Dental Plans Medical Loss Ratio
The bill requires a health insurance carrier (carrier) that issues, sells, renews, or offers a dental coverage plan to file, beginning in 2024, dental loss ratio forms with the division of insurance (division) for the preceding calendar year in which dental coverage was provided.
The division is required to post dental loss ratio information on its website or submit the information to the administrator of the all-payer health claims database (APCD). If the information is submitted to the APCD administrator, the administrator is directed to make the information available to the public.
Once the division has collected dental loss ratio information for 2 years, the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) shall promulgate rules that create a process to identify any carriers that significantly deviate from average dental loss ratios and to investigate the causes of the deviation.
Current law requires the commissioner to adopt rules requiring every carrier providing a health benefit plan to issue to covered persons to whom an identification card is issued a standardized, printed card containing plan information. The bill amends this requirement to encompass health coverage plans.
The bill also requires prepaid dental plans to file rates with the division.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)