§33-16G-2. Definitions.
     For purposes of this article:

     (a) "Board" means the board established in section four of this article.

     (b) "Commissioner" means the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner.

     (c) "Exchange" means the West Virginia Health Benefit Exchange established pursuant to section three of this article.

     (d) "Federal Act" means the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended by the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152), and any amendments thereto, or regulations or guidance issued thereunder.

     (e) "Health carrier" or "carrier" means an entity subject to the insurance laws of this state, or subject to the jurisdiction of the commissioner, that contracts or offers to contract to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services, including a sickness and accident insurance company, a health maintenance organization, a nonprofit hospital and health service corporation, or any other entity providing a plan of health insurance, health benefits or health services.

     (f) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

     (g) "SHOP Exchange" means the Small Business Health Options Program established under this article.

     (h) "Small employer" means an employer that employed an average of not more than fifty employees during the preceding calendar year.