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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1538         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 982

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

John W. Scibak

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to increasing choice for dental patients.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1538        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 982

By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 982) of John W. Scibak and others relative to increasing treatment choices in dental insurance policies.  Financial Services. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to increasing choice for dental patients.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.              Section 108B of Chapter 175 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end of said section the following new paragraph:-

              “Every entity providing any policy of accident and sickness insurance issued in the commonwealth or in any contract for the provision of health care, services or benefits issued by any health, medical or other service corporation or company existing under and by virtue of any laws of the commonwealth shall allow, as a provision in a group or individual policy, contract or health benefit plan for coverage of dental services, any person insured by such entity to direct, in writing, that benefits from a health benefit plan, policy or contract, be paid directly to a dentist who has not contracted with the entity to provide dental services to persons covered by the entity but otherwise meets the credentialing criteria of the entity and has not previously been terminated by such entity as a participating provider.  If written direction to pay is executed and written notice of the direction is provided to such entity, the insuring entity shall pay the benefits directly to the dentist. The entity paying the dentist, pursuant to a direction to pay duly executed by the subscriber, shall have the right to review the records of the dentist receiving such payment that relate exclusively to that particular subscriber/patient to determine that the service in question was rendered.”

              SECTION 2.              Section 7 of chapter 176B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new paragraph:-

              “Every medical service corporation providing any policy of accident and sickness insurance issued in the commonwealth or in any contract for the provision of health care, shall allow, as a provision in a group or individual policy, contract or health benefit plan for coverage of dental services, any person insured by such corporation to direct, in writing, that benefits from a health benefit plan, policy or contract, be paid directly to a dentist who has not contracted with the corporation to provide dental services to persons covered by the corporation but otherwise meets the credentialing criteria of the corporation and has not previously been terminated by such corporation as a participating provider.  If written direction to pay is executed and written notice of the direction is provided to such corporation, the insuring corporation shall pay the benefits directly to the dentist. The corporation paying the dentist, pursuant to a direction to pay duly executed by the subscriber, shall have the right to review the records of the dentist receiving such payment that relate exclusively to that particular subscriber/patient to determine that the service in question was rendered.”

              SECTION 3.              Section 7 of chapter 176E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new paragraph:-

              “The corporation shall allow, as a provision in a group or individual policy, contract or health benefit plan for coverage of dental services, any person insured by the corporation to direct, in writing, that benefits from a health benefit plan, policy or contract, be paid directly to a dentist who has not contracted with the corporation to provide dental services to persons covered by the corporation but otherwise meets the credentialing criteria of the corporation and has not previously been terminated by such corporation as a participating provider.  If written direction to pay is executed and written notice of the direction is provided to such corporation, the insuring corporation shall pay the benefits directly to the dentist. The corporation paying the dentist, pursuant to a direction to pay duly executed by the subscriber, shall have the right to review the records of the dentist receiving such payment that relate exclusively to that particular subscriber/patient to determine that the service in question was rendered.”

              SECTION 4.              Section 21 of chapter 176G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after sub-section (d) the following sub-section:-

              “(e) Every health maintenance organization shall allow, as a provision in a group or individual policy, contract or health benefit plan for coverage of dental services, any person insured by the organization to direct, in writing, that benefits from a health benefit plan, policy or contract, be paid directly to a dentist who has not contracted with the organization to provide dental services to persons covered by the organization but otherwise meets the credentialing criteria of the organization and has not previously been terminated by such organization as a participating provider.  If written direction to pay is executed and written notice of the direction is provided to such organization, the insuring organization shall pay the benefits directly to the dentist. The health maintenance organization paying the dentist, pursuant to a direction to pay duly executed by the subscriber, shall have the right to review the records of the dentist receiving such payment that relate exclusively to that particular subscriber/patient to determine that the service in question was rendered.”

              SECTION 5.              Section 2 of chapter 176I of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new paragraph:-

              “Every organization shall allow, as a provision in a group or individual policy, contract or health benefit plan for coverage of dental services, any person insured by the organization to direct, in writing, that benefits from a health benefit plan, policy or contract, be paid directly to a dentist who has not contracted with the organization to provide dental services to persons covered by the organization but otherwise meets the credentialing criteria of the organization and has not previously been terminated by such organization as a participating provider.  If written direction to pay is executed and written notice of the direction is provided to such organization, the insuring organization shall pay the benefits directly to the dentist. The organization paying the dentist, pursuant to a direction to pay duly executed by the subscriber, shall have the right to review the records of the dentist receiving such payment that relate exclusively to that particular subscriber/patient to determine that the service in question was rendered.”

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