(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), no plan shall enter into any new or modified plan contract or publish or distribute, or allow to be published or distributed on its behalf, any disclosure form or evidence of coverage, unless (1) a true copy thereof has first been filed with the director, at least 30 days prior to any such use, or any shorter period as the director by rule or order may allow, and (2) the director by notice has not found the plan contract, disclosure form, or evidence of coverage, wholly or in part, to be untrue, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise not in compliance with this chapter or the rules thereunder, and specified the deficiencies, within at least 30 days or any shorter time as the director by rule or order may allow.
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), a licensed plan which has been continuously licensed under this chapter for the preceding 18 months and which has had group contracts in effect at all times during that period may enter a new or modified group contract or may publish or distribute, or allow to be published or distributed on its behalf, any group disclosure form or evidence of coverage without having filed the same for the director’s prior approval, if the plan and the materials comply with each of the following conditions:
(1) The contract, disclosure form, or evidence of coverage, or any material provision thereof, has not been previously disapproved by the director by written notice to the plan and the plan reasonably believes that the contract, disclosure form, and evidence of coverage do not violate any requirements of this chapter or the rules thereunder.
(2) The plan files the contract and any related disclosure form and evidence of coverage with the director not later than 10 business days after entering the contract, or within any additional period as the director by rule or order may provide.
(3) If the person or group entering into the contract with the plan is not an employee welfare benefit plan, as defined in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 et seq.), the person or group is not organized solely or principally for the purpose of providing health benefits to members of the group.
(c) The director by order may require a plan which has entered any group contract or published or distributed, or allowed to be published or distributed on its behalf, any disclosure form or evidence of coverage in violation of this chapter or the rules thereunder to comply with subdivision (a) prior to entering group contracts, or a specified class of group contracts, and prior to publishing or distributing, or allowing to be published or distributed on its behalf, related disclosure forms and evidences of coverage. An order issued pursuant to this subdivision shall be effective for 12 months from its issuance, and may be renewed by order if the contracts, disclosure forms, or evidences of coverage submitted under this subdivision indicate difficulties of voluntary compliance with the applicable provisions of this chapter and the rules thereunder.
(d) A licensed plan or other person regulated under this chapter may, within 30 days after receipt of any notice or order under this section, file a written request for a hearing with the director.