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Maximum Number of Employees to Qualify as Small Employer

Concerning a change to the maximum number of employees that an employer may employ to qualify as a small employer for health-care insurance coverage.
2024 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Health Care & Health Insurance
Labor & Employment
Bill Summary

For the purpose of providing health insurance coverage, current law defines a "small employer" as any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, or association that employs between one and 100 employees during a calendar year. Effective January 1, 2026, the act amends the definition to define a "small employer" as any person that employs an average of at least one but not more than 50 employees during a calendar year.

An employer that has a small group health benefit plan before January 1, 2026, and would no longer qualify as a "small employer" under the changes made by this act may elect to keep their small group health benefit plan for 5 years after the date of issuance. Such employer may also switch between small group health benefit plans offered by the carrier during those 5 years, but may only switch to plans that are one metal level above or below their existing plan. Once an employer elects to enter the large group health benefit market, the employer may not return to the small group health benefit market within the 5-year period.

The act requires the commissioner of insurance to conduct an actuarial review of rate filings submitted by insurance carriers that offer small group health benefit plans to determine whether the change to the definition of "small employer" made by the act would increase premiums for the majority of individuals covered by small group health benefit plans by more than 3%. If the premiums would increase by more than 3%, then the change to the "small employer" definition made by the act is repealed.

APPROVED by Governor May 1, 2024


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details