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The 2018 Florida Statutes

Title XXXVII
INSURANCE
Chapter 624
INSURANCE CODE: ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL PROVISIONS
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F.S. 624.1265
624.1265 Nonprofit religious organization exemption; authority; notice.
(1) A nonprofit religious organization is not subject to the requirements of the Florida Insurance Code if the nonprofit religious organization:
(a) Qualifies under Title 26, s. 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;
(b) Limits its participants to those members who share a common set of ethical or religious beliefs;
(c) Acts as a facilitator among participants who have financial, physical, or medical needs to assist those with financial, physical, or medical needs in accordance with criteria established by the nonprofit religious organization;
(d) Provides for the financial or medical needs of a participant through contributions from other participants, or through payments directly from one participant to another participant;
(e) Provides amounts that participants may contribute, with no assumption of risk and no promise to pay:
1. Among the participants; or
2. By the nonprofit religious organization to the participants;
(f) Provides a monthly accounting to the participants of the total dollar amount of qualified needs actually shared in the previous month in accordance with criteria established by the nonprofit religious organization; and
(g) Conducts an annual audit that is performed by an independent certified public accounting firm in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and that is made available to the public by providing a copy upon request or by posting on the nonprofit religious organization’s website.
(2) This section does not prevent:
(a) A participant from limiting the financial or medical needs that may be eligible for payment; or
(b) The nonprofit religious organization from canceling the membership of a participant when such participant indicates his or her unwillingness to participate by failing to meet the conditions of membership for a period in excess of 60 days.
(3) The nonprofit religious organization shall provide a written disclaimer on or accompanying all applications and guideline materials distributed by or on behalf of the nonprofit religious organization. The disclaimer must read in substance: “Notice: The organization facilitating the sharing of medical expenses is not an insurance company, and neither its guidelines nor its plan of operation is an insurance policy. Membership is not offered through an insurance company, and the organization is not subject to the regulatory requirements or consumer protections of the Florida Insurance Code. Whether anyone chooses to assist you with your medical bills will be totally voluntary because no other participant is compelled by law to contribute toward your medical bills. As such, participation in the organization or a subscription to any of its documents should never be considered to be insurance. Regardless of whether you receive any payments for medical expenses or whether this organization continues to operate, you are always personally responsible for the payment of your own medical bills.”
History.s. 6, ch. 2008-32; s. 1, ch. 2018-25.