Public Act 100-1026
 
HB4516 EnrolledLRB100 17336 SMS 32500 b

    AN ACT concerning insurance.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Illinois Insurance Code is amended by adding
Section 356z.29 as follows:
 
    (215 ILCS 5/356z.29 new)
    Sec. 356z.29. Coverage for hearing aids for individuals
under the age of 18.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Hearing care professional" means a person who is a
licensed hearing instrument dispenser, licensed audiologist,
or licensed physician.
    "Hearing instrument" or "hearing aid" means any wearable
non-disposable, non-experimental instrument or device designed
to aid or compensate for impaired human hearing and any parts,
attachments, or accessories for the instrument or device,
including an ear mold but excluding batteries and cords.
    (b) An individual or group policy of accident and health
insurance or managed care plan that is amended, delivered,
issued, or renewed after the effective date of this amendatory
Act of the 100th General Assembly must provide coverage for
medically necessary hearing instruments and related services
for all individuals under the age of 18 when a hearing care
professional prescribes a hearing instrument to augment
communication.
    (c) An insurer shall provide coverage, subject to all
applicable co-payments, co-insurance, deductibles, and
out-of-pocket limits, subject to the following restrictions:
        (1) one hearing instrument shall be covered for each
    ear every 36 months;
        (2) related services, such as audiological exams and
    selection, fitting, and adjustment of ear molds to maintain
    optimal fit shall be covered when deemed medically
    necessary by a hearing care professional; and
        (3) hearing instrument repairs may be covered when
    deemed medically necessary.
    (d) If, at any time before or after the effective date of
this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, the
Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human
Services, or its successor agency, promulgates rules or
regulations to be published in the Federal Register, publishes
a comment in the Federal Register, or issues an opinion,
guidance, or other action that would require the State,
pursuant to any provision of the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111148), including, but not
limited to, 42 U.S.C. 18031(d)(3)(B) or any successor
provision, to defray the cost of coverage for medically
necessary hearing instruments and related services for
individuals under the age of 18, then this Section is
inoperative with respect to all such coverage other than that
authorized under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, 42
U.S.C. 1396a, and the State shall not assume any obligation for
the cost of coverage for medically necessary hearing
instruments and related services for individuals under the age
of 18.
 
    Section 10. The Health Maintenance Organization Act is
amended by changing Section 5-3 as follows:
 
    (215 ILCS 125/5-3)  (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 1411.2)
    Sec. 5-3. Insurance Code provisions.
    (a) Health Maintenance Organizations shall be subject to
the provisions of Sections 133, 134, 136, 137, 139, 140, 141.1,
141.2, 141.3, 143, 143c, 147, 148, 149, 151, 152, 153, 154,
154.5, 154.6, 154.7, 154.8, 155.04, 155.22a, 355.2, 355.3,
355b, 356g.5-1, 356m, 356v, 356w, 356x, 356y, 356z.2, 356z.4,
356z.5, 356z.6, 356z.8, 356z.9, 356z.10, 356z.11, 356z.12,
356z.13, 356z.14, 356z.15, 356z.17, 356z.18, 356z.19, 356z.21,
356z.22, 356z.25, 356z.26, 356z.29, 364, 364.01, 367.2,
367.2-5, 367i, 368a, 368b, 368c, 368d, 368e, 370c, 370c.1, 401,
401.1, 402, 403, 403A, 408, 408.2, 409, 412, 444, and 444.1,
paragraph (c) of subsection (2) of Section 367, and Articles
IIA, VIII 1/2, XII, XII 1/2, XIII, XIII 1/2, XXV, and XXVI of
the Illinois Insurance Code.
    (b) For purposes of the Illinois Insurance Code, except for
Sections 444 and 444.1 and Articles XIII and XIII 1/2, Health
Maintenance Organizations in the following categories are
deemed to be "domestic companies":
        (1) a corporation authorized under the Dental Service
    Plan Act or the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act;
        (2) a corporation organized under the laws of this
    State; or
        (3) a corporation organized under the laws of another
    state, 30% or more of the enrollees of which are residents
    of this State, except a corporation subject to
    substantially the same requirements in its state of
    organization as is a "domestic company" under Article VIII
    1/2 of the Illinois Insurance Code.
    (c) In considering the merger, consolidation, or other
acquisition of control of a Health Maintenance Organization
pursuant to Article VIII 1/2 of the Illinois Insurance Code,
        (1) the Director shall give primary consideration to
    the continuation of benefits to enrollees and the financial
    conditions of the acquired Health Maintenance Organization
    after the merger, consolidation, or other acquisition of
    control takes effect;
        (2)(i) the criteria specified in subsection (1)(b) of
    Section 131.8 of the Illinois Insurance Code shall not
    apply and (ii) the Director, in making his determination
    with respect to the merger, consolidation, or other
    acquisition of control, need not take into account the
    effect on competition of the merger, consolidation, or
    other acquisition of control;
        (3) the Director shall have the power to require the
    following information:
            (A) certification by an independent actuary of the
        adequacy of the reserves of the Health Maintenance
        Organization sought to be acquired;
            (B) pro forma financial statements reflecting the
        combined balance sheets of the acquiring company and
        the Health Maintenance Organization sought to be
        acquired as of the end of the preceding year and as of
        a date 90 days prior to the acquisition, as well as pro
        forma financial statements reflecting projected
        combined operation for a period of 2 years;
            (C) a pro forma business plan detailing an
        acquiring party's plans with respect to the operation
        of the Health Maintenance Organization sought to be
        acquired for a period of not less than 3 years; and
            (D) such other information as the Director shall
        require.
    (d) The provisions of Article VIII 1/2 of the Illinois
Insurance Code and this Section 5-3 shall apply to the sale by
any health maintenance organization of greater than 10% of its
enrollee population (including without limitation the health
maintenance organization's right, title, and interest in and to
its health care certificates).
    (e) In considering any management contract or service
agreement subject to Section 141.1 of the Illinois Insurance
Code, the Director (i) shall, in addition to the criteria
specified in Section 141.2 of the Illinois Insurance Code, take
into account the effect of the management contract or service
agreement on the continuation of benefits to enrollees and the
financial condition of the health maintenance organization to
be managed or serviced, and (ii) need not take into account the
effect of the management contract or service agreement on
competition.
    (f) Except for small employer groups as defined in the
Small Employer Rating, Renewability and Portability Health
Insurance Act and except for medicare supplement policies as
defined in Section 363 of the Illinois Insurance Code, a Health
Maintenance Organization may by contract agree with a group or
other enrollment unit to effect refunds or charge additional
premiums under the following terms and conditions:
        (i) the amount of, and other terms and conditions with
    respect to, the refund or additional premium are set forth
    in the group or enrollment unit contract agreed in advance
    of the period for which a refund is to be paid or
    additional premium is to be charged (which period shall not
    be less than one year); and
        (ii) the amount of the refund or additional premium
    shall not exceed 20% of the Health Maintenance
    Organization's profitable or unprofitable experience with
    respect to the group or other enrollment unit for the
    period (and, for purposes of a refund or additional
    premium, the profitable or unprofitable experience shall
    be calculated taking into account a pro rata share of the
    Health Maintenance Organization's administrative and
    marketing expenses, but shall not include any refund to be
    made or additional premium to be paid pursuant to this
    subsection (f)). The Health Maintenance Organization and
    the group or enrollment unit may agree that the profitable
    or unprofitable experience may be calculated taking into
    account the refund period and the immediately preceding 2
    plan years.
    The Health Maintenance Organization shall include a
statement in the evidence of coverage issued to each enrollee
describing the possibility of a refund or additional premium,
and upon request of any group or enrollment unit, provide to
the group or enrollment unit a description of the method used
to calculate (1) the Health Maintenance Organization's
profitable experience with respect to the group or enrollment
unit and the resulting refund to the group or enrollment unit
or (2) the Health Maintenance Organization's unprofitable
experience with respect to the group or enrollment unit and the
resulting additional premium to be paid by the group or
enrollment unit.
    In no event shall the Illinois Health Maintenance
Organization Guaranty Association be liable to pay any
contractual obligation of an insolvent organization to pay any
refund authorized under this Section.
    (g) Rulemaking authority to implement Public Act 95-1045,
if any, is conditioned on the rules being adopted in accordance
with all provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure
Act and all rules and procedures of the Joint Committee on
Administrative Rules; any purported rule not so adopted, for
whatever reason, is unauthorized.
(Source: P.A. 99-761, eff. 1-1-18; 100-24, eff. 7-18-17;
100-138, eff. 8-18-17; revised 10-5-17.)
 
    Section 15. The Voluntary Health Services Plans Act is
amended by changing Section 10 as follows:
 
    (215 ILCS 165/10)  (from Ch. 32, par. 604)
    Sec. 10. Application of Insurance Code provisions. Health
services plan corporations and all persons interested therein
or dealing therewith shall be subject to the provisions of
Articles IIA and XII 1/2 and Sections 3.1, 133, 136, 139, 140,
143, 143c, 149, 155.22a, 155.37, 354, 355.2, 355.3, 355b, 356g,
356g.5, 356g.5-1, 356r, 356t, 356u, 356v, 356w, 356x, 356y,
356z.1, 356z.2, 356z.4, 356z.5, 356z.6, 356z.8, 356z.9,
356z.10, 356z.11, 356z.12, 356z.13, 356z.14, 356z.15, 356z.18,
356z.19, 356z.21, 356z.22, 356z.25, 356z.26, 356z.29, 364.01,
367.2, 368a, 401, 401.1, 402, 403, 403A, 408, 408.2, and 412,
and paragraphs (7) and (15) of Section 367 of the Illinois
Insurance Code.
    Rulemaking authority to implement Public Act 95-1045, if
any, is conditioned on the rules being adopted in accordance
with all provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure
Act and all rules and procedures of the Joint Committee on
Administrative Rules; any purported rule not so adopted, for
whatever reason, is unauthorized.
(Source: P.A. 100-24, eff. 7-18-17; 100-138, eff. 8-18-17;
revised 10-5-17.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.