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as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/21/2011 09:23am

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1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to health; creating the Minnesota health benefit exchange;proposing
1.3coding for new law as Minnesota Statutes, chapter 62V.
1.4BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.5    Section 1. [62V.01] TITLE.
1.6This act shall be known and may be cited as the Minnesota Health Benefit Exchange
1.7Act.

1.8    Sec. 2. [62V.02] DEFINITIONS.
1.9(a) For purposes of this act, the following definitions have the meanings given.
1.10(b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of commerce.
1.11(c) "Educated health care consumer" means an individual who is knowledgeable
1.12about the health care system, and has background or experience in making informed
1.13decisions regarding health, medical, and scientific matters.
1.14(d) "Exchange" means the Minnesota health benefit exchange established under
1.15section 62V.03.
1.16(e) "Federal act" means the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,
1.17Public Law 111-148, as amended by the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation
1.18Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152, and any amendments thereto, or regulations or guidance
1.19issued under, those acts.
1.20(f)(1) "Health benefit plan" means a policy, contract, certificate, or agreement
1.21offered or issued by a health carrier to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse
1.22any of the costs of health care services.
1.23(2) "Health benefit plan" does not include:
2.1(i) accident-only coverage, disability income insurance, or any combination thereof;
2.2(ii) coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance;
2.3(iii) liability insurance, including general liability insurance and automobile liability
2.4insurance;
2.5(iv) workers' compensation or similar insurance;
2.6(v) automobile medical payment insurance;
2.7(vi) credit-only insurance;
2.8(vii) coverage for on-site medical clinics; or
2.9(viii) other similar insurance coverage, specified in federal regulations issued under
2.10Public Law 104-191, under which benefits for health care services are secondary or
2.11incidental to other insurance benefits.
2.12(3) "Health benefit plan" does not include the following benefits if they are provided
2.13under a separate policy, certificate, or contract of insurance, or are otherwise not an
2.14integral part of the plan:
2.15(i) limited scope dental or vision benefits;
2.16(ii) benefits for long-term care, nursing home care, home health care,
2.17community-based care, or any combination of them; or
2.18(iii) other similar, limited benefits specified in federal regulations issued under
2.19Public Law 104-191.
2.20(4) "Health benefit plan" does not include the following benefits if the benefits
2.21are provided under a separate policy, certificate, or contract of insurance; there is no
2.22coordination between the provision of the benefits and any exclusion of benefits under any
2.23group health plan maintained by the same plan sponsor; and the benefits are paid with
2.24respect to an event without regard to whether benefits are provided to such an event under
2.25any group health plan maintained by the same plan sponsor:
2.26(i) coverage only for a specified disease or illness; or
2.27(ii) hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance.
2.28(5) "Health benefit plan" does not include the following if offered as a separate
2.29policy, certificate, or contract of insurance:
2.30(i) Medicare supplemental health insurance as defined under section 1882(g)(1) of
2.31the Social Security Act;
2.32(ii) coverage supplemental to the coverage provided under chapter 55 of title 10,
2.33United States Code (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services
2.34(CHAMPUS)); or
2.35(iii) similar supplemental coverage provided to coverage under a group health plan.
3.1(g) "Health carrier" or "carrier" means an entity subject to the insurance laws and
3.2regulations of this state, or subject to the jurisdiction of the commissioner, that contracts
3.3or offers to contract to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs
3.4of health care services, including an accident and sickness insurance company, a health
3.5maintenance organization, a nonprofit health service plan corporation, or any other entity
3.6providing a plan of health insurance, health benefits, or health services.
3.7(h) "Qualified dental plan" means a limited scope dental plan that has been certified
3.8in accordance with section 7, paragraph (e).
3.9(i) "Qualified employer" means a small employer that elects to make its full-time
3.10employees eligible for one or more qualified health plans offered through the small
3.11business health options program (SHOP) exchange, and at the option of the employer,
3.12some or all of its part-time employees, provided that the employer:
3.13(1) has its principal place of business in this state and elects to provide coverage
3.14through the SHOP exchange to all of its eligible employees, wherever employed; or
3.15(2) elects to provide coverage through the SHOP exchange to all of its eligible
3.16employees who are principally employed in this state.
3.17(j) "Qualified health plan" means a health benefit plan that has in effect a certification
3.18that the plan meets the criteria for certification described in section 1311(c) of the federal
3.19act and section 62V.06.
3.20(k) "Qualified individual" means an individual, including a minor, who:
3.21(1) is seeking to enroll in a qualified health plan offered to individuals through
3.22the exchange;
3.23(2) resides in this state;
3.24(3) at the time of enrollment, is not incarcerated, other than incarceration pending
3.25the disposition of charges; and
3.26(4) is, and is reasonably expected to be, for the entire period for which enrollment
3.27is sought, a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the
3.28United States.
3.29(l) "Secretary" means the secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human
3.30Services.
3.31(m) "SHOP exchange" means the small business health options program established
3.32under section 62V.05.
3.33(n)(1) "Small employer" means an employer that employed an average of not more
3.34than 100 employees during the preceding calendar year.
3.35(2) For purposes of this paragraph:
4.1(i) all persons treated as a single employer under subsection (b), (c), (m), or (o) of
4.2section 414 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall be treated as a single employer;
4.3(ii) an employer and any predecessor employer shall be treated as a single employer;
4.4(iii) all employees shall be counted, including part-time employees and employees
4.5who are not eligible for coverage through the employer;
4.6(iv) if an employer was not in existence throughout the preceding calendar year, the
4.7determination of whether that employer is a small employer shall be based on the average
4.8number of employees that is reasonably expected that employer will employ on business
4.9days in the current calendar year; and
4.10(v) an employer that makes enrollment in qualified health plans available to its
4.11employees through the SHOP exchange, and would cease to be a small employer by
4.12reason of an increase in the number of its employees, shall continue to be treated as a
4.13small employer for purposes of sections 62V.01 to 62V.11 as long as it continuously makes
4.14enrollment through the SHOP exchange available to its employees.

4.15    Sec. 3. [62V.03] ESTABLISHMENT OF EXCHANGE.
4.16(a) The Minnesota health benefit exchange is established as a state agency governed
4.17by a nine-member board of directors. Its members are appointed by the governor for
4.18staggered three-year terms. No member may serve for more than two consecutive full
4.19terms. No member may be affiliated with the insurance or health plan industry, including
4.20agents or brokers of either of those industries. At least six members of the board must
4.21represent individuals or groups served by the exchange, including representatives of
4.22communities of color. The commissioners of commerce, health, and human services shall
4.23administer the exchange under the guidance and direction of the board.
4.24(b) The exchange shall:
4.25(1) facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans;
4.26(2) provide for the establishment of a SHOP exchange to assist qualified small
4.27employers in this state in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in qualified health
4.28plans; and
4.29(3) meet the requirements of sections 62V.01 to 62V.11 and any associated adopted
4.30rules.
4.31(c) The exchange may contract with an eligible entity for any of its functions
4.32described in sections 62V.01 to 62V.11. An eligible entity includes, but is not limited to,
4.33the Department of Human Services or an entity that has experience in individual and
4.34small group health insurance, benefit administration, or other experience relevant to the
5.1responsibilities to be assumed by the entity, but a health carrier, an affiliate of a health
5.2carrier, or an insurance agency or insurance brokerage firm is not an eligible entity.
5.3(d) The exchange may enter into information-sharing agreements with federal
5.4and state agencies and other state exchanges to carry out its responsibilities under
5.5sections 62V.01 to 62V.11, provided the agreements include adequate protections for
5.6the confidentiality of the information to be shared and comply with all state and federal
5.7laws and regulations.

5.8    Sec. 4. [62V.04] GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.
5.9(a) The exchange shall make qualified health plans available to qualified individuals
5.10and qualified employers beginning with effective dates on or before January 1, 2014.
5.11(b)(1) The exchange shall not make available any health benefit plan that is not a
5.12qualified health plan; and
5.13(2) the exchange shall allow a health carrier to offer a plan that provides limited
5.14scope dental benefits meeting the requirements of section 9832(c)(2)(A) of the Internal
5.15Revenue Code of 1986 through the exchange, either separately or in conjunction
5.16with a qualified health plan, if the plan provides pediatric dental benefits meeting the
5.17requirements of section 1302(b)(1)(J) of the federal act.
5.18(c) Neither the exchange nor a carrier offering health benefit plans through the
5.19exchange may charge an individual a fee or penalty for termination of coverage if
5.20the individual enrolls in another type of minimum essential coverage because the
5.21individual has become newly eligible for that coverage or because the individual's
5.22employer-sponsored coverage has become affordable under the standards of section
5.2336B(c)(2)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

5.24    Sec. 5. [62V.05] DUTIES OF EXCHANGE.
5.25The exchange shall:
5.26(1) implement procedures for the certification, recertification, and decertification,
5.27consistent with guidelines developed by the secretary under section 1311(c) of the federal
5.28act and section 62V.06, of health benefit plans as qualified health plans;
5.29(2) provide for the operation of a toll-free telephone hotline to respond to requests
5.30for assistance;
5.31(3) provide for enrollment periods, as provided under section 1311(c)(6) of the
5.32federal act;
5.33(4) maintain an Internet Web site through which enrollees and prospective enrollees
5.34of qualified health plans may obtain standardized comparative information on such plans;
6.1(5) assign a rating to each qualified health plan offered through the exchange in
6.2accordance with the criteria developed by the secretary under section 1311(c)(3) of the
6.3federal act, and determine each qualified health plan's level of coverage according to
6.4regulations issued by the secretary under section 1302(d)(2)(A) of the federal act;
6.5(6) use a standardized format for presenting health benefit options in the exchange,
6.6including the use of the uniform outline of coverage established under section 2715 of the
6.7federal Public Health Services Act;
6.8(7) in accordance with section 1413 of the federal act, inform individuals of
6.9eligibility requirements for the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security
6.10Act, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) under title XXI of the Social
6.11Security Act, or any applicable state or local public program, and if through screening of
6.12the application by the exchange, the exchange determines that any individual is eligible for
6.13any such program, enroll or arrange for the enrollment of that individual in that program.
6.14The exchange shall serve as a portal for individuals who may be eligible for those other
6.15public programs to initiate eligibility determination and enrollment in them;
6.16(8) establish and make available by electronic means a calculator to determine the
6.17actual cost of coverage after application of any premium tax credit under section 36B of
6.18the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and any cost-sharing reduction under section 1402
6.19of the federal act;
6.20(9) establish a SHOP exchange through which qualified employers may access
6.21coverage for their employees, which shall enable any qualified employer to specify a level
6.22of coverage so that any of its employees may enroll in any qualified health plan offered
6.23through the SHOP exchange at the specified level of coverage. The SHOP exchange and
6.24the exchange for individual purchasers shall be treated as a single risk pool;
6.25(10) subject to section 1411 of the federal act, grant a certification attesting that, for
6.26purposes of the individual responsibility penalty under section 5000A of the Internal
6.27Revenue Code of 1986, an individual is exempt from the individual responsibility
6.28requirement or from the penalty imposed by that section because:
6.29(i) there is no affordable qualified health plan available through the exchange, or the
6.30individual's employer, covering the individual; or
6.31(ii) the individual meets the requirements for any other such exemption from the
6.32individual responsibility requirement or penalty;
6.33(11) transfer to the federal secretary of the treasury the following:
6.34(i) a list of the individuals who are issued a certification under clause (10), including
6.35the name and taxpayer identification number of each individual;
7.1(ii) the name and taxpayer identification number of each individual who was an
7.2employee of an employer but who was determined to be eligible for the premium tax
7.3credit under section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 because:
7.4(A) the employer did not provide minimum essential coverage; or
7.5(B) the employer provided the minimum essential coverage, but it was determined
7.6under section 36B(c)(2)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code to either be unaffordable to the
7.7employee or not provide the required minimum actuarial value; and
7.8(iii) the name and taxpayer identification number of:
7.9(A) each individual who notifies the exchange under section 1411(b)(4) of the
7.10federal act that the individual has changed employers; and
7.11(B) each individual who ceases coverage under a qualified health plan during a plan
7.12year and the effective date of that cessation;
7.13(12) provide to each employer the name of each employee of the employer described
7.14in clause (11), item (ii), who ceases coverage under a qualified health plan during a plan
7.15year and the effective date of the cessation;
7.16(13) perform duties required of the exchange by the secretary or the secretary of the
7.17treasury related to determining eligibility for premium tax credits, reduced cost-sharing, or
7.18individual responsibility requirement exemptions;
7.19(14) select entities qualified to serve as navigators in accordance with section
7.201311(i) of the federal act, and standards developed by the secretary provided that the
7.21navigators must be employed by nonprofit community organizations that have experience
7.22working with low-income and uninsured populations. In contracting with navigators,
7.23the commissioner shall give preference to nonprofit entities serving as participating
7.24community organizations in the Minnesota community application assistance program
7.25established under section 256.962, subdivision 5;
7.26(15) award grants to enable navigators to:
7.27(i) conduct public education activities to raise awareness of the availability of
7.28qualified health plans;
7.29(ii) distribute fair and impartial information concerning enrollment in qualified
7.30health plans, and the availability of premium tax credits under section 36B of the Internal
7.31Revenue Code of 1986 and cost-sharing reductions under section 1402 of the federal act;
7.32(iii) facilitate enrollment in qualified health plans;
7.33(iv) provide referrals to any applicable office of health insurance consumer
7.34assistance or health insurance ombudsman established under section 2793 of the Public
7.35Health Service Act (PHSA), or any other appropriate state agency or agencies, for any
8.1enrollee with a grievance, complaint, or question regarding the enrollee's health benefit
8.2plan, coverage, or a determination under that plan or coverage; and
8.3(v) provide information in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate
8.4to the needs of the population being served by the exchange;
8.5(16) review the rate of premium growth within the exchange and outside the
8.6exchange, and consider the information in developing recommendations on whether to
8.7continue limiting qualified employer status to small employers;
8.8(17) credit the amount of any free choice voucher to the monthly premium of the
8.9plan in which a qualified employee is enrolled, in accordance with section 10108 of the
8.10federal act, and collect the amount credited from the offering employer;
8.11(18) consult with stakeholders relevant to carrying out the activities required under
8.12sections 62V.01 to 62V.11, including, but not limited to:
8.13(i) educated health care consumers who are enrollees in qualified health plans;
8.14(ii) individuals and entities with experience in facilitating enrollment in qualified
8.15health plans;
8.16(iii) representatives of small businesses and self-employed individuals;
8.17(iv) the Department of Human Services; and
8.18(v) advocates for enrolling hard-to-reach populations; and
8.19(19) meet the following financial integrity requirements:
8.20(i) keep an accurate accounting of all activities, receipts, and expenditures and
8.21annually submit to the secretary, the governor, the commissioner, and the legislature a
8.22report concerning the accountings;
8.23(ii) fully cooperate with any investigation conducted by the secretary under authority
8.24of the federal act and allow the secretary, in coordination with the inspector general of the
8.25United States Department of Health and Human Services, to:
8.26(A) investigate the affairs of the exchange;
8.27(B) examine the properties and records of the exchange; and
8.28(C) require periodic reports in relation to the activities undertaken by the exchange;
8.29and
8.30(iii) in carrying out its activities under this act, not use any funds intended for the
8.31administrative and operational expenses of the exchange for staff retreats, promotional
8.32giveaways, excessive executive compensation, or promotion of federal or state legislative
8.33and regulatory modifications.

8.34    Sec. 6. [62V.06] HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN CERTIFICATION.
8.35(a) The exchange may certify a health benefit plan as a qualified health plan if:
9.1(1) the plan provides the essential health benefits package described in section
9.21302(a) of the federal act, except that the plan is not required to provide essential benefits
9.3that duplicate the minimum benefits of qualified dental plans, as provided in paragraph
9.4(e), if:
9.5(i) the exchange has determined that at least one qualified dental plan is available to
9.6supplement the plan's coverage; and
9.7(ii) the carrier makes prominent disclosure at the time it offers the plan, in a form
9.8approved by the exchange, that the plan does not provide the full range of essential
9.9pediatric benefits, and that qualified dental plans providing those benefits and other dental
9.10benefits not covered by the plan are offered through the exchange;
9.11(2) the premium rates and contract language have been approved by the
9.12commissioner;
9.13(3) the plan provides at least a bronze level of coverage, as determined under clause
9.14(5), unless the plan is certified as a qualified catastrophic plan, meets the requirements
9.15of the federal act for catastrophic plans, and will be offered only to individuals eligible
9.16for catastrophic coverage;
9.17(4) the plan's cost-sharing requirements do not exceed the limits established
9.18under section 1302(c)(1) of the federal act, and if the plan is offered through the SHOP
9.19exchange, the plan's deductible does not exceed the limits established under section
9.201302(c)(2) of the federal act;
9.21(5) the health carrier offering the plan:
9.22(i) is licensed and in good standing to offer health insurance coverage in this state;
9.23(ii) offers at least one qualified health plan in each of the bronze, silver, gold, and
9.24platinum levels through each component of the exchange where "component" refers to the
9.25SHOP exchange and the exchange for individual coverage;
9.26(iii) charges the same premium rate for each qualified health plan in each exchange
9.27without regard to whether the plan is offered through the exchange or is offered directly
9.28from the carrier or through an insurance producer;
9.29(iv) does not charge any cancellation fees or penalties in violation of section 62V.04,
9.30paragraph (c);
9.31(v) complies with the regulations developed by the secretary under section 1311(d)
9.32of the federal act and other requirements as the exchange may establish, which must
9.33include medical loss ratio standards, a comprehensive annual audit, and network adequacy
9.34for low-income and multicultural individuals, and which may include mandatory
9.35in-network inclusion requirements for providers serving communities of color; and
9.36(vi) offers within the exchange each plan it offers outside of the exchange;
10.1(6) the plan meets the requirements of certification as promulgated by regulation
10.2under section 62V.09 and by the secretary under section 1311(c) of the federal act, which
10.3include, but are not limited to, minimum standards in the areas of marketing practices,
10.4network adequacy, essential community providers in underserved areas, accreditation,
10.5quality improvement, uniform enrollment forms and descriptions of coverage, and
10.6information on quality measures for health benefit plan performance; and
10.7(7) the exchange determines that making the plan available through the exchange is
10.8in the interest of qualified individuals and qualified employers in this state.
10.9(b) The exchange shall not exclude a health benefit plan:
10.10(1) on the basis that the plan is a fee-for-service plan;
10.11(2) through the imposition of premium price controls by the exchange, but the
10.12exchange shall comply with paragraph (f); or
10.13(3) on the basis that the health benefit plan provides treatments necessary to prevent
10.14patients' deaths in circumstances the exchange determines are inappropriate or too costly.
10.15(c) The exchange shall require each health carrier seeking certification of a plan as a
10.16qualified health plan to:
10.17(1) submit a justification for any premium increase, including detailed data on
10.18the product's medical loss ratio, before implementation of that increase. The carrier
10.19shall prominently post the information on its Internet Web site. The exchange shall take
10.20this information, along with the information and the recommendations provided to the
10.21exchange by the commissioner under section 2794(b) of the PHSA, into consideration
10.22when determining whether to allow the carrier to make plans available through the
10.23exchange;
10.24(2)(i) make available to the public, in the format described in item (ii), and submit
10.25to the exchange, the secretary, and the commissioner, accurate and timely disclosure of
10.26the following:
10.27(A) claims payment policies and practices;
10.28(B) periodic financial disclosures;
10.29(C) data on enrollment;
10.30(D) data on disenrollment;
10.31(E) data on the number of claims that are denied;
10.32(F) data on rating practices;
10.33(G) information on cost-sharing and payments with respect to any out-of-network
10.34coverage;
10.35(H) information on enrollee and participant rights under title I of the federal act; and
10.36(I) other information as determined appropriate by the secretary; and
11.1(ii) the information required in item (i) shall be provided in plain language, as that
11.2term is defined in section 1311(e)(3)(B) of the federal act; and
11.3(3) permit individuals to learn, in a timely manner upon the request of the individual,
11.4the amount of cost-sharing, including deductibles, co-payments, and coinsurance, under
11.5the individual's plan or coverage that the individual would be responsible for paying with
11.6respect to the furnishing of a specific item or service by a participating provider. At a
11.7minimum, this information shall be made available to the individual through a Web site
11.8and through other means for individuals without access to the Internet.
11.9(d) The exchange shall not exempt any health carrier seeking certification of a
11.10qualified health plan, regardless of the type or size of the carrier, from state licensure or
11.11solvency requirements and shall apply the criteria of this section in a manner that assures a
11.12level playing field between or among health carriers participating in the exchange.
11.13(e)(1) The provisions of this act that are applicable to qualified health plans shall
11.14also apply to the extent relevant to qualified dental plans, except as modified according to
11.15clauses (2), (3), and (4) or by regulations adopted by the exchange;
11.16(2) the carrier shall be licensed to offer dental coverage, but need not be licensed to
11.17offer other health benefits;
11.18(3) the plan shall be limited to dental and oral health benefits, without substantially
11.19duplicating the benefits typically offered by health benefit plans without dental coverage
11.20and shall include, at a minimum, the essential pediatric dental benefits prescribed by the
11.21secretary under section 1302(b)(1)(J) of the federal act, and such other dental benefits as
11.22the exchange or the secretary may specify by regulation; and
11.23(4) carriers may jointly offer a comprehensive plan through the exchange in which
11.24the dental benefits are provided by a carrier through a qualified dental plan and the other
11.25benefits are provided by a carrier through a qualified health plan, provided that the plans
11.26are priced separately and are also made available for purchase separately at the same price.
11.27(f) The exchange shall be an active and selective purchaser and shall negotiate with
11.28carriers to obtain the optimal combination of price and quality, including consideration of
11.29the health benefits plan's medical loss ratio.
11.30(g) In negotiating with health plan companies for the inclusion of health plans,
11.31the exchange shall consider the extent to which a health plan incorporates alternative
11.32health care delivery models, including but not limited to health care homes certified under
11.33section 256B.0751 and accountable care organizations, that provide incentives for the
11.34efficient and coordinated delivery of high-quality care. The commissioner shall include
11.35alternative health care delivery models in the public plan required to be offered through
12.1the exchange under paragraph (h). Alternative health care delivery models must comply
12.2with all applicable state and federal laws in addition to the requirements of this section.
12.3(h) The exchange shall offer at least one public plan sponsored or administered by a
12.4state entity that contracts directly with health care providers.
12.5(i) Health carriers must disclose to the exchange and to a public entity that sponsors
12.6or administers a public plan under paragraph (h) all provider payment rates and other data
12.7required to be disclosed by health carriers under the federal act.

12.8    Sec. 7. [62V.07] ALL-PAYER RATE SETTING.
12.9    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The exchange shall establish an all-payer rate setting
12.10system to govern provider payments made under private and public sector health plans
12.11offered inside and outside the exchange. The system must include:
12.12(1) uniform payment rates for specific health care procedures and services that do
12.13not vary by health plan or payer type or within provider type;
12.14(2) uniform payment rates for specific health care provider types that are reimbursed
12.15under capitated or total cost of care payment methods that do not vary by health plan
12.16or payer type; and
12.17(3) procedures for determining and approving periodic increases in provider payment
12.18rates that do not vary by health plan or payer type, and which reflect increases in costs
12.19incurred by efficient and high-quality providers.
12.20    Subd. 2. State health care programs. Payments under the medical assistance
12.21and MinnesotaCare programs must comply with the requirements of the all-payer rate
12.22setting system.
12.23    Subd. 3. Advisory council. The exchange shall establish a rate setting advisory
12.24council to assist the exchange in setting initial uniform payment rates and in determining
12.25future increases in payment rates. The advisory council must be comprised of
12.26representatives of health plan companies, health care providers, health care consumers,
12.27and state agencies and other payers. The advisory council is governed by section 15.059,
12.28except that it does not expire.

12.29    Sec. 8. [62V.08] FUNDING; PUBLICATION OF COSTS.
12.30(a) The exchange may charge assessments or user fees to health carriers or otherwise
12.31may generate funding necessary to support its operations provided under sections 62V.01
12.32to 62V.11.
12.33(b) The exchange shall publish the average costs of licensing, regulatory fees,
12.34and any other payments required by the exchange, and the administrative costs of the
13.1exchange, on an Internet Web site to educate consumers on such costs. This information
13.2must include information on money lost to waste, fraud, and abuse.

13.3    Sec. 9. [62V.09] REGULATIONS.
13.4The exchange may adopt rules to implement the provisions of sections 62V.01 to
13.562V.11. Rules adopted under this section shall not conflict with or prevent the application
13.6of rules adopted by the secretary under the federal act.

13.7    Sec. 10. [62V.10] FAIR HEARING.
13.8Any person aggrieved by a decision of the exchange about eligibility for any public
13.9program or aggrieved by a subsidy determination shall have the right to a fair hearing
13.10under section 256.045.

13.11    Sec. 11. [62V.11] RELATION TO OTHER LAWS.
13.12Nothing in sections 62V.01 to 62V.10, and no action taken by the exchange under
13.13sections 62V.01 to 62V.10, shall be construed to preempt or supersede the authority of the
13.14commissioner to regulate the business of insurance within this state. Except as expressly
13.15provided to the contrary in sections 62V.01 to 62V.10, all health carriers offering qualified
13.16health plans in this state shall comply fully with all applicable health insurance laws of
13.17this state and regulations adopted and orders issued by the commissioner.

13.18    Sec. 12. EFFECTIVE DATE.
13.19This act is effective the day following final enactment for purposes of preparing to
13.20carry out the exchange's duties, provided that no health coverage provided under it may be
13.21effective prior to January 1, 2014.

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