(a) The Legislature hereby finds that there is a need to provide guidelines regarding the coverage of temporomandibular joint disorder and craniomandibular disorder in policies issued pursuant to this article and article fifteen of this chapter, in order to provide for the health of our citizens. The purpose of this section is to require the insurance commissioner to develop standards regarding temporomandibular joint disorder and craniomandibular disorder and to require that all insurers writing accident and sickness policies which are covered by this article or article fifteen of this chapter, and the public employees insurance agency as set forth in article sixteen of chapter five make available this coverage to the policyholder or sponsor of each such policy. For purposes of this section, the public employees insurance agency is the policyholder.
(b) The insurance commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations regarding the diagnosis and treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder and craniomandibular disorder coverage in accident and sickness policies covered by this article and article fifteen of this chapter. Such regulations shall prescribe the manner by which such coverage shall be offered to the policyholder or sponsor; that benefits shall apply whether administered by a physician or dentist, and findings regarding the projected actuarial costs of implementing said regulations.
(c) The regulations shall be developed by the insurance commissioner with the advice of a six-member panel to be appointed by the commissioner. Such panel shall consist of a general practicing dentist who shall be recommended by the West Virginia Dental Association, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who shall be recommended by the West Virginia Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Dentists, a physician who shall be recommended by the West Virginia State Medical Association, a member from a Health Services Corporation who shall be recommended by the Health Services Corporation in this state, a member representing commercial health insurers who shall be recommended by the association representing accident and sickness insurance, and a representative of the Public Employees Insurance Association.
The insurance commissioner shall make his appointments to the panel based solely upon said recommendations thirty days after this section takes effect.
(d) This section shall only apply to policies of insurance which provide hospital, surgical or major medical expense insurance or any combination of these coverages.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session