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SF 3480

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/21/2018 09:03am

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A bill for an act
relating to health care; adding provisions to the price disclosure requirements for
providers and health plan companies;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section
62J.81.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 62J.81, is amended to read:


62J.81 DISCLOSURE OF PAYMENTS FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES.

Subdivision 1.

Required disclosure of estimated payment by provider.

(a) A health
care provider, as defined in section 62J.03, subdivision 8, or the provider's designee as
agreed to by that designee, shall, at the request of a consumer, and at no cost to the consumer
or the consumer's employer, provide that consumer with a good faith estimate of the allowable
payment the provider has agreed to accept from the consumer's health plan company for
the services specified by the consumer, specifying the amount of the allowable payment
due from the health plan company. Health plan companies must allow contracted providers,
or their designee, to release this information.
If a consumer has no applicable public or
private coverage, the health care provider must give the consumer, and at no cost to the
consumer, a good faith estimate of the average allowable reimbursement the provider accepts
as payment from private third-party payers for the services specified by the consumer and
the estimated amount the noncovered consumer will be required to pay.

(b) In addition to the information required to be disclosed under paragraph (a), a provider
must also provide the consumer with information regarding other types of fees or charges
that the consumer may be required to pay in conjunction with a visit to the provider, including
but not limited to any applicable facility fees.

(c) The information required under this subdivision must be provided to a consumer
within ten business days from the day a complete request was received by the health care
provider. For purposes of this section, "complete request" includes all the patient and service
information the health care provider requires to provide a good faith estimate, including a
completed good faith estimate form if required by the health care provider.

(d) Payment information provided by a provider, or by the provider's designee as agreed
to by that designee, to a patient pursuant to this subdivision does not constitute a legally
binding estimate of the allowable charge for or cost to the consumer of services.

(e) No contract between a health plan company and a provider shall prohibit a provider
from disclosing the pricing information required under this subdivision.

Subd. 1a.

Required disclosure by health plan company.

(b) (a) A health plan company,
as defined in section 62J.03, subdivision 10, shall, at the request of an enrollee intending
to receive specific health care services or the enrollee's designee, provide that enrollee with
a good faith estimate of the allowable amount the health plan company has contracted for
with a specified provider within the network as total payment for a health care service
specified by the enrollee and the portion of the allowable amount due from the enrollee and
the enrollee's out-of-pocket costs. An estimate provided to an enrollee under this paragraph
is not a legally binding estimate of the allowable amount or enrollee's out-of-pocket cost.

(b) The information required under this subdivision must be provided by the health plan
company to an enrollee within ten business days from the day a complete request was
received by the health care provider. For purposes of this section, "complete request" includes
all the patient and service information the health care provider requires to provide a good
faith estimate, including a completed good faith estimate form if required by the health care
provider.

Subd. 2.

Applicability.

(a) For purposes of this section, "consumer" does not include a
medical assistance or MinnesotaCare enrollee, for services covered under those programs.

(b) For purposes of this section, a good faith estimate is not:

(1) a guarantee of final costs for services received from a health care provider; or

(2) a final determination of eligibility for coverage of benefits or provider network
participation under a health plan.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective July 1, 2019.

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