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S*530
Session 120 (2013-2014) 

S*0530(Rat #0057, Act #0049 of 2013)  General Bill, By Hayes, Campbell and 
L. Martin

Similar(H 3818) AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 38-71-1730, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CLOSED PANEL HEALTH PLANS, SO AS TO REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT CERTAIN EMPLOYERS WHO OFFER ONLY CLOSED PANEL HEALTH PLANS TO ITS EMPLOYEES ALSO OFFER A POINT-OF-SERVICE OPTION TO ITS EMPLOYEES, TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES, TO PROVIDE THAT A POINT-OF-SERVICE OPTION MAY NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST CERTAIN HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS BY EXCLUDING THEM FROM NETWORK PARTICIPATION ON THE BASIS OF THEIR PROFESSION, AND TO INCREASE THE ALLOWABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COINSURANCE PERCENTAGES FOR IN-NETWORK AND OUT-OF-NETWORK COVERED SERVICES AND SUPPLIES UNDER A POINT-OF-SERVICE OPTION. - ratified title 03/14/13 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 3) 03/14/13 Senate Referred to Committee on Banking and Insurance (Senate Journal-page 3) 04/10/13 Senate Committee report: Favorable Banking and Insurance (Senate Journal-page 21) 04/18/13 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 15) 04/18/13 Senate Roll call Ayes-37 Nays-5 (Senate Journal-page 15) 04/30/13 Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 24) 04/30/13 Senate Roll call Ayes-33 Nays-9 (Senate Journal-page 24) 04/30/13 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 191) 04/30/13 House Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry (House Journal-page 191) 05/16/13 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Labor, Commerce and Industry (House Journal-page 4) 05/22/13 House Debate adjourned until Tues., 5-28-13 (House Journal-page 29) 05/28/13 House Read second time (House Journal-page 9) 05/28/13 House Roll call Yeas-93 Nays-8 (House Journal-page 12) 05/29/13 House Read third time and enrolled (House Journal-page 6) 06/04/13 Ratified R 57 06/07/13 Signed By Governor 06/18/13 Effective date 07/22/13 06/18/13 Act No. 49


VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

3/14/2013
4/10/2013
5/16/2013



S. 530

(A49, R57, S530)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 38-71-1730, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CLOSED PANEL HEALTH PLANS, SO AS TO REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT CERTAIN EMPLOYERS WHO OFFER ONLY CLOSED PANEL HEALTH PLANS TO ITS EMPLOYEES ALSO OFFER A POINT-OF-SERVICE OPTION TO ITS EMPLOYEES, TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES, TO PROVIDE THAT A POINT-OF-SERVICE OPTION MAY NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST CERTAIN HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS BY EXCLUDING THEM FROM NETWORK PARTICIPATION ON THE BASIS OF THEIR PROFESSION, AND TO INCREASE THE ALLOWABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COINSURANCE PERCENTAGES FOR IN-NETWORK AND OUT-OF-NETWORK COVERED SERVICES AND SUPPLIES UNDER A POINT-OF-SERVICE OPTION.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Employers only offering closed panel health plans, point-of-service options

SECTION    1.    Section 38-71-1730(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(A)    For purposes of health plans offered pursuant to this section:

(1)    An employer may require an employee who chooses a point-of-service option to be responsible for payment of premiums, deductibles, copayments, or other payments in excess of the benefits provided by the closed panel health plan.

(2)    Differences between coinsurance percentages for in-network and out-of-network covered health care services or supplies in a point-of-service option may not exceed a maximum differential of thirty percent. The coinsurance percentage for in-network and out-of-network covered health care services or supplies provided by dentists may not exceed a maximum difference of five percent.

(3)    An employee, a spouse, or a dependent receiving treatment for an illness covered under a closed panel health plan may continue to receive services from a provider who elects to discontinue participation as a closed panel plan provider, subject to the terms of the contract between the provider and the health plan. This right of continuation is limited to a period of ninety days or the anniversary date of the plan, whichever occurs first.

(4)    A point-of-service option or closed panel health plan may not discriminate against a physician, a podiatrist, an optometrist, an oral surgeon, or a chiropractor by excluding the provider from participating in the plan on the basis of the profession. A health care plan may not exclude these providers from providing health care services which they are licensed to provide and which are covered by the plan and as determined by medical necessity under utilization review guidelines. Nothing in this section interferes in any way with the medical decision of the primary health care provider to use or not use any health care professional on a case-by-case basis.

(5)    A pharmacist may provide professional services under the pharmacist's scope of practice so long as the services are provided pursuant to a prescription written by a medical doctor or dentist with whom the patient has an established physician-patient relationship. Nothing in this subsection requires a managed care plan to provide reimbursement to a pharmacist. An advanced practice nurse functioning as authorized by the State Board of Nursing Regulation 91-6 may provide professional services under the advanced practice nurse's scope of practice so long as the services provided are pursuant to protocols by a medical doctor with whom the patient has an established physician-patient relationship. A point-of-service option offered pursuant to this section may not discriminate against an advanced practice nurse. Nothing in this subsection requires a managed care plan to provide reimbursement to an advanced practice nurse.

(6)    Nothing contained in this article affects in any way a plan exempted by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or any South Carolina law in existence before January 1, 1999, and state employee health insurance programs or any political subdivision self-funded health insurance program; and this article does not affect the right of an employer to specify plan design or affect the right of a plan to credential or re-credential a provider. Nothing contained in this article affects accident-only, blanket accident and sickness, specified disease, credit, Medicare supplement, long-term care, or disability income insurance, coverage issued as a supplement to liability or other insurance coverage designed solely to provide payments on a per diem, fixed-indemnity, or nonexpense incurred basis, coverage for Medicare or Medicaid services pursuant to a contract with state or federal government, worker's compensation or similar insurance, or automobile medical payment insurance."

Time effective

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect forty-five days after approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 4th day of June, 2013.

Approved the 7th day of June, 2013.

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