FAQ's for Individuals - I did not receive a rebate
2.1 Q: What is the Affordable Care Act?
A. The Affordable Care Act is a shortened name for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a federal statute signed into law in March 2010 and commonly referred to as “health care reform.”
2.2 Q. What does “Medical Loss Ratio” mean?
A. The Medical Loss Ratio, or MLR, is the percentage of the total premium dollars received by a health insurance plan that is spent on health benefits (including claims and health improvement programs) for the plan’s customers in a particular state. For example, if an insurance company sold a plan called an “Individual Medical Red Plan,” and received $1,000,000 in premium payments from all customers with that plan in the previous year in that state, and paid out $800,000 in claims and other health benefits for that plan in the previous year in that state, the MLR would be 80% ($800,000 ÷ $1,000,000). The MLR consists of dollars spent on health benefits. Other costs incurred by the insurance company – administration, employee salaries, marketing, etc. – do not count toward the MLR.
2.3 Q. Who is getting a rebate?
A. Eligible policyholders (individuals and group employers) with active coverage in the previous year, by insurance plans subject to the Affordable Care Act, will receive health care reform rebates if the insurance company didn’t meet the minimum Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) for the previous year. In general, the minimum MLR threshold is 80% for individual and small group customers.
2.4 Q. What types of health insurance does the MLR rule apply to?
A. The MLR rule applies to major medical insurance plans for individuals, families, large groups and small groups, as dictated by health care reform.
2.5 Q. What types of health insurance are not affected by the MLR rebate?
A. The MLR does not apply to short-term (temporary) medical plans, self-funded group plans, supplemental coverage plans or fixed-benefit plans such as Assurant Health AccessSM.
2.6 Q. Do other health insurance companies have to send rebates?
A. All health insurers in the United States that sell plans subject to the Affordable Care Act have to send rebates by September 30 each year if those plans didn’t meet MLR requirements for the previous year.
2.7 Q. Where can I find more information about the MLR?
A. The federal government has set up a website: https://www.healthcare.gov/health-care-law-protections/rate-review/
2.8 Q. Why haven't I received a rebate?
A. If you didn’t receive a rebate, it’s most likely for one of the following reasons:
- The MLR rebates may not apply to your type of insurance — MLR rebates only apply to individual major medical and group major medical insurance plans (except for group self-funded plans)
- Alternatively, Assurant Health may have met the minimum medical loss ratio threshold for your state and type of insurance, which means a rebate is not owed for the previous year
2.9 Q. I had no claims. Why didn’t I receive a rebate?
A. Rebates are not based on the personal claims activity of any individual. Rebates are based on overall health care claims activity that occurred in the previous year and if applicable in additional previous years for everybody in the state with the type of insurance policy to which the rebate applies.
2.10 Q. How does an individual's claims activity affect individual rebates?
A. Rebates are not based on the personal claims activity of any individual. Rebates are based on overall health care claims activity that occurred in the previous year
and if applicable in additional previous years for everybody in the state with the type of insurance policy to which the rebate applies.
2.11 Q. Why did my state apply for a lower ratio? This impacts my rebate.
A. Some states were concerned that meeting the 80% Medical Loss Ratio standard would destabilize the individual health insurance market and provide fewer choices for their residents. More information can be found here: https://www.healthcare.gov/health-care-law-protections/rate-review/
2.12 Q. Does the government calculate Assurant Health’s MLR, or is it calculated by Assurant Health?
A. Assurant Health calculates the rebate based on claims paid and premium received. We report this information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) based on the guidelines they provide.
2.13 Q. Whether or not I receive a rebate, and how much that rebate is, is dependent on the group of policies that my policy is a part of. How is that group determined?
A. Parameters include: Whether your policy is individual medical, small group or large group coverage. The state in which the policy is issued. The legal entity that underwrites and issues the policy — Assurant Health is the brand name for insurance underwritten and issued by Time Insurance Company, John Alden Life Insurance Company and Union Security Insurance Company.
2.14 Q. Who are you sending the rebate to?
A. Rebates are being sent to the primary insured on the policy, unless the primary is less than 18 years of age. If the primary insured is less than 18 years of age, the rebate is being sent to the payor listed on the policy. If you have concerns, please contact the policy owner.
2.15 Q. I’m the payor for the policy. Why wasn’t the rebate sent to me?
A. The policy is owned by the primary insured. Once premiums are paid, they become a part of the policy, and any rebate or refund is directed to the policy owner if 18 years of age or older. If the primary insured is under 18 years of age, the refund will go to the payor. If you have concerns, please contact the policy owner.
2.16 Q. If Assurant Health pays out more than the 80% MLR, does that mean that instead of issuing a refund they can send me a bill for additional premium?
A. No. Your premium amount was set independently of the MLR.