A health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the individual market may:
2. Within the service area of such plan, deny such coverage to such individuals if the health insurance issuer has demonstrated to the Commission that: (i) it will not have the capacity to deliver services adequately to additional individual enrollees because of its obligations to existing group contract holders, enrollees and enrollees covered under individual contracts; and (ii) it is applying this section uniformly to individuals without regard to any health status-related factor of such individuals and without regard to whether the individuals are eligible individuals;
3. A health insurance issuer, upon denying health insurance coverage in any service area in accordance with subdivision 2, may not offer coverage in the individual market within such service area for a period of 180 days after such coverage is denied.
1997, cc. 807, 913; 1998, c. 24.