Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session


Parts: A B C D E F

Chapter 439

H.P. 830 - L.D. 1205

PART A

Sec. A-1. 24-A MRSA 2809-A, sub-1-A, B-2 is enacted to read:

B-2. All notices of cancellation sent to certificate holders pursuant to paragraph B-1 must include a toll-free telephone number that certificate holders can call to determine if the policy has been cancelled for nonpayment of premium or if the policy has been reinstated because the premium has been paid.

Sec. A-2. 24-A MRSA 4302, sub-1, A, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 673, Pt. C, 1 and affected by 2, is amended to read:

A.Coverage provisions, benefits and any exclusions by category of service, type of provider and, if applicable, by specific service, including but not limited to the following types of exclusions and limitations:

(1) Health care services excluded from coverage;

(2) Health care services requiring copayments or deductibles paid by enrollees;

(3) Restrictions on access to a particular provider type; and

(4) Health care services that are or may be provided only by referral; and

(5) Childhood immunizations as recommended by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics;

Sec. A-3. 24-A MRSA 4303, sub-12 is enacted to read:

12. Publication of policies by carriers. A carrier must publish at least 5 individual health plans with the highest level of enrollment and at least 5 small group health plans with the highest level of enrollment on the carrier’s publicly accessible website in a manner that will allow consumers to review the coverage offered under each policy. The policies posted on the website must be updated when changes are made to the policies by the carrier. The appearance of the policy on the website must duplicate the appearance of a paper copy of the policy. The bureau shall provide a link from its website to each carrier’s website. A carrier must review annually which policies to post and make any necessary changes on its website. A carrier must post the required policies on its website within 90 days after the effective date of this subsection.

Sec. A-4. 24-A MRSA 4303, sub-13 is enacted to read:

13. Explanation of benefits. A carrier offering an individual expense-incurred health plan to residents of this State or an expense-incurred group health plan to an employer in this State shall provide individual policyholders and group certificate holders with clear written explanations of benefit documents in response to the filing of any claim providing for coverage of hospital or medical expenses. The explanation of benefits must include all of the following information:
A. The date of service;
B. The provider of the service;
C. An identification of the service for which the claim is made;
D. Any amount the insured is obligated to pay under the policy for copayment or coinsurance;
E. A telephone number and address where the insured may obtain clarification of the explanation of benefits;
F. A notice of appeal rights; and
G. A notice of the right to file a complaint with the bureau after exhausting any appeals under a carrier's internal appeals process.

The superintendent shall establish by rule the minimum information and standards for explanation of benefits forms used by carriers, taking into consideration any input from stakeholders and any national standards for explanation of benefits forms. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A. This subsection applies to any explanation of benefits form issued on or after January 1, 2010.

Sec. A-5. 24-A MRSA 4303, sub-14is enacted to read:

14. Policy terms. The superintendent may by rule define standard policy terms that must be used in all policies issued by carriers offering health plans in the State. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Sec. A-6. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.

PROFESSIONAL AND FINANCIAL REGULATION, DEPARTMENT OF

Insurance - Bureau of 0092

Initiative: Allocates funds for the one-time costs of required rule-making proceedings.

OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS 2009-10 2010-11
All Other
$2,100 $0
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OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL $2,100 $0

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