Montana Code Annotated 2017



Part 4. Coverage, Liability, and Subrogation

Deductible Insurance Policy Provision For Medical Benefits

39-71-434. Deductible insurance policy provision for medical benefits. (1) In order to lower the amount an employer is required to pay to obtain workers' compensation insurance coverage under this chapter, a workers' compensation policy issued by the state compensation insurance fund under plan No. 3 or by a private insurer under plan No. 2 must offer a deductible for the medical, hospital, and related services allowed under 39-71-704. The medical deductible must be offered in amounts of at least $500.

(2) If the insured employer chooses to accept a medical deductible, the insured employer is liable for the amount of the deductible for the medical benefits paid for each otherwise compensable claim of work injury suffered by an employee.

(3) The insured employer shall contract with the insurer to have the insurer pay the entire cost of the covered medical benefits directly to the provider of medical or related services and then seek reimbursement from the insured employer for the deductible amount. The insurer is entitled to reimbursement only for medical, hospital, and related services allowed under 39-71-704, up to the amount of the deductible.

(4) If an insured employer who has contracted with an insurer for a medical deductible does not pay the medical deductible amount to the insurer through reimbursement, the amount paid by the insurer on the claim may be included as benefits paid in a determination of the insured employer's rate.

(5) If an insured employer chooses to accept a medical deductible, then for purposes of computing rates and rating plans, all medical losses incurred must be reported to the insurer without regard to the application of any medical deductible regardless of whether the employer or the insurer pays the losses.

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 641, L. 1989; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 666, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 248, L. 1993.