2017 ORS 743B.340¹
When group health insurance policies to continue in effect upon payment of premium by insured individual

(1) Every group health insurance policy delivered or issued for delivery in this state shall contain in substance the following provisions, applicable to the coverage for hospital or medical services or expenses provided under the policy:

(a) A provision that, when the premium for the policy or any part thereof is paid by an employer under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, if there is a cessation of work by employees insured under the policy due to a strike or lockout, the policy, upon timely payment of the premium, will continue in effect with respect to those employees insured by the policy on the date of the cessation of work who continue to pay their individual contribution and who assume and pay the contribution due from the employer.

(b) A provision that, when an employee insured under the policy pays a contribution pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection, if the policyholder is not a trustee of a fund established or maintained in whole or in part by an employer, the employee’s individual contribution shall be:

(A) The rate in the policy, on the date cessation of work occurs, applicable to an individual in the class to which the employee belongs as set forth in the policy; or

(B) If the policy does not provide for a rate applicable to individuals, an amount equal to the amount determined by dividing the total monthly premium in effect under the policy at the date of cessation of work by the total number of persons insured under the policy on such date.

(c) A provision that, when an employee insured under the policy pays a contribution pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection, if the policyholder is a trustee of a fund established or maintained in whole or in part by an employer, the employee’s individual contribution shall be the amount which the employee and employer would have been required to contribute if the cessation of work had not occurred.

(2) Every group health insurance policy delivered or issued for delivery in this state may contain in substance the following provisions applicable to the coverage for hospital or medical services or expenses provided under the policy:

(a) A provision that, when employees insured under the policy pay contributions pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this section, the continuation of insurance under the policy is contingent upon the collection of individual contributions by the union representing the employees when the policyholder is not a trustee and by the policyholder or the policyholder’s agent when the policyholder is a trustee.

(b) A provision that, when employees insured under the policy pay contributions pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this section, the continuation of insurance under the policy on each employee is contingent upon timely payment of contributions by the employees and timely payment of the premium by the entity responsible for collecting the individual contributions.

(c) A provision that, when employees insured under the policy pay contributions pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this section, each individual premium rate under the policy may be increased by not more than 20 percent, or by any higher percentage approved by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, during the period of cessation of work in order to provide sufficient compensation to the insurer for increased administrative costs and increased mortality and morbidity. If the policy contains the provision allowed under this paragraph, an employee’s contribution paid under subsection (1)(a) of this section shall be increased by the same percentage.

(d) A provision that, when the policy is a policy insuring employees and which may continue in effect as provided in subsection (1)(a) of this section, if the premium is unpaid at the date of cessation of work and the premium became due prior to such cessation of work, the continuation of insurance is contingent upon payment of the premium prior to the date the next premium becomes due under the terms of the policy.

(e) Any provision with respect to the continuation of the policy as provided in subsection (1)(a) of this section that the director may approve.

(3) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to limit any right which the insurer may have in accordance with the terms of a policy to increase or decrease the premium rates before, during or after a cessation of work by employees insured under the policy when the insurer had the right to increase the premium rates even if the cessation of work did not occur. If such a premium rate change is made, it shall be effective on such date as the insurer shall determine in accordance with the terms of the policy.

(4) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require continuation of any coverage in a group health insurance policy insuring employees and which may continue in effect as provided in subsection (1)(a) of this section for longer than:

(a) The time that 75 percent of insured employees continue such coverage;

(b) For an individual employee, the time at which the employee takes full-time employment with another employer; or

(c) Six months after cessation of work by the insured employees. [Formerly 743.527]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 743B—Health Benefit Plans: Individual and Group, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors743B.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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