(a) There is hereby created the Alabama Health Insurance Plan which shall, as a high risk pool in the State of Alabama, provide health insurance coverage to eligible individuals as an alternative to requiring insurers to offer guaranteed-issue policies, as provided in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104-191, also known as HIPAA).
(b) In the event any federal mandate includes market reform provisions which satisfy the guaranteed-issue requirements of HIPAA, the Alabama Health Insurance Plan may cease operations upon giving sufficient time for current participants to transition out of the plan. After operation of the Alabama Health Insurance Plan ceases and all current and future liabilities of the plan have been satisfied, any unspent and unencumbered funds of the plan shall be transferred to the State General Fund.
(c) In the event a federal mandate requires the State of Alabama after April 2, 2014, to offer guaranteed-issue health coverage to eligible individuals, the Alabama Health Insurance Plan shall be reestablished and implemented to satisfy the requirements of the federal mandate.