Here’s how management carve outs worked prior to health care reform.

 Historically the usual criteria to have a Management Carve out are by:

Job Classification

Management only,

Union vs. non-union,

Salary vs. non-salary

These classifications require Insurance Company underwriting approval based on their rules.

Carve Out’s based on Ownership in the company (ies), nepotism (family ties) are not permitted as Similarly situated employees, must be treated equally.

Management Carve Outs are NOT Guaranteed Issue since they do NOT comply with the participation requirements of AB 1672 Small Group Guaranteed Health Insurance

When can an EmployER and affiliated companies  have a Management Carve Out?

Health Net Notice

Carve outs are acceptable as long as it’s a true classification, like Management or Salaried Workers only.  Carve outs are non-guarantee issue which means health statements are always required. However, you can do a Guaranteed Issue carve out if the group meets all 3 criteria:

  • Total group size is under 50  eligible
  • At least 51% of eligible employees reside in California
  • Non-carve out population is offered coverage through another carrier Email dated 8/10/2011

Health Net Explanation in their renewal guide.


FAQ’s BC/BS 9/23/2010

Blue Shield FAQ’s

Please note that the “Final Rule” (2.27.2013 13416 Federal Register Vol 78)  allows an Open Enrollment Period where a Small Group can enroll without meeting participation or contribution requirements.

Health Care Reform’s Effect


Anthem Blue Cross Fact Sheet 9.2010  


What about some employees/owners? on Individual Plans and others on the group plan?

Participation Rules

Historical Since Health Care Reform pretty much wipes out Management Carve Outs and AB 1083 replaces AB 1672

Management Carve Outs where you only cover the owners & managers, NOT employees, and is not guaranteed issue, under AB 1672 but is subject to Underwriting and it very restricted under Health Reform.

CA Insurance Code Small Group Health Insurance  §10700 w 1(AB 1672)  Historical Definition Small Employer

Please send us your DE 6 or 9 Employer SDI reporting and relevant documents for help in determining how you can qualify for Guaranteed issue Medical coverage under   AB 1672 Small Group Health Care Reform.  Also, let us know how many of the employees you want to cover and we can see if it works.

A group being affiliated or controlled can be an advantage to employer’s wanting more coverage or might be considered a disadvantage for those who want to minimize their benefit costs and ability to do Management Carve Outs.

Employer Companies that are affiliated companies (common ownership)  and that are eligible to file a combined income tax return for purposes of state taxation shall be considered one employer. CA Insurance Code  §10700 w 1

Blue Cross Virginia – Definition Common Ownership

Attorney’s  Explanation See the 1994 Archived

Related Pages on Management Carve Outs  

Broker ONLY Links

Summary of Underwriting Requirements (Warner Pacific)

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