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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1261         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1204

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Ronald Mariano

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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 to limit retroactive denials of health insurance claims.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Ronald Mariano

3rd Norfolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1261        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1204

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1204) of Ronald Mariano for legislation to regulate retroactive denials of health insurance claims.  Financial Services. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 976 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act to limit retroactive denials of health insurance claims.
 

              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 38 of chapter 118E, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition of the General Laws, is hereby amended by adding the following new paragraph:—

               In this paragraph, "retroactive denial of a previously paid claim" means any attempt by the Division to retroactively collect payments already made to a health care provider with respect to a claim by requiring repayment of such payments, reducing other payments currently owed to the provider, withholding or setting off against future payments, or reducing or affecting the future claim payments to the provider in any other manner. The Division shall not impose on any health care provider any retroactive denial of a previously paid claim or any part thereof unless:

                     (a) The Division has provided the reason for the retroactive denial in writing to the health care provider; and

                     (b) The time which has elapsed since the date of payment of the challenged claim does not exceed 12 months. The retroactive denial of a previously paid claim may be permitted beyond 12 months from the date of payment only for the following reasons:

                        (1) The claim was submitted fraudulently;

                        (2) The claim payment was incorrect because the provider or the insured was already paid for the health care services identified in the claim;

                        (3) The health care services identified in the claim were not delivered by the physician/provider;

                        (4) The claim payment is the subject of adjustment with another insurer, administrator, or payor; or

                        (5) The claim payment is the subject of legal action.

              The Division shall notify a health care provider at least 15 days in advance of the imposition of any retroactive denials of previously paid claims. The health care provider shall have 6 months from the date of notification under this paragraph to determine whether the insured has other appropriate insurance, which was in effect on the date of service. Notwithstanding the contractual terms between the Division and provider, the Division shall allow for the submission of a claim that was previously denied by another insurer due to the insured's transfer or termination of coverage.

              SECTION 2.  Subsection 4(c) of section 108 of chapter 175, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition of the General Laws, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:—

              4(d) In this section "retroactive denial of a previously paid claim" means any attempt by an insurer to retroactively collect payments already made to a health care provider with respect to a claim by requiring repayment of such payments, reducing other payments currently owed to the provider, withholding or setting off against future payments, or reducing or affecting the future claim payments to the provider in any other manner.

              No insurer shall impose on any health care provider any retroactive denial of a previously paid claim or any part thereof unless:

                     (a) The insurer has provided the reason for the retroactive denial in writing to the health care provider; and

                     (b) The time which has elapsed since the date of payment of the challenged claim does not exceed 12 months. The retroactive denial of a previously paid claim may be permitted beyond 12 months from the date of payment only for the following reasons:

                        (1) The claim was submitted fraudulently;

                        (2) The claim payment was incorrect because the provider or the insured was already paid for the health care services identified in the claim;

                        (3) The health care services identified in the claim were not delivered by the physician/provider;

                        (4) The claim payment was for services covered by Title XVIII, Title XIX, or Title XXI of the Social Security Act;

                        (5) The claim payment is the subject of adjustment with another insurer, administrator, or payor; or

                        (6) The claim payment is the subject of legal action.

              An insurer shall notify a health care provider at least 15 days in advance of the imposition of any retroactive denials of previously paid claims. The health care provider shall have 6 months from the date of notification under this paragraph to determine whether the insured has other appropriate insurance, which was in effect on the date of service. Notwithstanding the contractual terms between the insurer and provider, the insurer shall allow for the submission of a claim that was previously denied by another insurer due to the insured's transfer or termination of coverage.

              SECTION 3.  Section 8 of chapter 176A, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition of the General Laws, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following new clause:—

              (h) In this section "retroactive denial of a previously paid claim" means any attempt by a corporation to retroactively collect payments already made to a health care provider with respect to a claim by requiring repayment of such payments, reducing other payments currently owed to the provider, withholding or setting off against future payments, or reducing or affecting the future claim payments to the provider in any other manner.

              The corporation shall not impose on any health care provider any retroactive denial of a previously paid claim or any part thereof unless:

                     (a) The corporation has provided the reason for the retroactive denial in writing to the health care provider; and

                     (b) The time which has elapsed since the date of payment of the challenged claim does not exceed 12 months. The retroactive denial of a previously paid claim may be permitted beyond 12 months from the date of payment only for the following reasons:

                        (1) The claim was submitted fraudulently;

                        (2) The claim payment was incorrect because the provider or the insured was already paid for the health care services identified in the claim;

                        (3) The health care services identified in the claim were not delivered by the physician/provider;

                        (4) The claim payment was for services covered by Title XVIII, Title XIX, or Title XXI of the Social Security Act;

                        (5) The claim payment is the subject of adjustment with another insurer, administrator, or payor; or

                        (6) The claim payment is the subject of legal action.

              A corporation shall notify a health care provider at least 15 days in advance of the imposition of any retroactive denials of previously paid claims. The health care provider shall have 6 months from the date of notification under this paragraph to determine whether the insured has other appropriate insurance, which was in effect on the date of service. Notwithstanding the contractual terms between the corporation and provider, the corporation shall allow for the submission of a claim that was previously denied by another insurer due to the insured's transfer or termination of coverage.

              SECTION 4.  Section 7 of chapter 176B, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition of the General Laws, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following new paragraph:—

              In this paragraph "retroactive denial of a previously paid claim" means any attempt by a corporation to retroactively collect payments already made to a health care provider with respect to a claim by requiring repayment of such payments, reducing other payments currently owed to the provider, withholding or setting off against future payments, or reducing or affecting the future claim payments to the provider in any other manner.

              The corporation shall not impose on any health care provider any retroactive denial of a previously paid claim or any part thereof unless:

                     (a) The corporation has provided the reason for the retroactive denial in writing to the health care provider; and

                     (b) The time which has elapsed since the date of payment of the challenged claim does not exceed 12 months. The retroactive denial of a previously paid claim may be permitted beyond 12 months from the date of payment only for the following reasons:

                        (1) The claim was submitted fraudulently;

                        (2) The claim payment was incorrect because the provider or the insured was already paid for the health care services identified in the claim;

                        (3) The health care services identified in the claim were not delivered by the physician/provider;

                        (4) The claim payment was for services covered by Title XVIII, Title XIX, or Title XXI of the Social Security Act;

                        (5) The claim payment is the subject of adjustment with another insurer, administrator, or payor; or

                        (6) The claim payment is the subject of legal action.

              A corporation shall notify a health care provider at least 15 days in advance of the imposition of any retroactive denials of previously paid claims. The health care provider shall have 6 months from the date of notification under this paragraph to determine whether the insured has other appropriate insurance, which was in effect on the date of service. Notwithstanding the contractual terms between the corporation and provider, the corporation shall allow for the submission of a claim that was previously denied by another insurer due to the insured's transfer or termination of coverage.

              SECTION 5.  Section 6 of chapter 176G, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition of the General Laws, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following new paragraph:—

              “In this paragraph "retroactive denial of a previously paid claim" means any attempt by a health maintenance organization to retroactively collect payments already made to a health care provider with respect to a claim by requiring repayment of such payments, reducing other payments currently owed to the provider, withholding or setting off against future payments, or reducing or affecting the future claim payments to the provider in any other manner.

              A health maintenance organization shall not impose on any health care provider any retroactive denial of a previously paid claim or any part thereof unless:

                     (a) The health maintenance organization has provided the reason for the retroactive denial in writing to the health care provider; and

                     (b) The time which has elapsed since the date of payment of the challenged claim does not exceed 12 months. The retroactive denial of a previously paid claim may be permitted beyond 12 months from the date of payment only for the following reasons:

                        (1) The claim was submitted fraudulently;

                        (2) The claim payment was incorrect because the provider or the insured was already paid for the health care services identified in the claim;

                        (3) The health care services identified in the claim were not delivered by the physician/provider;

                        (4) The claim payment was for services covered by Title XVIII, Title XIX, or Title XXI of the Social Security Act;

                        (5) The claim payment is the subject of adjustment with another insurer, administrator, or payor; or

                        (6) The claim payment is the subject of legal action.

              A health maintenance organization shall notify a health care provider at least 15 days in advance of the imposition of any retroactive denials of previously paid claims. The health care provider shall have 6 months from the date of notification under this paragraph to determine whether the insured has other appropriate insurance, which was in effect on the date of service. Notwithstanding the contractual terms between the health maintenance organization and provider, the health maintenance organization shall allow for the submission of a claim that was previously denied by another insurer due to the insured's transfer or termination of coverage.”

              SECTION 6.  Section 2 of chapter 176I, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition of the General Laws, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following new paragraph:—

              “In this paragraph "retroactive denial of a previously paid claim" means any attempt by an organization to retroactively collect payments already made to a health care provider with respect to a claim by requiring repayment of such payments, reducing other payments currently owed to the provider, withholding or setting off against future payments, or reducing or affecting the future claim payments to the provider in any other manner.

              An organization shall not impose on any health care provider any retroactive denial of a previously paid claim or any part thereof unless:

                     (a) The organization has provided the reason for the retroactive denial in writing to the health care provider; and

                     (b) The time which has elapsed since the date of payment of the challenged claim does not exceed 12 months. The retroactive denial of a previously paid claim may be permitted beyond 12 months from the date of payment only for the following reasons:

                        (1) The claim was submitted fraudulently;

                        (2) The claim payment was incorrect because the provider or the insured was already paid for the health care services identified in the claim;

                        (3) The health care services identified in the claim were not delivered by the physician/provider;

                        (4) The claim payment was for services covered by Title XVIII, Title XIX, or Title XXI of the Social Security Act;

                        (5) The claim payment is the subject of adjustment with another insurer, administrator, or payor; or

                        (6) The claim payment is the subject of legal action.

              An organization shall notify a health care provider at least 15 days in advance of the imposition of any retroactive denials of previously paid claims. The health care provider shall have 6 months from the date of notification under this paragraph to determine whether the insured has other appropriate insurance, which was in effect on the date of service.   Notwithstanding the contractual terms between an organization and provider, the organization shall allow for the submission of a claim that was previously denied by another insurer due to the insured's transfer or termination of coverage.

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