Section 50: Directs DOI To Create MLR Regulations

Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, the division of insurance, in consultation with the division of health care finance and policy, shall promulgate regulations on or before January 1, 2011 to establish a uniform methodology for calculating and reporting by carriers for the medical loss ratios of health benefit plans under section 6 of chapter 176J, section 21 of chapter 176O and section 6 of chapter 118G of the General Laws. The uniform methodology for calculating and reporting medical loss ratios shall, at a minimum, specify a uniform method for determining whether and to what extent an expenditure shall be considered a medical claims expenditure or an administrative costs expenditure, which shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of which of these classes of expenditures the following expenses fall into: (i) financial administration expenses; (ii) marketing and sales expenses; (iii) distribution expenses; (iv) claims operations expenses; (v) medical administration expenses, such as disease management, care management, utilization review and medical management activities; (vi) network operation expenses; (vii) charitable expenses; (viii) board, bureau or association fees; (ix) state and federal tax expenses, including assessments; (x) payroll expenses; and (xi) other miscellaneous expenses not included in one of the previous categories. The methodology shall conform with applicable federal statutes and regulations to the maximum extent possible. The division shall, before adopting regulations under this section, consult with: the group insurance commission; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the national association of insurance commissioners; the attorney general; representatives from the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans; the Massachusetts Medical Society Alliance, Inc.; the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Inc.; Health Care for All, Inc.; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts; the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association; the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium; a representative from a small business association; and a representative from a health care consumer group.

Summary: 
Instructs the Division of Insurance (DOI), in consultation with the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, to establish regulations directing health insurance carriers to calculate and report medical loss ratios of health benefit plans. The regulations must provide definitions for carriers to distinguish between medical claims expenditures and administrative cost expenditures. Before adopting final regulations, DOI must consult with designated stakeholders.