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                             CHAPTER 91-H.F.No. 843 
                  An act relating to insurance; health; requiring 
                  coverage for hospitalization and anesthesia coverage 
                  for dental procedures; requiring coverage for general 
                  anesthesia and treatment for covered medical 
                  conditions rendered by a dentist; proposing coding for 
                  new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 62A. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  [62A.308] [HOSPITALIZATION AND ANESTHESIA FOR 
        DENTAL PROCEDURES.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE OF COVERAGE.] This section applies 
        to a health plan as defined in section 62A.011 that provides 
        coverage to a Minnesota resident. 
           Subd. 2.  [REQUIRED COVERAGES.] (a) A health plan included 
        in subdivision 1 must cover anesthesia and hospital charges for 
        dental care provided to a covered person who: (1) is a child 
        under age five; or (2) is severely disabled; or (3) has a 
        medical condition, and who requires hospitalization or general 
        anesthesia for dental care treatment.  A health carrier may 
        require prior authorization of hospitalization for dental care 
        procedures in the same manner that prior authorization is 
        required for hospitalization for other covered diseases or 
        conditions. 
           (b) A health plan included in subdivision 1 must also 
        provide coverage for general anesthesia and treatment rendered 
        by a dentist for a medical condition covered by the health plan, 
        regardless of whether the services are provided in a hospital or 
        a dental office. 
           Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION.] 
           Section 1 is effective August 1, 1995, and applies to 
        health plans issued or renewed on or after that date. 
           Presented to the governor April 24, 1995 
           Signed by the governor April 25, 1995, 2:14 p.m.