SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, Chapter 1751 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as appearing in the 1996 Official Edition, shall be amended by adding at the end thereof the following section:-
Section 23. If a child is covered under a health insurance policy issued to the child’s non-custodial parent, the issuer of the policy shall do all of the following:
Provide necessary information and/or documents to the child’s custodial parent or legal guardian to enable the child to obtain benefits under the health insurance policy.
Permit the child’s custodial parent or legal guardian (or the provider, with the custodial parent’s or legal guardian’s approval) to submit claims for payment for covered services without the approval of the non-custodial parent.
Make payments on claims submitted in accordance with paragraph (2) directly to the custodial parent or legal guardian, the provider of the health care services, or the state Medicaid agency.
Provide written notification of policy adjustment or termination to the child’s custodial parent or legal guardian concurrent with notification to the policyholder.
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