1739.02 Group self-insurance program under multiple employer welfare arrangement.

(A) A trade association, industry association, or professional association that has been organized and maintained in good faith for a continuous period of one year or more for purposes other than obtaining insurance may establish, maintain, or operate a group self-insurance program under a multiple employer welfare arrangement that is chartered and created in this state under sections 1739.01 to 1739.22 of the Revised Code.

(B) Except as provided in section 9.833 and sections 1739.01 to 1739.22 of the Revised Code, no multiple employer welfare arrangement or other entity by which two or more employers jointly participate in a common employee welfare benefit plan shall operate a group self-insurance program in this state after four months after the effective date of this section.

(C) Sections 1739.01 to 1739.22 of the Revised Code do not apply to any entity that establishes, maintains, or operates a fully-insured program.

(D) No person shall establish, operate, or maintain a multiple employer welfare arrangement providing benefits through a group self-insurance program in this state unless the multiple employer welfare arrangement has a valid certificate of authority from the superintendent of insurance.

Effective Date: 07-02-2004