Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Sets forth provisions concerning health care cooperatives. Provides that in addition to all other provisions of the Article concerning domestic mutual companies, a company seeking to organize as a health care cooperative shall meet certain requirements. Sets forth provisions concerning the naming of and applications for entities seeking to organize as health care cooperatives. Amends the Co-operative Act. Exempts domestic mutual insurance companies licensed as health care cooperatives by the Director of Insurance from the prohibition against using the term "Co-operative" as part of a corporate or other business name or title without complying with the provisions of the Co-operative Act. Sets forth provisions concerning health benefit purchasing cooperatives. Provides that the purpose of a health benefit purchasing cooperative is to provide health care benefits for certain eligible individuals under a single group health care policy or plan through a contract between the health benefit purchasing cooperative and an insurer authorized to do health insurance business in the State. Sets forth provisions concerning the design, the articles, the membership basis and capital stock, the membership criteria, the health care benefits, and the annual progress report of health benefit purchasing cooperatives. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 2 Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the introduced bill with the following changes. Makes changes to the provisions concerning the manner in which a health benefit purchasing cooperatives may be organized and who may be a member of the health benefit purchasing cooperative. Includes a provision concerning limitations on membership. Makes a change to the provision concerning negotiated health care benefits. Includes provisions concerning the term of the contract between the health benefit purchasing cooperative and an insurer, reporting requirements, and the geographic areas in which health benefit purchasing cooperatives may be organized. Effective immediately.