(A) A carrier may refuse to issue health benefit plans in the small employer market if the carrier has demonstrated both of the following to the superintendent of insurance:
(1) The carrier does not have the financial reserves necessary to underwrite additional coverage.
(2) The carrier is applying division (A) of this section uniformly to all employers in the small employer market in this state consistent with the applicable laws and rules of this state and without regard to the claims experience of those employers and their employees and dependents or to any health status-related factor relating to such employees and dependents.
(B) A carrier that, pursuant to division (A) of this section, refuses to issue health benefit plans in the small employer market, shall not offer health benefit plans in the small employer market in this state for at least one hundred eighty days after the date the coverage is denied or until the carrier has demonstrated to the superintendent that the carrier has sufficient financial reserves to underwrite additional coverage, whichever is later.
(C) The superintendent may provide for the application of this section on a service-area-specific basis.
Effective Date: 06-30-1997 .