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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 14. Insurance
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
Chapter 170. Rules Governing Minimum Standards for Medicare Supplement Policies
9/21/2020

14VAC5-170-130. Filing and Approval of Policies and Certificates and Premium Rates.

A. An issuer shall not deliver or issue for delivery a policy or certificate to a resident of this Commonwealth unless the policy form or certificate form has been filed with and approved by the State Corporation Commission in accordance with filing requirements and procedures prescribed by the State Corporation Commission.

In addition, no rider, endorsement or amendment, including any rider, endorsement or amendment designed to delete outpatient prescription drug benefits as required by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (42 USC § 1395w-101), shall be attached to or printed or stamped upon a policy or certificate form delivered or issued for delivery in this Commonwealth unless the form of the rider, endorsement or amendment has been filed with and approved by the State Corporation Commission.

B. An issuer shall not use or change premium rates for a Medicare supplement policy or certificate unless the rates, rating schedule, and supporting documentation have been filed with and approved by the State Corporation Commission in accordance with the filing requirements and procedures prescribed by the State Corporation Commission.

The filing shall also include a certification by a qualified actuary that to the best of the actuary's knowledge and judgment, the following items are true with respect to the filing:

1. The assumptions present the actuary's best judgment as to the reasonable value for each assumption and are consistent with the issuer's business plan at the time of the filing;

2. The anticipated lifetime loss ratio, future loss ratios, and except for policies issued prior to July 30, 1992, third-year loss ratio all exceed the applicable ratio;

3. The filing was prepared based on the current standards or practices as promulgated by the Actuarial Standards Board including the data quality standard of practice as described at www.actuary.org;

4. The filing is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations in this Commonwealth; and

5. The premiums are reasonable in relation to the benefits provided.

C. 1. Except as provided in subdivision 2 of this subsection, an issuer shall not file for approval more than one form of a policy or certificate of each type for each standard Medicare supplement benefit plan.

2. An issuer may offer, with the approval of the State Corporation Commission, up to four additional policy forms or certificate forms of the same type for the same standard Medicare supplement benefit plan, one for each of the following cases:

a. The inclusion of new or innovative benefits;

b. The addition of either direct response or agent marketing methods;

c. The addition of either guaranteed issue or underwritten coverage;

d. The offering of coverage to individuals eligible for Medicare by reason of disability.

3. For the purposes of this section, a "type" means an individual policy, a group policy, an individual Medicare Select policy or a group Medicare Select policy.

D. 1. Except as provided in subdivision 1 a of this subsection, an issuer shall continue to make available for purchase any policy form or certificate form issued after July 30, 1992, that has been approved by the State Corporation Commission. A policy form or certificate form shall not be considered to be available for purchase unless the issuer has actively offered it for sale in the previous 12 months.

a. An issuer may discontinue the availability of a policy form or certificate form if the issuer provides to the State Corporation Commission in writing its decision at least 30 days prior to discontinuing the availability of the form of the policy or certificate.

b. An issuer that discontinues the availability of a policy form or certificate form pursuant to subdivision 1 a of this subsection shall not file for approval a new policy form or certificate form of the same type for the same standard Medicare supplement benefit plan as the discontinued form for a period of five years after the issuer provides notice to the State Corporation Commission of the discontinuance. The period of discontinuance may be reduced if the State Corporation Commission determines that a shorter period is appropriate.

2. The sale or other transfer of Medicare supplement business to another issuer shall be considered a discontinuance for the purposes of this subsection.

3. A change in the rating structure or methodology shall be considered a discontinuance under subdivision 1 of this subsection unless the issuer complies with the following requirements:

a. The issuer provides an actuarial memorandum, in a form and manner prescribed by the State Corporation Commission, describing the manner in which the revised rating methodology and resultant rates differ from the existing rating methodology and existing rates.

b. The issuer does not subsequently put into effect a change of rates or rating factors that would cause the percentage differential between the discontinued and subsequent rates as described in the actuarial memorandum to change. The State Corporation Commission may approve a change to the differential which is in the public interest.

E. 1. Except as provided in subdivision 2 of this subsection, the experience of all policy forms or certificate forms of the same type in a standard Medicare supplement benefit plan shall be combined for purposes of the refund or credit calculation prescribed in 14VAC5-170-120.

2. Forms assumed under an assumption reinsurance agreement shall not be combined with the experience of other forms for purposes of the refund or credit calculation.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-223 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Regulation 35, Case No. INS920112, § 14, eff. July 30, 1992; amended, Volume 12, Issue 17, eff. April 28, 1996; Volume 15, Issue 15, eff. April 26, 1999; Volume 17, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2001; Volume 19, Issue 04, eff. October 24, 2003; Volume 21, Issue 25, eff. August 15, 2005.

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