33-22-1804. Applicability and scope. (1) This part applies to a health benefit plan marketed through a small employer that provides coverage to the employees of a small employer in this state if any of the following conditions are met:
(a) a portion of the premium or benefits is paid by or on behalf of the small employer;
(b) an eligible employee or dependent is reimbursed, whether through wage adjustments or otherwise, by or on behalf of the small employer for any portion of the premium;
(c) the health benefit plan is treated by the employer or any of the eligible employees or dependents as part of a plan or program for the purposes of section 106, 125, or 162 of the Internal Revenue Code, except a plan or program that is funded entirely by contributions from the employees; or
(d) all of the premium is paid by the employee who obtains coverage through the employer's group health benefit plan.
(2) This part does not apply to an individual health benefit plan for which the entire premium is paid by an employee through payroll deduction or other means.
(3) Unless prohibited by a written opinion from a federal agency, by final regulations implementing Public Law 104-191, or by a ruling by a court of competent jurisdiction, this part does not apply to an individual health benefit plan if the eligible employee or dependent is directly or indirectly reimbursed, whether through wage adjustments or otherwise, by or on behalf of the small employer for any portion of the premium. However, this part does apply to an individual health benefit plan if the employer making the direct or indirect reimbursement for any portion of the premium has had in place an employer-sponsored group health benefit plan in the 12 months preceding the reimbursement.