Section 81: Merged Non-Group and Small Group Insurance Markets

Except as otherwise provided, this chapter applies to all health benefit plans issued, made effective, delivered or renewed to any eligible small business after April 1, 1992, and all health benefit plans issued, made effective, delivered or renewed to any eligible individual on or after July 1, 2007, whether issued directly by a carrier, through the connector, or through an intermediary. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require a carrier that does not issue health benefit plans subject to the chapter to issue health benefit plans subject to this chapter.

Summary: 
Allows individuals to purchase coverage through the small group insurance market, and provides that the small group insurance law provisions apply to all small business and individual plans issued by an insurance carrier, by the Connector, or through an intermediary.