1739.19 Member and employees deemed insureds or policyholders.

(A) For the purpose of determining whether a multiple employer welfare arrangement operating a group self-insurance program has violated any provision of the Revised Code or any rule adopted by the superintendent of insurance, a member or its employees are deemed "insureds" or "policyholders" as used in Title XXXIX [39] of the Revised Code.

(B) Notwithstanding division (A) of this section, no multiple employer welfare arrangement operating a group self-insurance program shall be considered an insurer for the purposes of Chapters 3955. and 3956. of the Revised Code, or the laws of this state that relate solely to insurers or insurance companies.

(C) Except for the purpose of describing any sickness and accident or excess insurance or stop-loss insurance policy to which a multiple employer welfare arrangement operating a group self-insurance program is a party, no such arrangement shall use in its name, contracts, literature, advertising in any medium, or any other printed matter the words "insurance," "casualty," "surety," "mutual," or any other words descriptive of the insurance business or deceptively similar to the name or description of any insurer doing business in the state.

Cite as R.C. § 1739.19

History. Effective Date: 04-09-1993