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Introduced Version House Bill 2926 History

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H. B. 2926


          (By Delegates Longstreth, M. Poling, Staggers, Caputo, Manchin, Manypenny and Fleischauer)

          [Introduced March 13, 2013; referred to the
          Committee on Health and Human Resources then Finance.]


A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section designated §33-15-22; to further amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-16-18; to further amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-24-15; to further amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-25-15; and to further amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-25A-29, all relating to requiring health insurers to reimburse ambulance service providers directly for ambulance services covered under a person's health insurance policy, plan or contract.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-15-22; that said code be further amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-16-18; that said code be further amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-24-15; that said code be further amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-25-15; and that said code be further amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-25A-29, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 15. ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE.
§33-15-22. Direct reimbursement for ambulance service providers.
_____(a) When an ambulance service provider provides emergency medical ambulance services to a person who is insured by a health insurance policy, health care services plan, or contract that provides benefits for emergency medical ambulance services under this article, the health insurer shall reimburse the ambulance service provider directly for the covered services provided under the insured's policy, plan or contract.
_____(b) Nothing in this section may be construed to interfere with coordination of benefits or to require a health insurer to provide coverage for services not otherwise covered under the insured's policy, plan or contract.
_____(c) Nothing in this section precludes a health insurer from negotiating with and subsequently entering into a contract with a nonparticipating ambulance service provider to establish rates of reimbursement for emergency medical ambulance services.
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ARTICLE 16. GROUP ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE.
§33-16-18. Direct reimbursement for ambulance service providers.
_____(a) When an ambulance service provider provides emergency medical ambulance services to a person who is insured by a health insurance policy, health care services plan, or contract that provides benefits for emergency medical ambulance services under this article, the health insurer shall reimburse the ambulance service provider directly for the covered services provided under the insured's policy, plan or contract.
_____(b) Nothing in this section may be construed to interfere with coordination of benefits or to require a health insurer to provide coverage for services not otherwise covered under the insured's policy, plan or contract.
_____(c) Nothing in this section precludes a health insurer from negotiating with and subsequently entering into a contract with a nonparticipating ambulance service provider to establish rates of reimbursement for emergency medical ambulance services.
ARTICLE 24. HOSPITAL SERVICE CORPORATIONS, MEDICAL SERVICE CORPORATIONS, DENTAL SERVICE CORPORATIONS AND HEALTH SERVICE CORPORATIONS.
§33-24-15. Direct reimbursement for ambulance service providers.
__(a) When an ambulance service provider provides emergency medical ambulance services to a person who is insured by a health insurance policy, health care services plan, or contract that provides benefits for emergency medical ambulance services under this article, the health insurer shall reimburse the ambulance service provider directly for the covered services provided under the insured's policy, plan or contract._
__(b) Nothing in this section may be construed to interfere with coordination of benefits or to require a health insurer to provide coverage for services not otherwise covered under the insured's policy, plan or contract.
__(c) Nothing in this section precludes a health insurer from negotiating with and subsequently entering into a contract with a nonparticipating ambulance service provider to establish rates of reimbursement for emergency medical ambulance services.
ARTICLE 25. HEALTH CARE CORPORATIONS.
§33-25-15. Direct reimbursement for ambulance service providers.
_____(a) When an ambulance service provider provides emergency medical ambulance services to a person who is insured by a health insurance policy, health care services plan, or contract that provides benefits for emergency medical ambulance services under this article, the health insurer shall reimburse the ambulance service provider directly for the covered services provided under the insured's policy, plan or contract._
_____(b) Nothing in this section may be construed to interfere with coordination of benefits or to require a health insurer to provide coverage for services not otherwise covered under the insured's policy, plan or contract.
_____(c) Nothing in this section precludes a health insurer from negotiating with and subsequently entering into a contract with a nonparticipating ambulance service provider to establish rates of reimbursement for emergency medical ambulance services.
ARTICLE 25A. HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION ACT.
§33-25A-29. Direct reimbursement for ambulance service providers.
_____(a) When an ambulance service provider provides emergency medical ambulance services to a person who is insured by a health insurance policy, health care services plan, or contract that provides benefits for emergency medical ambulance services under this article, the health insurer shall reimburse the ambulance service provider directly for the covered services provided under the insured's policy, plan or contract.
_____(b) Nothing in this section may be construed to interfere with coordination of benefits or to require a health insurer to provide coverage for services not otherwise covered under the insured's policy, plan or contract.
_____(c) Nothing in this section precludes a health insurer from negotiating with and subsequently entering into a contract with a nonparticipating ambulance service provider to establish rates of reimbursement for emergency medical ambulance services.



     NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
require health insurers to reimburse ambulance service providers directly for ambulance services covered under a person's health insurance policy, plan or contract.


     §33-15-22, §33-16-18, §33-24-15, §33-25-15 and §33-25A-29 are new; therefore, they have been completely underscored.
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