Florida Senate - 2017 CS for CS for SB 430
By the Committees on Appropriations; and Banking and Insurance;
and Senators Bean and Flores
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to discount plan organizations;
3 revising the titles of ch. 636, F.S., and part II of
4 ch. 636, F.S.; amending s. 636.202, F.S.; revising
5 definitions; amending s. 636.204, F.S.; conforming
6 provisions to changes made by the act; amending s.
7 636.206, F.S.; conforming provisions to changes made
8 by the act; requiring discount plan organizations to
9 maintain, for a specified timeframe, certain records
10 in a form accessible to the Office of Insurance
11 Regulation during an examination or investigation;
12 amending s. 636.208, F.S.; conforming provisions to
13 changes made by the act; specifying periodic charge
14 reimbursement and other requirements for discount plan
15 organizations following membership cancellation
16 requests; amending s. 636.212, F.S.; requiring
17 discount plan organizations and marketers to provide
18 specified disclosures to prospective members before
19 enrollment; authorizing discount plan organizations
20 and marketers to make other disclosures; requiring
21 prospective members to acknowledge acceptance of
22 disclosures before enrollment; specifying requirements
23 for disclosures made in writing or by electronic
24 means; revising requirements for disclosures made by
25 telephone; amending s. 636.214, F.S.; making a
26 technical change; conforming provisions to changes
27 made by the act; amending s. 636.216, F.S.; deleting
28 provisions relating to charge and form filings;
29 conforming a provision to changes made by the act;
30 amending s. 636.228, F.S.; conforming provisions to
31 changes made by the act; authorizing a discount plan
32 organization to delegate functions to its marketers;
33 providing that the discount plan organization is bound
34 by acts of its marketers within the scope of the
35 delegation; amending s. 636.230, F.S.; conforming
36 provisions to changes made by the act; authorizing a
37 marketer or discount plan organization to commingle
38 certain products on a single page of certain
39 documents; deleting a requirement for discount medical
40 plan fees to be provided in writing under certain
41 circumstances; amending s. 636.232, F.S.; conforming a
42 provision to changes made by the act; deleting
43 rulemaking authority of the Financial Services
44 Commission as to the establishment of certain
45 standards; amending ss. 408.9091, 408.910, 627.64731,
46 636.003, 636.205, 636.207, 636.210, 636.218, 636.220,
47 636.222, 636.223, 636.224, 636.226, 636.234, 636.236,
48 636.238, 636.240, and 636.244, F.S.; conforming
49 provisions to changes made by the act; providing an
50 effective date.
52 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
54 Section 1. Chapter 636, Florida Statutes, entitled “Prepaid
55 Limited Health Service Organizations and Discount Medical Plan
56 Organizations,” is retitled “Prepaid Limited Health Service
57 Organizations and Discount Plan Organizations.”
58 Section 2. Part II of chapter 636, Florida Statutes,
59 entitled “Discount Medical Plan Organizations,” is retitled
60 “Discount Plan Organizations.”
61 Section 3. Section 636.202, Florida Statutes, is amended to
63 636.202 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term:
64 (1) “Discount
medical plan” means a business arrangement or
65 contract in which a person, in exchange for fees, dues, charges,
66 or other consideration, provides access for plan members to
67 providers of medical services and the right to receive medical
68 services from those providers at a discount. The term “discount
69 medical plan” does not include any product regulated under
70 chapter 627, chapter 641, or part I of this chapter; , or any
71 medical services provided through a telecommunications medium
72 that does not offer a discount to the plan member for those
73 medical services; or any plan that does not charge a fee to plan
74 members. Until June 30, 2018, a discount plan may also be
75 referred to as a discount medical plan.
76 (2) “Discount medical plan organization” means an entity
77 that which, in exchange for fees, dues, charges, or other
78 consideration, provides access for plan members to providers of
79 medical services and the right to receive medical services from
80 those providers at a discount. Until June 30, 2018, a discount
81 plan organization may also be referred to as a discount medical
82 plan organization.
83 (3) “Marketer” means a person or entity that which markets,
84 promotes, sells, or distributes a discount medical plan,
85 including a private label entity that which places its name on
86 and markets or distributes a discount medical plan but does not
87 operate a discount medical plan.
88 (4) “Medical services” means any care, service, or
89 treatment of illness or dysfunction of, or injury to, the human
90 body, including, but not limited to, physician care, inpatient
91 care, hospital surgical services, emergency services, ambulance
92 services, dental care services, vision care services, mental
93 health services, substance abuse services, chiropractic
94 services, podiatric care services, laboratory services, and
95 medical equipment and supplies. The term does not include
96 pharmaceutical supplies or prescriptions.
97 (5) “Member” means any person who pays fees, dues, charges,
98 or other consideration for the right to receive the purported
99 benefits of a discount medical plan.
100 (6) “Provider” means any person or institution that which
101 is contracted, directly or indirectly, with a discount medical
102 plan organization to provide medical services to members.
103 (7) “Provider network” means an entity that which
104 negotiates on behalf of more than one provider with a discount
105 medical plan organization to provide medical services to
107 Section 4. Subsections (1), (2), (4), and (6) of section
108 636.204, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
109 636.204 License required.—
110 (1) Before doing business in this state as a discount
111 medical plan organization, an entity must be a corporation, a
112 limited liability company, or a limited partnership,
113 incorporated, organized, formed, or registered under the laws of
114 this state or authorized to transact business in this state in
115 accordance with chapter 605, part I of chapter 607, chapter 617,
116 chapter 620, or chapter 865, and must be licensed by the office
117 as a discount medical plan organization or be licensed by the
118 office pursuant to chapter 624, part I of this chapter, or
119 chapter 641.
120 (2) An application for a license to operate as a discount
121 medical plan organization must be filed with the office on a
122 form prescribed by the commission. Such application must be
123 sworn to by an officer or authorized representative of the
124 applicant and be accompanied by the following, if applicable:
125 (a) A copy of the applicant’s articles of incorporation or
126 other organizing documents, including all amendments.
127 (b) A copy of the applicant’s bylaws.
128 (c) A list of the names, addresses, official positions, and
129 biographical information of the individuals who are responsible
130 for conducting the applicant’s affairs, including, but not
131 limited to, all members of the board of directors, board of
132 trustees, executive committee, or other governing board or
133 committee, the officers, contracted management company
134 personnel, and any person or entity owning or having the right
135 to acquire 10 percent or more of the voting securities of the
136 applicant. Such listing must fully disclose the extent and
137 nature of any contracts or arrangements between any individual
138 who is responsible for conducting the applicant’s affairs and
139 the discount medical plan organization, including any possible
140 conflicts of interest.
141 (d) A complete biographical statement , on forms prescribed
142 by the commission, an independent investigation report, and a
143 set of fingerprints, as provided in chapter 624, with respect to
144 each individual identified under paragraph (c).
145 (e) A statement generally describing the applicant, its
146 facilities and personnel, and the medical services to be
148 (f) A copy of the form of all contracts made or to be made
149 between the applicant and any providers or provider networks
150 regarding the provision of medical services to members.
151 (g) A copy of the form of any contract made or arrangement
152 to be made between the applicant and any person listed in
153 paragraph (c).
154 (h) A copy of the form of any contract made or to be made
155 between the applicant and any person, corporation, partnership,
156 or other entity for the performance on the applicant’s behalf of
157 any function, including, but not limited to, marketing,
158 administration, enrollment, investment management, and
159 subcontracting for the provision of health services to members.
160 (i) A copy of the applicant’s most recent financial
161 statements audited by an independent certified public
162 accountant. An applicant that is a subsidiary of a parent entity
163 that is publicly traded and that prepares audited financial
164 statements reflecting the consolidated operations of the parent
165 entity and the subsidiary may petition the office to accept, in
166 lieu of the audited financial statement of the applicant, the
167 audited financial statement of the parent entity and a written
168 guaranty by the parent entity that the minimum capital
169 requirements of the applicant required by this part will be met
170 by the parent entity.
171 (j) A description of the proposed method of marketing.
172 (k) A description of the subscriber complaint procedures to
173 be established and maintained.
174 (l) The fee for issuance of a license.
175 (m) Such other information as the commission or office may
176 reasonably require to make the determinations required by this
178 (4) Before Prior to licensure by the office, each discount
179 medical plan organization must establish an Internet website so
180 as to conform to the requirements of s. 636.226.
181 (6) This part does not require Nothing in this part
182 requires a provider who provides discounts to his or her own
183 patients to obtain and maintain a license as a discount medical
184 plan organization.
185 Section 5. Section 636.206, Florida Statutes, is amended to
187 636.206 Examinations and investigations.—
188 (1) The office may examine or investigate the business and
189 affairs of any discount medical plan organization. The office
190 may order any discount medical plan organization or applicant to
191 produce any records, books, files, advertising and solicitation
192 materials, or other information and may take statements under
193 oath to determine whether the discount medical plan organization
194 or applicant is in violation of the law or is acting contrary to
195 the public interest. The expenses incurred in conducting any
196 examination or investigation must be paid by the discount
197 medical plan organization or applicant. Examinations and
198 investigations must be conducted as provided in chapter 624. For
199 the duration of the agreement and for 5 years thereafter, every
200 discount plan organization shall maintain, in a form accessible
201 to the office during an examination or investigation, an
202 accurate record of each member, the membership materials
203 provided to the member, the discount plan issued to the member,
204 and the charges billed and paid by the member.
205 (2) Failure by the discount medical plan organization to
206 pay the expenses incurred under subsection (1) is grounds for
207 denial or revocation.
208 Section 6. Section 636.208, Florida Statutes, is amended to
210 636.208 Fees; charges; reimbursement.—
211 (1) A discount medical plan organization may charge a
212 periodic charge as well as a reasonable one-time processing fee
213 for a discount medical plan.
214 (2)(a) If the member cancels his or her membership in the
215 discount medical plan organization within the first 30 days
216 after the effective date of enrollment in the plan, the member
217 shall receive a reimbursement of all periodic charges upon
218 return of the discount card to the discount medical plan
220 (b) If the member cancels his or her membership in the
221 discount plan organization consistent with the open enrollment
222 rules established by an employer or association for a plan
223 having an open enrollment period, the member shall receive a pro
224 rata reimbursement of all periodic charges upon return of the
225 discount card to the discount plan organization.
226 (c) Except for plans enrolled under paragraph (b), if the
227 member requests in writing the cancellation of his or her
228 membership in the discount plan organization after the first 30
229 days allowed in paragraph (a), the discount plan organization:
230 1. Must make the cancellation effective no later than 30
231 days after receiving the member’s cancellation request;
232 2. May not make future charges to the member after the
233 cancellation has taken effect; and
234 3. Must provide the member a pro rata reimbursement of
235 periodic charges for all months after the effective date of the
237 (3) If the discount medical plan organization cancels a
238 membership for any reason other than nonpayment of fees by the
239 member, the discount medical plan organization must shall make a
240 pro rata reimbursement of all periodic charges to the member.
241 (4) In addition to the reimbursement of periodic charges
242 for the reasons stated in subsections (2) and (3), a discount
243 medical plan organization shall also reimburse the member for
244 any portion of a one-time processing fee that exceeds $30 per
246 Section 7. Section 636.212, Florida Statutes, is amended to
248 636.212 Disclosures.—A discount plan organization or
249 marketer shall provide disclosures to a prospective member
250 before his or her enrollment. A discount plan organization or
251 marketer may make disclosures in addition to those described in
252 this part. Before enrollment, a prospective member must
253 acknowledge he or she has accepted the disclosures The following
254 disclosures must be made in writing to any prospective member
255 and must be on the first page of any advertisements, marketing
256 materials, or brochures relating to a discount medical plan. The
257 disclosures must be printed in not less than 12-point type:
258 (1) The disclosures must include:
259 (a) That the plan is not insurance.
260 (b) (2) That the plan provides discounts at certain health
261 care providers for medical services.
262 (c) (3) That the plan does not make payments directly to the
263 providers of medical services.
264 (d) (4) That the plan member is obligated to pay for all
265 health care services but will receive a discount from those
266 health care providers who have contracted with the discount plan
268 (e) (5) The name and address of the licensed discount
269 medical plan organization.
270 (2) Written disclosures must include the disclosures in
271 subsection (1) on the first page of any advertisement, marketing
272 material, or brochure relating to a discount plan. The first
273 page is the page that first includes the information describing
274 benefits. The disclosures must be printed in not less than 12
275 point type.
276 (3) Disclosures provided by electronic means must include
277 the disclosures in subsection (1) on any advertisement,
278 marketing material, or brochure relating to a discount plan. The
279 disclosures must be viewable in a readable font size and color.
280 (4) Disclosures made by telephone must include the
281 disclosures in subsection (1), and a written disclosure in
282 accordance with subsection (2) must also be provided with the
283 initial materials sent to the prospective or new member.
285 If the initial contract is made by telephone, the disclosures
286 required by this section shall be made orally and provided in
287 the initial written materials that describe the benefits under
288 the discount medical plan provided to the prospective or new
289 member .
290 Section 8. Section 636.214, Florida Statutes, is amended to
292 636.214 Provider agreements.—
293 (1) All providers offering medical services to members
294 under a discount medical plan must provide such services
295 pursuant to a written agreement. The agreement may be entered
296 into directly by the provider or by a provider network to which
297 the provider belongs.
298 (2) A provider agreement between a discount medical plan
299 organization and a provider must provide the following:
300 (a) A list of the services and products to be provided at a
302 (b) The amount or amounts of the discounts or,
303 alternatively, a fee schedule which reflects the provider’s
304 discounted rates.
305 (c) A statement that the provider will not charge members
306 more than the discounted rates.
307 (3) A provider agreement between a discount medical plan
308 organization and a provider network must shall require that the
309 provider network have written agreements with its providers
311 (a) Contain the terms described in subsection (2).
312 (b) Authorize the provider network to contract with the
313 discount medical plan organization on behalf of the provider.
314 (c) Require the network to maintain an up-to-date list of
315 its contracted providers and to provide that list on a monthly
316 basis to the discount medical plan organization.
317 (4) The discount medical plan organization shall maintain a
318 copy of each active provider agreement into which it has
320 Section 9. Section 636.216, Florida Statutes, is amended to
322 636.216 Written agreement Charge or form filings.—
323 (1) All charges to members must be filed with the office
324 and any charge to members greater than $30 per month or $360 per
325 year must be approved by the office before the charges can be
326 used. The discount medical plan organization has the burden of
327 proof that the charges bear a reasonable relation to the
328 benefits received by the member.
329 (2) There must be a written agreement between the discount
330 medical plan organization and the member specifying the benefits
331 under the discount medical plan and complying with the
332 disclosure requirements of this part.
333 (3) All forms used, including t he written agreement
334 pursuant to subsection (2), must first be filed with and
335 approved by the office. Every form filed shall be identified by
336 a unique form number placed in the lower left corner of each
338 (4) A charge or form is considered approved on the 60th day
339 after its date of filing unless it has been previously
340 disapproved by the office. The office shall disapprove any form
341 that does not meet the requirements of this part or that is
342 unreasonable, discriminatory, misleading, or unfair. If such
343 filings are disapproved, the office shall notify the discount
344 medical plan organization and shall specify in the notice the
345 reasons for disapproval.
346 Section 10. Section 636.228, Florida Statutes, is amended
347 to read:
348 636.228 Marketing of discount medical plans.—
349 (1) All advertisements, marketing materials, brochures, and
350 discount cards used by marketers must be approved in writing for
351 such use by the discount medical plan organization.
352 (2) The discount medical plan organization must shall have
353 an executed written agreement with a marketer before prior to
354 the marketer’s marketing, promoting, selling, or distributing
355 the discount medical plan. Such agreement must shall prohibit
356 the marketer from using marketing materials, brochures, and
357 discount cards without the approval in writing by the discount
358 medical plan organization. The discount medical plan
359 organization may delegate functions to its marketers but shall
360 be bound by any acts of its marketers, within the scope of the
361 delegation, which marketers’ agency, that do not comply with the
362 provisions of this part.
363 Section 11. Section 636.230, Florida Statutes, is amended
364 to read:
365 636.230 Bundling discount medical plans with other
366 products.—A marketer or discount plan organization selling a
367 discount plan with medical services and other services may
368 commingle those products on a single page of forms,
369 advertisements, marketing materials, or brochures When a
370 marketer or discount medical plan organization sells a discount
371 medical plan together with any other product, the fees for the
372 discount medical plan must be provided in writing to the member
373 if the fees exceed $30.
374 Section 12. Section 636.232, Florida Statutes, is amended
375 to read:
376 636.232 Rules.—The commission may adopt rules to administer
377 this part, including rules for the licensing of discount medical
378 plan organizations, ; establishing standards for evaluating
379 forms, advertisements, marketing materials, brochures, and
380 discount cards; providing for the collection of data, ; relating
381 to disclosures to plan members, ; and defining terms used in this
383 Section 13. Paragraph (b) of subsection (5) of section
384 408.9091, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
385 408.9091 Cover Florida Health Care Access Program.—
386 (5) PLAN PROPOSALS.—The agency and the office shall
387 announce, no later than July 1, 2008, an invitation to negotiate
388 for Cover Florida plan entities to design a Cover Florida plan
389 proposal in which benefits and premiums are specified.
390 (b) The agency and the office may announce an invitation to
391 negotiate for the design of Cover Florida Plus products to
392 companies that offer supplemental insurance, discount medical
393 plan organizations licensed under part II of chapter 636, or
394 prepaid health clinics licensed under part II of chapter 641.
395 Section 14. Paragraph (d) of subsection (2) and paragraph
396 (d) of subsection (4) of section 408.910, Florida Statutes, are
397 amended to read:
398 408.910 Florida Health Choices Program.—
399 (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
400 (d) “Insurer” means an entity licensed under chapter 624
401 which offers an individual health insurance policy or a group
402 health insurance policy, a preferred provider organization as
403 defined in s. 627.6471, an exclusive provider organization as
404 defined in s. 627.6472, or a health maintenance organization
405 licensed under part I of chapter 641, or a prepaid limited
406 health service organization or discount medical plan
407 organization licensed under chapter 636.
408 (4) ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION.—Participation in the
409 program is voluntary and shall be available to employers,
410 individuals, vendors, and health insurance agents as specified
411 in this subsection.
412 (d) All eligible vendors who choose to participate and the
413 products and services that the vendors are permitted to sell are
414 as follows:
415 1. Insurers licensed under chapter 624 may sell health
416 insurance policies, limited benefit policies, other risk-bearing
417 coverage, and other products or services.
418 2. Health maintenance organizations licensed under part I
419 of chapter 641 may sell health maintenance contracts, limited
420 benefit policies, other risk-bearing products, and other
421 products or services.
422 3. Prepaid limited health service organizations may sell
423 products and services as authorized under part I of chapter 636,
424 and discount medical plan organizations may sell products and
425 services as authorized under part II of chapter 636.
426 4. Prepaid health clinic service providers licensed under
427 part II of chapter 641 may sell prepaid service contracts and
428 other arrangements for a specified amount and type of health
429 services or treatments.
430 5. Health care providers, including hospitals and other
431 licensed health facilities, health care clinics, licensed health
432 professionals, pharmacies, and other licensed health care
433 providers, may sell service contracts and arrangements for a
434 specified amount and type of health services or treatments.
435 6. Provider organizations, including service networks,
436 group practices, professional associations, and other
437 incorporated organizations of providers, may sell service
438 contracts and arrangements for a specified amount and type of
439 health services or treatments.
440 7. Corporate entities providing specific health services in
441 accordance with applicable state law may sell service contracts
442 and arrangements for a specified amount and type of health
443 services or treatments.
445 A vendor described in subparagraphs 3.-7. may not sell products
446 that provide risk-bearing coverage unless that vendor is
447 authorized under a certificate of authority issued by the Office
448 of Insurance Regulation and is authorized to provide coverage in
449 the relevant geographic area. Otherwise eligible vendors may be
450 excluded from participating in the program for deceptive or
451 predatory practices, financial insolvency, or failure to comply
452 with the terms of the participation agreement or other standards
453 set by the corporation.
454 Section 15. Subsection (11) of section 627.64731, Florida
455 Statutes, is amended to read:
456 627.64731 Leasing, renting, or granting access to a
457 participating provider.—
458 (11) This section does not apply to a contract between a
459 contracting entity and a discount medical plan organization
460 licensed or exempt under part II of chapter 636.
461 Section 16. Paragraph (c) of subsection (7) of section
462 636.003, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
463 636.003 Definitions.—As used in this act, the term:
464 (7) “Prepaid limited health service organization” means any
465 person, corporation, partnership, or any other entity which, in
466 return for a prepayment, undertakes to provide or arrange for,
467 or provide access to, the provision of a limited health service
468 to enrollees through an exclusive panel of providers. Prepaid
469 limited health service organization does not include:
470 (c) Any person who is licensed pursuant to part II as a
471 discount medical plan organization.
472 Section 17. Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subsection (1) of
473 section 636.205, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
474 636.205 Issuance of license; denial.—
475 (1) Following receipt of an application filed pursuant to
476 s. 636.204, the office shall review the application and notify
477 the applicant of any deficiencies contained therein. The office
478 shall issue a license to an applicant who has filed a completed
479 application pursuant to s. 636.204 upon payment of the fees
480 specified in s. 636.204 and upon the office being satisfied that
481 the following conditions are met:
482 (c) The ownership, control, and management of the entity
483 are competent and trustworthy and possess managerial experience
484 that would make the proposed operation beneficial to the
485 subscribers. The office may shall not grant or continue to grant
486 authority to transact the business of a discount medical plan
487 organization in this state at any time during which the office
488 has good reason to believe that the ownership, control, or
489 management of the organization includes any person whose
490 business operations are or have been marked by business
491 practices or conduct that is detrimental to the public,
492 stockholders, investors, or creditors.
493 (d) The discount medical plan organization has a complaint
494 procedure that will facilitate the resolution of subscriber
495 grievances and that includes both formal and informal steps
496 available within the organization.
497 Section 18. Section 636.207, Florida Statutes, is amended
498 to read:
499 636.207 Applicability of part.—Except as otherwise provided
500 in this part, discount medical plan organizations are governed
501 by the provisions of this part and are exempt from the Florida
502 Insurance Code unless specifically referenced.
503 Section 19. Section 636.210, Florida Statutes, is amended
504 to read:
505 636.210 Prohibited activities of a discount medical plan
507 (1) A discount medical plan organization may not:
508 (a) Use in its advertisements, marketing material,
509 brochures, and discount cards the term “insurance” except as
510 otherwise provided in this part or as a disclaimer of any
511 relationship between discount medical plan organization benefits
512 and insurance;
513 (b) Use in its advertisements, marketing material,
514 brochures, and discount cards the terms “health plan,”
515 “coverage,” “copay,” “copayments,” “preexisting conditions,”
516 “guaranteed issue,” “premium,” “PPO,” “preferred provider
517 organization,” or other terms in a manner that could reasonably
518 mislead a person into believing the discount medical plan was
519 health insurance;
520 (c) Have restrictions on free access to plan providers,
521 including, but not limited to, waiting periods and notification
522 periods; or
523 (d) Pay providers any fees for medical services.
524 (2) A discount medical plan organization may not collect or
525 accept money from a member for payment to a provider for
526 specific medical services furnished or to be furnished to the
527 member unless the organization has an active certificate of
528 authority from the office to act as an administrator.
529 Section 20. Subsection (1), paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) of
530 subsection (2), and subsection (3) of section 636.218, Florida
531 Statutes, are amended to read:
532 636.218 Annual reports.—
533 (1) Each discount medical plan organization shall must file
534 with the office, within 3 months after the end of each fiscal
535 year, an annual report.
536 (2) Such reports must be on forms prescribed by the
537 commission and must include:
538 (b) If different from the initial application or the last
539 annual report, a list of the names and residence addresses of
540 all persons responsible for the conduct of the organization’s
541 affairs, together with a disclosure of the extent and nature of
542 any contracts or arrangements between such persons and the
543 discount medical plan organization, including any possible
544 conflicts of interest.
545 (c) The number of discount medical plan members in the
547 (d) Such other information relating to the performance of
548 the discount medical plan organization as is reasonably required
549 by the commission or office.
550 (3) Every discount medical plan organization that which
551 fails to file an annual report in the form and within the time
552 required by this section shall forfeit up to $500 for each day
553 for the first 10 days during which the neglect continues and
554 shall forfeit up to $1,000 for each day after the first 10 days
555 during which the neglect continues; and, upon notice by the
556 office to that effect, the organization’s authority to enroll
557 new members or to do business in this state ceases while such
558 default continues. The office shall deposit all sums collected
559 by the office under this section to the credit of the Insurance
560 Regulatory Trust Fund. The office may not collect more than
561 $50,000 for each report.
562 Section 21. Section 636.220, Florida Statutes, is amended
563 to read:
564 636.220 Minimum capital requirements.—
565 (1) Each discount medical plan organization shall must at
566 all times maintain a net worth of at least $150,000.
567 (2) The office may not issue a license unless the discount
568 medical plan organization has a net worth of at least $150,000.
569 Section 22. Section 636.222, Florida Statutes, is amended
570 to read:
571 636.222 Suspension or revocation of license; suspension of
572 enrollment of new members; terms of suspension.—
573 (1) The office may suspend the authority of a discount
574 medical plan organization to enroll new members, revoke any
575 license issued to a discount medical plan organization, or order
576 compliance if the office finds that any of the following
577 conditions exist:
578 (a) The organization is not operating in compliance with
579 this part.
580 (b) The organization does not have the minimum net worth as
581 required by this part.
582 (c) The organization has advertised, merchandised, or
583 attempted to merchandise its services in such a manner as to
584 misrepresent its services or capacity for service or has engaged
585 in deceptive, misleading, or unfair practices with respect to
586 advertising or merchandising.
587 (d) The organization is not fulfilling its obligations as a
588 medical discount medical plan organization.
589 (e) The continued operation of the organization would be
590 hazardous to its members.
591 (2) If the office has cause to believe that grounds for the
592 suspension or revocation of a license exist, the office must
593 shall notify the discount medical plan organization in writing
594 specifically stating the grounds for suspension or revocation
595 and shall pursue a hearing on the matter in accordance with the
596 provisions of chapter 120.
597 (3) When the license of a discount medical plan
598 organization is surrendered or revoked, such organization must
599 proceed, immediately following the effective date of the order
600 of revocation, to wind up its affairs transacted under the
601 license. The organization may not engage in any further
602 advertising, solicitation, collecting of fees, or renewal of
604 (4) The office shall, in its order suspending the authority
605 of a discount medical plan organization to enroll new members,
606 specify the period during which the suspension is to be in
607 effect and the conditions, if any, which must be met by the
608 discount medical plan organization before prior to reinstatement
609 of its license to enroll new members. The order of suspension is
610 subject to rescission or modification by further order of the
611 office before prior to the expiration of the suspension period.
612 Reinstatement may not be made unless requested by the discount
613 medical plan organization; however, the office may not grant
614 reinstatement if it finds that the circumstances for which the
615 suspension occurred still exist or are likely to recur.
616 Section 23. Section 636.223, Florida Statutes, is amended
617 to read:
618 636.223 Administrative penalty.—In lieu of suspending or
619 revoking a certificate of authority whenever any discount
620 medical plan organization has been found to have violated any
621 provision of this part, the office may:
622 (1) Issue and cause to be served upon the organization
623 charged with the violation a copy of such findings and an order
624 requiring such organization to cease and desist from engaging in
625 the act or practice that constitutes the violation.
626 (2) Impose a monetary penalty of not less than $100 for
627 each violation, but not to exceed an aggregate penalty of
629 Section 24. Section 636.224, Florida Statutes, is amended
630 to read:
631 636.224 Notice of change of name or address of discount
632 medical plan organization.—Each discount medical plan
633 organization must provide the office at least 30 days’ advance
634 notice of any change in the discount medical plan organization’s
635 name, address, principal business address, or mailing address.
636 Section 25. Section 636.226, Florida Statutes, is amended
637 to read:
638 636.226 Provider name listing.—Each discount medical plan
639 organization must maintain on an Internet website an up-to-date
640 list of the names and addresses of the providers with which it
641 has contracted , on an Internet website page, the address of
642 which must shall be prominently displayed on all its
643 advertisements, marketing materials, brochures, and discount
644 cards. This section applies to those providers with whom the
645 discount medical plan organization has contracted directly, as
646 well as those who are members of a provider network with which
647 the discount medical plan organization has contracted.
648 Section 26. Section 636.234, Florida Statutes, is amended
649 to read:
650 636.234 Service of process on a discount medical plan
651 organization.—Sections 624.422 and 624.423 apply to a discount
652 medical plan organization as if the discount medical plan
653 organization were an insurer.
654 Section 27. Section 636.236, Florida Statutes, is amended
655 to read:
656 636.236 Surety bond or security deposit.—
657 (1) Each discount medical plan organization licensed
658 pursuant to the provisions of this part shall must maintain in
659 force a surety bond in its own name in an amount not less than
660 $35,000 to be used at the discretion of the office to protect
661 the financial interests of members who may be adversely affected
662 by the insolvency of a discount medical plan organization. The
663 bond must be issued by an insurance company that is licensed to
664 do business in this state.
665 (2) In lieu of the bond specified in subsection (1), a
666 licensed discount medical plan organization may deposit and
667 maintain deposited in trust with the department securities
668 eligible for deposit under s. 625.52 having at all times a value
669 of not less than $35,000. If a licensed discount medical plan
670 organization substitutes its deposited securities under this
671 subsection with a surety bond authorized in subsection (1), such
672 deposited securities must shall be returned to the discount
673 medical plan organization no later than 45 days following the
674 effective date of the surety bond.
675 (3) A No judgment creditor or other claimant of a discount
676 medical plan organization, other than the office or department,
677 does not shall have the right to levy upon any of the assets or
678 securities held in this state as a deposit under subsections (1)
679 and (2).
680 Section 28. Subsections (2) and (3) of section 636.238,
681 Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
682 636.238 Penalties for violation of this part.—
683 (2) A person who operates as or willfully aids and abets
684 another operating as a discount medical plan organization in
685 violation of s. 636.204(1) commits a felony punishable as
686 provided for in s. 624.401(4)(b), as if the unlicensed discount
687 medical plan organization were an unauthorized insurer, and the
688 fees, dues, charges, or other consideration collected from the
689 members by the unlicensed discount medical plan organization or
690 marketer were insurance premium.
691 (3) A person who collects fees for purported membership in
692 a discount medical plan but purposefully fails to provide the
693 promised benefits commits a theft, punishable as provided in s.
695 Section 29. Subsection (1) of section 636.240, Florida
696 Statutes, is amended to read:
697 636.240 Injunctions.—
698 (1) In addition to the penalties and other enforcement
699 provisions of this part, the office may seek both temporary and
700 permanent injunctive relief when:
701 (a) A discount medical plan is being operated by any person
702 or entity that is not licensed pursuant to this part.
703 (b) Any person, entity, or discount medical plan
704 organization has engaged in any activity prohibited by this part
705 or any rule adopted pursuant to this part.
706 Section 30. Section 636.244, Florida Statutes, is amended
707 to read:
708 636.244 Unlicensed discount medical plan organizations.
709 Sections The provisions of ss. 626.901-626.912 apply to the
710 activities of an unlicensed discount medical plan organization
711 as if the unlicensed discount medical plan organization were an
712 unauthorized insurer.
713 Section 31. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.