Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 10. Children's Health Insurance

Department May Contract For Services

53-4-1007. (Temporary) Department may contract for services. (1) The department of public health and human services may administer the program directly or contract with insurance companies or other entities to provide services for a set monthly or yearly fee based on the number of participants in the program and the types of services provided or based on a fee for service as established by the department.

(2) The department of public health and human services may contract for a health care service based on a fee for service when the department does not contract for a health care service through an insurance plan, a health maintenance organization, or a managed care plan. A contract entered into or renewed on or after July 1, 2009, may not limit enrollee access to providers who are willing to provide services at the rates provided for under the program. In operating the program and providing health services, the department may:

(a) pay providers on a fee-for-service basis in a self-funded program and contract with an insurance company, third-party administrator, or other entity to provide administrative services, including but not limited to processing and payment of claims with program funds;

(b) purchase health coverage for eligible children from an insurance company or other entity through premiums, capitated payments, or other appropriate methods;

(c) purchase health coverage as provided in subsection (2)(b) for some types of health services and contract directly with providers for other types of health services on a fee-for-service basis; or

(d) pay providers on a fee-for-service basis and directly provide administrative services in a self-funded program.

(3) If the department of public health and human services contracts with an insurance company or other entity to administer the program as provided in subsection (2)(b) or (2)(c), not more than 12% of the contract payment may be used for administrative expenses, including:

(a) risk charges; and

(b) any applicable assessments, fees, and taxes.

(4) If the department operates the program by providing administrative services under subsection (2)(a), (2)(c), or (2)(d), the department's administrative expense may not exceed the lesser of 10% of total program expenses or the applicable federal limitation, excluding costs for federally required audits.

(5) (a) An insurance company or other entity that contracts with the department for a fully insured contract as provided in subsection (2)(b) shall calculate the surplus account balance at the end of each contract year and may retain an amount equal to 50% of the risk charge allowed under the contract. The remainder of the surplus balance must be deposited in the state special revenue account provided for in 53-4-1012.

(b) For the purposes of this subsection (5):

(i) "risk charge" means the percentage of the administrative expense allowed in the contract for assuming the risk; and

(ii) "surplus account balance" means funds that remain after all claims and all administrative expenses have been paid for a claim period. (Terminates on occurrence of contingency--sec. 15, Ch. 571, L. 1999; sec. 7, Ch. 565, L. 2005; sec. 5, Ch. 129, L. 2007.)

History: En. Sec. 6, Ch. 571, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 476, L. 2001; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 565, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 129, L. 2007; amd. Sec. 19, Ch. 486, L. 2009; amd. Sec. 34, Ch. 63, L. 2015.