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Register December 2010 No. 660
Chapter DHS 138
SUBSIDY OF HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR PERSONS WITH HIV INFECTION
DHS 138.01   Authority and purpose.
DHS 138.02   Applicability.
DHS 138.03   Definitions.
DHS 138.04   Participation in the health insurance premium subsidy program.
DHS 138.05   Payment of health insurance premiums.
Ch. DHS 138 Note Note: Chapter HFS 138 was created as an emergency rule effective November 21, 1990. Chapter HFS 138 was renumbered chapter DHS 138 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637.
DHS 138.01 DHS 138.01 Authority and purpose. This chapter is promulgated pursuant to ss. 252.16 and 252.17, Stats., for the purpose of enabling the department to administer a program to subsidize health insurance premium costs for an individual who takes unpaid medical leave or for an individual who is unable to continue his or her employment or must reduce his or her hours because of an illness or medical condition arising from or related to HIV infection.
DHS 138.01 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91; am. Register, July, 1993, No. 451, eff. 8-1-93; corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, August, 1995, No. 476; am. Register, August, 1998, No. 512, eff. 9-1-98.
DHS 138.02 DHS 138.02 Applicability. This chapter applies to any individual with HIV infection who is eligible to participate in the subsidy program under this chapter, to the individual's employer, if the individual is currently employed, or former employer, if the individual is no longer employed, to the individual's insurer and to the department.
DHS 138.02 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91.
DHS 138.03 DHS 138.03 Definitions. In this chapter:
DHS 138.03(1) (1) “COBRA" means the federal consolidated omnibus budget reconciliation act of 1986, PL 99-272.
DHS 138.03(2) (2) “Department" means the Wisconsin department of health services.
DHS 138.03(3) (3) “Dependent" means a spouse, domestic partner under ch. 770, Stats., or an unmarried child under the age of 19 years, an unmarried child who is a full-time student under the age of 21 years and who is financially dependent upon the parent, or an unmarried child of any age who is medically certified as disabled and who is dependent upon the parent.
DHS 138.03(4) (4) “Employee" means any of the following:
DHS 138.03(4)(a) (a) An active or retired wage, commissioned or salaried earner whose services are or were utilized by the employer who provided health care coverage to the individual by virtue of the individual's employment.
DHS 138.03(4)(b) (b) A member of a union, trust or association where the member is entitled to health care coverage by virtue of the individual's membership in the union, trust or association.
DHS 138.03(5) (5) “Employer" means a group policyholder subject to s. 632.897, Stats., or the sponsor of a group health plan subject to 29 USC 1161 to 1168 or 42 USC 300bb-1 to 300bb-8, including a controlled group, partnership or other arrangement under common control, an affiliated service group and employee leasing arrangements.
DHS 138.03(6) (6) “Family income" means the gross earnings of an employee and his or her spouse, including wages and salary, net income from non-farm self-employment, net income from farm self-employment, as well as unearned income including social security, dividends, interest income, income from estates or trusts, net rental income or royalties, public assistance, pensions or annuities, unemployment compensation, workers compensation, maintenance or alimony, child support, family support and veterans pensions.
DHS 138.03(7) (7) “Family size" means the number of individuals in a group of persons related by birth, marriage or adoption who reside together.
DHS 138.03(8) (8) “Federal poverty line" means the poverty income threshold by size of family unit for the current calendar year published as part of the poverty income guidelines by the U.S. department of health and human services in the federal register, pursuant to 42 USC 9902(2).
DHS 138.03(9) (9) “Group health plan" means an insurance policy or a partially or wholly uninsured plan or program that provides hospital, medical or other health care coverage to members of a group whether or not dependents of the members are also covered. The term includes a medicare supplement policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28r), Stats., but does not include a medicare replacement policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28p), Stats., or a long-term care insurance policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28g), Stats.
DHS 138.03(10) (10) “HIV" means any strain of human immunodeficiency virus, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
DHS 138.03(11) (11) “HIV infection" means the pathological state produced by a human body in response to the presence of HIV.
DHS 138.03(12) (12) “Individual health policy" means an insurance policy or a partially or wholly uninsured plan or program that provides hospital, medical or other health coverage to an individual on an individual basis and not as a member of a group, whether or not dependents of the individual are also covered. The term includes a medicare supplement policy as defined in s. 600.03 (28r), Stats., but does not include a medicare replacement policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28p), Stats., or a long-term care insurance policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28g), Stats.
DHS 138.03(13) (13) “Insurer" has the meaning prescribed in s. 600.03 (27), Stats.
DHS 138.03(14) (14) “Medicare" means coverage under part A, part B, or part D of Title XVIII of the federal Social Security Act, 42 USC 1395 to 1395hhh.
DHS 138.03(15) (15) “Physician" has the meaning prescribed in s. 448.01 (5), Stats., namely, an individual possessing the degree of doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy or an equivalent degree as determined by the medical examining board, and holding a license granted by the medical examining board.
DHS 138.03(16) (16) “Residence" means the concurrence of physical presence with intent to remain in a place of fixed habitation, with physical presence being prima facie evidence of intent to remain.
DHS 138.03(17) (17) “Subsidy under s. 252.16, Stats." means a subsidy to pay all or part of the premium costs of health insurance coverage for a person with HIV infection who because of the HIV infection is unable to continue working or must reduce hours of work.
DHS 138.03(18) (18) “Subsidy under s. 252.17, Stats." means a subsidy to pay the premium owed for costs of health insurance coverage for a person with HIV infection who because of the HIV infection is on unpaid medical leave from his or her employment.
DHS 138.03(19) (19) “Unpaid medical leave" means an unpaid leave from employment for an employee who has a serious health condition, as defined in s. 103.10 (1) (g), Stats., which makes the employee unable to perform his or her employment duties.
DHS 138.03 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91; cr. (15), Register, July, 1993, No. 451, eff. 8-1-93; r. and recr. Register, August, 1998, No. 512, eff. 9-1-98; correction in (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637; CR 10-084: am. (2), (3), and (14) Register December 2010 No. 660, eff. 1-1-11.
DHS 138.04 DHS 138.04 Participation in the health insurance premium subsidy program.
DHS 138.04(1) (1) Eligibility. In order to participate in the health insurance premium subsidy program, a person shall satisfy all of the following requirements which pertain to the type of subsidy the person is seeking:
DHS 138.04(1)(a) (a) Have residence in this state;
DHS 138.04(1)(b)1.1. For a subsidy under s. 252.16, Stats., have a family income that does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family;
DHS 138.04(1)(b)2. 2. For a subsidy under s. 252.17, Stats., have a family income that does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family;
DHS 138.04(1)(c) (c) Have an HIV infection;
DHS 138.04(1)(d) (d) Have health insurance coverage under a group health plan, an individual health policy or Medicare part D, or is eligible for health insurance coverage under a group health plan, an individual health policy or Medicare part D;
DHS 138.04(1)(e) (e) Is on unpaid medical leave if the person is seeking a subsidy for group health plan premiums while on unpaid medical leave; and
DHS 138.04(1)(f) (f) Does not have escrowed under s. 103.10 (9) (c), Stats., an amount sufficient to pay the individual's required contribution to his or her group health plan premium payments during an unpaid medical leave if the individual is seeking a subsidy for these payments.
DHS 138.04(2) (2)Application process.
DHS 138.04(2)(a)(a) Any individual who satisfies the eligibility conditions under sub. (1) and wants to participate in the health insurance premium subsidy program shall complete and submit to the department an application form, F-44614, which shall provide the following information:
DHS 138.04(2)(a)1. 1. The individual's name and address;
DHS 138.04(2)(a)2. 2. Names of the individual's family members and their ages;
DHS 138.04(2)(a)3. 3. Family income information;
DHS 138.04(2)(a)4. 4. Name and address of the individual's present or immediate past employer through whom the individual has or had health coverage and the name and address of the insurer or administrator of the health plan under which the individual is or was covered;
DHS 138.04(2)(a)5. 5. Authorization, in writing, for the department to do all of the following:
DHS 138.04(2)(a)5.a. a. Contact the individual's employer or former employer or health insurer to verify the individual's employment status, the individual's eligibility for health insurance coverage and the premium and any other conditions of coverage, to make premium payments and for other purposes related to the administration of this chapter; and
DHS 138.04(2)(a)5.b. b. Make any necessary disclosure to the individual's employer or former employer or health insurer regarding the individual's HIV status;
DHS 138.04(2)(a)6. 6. Written certification from a physician of the following:
DHS 138.04(2)(a)6.a. a. That the individual has an HIV infection; and
DHS 138.04(2)(a)6.b. b. That the individual is on an unpaid medical leave because of an illness or medical condition arising from or related to the individual's HIV infection or because of medical treatment or supervision of the illness or condition or that the individual's employment has been terminated or his or her hours have been reduced because of an illness or medical condition arising from or related to the individual's HIV infection; and
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