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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1537         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 981

 

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 financial services contracts for dental benefits corporations.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

John D. Keenan

7th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1537        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 981

By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 981) of John W. Scibak and others for legislation relative to financial services contracts for dental benefits corporations.  Financial Services. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 323 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to financial services contracts for dental benefits corporations.
 

              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 sentence:- “No contract for the provision of healthcare services or benefits with a registered dentist shall require that such dentist provide dental services to a covered person at a particular fee unless said dental services are services for which the company provides payment under the applicable group or individual policy of accident, sickness or health insurance.    Moreover, no such provision shall be enforced against a dentist outside of the provider agreement with the dentist through changes in the policies and procedures of the company. Fees for covered services shall be set in good faith and not be nominal.”

              SECTION 2.              Section 7 of chapter 176B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the second paragraph the following paragraph:- “No such agreement shall require that a dentist provide dental services to subscribers or their covered dependents at a particular fee unless said dental services are services for which the medical services corporation provides reimbursement under the applicable service agreement. Moreover, no such provision shall be enforced against a dentist outside of the provider agreement with the dentist through changes in the policies and procedures of the medical services corporation. Fees for covered services shall be set in good faith and not be nominal.”

              SECTION 3.              Section 7 of chapter 176E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the second paragraph the following paragraph:- “No written agreement between a dental service corporation and a participating dentist shall require that the dentist provide dental services to subscribers or their covered dependents at a particular fee unless said dental services are services for which the dental service corporation provides reimbursement under the applicable service agreement. Moreover, no such provision shall be enforced against a dentist outside of the provider agreement with the dentist through changes in the policies and procedures of the dental service corporation. Fees for covered services shall be set in good faith and not be nominal.”

              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) No contract between a health maintenance organization and a participating provider who is a registered dentist shall require that such dentist provide dental services to a member at a particular fee unless said dental services are services for which the health maintenance organization provides reimbursement under the applicable health maintenance contract. Moreover, no such provision shall be enforced against a dentist outside of the provider agreement with the dentist through changes in the policies and procedures of the health maintenance organization. Fees for covered services shall be set in good faith and not be nominal.”

              SECTION 5.              Section 2 of chapter 176I of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the first paragraph the following paragraph:- “No preferred provider arrangement with a health care provider who is a registered dentist shall require that such dentist provide dental services to a covered person at a particular fee unless said dental services are services for which the organization provides reimbursement under the applicable preferred provider arrangement. Moreover, no such provision shall be enforced against a dentist outside of the preferred provider contract with the dentist through the changes in policies and procedures of the organization. Fees for covered services shall be set in good faith and not be nominal.”

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