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Subchapter 001 : GENERALLY(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 4079a)
§ 4079a. Association health plans
(a) As used in this section, “association health plan” means a policy issued to an association; to a trust; or to one or more trustees of a fund established, created, or maintained for the benefit of the members of one or more associations or a contract or plan issued by an association or trust or by a multiple employer welfare arrangement as defined in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq.
(b) The Commissioner shall adopt rules pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 regulating association health plans in order to protect Vermont consumers and promote the stability of Vermont’s health insurance markets, to the extent permitted under federal law, including rules regarding licensure, solvency and reserve requirements, and rating requirements.
(c) The provisions of section 3661 of this title shall apply to association health plans.
(d)(1) An association health plan that provided coverage for the 2019 plan year may be renewed for coverage of existing association employer members for subsequent plan years, to the extent permitted under federal law. An association health plan that provided coverage for the 2019 plan year shall not enroll any new employer members for coverage after the 2019 plan year; provided, however, that new employees of existing association employer members may enroll in the plan in a subsequent plan year pursuant to an offer of coverage from their employer.
(2) No new association health plans shall be offered or issued for coverage in this State for plan years 2020 and after.
(3) This subsection does not apply to association health plans that were formed or could have been formed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1901, et. seq., and accompanying U.S. Department of Labor regulations and guidance, in each case, as in effect as of January 19, 2017. (Added 2017, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. May 16, 2018; amended 2019, No. 63, § 7, eff. June 17, 2019; 2019, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 25.)