WSR 00-23-037

PERMANENT RULES

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


[ Filed November 9, 2000, 11:26 a.m. , effective January 1, 2001 ]

Date of Adoption: November 9, 2000.

Purpose: Changes the waiting period for treatment of preexisting conditions to nine months, rather than three.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 182-25-020 BHP benefits.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.47.050.

Other Authority: RCW 70.47.060.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 00-19-101 on September 20, 2000.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2001.

November 9, 2000

Melodie Bankers

Rules Coordinator

OTS-4391.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-07-002, filed 3/5/98, effective 4/5/98)

WAC 182-25-020
BHP benefits.

(1) The administrator shall design and from time to time may revise BHP benefits, according to the requirements of chapter 70.47 RCW, as amended. These benefits will include physician services, prescription drugs and medications, and inpatient and outpatient hospital services, limited mental health care services, limited chemical dependency services, limited organ transplant services, and all services necessary for prenatal, postnatal and well-child care, and will emphasize proven preventive and primary care services. The Medicaid scope of benefits may be provided by BHP as the BHP plus program through coordination with DSHS for children under the age of nineteen, who are found to be Medicaid eligible. BHP benefits may include co-payments, waiting periods, limitations and exclusions which the administrator determines are appropriate and consistent with the goals and objectives of the plan. BHP benefits will be subject to a ((three-month)) nine-month waiting period for preexisting conditions. Exceptions (for example, maternity, prescription drugs, services for a newborn or newly adopted child) are outlined in the schedule of benefits. Credit toward the waiting period will be given for any continuous period of time for which an enrollee was covered under similar health coverage if that coverage was in effect at any time during the three-month period immediately preceding the date of reservation or application for coverage under BHP. Similar coverage includes BHP; all DSHS programs administered by the medical assistance administration which have the Medicaid scope of benefits; the DSHS program for the medically indigent; Indian health services; most coverages offered by health carriers; and most self-insured health plans. A list of BHP benefits, including co-payments, waiting periods, limitations and exclusions, will be provided to the subscriber.

(2) In designing and revising BHP benefits, the administrator will consider the effects of particular benefits, co-payments, limitations and exclusions on access to necessary health care services, as well as the cost to the enrollees and to the state, and will also consider generally accepted practices of the health insurance and managed health care industries.

(3) Prior to enrolling in BHP, each applicant will be given a written description of covered benefits, including all co-payments, waiting periods, limitations and exclusions, and be advised how to access information on the services, providers, facilities, hours of operation, and other information descriptive of the managed health care system(s) available to enrollees in a given service area.

(4) BHP will mail to all subscribers written notice of any changes in the amount and scope of benefits provided under BHP, or policy changes regarding premiums and co-payments at least thirty days prior to the due date of the premium payment for the month in which such revisions are to take effect. The administrator may make available a separate schedule of benefits for children, eighteen years of age and younger, for those dependent children in the plan.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050. 98-07-002, 182-25-020, filed 3/5/98, effective 4/5/98; 97-15-003, 182-25-020, filed 7/3/97, effective 8/3/97; 96-15-024, 182-25-020, filed 7/9/96, effective 8/9/96.]

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