language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to insurance; providing equal access to acupuncture and a memorial to Edith R. Davis, Minnesota's pioneer acupuncturist; requiring equal access to acupuncture services by certain group policies and subscriber contracts; requiring claim determinations regarding acupuncture services to be made or reviewed by acupuncture practitioners; requiring reporting on referrals to acupuncture practitioners and reimbursement rates;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 62A.15, subdivision 4, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 62D.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
(a) No carrier referred to in subdivision 1 may, in the payment of claims to employees in this state, deny benefits payable for services covered by the policy or contract if the services are lawfully performed by a licensed chiropractor, licensed optometrist, or a registered nurse meeting the requirements of subdivision 3a.
(b) When carriers referred to in subdivision 1 make claim determinations concerning the appropriateness, quality, or utilization of chiropractic health care for Minnesotans, any of these determinations that are made by health care professionals must be made by, or under the direction of, or subject to the review of licensed doctors of chiropractic.
Presented to the governor May 5, 2009
Signed by the governor May 7, 2009, 3:42 p.m.