To repeal portions of Title 27 of the Code of Alabama 1975
Relating to the Alabama Insurance Code, to repeal the following: 27-1-18 (a) Whenever any group, or blanket hospital or medical expense insurance policy or hospital or medical service contract issued for delivery in this state provides for the reimbursement of health or health related services which includes mental health services, and such services are within the lawful scope of practice of a duly qualified psychiatrist or psychologist, the insured or other person entitled to benefits under such policy or contract shall be entitled to reimbursement for outpatient services, and inpatient services if requested by the attending physician, performed by a duly qualified psychiatrist or psychologist notwithstanding any provisions of the policy or contract to the contrary. (b) For purposes of this section, a duly qualified psychologist means, one who is duly licensed or certified at the doctorate level in the state by the licensing board for psychologists of the state where the service is rendered, has had at least two years post-doctoral, clinical experience in a recognized health setting or has met the standards of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology which require two years post-doctoral, clinical experience. (c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to mandate or require an insurance company to include mental health services in a policy or contract which does not include such services, nor shall it be construed to expand the scope or nature of benefits provided when mental health services are included in a policy or contract. (d) This section shall become effective immediately upon its passage and approval by the Governor, or upon its otherwise becoming law and shall apply to policies or contracts covered by the section delivered or issued for delivery in this state on and after such effective date and to group and blanket policies and contracts issued prior to the effective date on the next anniversary or renewal date or the expiration of the applicable collective bargaining agreement, if any, whichever date is the later. 27-1-19 (a) The insured, or health or dental plan beneficiary may assign reimbursement for health or dental care services directly to the provider of services. Health benefits include medical, pharmacy, podiatric, chiropractic, optometric, durable medical equipment, and home care services. The company or agency, when authorized by the insured, or health or dental plan beneficiary, shall pay directly to the health care provider the amount of the claim, under the same criteria and payment schedule that would have been reimbursed directly to the contract provider, and any applicable interest. This amount only applies to assigned claims. Any company or agency making a payment to the insured, or health or dental plan beneficiary, after the rights of reimbursement have been assigned to the provider of services, shall be liable to the provider for the payment. If the company or agency fails to reimburse the provider in accordance with the terms of the provider contract as provided in this section, then the provider shall be entitled to recover in the circuit or district courts of this state from the company or agency responsible for the payment of the claim an amount equal to the value of such claim plus interest and a reasonable attorney's fee to be determined by the court. (b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit any insurer, health maintenance organization, preferred provider organization, health care service corporation, or other third party payor from determining the scope of its benefits or services or any other terms of its group and/or individual insured, subscriber or enrollee contracts nor from negotiating contracts with licensed providers on reimbursement rates or any other lawful provisions, except that the contract providing coverage to an insured may not exclude the right of assignment of benefits to any provider at the same benefit rate as paid to a contract provider. (c) This section shall not apply to any persons covered under a state administered health benefit plan. 27-1-20 (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Patient Right to Know Act." (b) As used in this section, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following words shall have the following meanings: (1) ENROLLEE. A person who purchases individual health care coverage or an employer who purchases a group health care plan. (2) PROVIDER. A physician, dentist, podiatrist, pharmacist, optometrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, advanced nurse practitioner, registered optician, licensed professional counselor, physical therapist, and chiropractor. (c)(1) All persons, firms, corporations, associations, health maintenance organizations, health insurance services, or preferred provider organizations, any employer-sponsored health benefit plan, or any similar organization or entity, providing health, accident, or dental insurance coverage, either directly or indirectly, shall provide an enrollee with a written description of the terms and conditions of the plan. The written plan description shall be in a simple, readable, and easily understandable format and shall include all of the following: a. Coverage provisions including complete extent and exclusions or restrictions of coverage or service, including, but not limited to the following: 1. Outpatient physician services. 2. Referral to specialty physicians and other providers. 3. Choice of pharmacy providers. 4. Diagnostic tests, including mammography exams. 5. Dental services. 6. Chiropractic services. 7. Hospitalization. 8. Laboratory tests and services. 9. FDA approved therapies. 10. Prescription drug coverage. 11. Rehabilitation services, and physical, occupational, and vocational therapy. 12. Mental health services. 13. Long-term care. 14. Full range of reproductive services. b. Extent of benefits provided or excluded, including prescription drug coverage with both generic and brand names. c. Any exclusions or limitations by category of service, provider, and, if applicable, by the specific service or type of drug. d. Any prior authorizations, including procedures for and limitations or restrictions on referrals to a provider other than primary care physicians, dentists, or other review requirements, including preauthorization review, concurrent review, postservice review, and postpayment review. e. An explanation of the financial responsibility for payment of coinsurance or other noncovered or out-of-plan service. f. Disclosure to enrollees that includes the following language: "You have the right to information about how the plan operates its care delivery system and an explanation of the benefits to which participants are entitled under the terms of the plan." g. The phone number and address for the enrollee to obtain additional information concerning the items described in paragraph f.
|April 5, 2012
|Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Banking and Insurance
|SB482 Alabama 2012 Session - Introduced