|TO:||Commercial Insurers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and HMOs|
|FROM:||Linda Ruthardt, Commissioner of Insurance|
|DATE:||August 15, 1996|
|RE:||Chapter 297 of the Acts of 1996 which changes Small Group Health Insurance under M.G.L. c. 176J, Nongroup Health Insurance under M.G.L. c. 176M, and Portability of Health Insurance under M.G.L. c. 176N|
|Chapter 297 of the Acts of 1996, an emergency act affecting health insurance in the Commonwealth, became law on August 9, 1996. While Chapter 297 has many components with varying effective dates, there are several important changes to existing Massachusetts law of which you should be aware, including (but not limited to) the following:|
It should be noted that while Chapter 297 became effective as an emergency law on August 9, 1996, the Division will be working toward its orderly implementation in a timely manner, to meet its purpose, defined by the General Court as immediately increasing access to health insurance for the people of Massachusetts.
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