Issued March 26, 2020
Due to the declaration of a public health emergency throughout the State of Indiana as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) and the issuance of Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-05, on March 19, 2020, the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) issues this bulletin to assist consumers, businesses, and entities regulated by the IDOI.
1. Moratorium on Policy Cancellations and Non-Renewals
The IDOI requests all insurance companies and HMOs in Indiana to institute a moratorium on policy cancellations and non-renewals of any insurance policy in effect for a policyholder in Indiana to allow a grace period for any policyholder in Indiana for a period of 60-days for any premium payment due from March 19, 2020 to May 1 8, 2020.
This moratorium is not a waiver; it is only an extension of the period in which to pay the premium and a suspension of any penalty attached to late payment therein. After the 60-days, the policyholder will have to resume making premium payments. The IDOI requests insurance companies work with the impacted policyholders in paying the premiums that would have become due during the moratorium period by either allowing a payment plan or a further extension in paying the amount due in full.
The moratorium applies only to cancellations and non-renewals attributed to a failure to pay premiums directly during the 60-day period. If a policy is to be cancelled or non-renewed for any other allowable reason, the cancellation or non-renewal may be made pursuant to the statutory notice requirements. However, the IDOI requests insurers and HMOs take into consideration that persons may be unable to receive notice of cancellation or non-renewal during this COVID-19 public health emergency.
In addition, the IDOI will modify its own internal policies by implementing a 60-day grace period relating to renewals and cancellations for all licensees, certificate holders, and registrants. This includes premium tax and surplus lines premium tax filings. Any penalties assessed due to late payment during this period will be waived. The 60-day extension will also be applied to the Continuing Education (CE) Requirements for insurance producers.
The IDOI, recognizing the potential changes in business operations or personnel, will accept temporary address changes at no fee either electronically through www.sircon.com or www.NIPR.com. The duplicate license fee of $10.00 for producers will be waived during this 60-day period.
2. Cost-Sharing and Prior Authorizations for COVID-19 Testing Services and Treatment
The IDOI reminds health insurers and HMOs about the enactment of the Families First
Coronavirus Response Act Public Law 116-127, (H.R. 6201), and interprets that increase prices or coverage costs involving medical care given for COVID-19 means the following:
Insurers and HMOs must cover testing services and treatment for COVID-19, and waive costsharing amounts, including deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance for COVID-19 testing or treatment associated with health care provider office visits, urgent care center visits and emergency department visits that result in an order for or administration of testing.
Insurers and HMOs must waive any prior authorization for COVID-19 testing services and treatment, which thereby enabling members receive care as soon as possible without any administrative and management barriers.
In addition, the IDOI encourages the use of telemedicine in all reasonable instances in connection with testing, screening, and treatment of COVID-19, and to waive any cost-sharing for the use of telemedicine related to testing, screening, and treatment of COVID-19 to ensure policyholders have access to this critical preventive care.
Finally, while self-funded and employer-sponsored group health plans are not regulated by the
IDOI, the IDOI would like to remind the sponsors of self-funded plans that Families First Coronavirus Response Act Public Law 116-127 (H.R. 6201), requires coverage of COVID-19 testing and treatment by self-funded plans.
3. Suspending of Requirement for Indiana Licenses
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure healthcare access to all Hoosiers, Governor Holcomb has directed IDOI Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson to temporarily suspend requirements for providers participating in the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund (PCF) to hold an Indiana license. Out-of-state licensed providers are eligible for the credits and rate reductions listed in Rule 21 and Rule 60.
The enrollment process for out-of-state licensed providers to participate in the PCF will be similar to current procedures for in-state licensed providers. When filing a certificate of insurance for an out-of-state provider not licensed in Indiana, the provider’s insurance carrier or agent will first notify the PCF staff by sending an email to PCF-COI@idoi.IN.govwith the provider’ s:
- Full name, including middle initial or middle name o A copy of the current license from the provider’s home state o Full business address (addresses are visible to the public at https://www.indianapcf.com/)
- Indiana ISO (specialty class) code o ISO Codes recognized by Indiana can be found in Rule 60 (Rule 60 rates set by Bulletin 247 and Bulletin 251 ) and Rule 21 Rates.
Enrollment requests are processed by the end of the next business day whenever possible; however a large number of requests could result in a delay. Please allow up to 2-3 business days for entry. Once you receive a provider ID from the PCF, you will be able to proceed with filing the certificate of insurance coverage.
Online filing of certificates of coverage for out-of-state providers will be conducted by the outof-state provider’s insurance carrier or agent using the PCF online system located at
https://secure.in.gov/apps/idoi/certificates/. For any questions, please e-mail PCFCOI@id0i.1N.gov.
In addition, pursuant to Executive Order 20-05, the IDOI waives the 30-day deadline for the payment of surcharge for up to 60 days, making the surcharge due and payable within 90 days. No penalties will be incurred because of late or delayed surcharge payments for up to 90 days from the effective date of coverage. These provisions regarding part-time providers and retired physicians are effective for the duration of time that Executive Order 20-05 is in force.
Moreover, under the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act, Ind. Code 34-18-1-1, health care providers must pay a surcharge to be qualified in the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund. Providers employed less than full-time are eligible to pay a decreased surcharge based on their part-time status. In the event that any part-time providers work above and beyond their part-time hours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCF will honor their part-time qualification status for all hours worked.
Retired physicians, or other providers not currently participating in the PCF who mobilize in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and wish to have PCF coverage will need to qualify pursuant to standard procedures. However, as noted above, under Executive Order 13(A), no penalties will be incurred because of late or delayed surcharge payments for up to 90 days from the effective date of coverage. These provisions regarding part-time providers and retired physicians are effective for the duration of time that Executive Order 20-05 is in force.
Questions regarding this bulletin should be directed to Heather Alford at HAIford@idoi.IN.gov 317-232-2421.