or complete calendar month as of the date of application.
Applicants who were not required to file a federal income tax
return may be required to provide (( verification of nonfiling
status.)) other documentation showing year-to-date income. As
described in WAC 182-25-010(17), BHP may use an average of
documented income (( received over a period of several months
may be required for purposes of)) when determining eligibility
(b) Applicants for subsidized or nonsubsidized enrollment
must provide documentation of Washington state residence,
displaying the applicant's name and current address ((
required)), for example, a copy of a current utility bill or
rent receipt. Other documentation may be accepted if the
applicant does not have a physical residence, for example, a
signed statement from a person or other entity who is
providing temporary shelter.
(c) BHP may request additional information from applicants for purposes of establishing or verifying eligibility, premium responsibility or MHCS selection.
(d) Submission of incomplete or inaccurate information may delay or prevent an applicant's enrollment in BHP. Intentional submission of false information will 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 MHCS 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 MHCS (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 MHCS has not been made as part of the application for enrollment. Procedures for the selection of MHCS are set forth in the BHP member handbook. Generally, enrollees may change from one MHCS to another only during open enrollment or if they are able to show good cause for the transfer, for example, when enrollees move to an area served by a different MHCS or where they would be billed a higher premium for their current MHCS.
(4) When a MHCS 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 MHCSs 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((
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)(a) 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:
(i) 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
(ii) The applicant also remits full payment of the first premium bill to BHP by the due date specified by BHP.
(b) In the event a ((
reservation)) waiting 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;
(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; or
(d) Addition of a family member who was not previously eligible for coverage, and who has become eligible.
(10) Subscribers must notify BHP of any changes that could affect their eligibility or subsidy or their dependents' eligibility or subsidy:
(a) Within thirty days of the end of the first month of receiving an increased income; or
(b) Within thirty days of a change other than an income change (for example, a change in family size or address).
(11) BHP will verify the continuing eligibility of subsidized enrollees through the recertification process at least once every twelve months. Upon request of BHP, subsidized enrollees must submit evidence satisfactory to BHP, proving their continued eligibility for enrollment and for the premium subsidy they are receiving.
(a) BHP will verify income of subsidized enrollees through comparison with other state and federal agency records or other third-party sources.
(b) If the enrollee's income on record with other agencies or third-party source differs from the income the enrollee has reported to BHP, or if questions arise concerning the documentation submitted, BHP will require updated documentation from the enrollee to prove continued eligibility for the subsidy they are receiving. At that time, BHP may also require updated documentation of residence to complete the recertification process.
(c) Subsidized enrollees who have been enrolled in BHP six months or more and have not provided updated income documentation for at least six months will be required to submit new income documentation if their wage or salary income cannot be compared to an independent source for verification.
(12) In addition to verification of income, subsidized and nonsubsidized enrollees must annually submit documentation satisfactory to BHP of the following:
(a) Washington state residence;
(b) Full-time student status for dependent students age nineteen through twenty-two; and
(c) Medicare ineligibility for enrollees age sixty-five or over.
(13) For good cause such as, but not limited to, when information received indicates a change in income or a source of income the enrollee has not reported, BHP may require enrollees to provide verification required in subsections (11) and (12) of this section more frequently, regardless of the length of time since their last recertification.
(14) Enrollees who fail to comply with a recertification request will be disenrolled, according to the provisions of WAC 182-25-090 (2)(e).
(15) 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. 04-15-109 (Order 04-05), § 182-25-040, filed 7/20/04, effective 8/20/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060(9), and 2002 c 371 § 212(5). 02-19-054 (Order 01-07), § 182-25-040, filed 9/12/02, effective 10/13/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060 and 70.47.100. 99-24-005 (Order 99-06), § 182-25-040, filed 11/18/99, effective 12/19/99. 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.]
(2) The amount of premium due from or on behalf of a
subscriber)) subsidized enrollee will be based upon the
subscriber's gross family income, the managed health care
system selected by the subscriber, rates payable to managed
health care systems, and the number and ages of individuals in
the subscriber's family.
(3) Once BHP has determined that an applicant and his/her dependents (if any) are eligible for enrollment, the applicant or employer or financial sponsor will be informed of the amount of the first month's premium for the applicant and his/her enrolled dependents. New enrollees will not be eligible to receive covered services on the effective date of enrollment specified by BHP unless the premium has been paid by the due date given. Thereafter, BHP will bill each subscriber or employer or financial sponsor monthly.
(4) Full payment for premiums due must be received by BHP by the date specified on the premium statement. If BHP does not receive full payment of a premium by the date specified on the premium statement, BHP shall issue a notice of delinquency to the subscriber, at the subscriber's last address on file with BHP or, in the case of group or financial sponsor coverage, to the employer or financial sponsor. If full payment is not received by the date specified in the delinquency notice, the subscriber and enrolled family members will be suspended from coverage for one month. If payment is not received by the due date on the notice of suspension, the subscriber and enrolled family members will be disenrolled effective the date of the initial suspension. If an enrollee's coverage is suspended more than two times in a twelve-month period, the enrollee will be disenrolled for nonpayment under the provisions of WAC 182-25-090(2). Partial payment of premiums due, payment which for any reason cannot be applied to the correct BHP enrollee's account, or payment by check which is not signed, cannot be processed, or is returned due to nonsufficient funds will be regarded as nonpayment.
(5) Enrollees shall be responsible for paying any
required co-payment, coinsurance, or deductible directly to
the provider of a covered service ((
at the time of service))
or directly to the MHCS. Repeated failure to pay co-payments,
coinsurance, or other cost-sharing in full on a timely basis
may result in disenrollment, as provided in WAC 182-25-090(2).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 70.47.090. 02-19-053 (Order 01-08), § 182-25-080, filed 9/12/02, effective 10/13/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050. 98-07-002, § 182-25-080, filed 3/5/98, effective 4/5/98; 96-15-024, § 182-25-080, filed 7/9/96, effective 8/9/96.]
(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 (6) of this section;
(c) Changes in MHCS or program availability 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;
(d) Repeated failure to pay co-payments, coinsurance, or other cost-sharing in full on a timely basis;
(e) Fraud, intentional misrepresentation of information or withholding information that the enrollee knew or should have known was material or necessary to accurately determine their eligibility or premium responsibility, failure to provide requested verification of eligibility or income, or knowingly providing false information;
(f) Abuse or intentional misconduct;
(g) 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) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) At least ten days prior to the effective date of disenrollment under subsection (2)(a) and (c) through (h) 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.
(5) 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 remain eligible for those programs.
(6) 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, if any. 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 final due date and a notice that BHP coverage will lapse unless payment is received by the final 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 final due date, as shown on the delinquency notice. BHP will send written notice of suspension to the subscriber, which will include:
(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) Notification that the subscriber and any enrolled dependents will be disenrolled if payment is not received by the final due date; and
(iv) Instructions for filing an 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, which will include:
(i) The effective date of the disenrollment; and
(ii) Instructions for filing an appeal under WAC 182-25-105.
(7)(a) Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, enrollees who voluntarily disenroll or are disenrolled from BHP may not reenroll for a period of twelve months from the date their coverage ended and until all other requirements for enrollment have been satisfied. 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, provided all enrollment requirements are met, if a MHCS begins accepting enrollment for their program in their area or if they become eligible and apply for another BHP program.
(v) Enrollees who were disenrolled for failing to provide requested documentation of income or eligibility, who had attempted to comply with the request but were unable to meet the due date, and who provide all required documentation within six months of disenrollment and are eligible to reenroll.
(b) An enrollee who is required to wait twelve months for reenrollment under (a) of this subsection may not reenroll prior to the end of the required twelve-month wait. If an enrollee satisfies the required twelve-month wait after applying for subsidized coverage and while waiting to be offered coverage, enrollment will not be completed until funding is available to enroll him or her.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050. 03-24-040 (Order 03-05), § 182-25-090, filed 11/26/03, effective 12/27/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060(9), and 2002 c 371 § 212(5). 02-19-054 (Order 01-07), § 182-25-090, filed 9/12/02, effective 10/13/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060 and 70.47.100. 99-24-005 (Order 99-06), § 182-25-090, filed 11/18/99, effective 12/19/99. 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.]
(2) Eligibility for HCTC enrollment, as subscriber or dependent, is determined by the federal Health Coverage Tax Credit program. HCTC enrollees must provide proof of eligibility for HCTC enrollment, but are not required to also meet the eligibility criteria in WAC 182-25-030.
(3) Unless the enrollee has applied for, is eligible, and has enrolled as a subsidized enrollee, the monthly premium due from or on behalf of an HCTC enrollee will be the full cost charged by the MHCS for coverage, plus the administrative cost of providing BHP coverage and the premium tax under RCW 48.14.0201.
(4) HCTC enrollees may pay the full premium for coverage to BHP or, if they are claiming the HCTC advance tax credit, may pay their portion of the premium to the federal HCTC program of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the date required by the IRS.
(5) With the exception of subsections (3) and (7) of this section, subsidized enrollees who are HCTC eligible will be subject to the rules for subsidized enrollees.
(6) Notice of disenrollment will be sent to the HCTC enrollees for whom the premium has not been paid. This notice will be sent prior to the month of coverage, but will not be subject to the notification requirements in WAC 182-25-090(6). If payment is received no later than the first day of the month of coverage, the enrollee's coverage for that month will be reinstated.
(7) The nine-month waiting period for treatment of preexisting conditions will be waived for HCTC enrollees who have had three months or more of creditable coverage, as defined under Public Law 104-191, without a break in coverage of more than sixty-two consecutive days at the time of application. Subsidized enrollees who are HCTC eligible, who provide proof of that eligibility to their MHCS, will be treated as HCTC enrollees for purposes of determining whether the preexisting condition waiting period can be waived.
(8) HCTC enrollees who disenroll may return to HCTC enrollment without being subject to the provisions of WAC 182-25-090(7).
(9) Because eligibility for the HCTC program is determined by the federal HCTC program at the Internal Revenue Service, BHP will not review appeals of eligibility for the HCTC program. Instructions on appealing an HCTC eligibility determination are available through the HCTC customer contact center.