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HOUSE BILL NO. 428
INTRODUCED BY B. THOMAS
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROHIBITING INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION FOR TREATMENT OF THE MUSCLES, BONES, OR JOINTS OF THE JAW AND FACE THAT IS MEDICALLY NECESSARY FOR TREATMENT OF TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DYSFUNCTIONS; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 33-22-101 AND 33-31-111, MCA."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Insurance coverage for treatment involving muscles, bones, or joints of jaw or face. (1) A group or individual disability policy, certificate of insurance, or membership contract delivered, issued for delivery, renewed, extended, or modified in this state and covering diagnosis and treatment procedures, including surgical treatment, involving the muscles, bones, or joints of the skeleton, may not discriminate against similar procedures involving the muscles, bones, or joints of the jaw or face that are medically necessary for treatment of temporomandibular dysfunctions. This includes medically necessary treatment for a congenital or developmental deformity, disease, or injury. Payment for those procedures may be subject to a maximum lifetime benefit of $2,000 for nonsurgical treatment.
(2) The policies, certificates of insurance, and membership contracts to which subsection (1) applies include those for:
(a) state employees;
(b) the university system;
(c) a county, city, or town;
(d) a school district;
(e) any other political subdivision of the state; and
(f) any self-funded multiple employer welfare arrangement not regulated by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
Section 2. Section 33-22-101, MCA, is amended to read:
"33-22-101. Exceptions to scope. Parts 1 through 4 of this chapter, except 33-22-107, 33-22-110, 33-22-111, 33-22-114, 33-22-125, 33-22-130 through 33-22-132, 33-22-134, 33-22-135, 33-22-141, 33-22-142, [section 1], 33-22-243, and 33-22-304, and part 19 of this chapter, do not apply to or affect:
(1) any policy of liability or workers' compensation insurance with or without supplementary expense coverage;
(2) any group or blanket policy;
(3) life insurance, endowment, or annuity contracts or supplemental contracts that contain only those provisions relating to disability insurance as:
(a) provide additional benefits in case of death or dismemberment or loss of sight by accident or accidental means; or
(b) operate to safeguard contracts against lapse or to give a special surrender value or special benefit or an annuity in the event that the insured or annuitant becomes totally and permanently disabled, as defined by the contract or supplemental contract;
Section 3. Section 33-31-111, MCA, is amended to read:
"33-31-111. Statutory construction and relationship to other laws. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter,
the insurance or health service corporation laws do not apply to
any a health maintenance organization authorized to
transact business under this chapter. This provision does not apply to an insurer or health service corporation licensed and
regulated pursuant to the insurance or health service corporation laws of this state except with respect to its health
maintenance organization activities authorized and regulated pursuant to this chapter.
(2) Solicitation of enrollees by a health maintenance organization granted a certificate of authority or its representatives is not a violation of any law relating to solicitation or advertising by health professionals.
(3) A health maintenance organization authorized under this chapter is not practicing medicine and is exempt from Title 37, chapter 3, relating to the practice of medicine.
(4) This chapter does not exempt a health maintenance organization from the applicable certificate of need requirements under Title 50, chapter 5, parts 1 and 3.
(5) This section does not exempt a health maintenance organization from the prohibition of pecuniary interest under 33-3-308 or the material transaction disclosure requirements under 33-3-701 through 33-3-704. A health maintenance organization must be considered an insurer for the purposes of 33-3-308 and 33-3-701 through 33-3-704.
(6) This section does not exempt a health maintenance organization from:
(a) prohibitions against interference with certain communications as provided under chapter 1, part 8;
(b) the provisions of Title 33, chapter 22, part 19;
(c) the requirements of 33-22-134,
and 33-22-135, and [section 1]; or
(d) network adequacy and quality assurance requirements provided under chapter 36.
(7) Sections 33-22-141, 33-22-142, 33-22-246, 33-22-247, 33-22-514, 33-22-523, 33-22-524, and 33-22-526 apply to health maintenance organizations."
NEW SECTION. Section 4. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 33, chapter 22, part 1, and the provisions of Title 33 apply to [section 1].
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