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RULE §3.505Required Rate Filings

(a) An issuer may not use a rate with respect to a plan if:

  (1) the issuer has not filed the rate with TDI for review;

  (2) the rate filing does not comply with the standards in §3.503 of this title (relating to Rating Standards); or

  (3) the rate filing has been withdrawn.

(b) Each issuer must submit an annual rate filing no later than June 15 for any individual or small group market plan that will be issued effective on or after January 1 in the following calendar year. A small group issuer may include scheduled quarterly trend increases within the annual rate filing. An issuer may have only one active annual single risk pool rate filing in each market. An issuer may not modify an annual rate filing later than October 1 prior to the calendar year for which the filing was submitted.

(c) A small group issuer may submit a rate filing for a quarterly rate change that takes effect on April 1, July 1, or October 1. A small group issuer may have only one active quarterly single risk pool rate filing at a given time. Notwithstanding §26.11 of this title (relating to Restrictions Relating to Premium Rates), a small group issuer must submit a quarterly rate filing at least 105 days before the effective date of the rate change.

(d) A rate filing must include the index rate for the single risk pool and reflect every product and plan that is part of the single risk pool in the applicable market. Issuers are not required to enter CSR plan variations separately.

(e) Rate filings made under this subchapter must be submitted through the electronic system designated by TDI, according to any technical instructions provided for the electronic system and consistent with the rules and procedures in Chapter 3, Subchapter A, of this title (relating to Submission Requirements for Filings and Departmental Actions Related to Such Filings) and §11.301 of this title (relating to Filing Requirements).

(f) Rate filings made under this subchapter must include the following:

  (1) the URRT (Part I);

  (2) for a rate increase that is 15% or more within a 12-month period that begins on January 1, as determined by 45 CFR §154.200(b) and (c), concerning Rate Increases Subject to Review, a written description justifying the rate increase (Part II) that complies with 45 CFR §154.215(e), concerning Submission of Rate Filing Justification;

  (3) rating filing documentation (Part III) that complies with 45 CFR §154.215(f) and that includes an unredacted actuarial memorandum signed by a qualified actuary;

  (4) a rates table that identifies the applicable rate for each plan, depending on an individual's rating area, tobacco use, and age;

  (5) an enrollment spreadsheet that contains, with respect to each county:

    (A) the number of covered lives, as of March 31 of the current year, that are enrolled in each of the following plan types, separated on the basis of whether the enrollment is through the federal exchange or off-exchange:

      (i) catastrophic plans;

      (ii) bronze plans;

      (iii) silver plans, separated as follows:

        (I) silver plans with an AV of 70%;

        (II) silver plans with an AV of 73%;

        (III) silver plans with an AV of 87%;

        (IV) silver plans with an AV of 94%; and

        (V) silver plans with an AV of 100%;

      (iv) gold plans; and

      (v) platinum plans;

    (B) whether the plan is available in the county in the current calendar year; and

    (C) whether the plan will be available in the county in the next calendar year; and

  (6) an AV and cost-sharing factor spreadsheet that contains:

    (A) the plan ID specified in the URRT; and

    (B) the component factors of an AV and cost-sharing design of plan field in the URRT, which should not include adjustments that account for the morbidity of the population expected to enroll in the plan, including:

      (i) the AV of the plan, calculated consistent with 45 CFR §156.135, concerning AV Calculation for Determining Level of Coverage;

      (ii) the induced-demand factor of 1.00 for bronze plans, 1.03 for silver plans, 1.08 for gold plans, and 1.15 for platinum plans; and

      (iii) for individual silver plans on the exchange, a CSR adjustment factor of 1.35, that accounts for the average costs attributable to CSRs, to the extent that issuers are not otherwise being reimbursed for those costs. If issuers are being reimbursed for those costs by HHS, consistent with 42 USC §18071, concerning Reduced Cost-Sharing for Individuals Enrolling in Qualified Health Plans, then the CSR adjustment factor would not apply.

(g) Issuers may submit data using the templates available on TDI's website at www.tdi.texas.gov/health/ratereview.html.

(h) On request from TDI, an issuer must provide any additional information needed to evaluate the rate filing.

(i) An issuer that does not intend to issue a plan that would require a rate filing for the next calendar year, but that has enrollment in a plan that is subject to this subchapter in the current year or the prior year, must submit the data for such plan under paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, as applicable, to TDI no later than June 15. For example, in June of 2022, an issuer must submit data under paragraph (1) of this subsection for the 2021 calendar year, and data under paragraph (2) of this subsection for the first five months of calendar year 2022. An issuer that does not have data to submit under paragraph (2) of this subsection is still required to submit data under paragraph (1) of this subsection.

  (1) For prior year cumulative data, an issuer must submit:

    (A) allowed claim costs, defined as total payments made under the plan to health care providers on behalf of covered members and including payments made by the issuer, member cost-sharing, cost-sharing paid by HHS on behalf of low-income members, and net payments from any federal or state reinsurance arrangement or program;

    (B) incurred claim costs, defined as allowed claim costs as specified in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, less member cost-sharing, cost-sharing paid by HHS on behalf of low-income members, and any net payments from a federal or state reinsurance arrangement;

    (C) earned premium; and

    (D) member months.

  (2) For current year cumulative data through March 31, an issuer must submit:

    (A) earned premium;

    (B) member months; and

    (C) the enrollment spreadsheet required under subsection (f)(5) of this section.

Source Note: The provisions of this §3.505 adopted to be effective June 16, 2022, 47 TexReg 3467

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