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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 14. Insurance
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
Chapter 410. Rules Governing Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements
1/19/2020

14VAC5-410-30. Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

"Commission" means the State Corporation Commission.

"Contribution" means the amount paid or payable by the employer or employee for services provided through the multiple employer welfare arrangement.

"Direct basis" means that the liability of the insurer, health maintenance, organization, health services plan, or dental or optometric services plan runs directly to the insured employee or certificate holder.

"Domicile" means the situs of the trust through which the multiple employer welfare arrangement is established, the plan's place of incorporation or, if not set up through a trust or incorporated, the location of the plan's headquarters.

"Fully insured" means all of the covered benefits are (i) insured on a direct basis by an insurance company licensed and in good standing to transact the business of insurance in Virginia pursuant to Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia or (ii) arranged for or provided on a direct basis by (a) a health services plan licensed and in good standing in Virginia pursuant to Chapter 42 (§ 38.2-4200 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia, (b) a health maintenance organization licensed and in good standing in Virginia pursuant to Chapter 43 (§ 38.2-4300 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia, (c) a dental or optometric services plan licensed and in good standing in Virginia pursuant to Chapter 45 (§ 38.2-4500 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia, or (d) any combination thereof. The existence of contracts of reinsurance will not be considered in determining whether a plan is "fully insured."

"Good standing" means the license of any (i) company to transact the business of insurance in the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia, (ii) health services plan licensed pursuant to Chapter 42 (§ 38.2-4200 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia, (iii) health maintenance organization licensed pursuant to Chapter 43 (§ 38.2-4300 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia, or (iv) dental or optometric services plan licensed pursuant to Chapter 45 (§ 38.2-4500 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia where the license is not suspended or revoked, or the company, health services plan, health maintenance organization, or dental or optometric services plan is not precluded by order of the Commission from soliciting, negotiating, procuring or effecting contracts of insurance.

"Health care services" means services which are furnished to an individual for the purpose of preventing, alleviating, or healing human illness, injury, or physical disability. Such terminology may include services for optometric or dental care.

"Member" means an employer which participates in a multiple employer welfare arrangement.

"Multiple employer welfare arrangement" means any plan or arrangement which is established or maintained for the purpose of offering or providing coverage for health care services, whether such coverage is by direct payment, reimbursement, or otherwise, to employees of two or more employers, or to their beneficiaries except that such term does not include any such plan or other arrangement which is established or maintained:

1. Under or pursuant to one or more agreements which the Secretary of the United States Department of Labor finds to be collective bargaining agreements, or

2. By a rural electric cooperative.

For purposes of the definition of multiple employer welfare arrangement:

a. Two or more trades or businesses, whether or not incorporated, shall be deemed a single employer if such trades or businesses are within the same control group;

b. The term "control group" means a group of trades or businesses under common control;

c. The determination of whether a trade or business is under "common control" with another trade or business shall be determined under regulations of the Secretary of the United States Department of Labor applying principles similar to the principles applied in determining whether employees of two or more trades or businesses are treated as employed by a single employer under section 4001(b) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, (29 USCS § 1301(b)), except that, for purposes of this subdivision, common control shall not be based on an interest of less than 25%; and

d. The term "rural electric cooperative" means:

(1) Any organization which is exempt from tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 USC § 501(a)) and which is engaged primarily in providing electric service on a mutual or cooperative basis, and

(2) Any organization described in paragraph (4) or (6) of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 USC § 501(c)(4) or (6)) which is exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code (26 USC § 501(a)) and at least 80% of the members of which are organizations described in subdivision (1).

Statutory Authority

§ 38.2-223 and Article 3 (§ 38.2-3420 et seq.) of Chapter 34 of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Regulation 31, Case No. INS910244, § 4, eff. January 15, 1992.

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