62A.155 COVERAGE FOR SERVICES PROVIDED TO VENTILATOR-DEPENDENT
Subdivision 1. Scope of coverage.
This section applies to all policies of accident and health
insurance, group subscriber contracts offered by nonprofit health service plan corporations
regulated under chapter 62C, health maintenance contracts regulated under chapter 62D, and
health benefit certificates offered through a fraternal benefit society regulated under chapter 64B.
This section does not apply to policies designed primarily to provide coverage payable on a
per diem, fixed indemnity or nonexpense incurred basis, or policies that provide only accident
Subd. 2. Required coverage.
If a policy, plan, certificate, or contract referred to in
subdivision 1 issued or renewed after August 1, 1988, provides coverage for services provided by
a private duty nurse or personal care assistant to a ventilator-dependent person in the person's
home, it must provide coverage for up to 120 hours of services provided by a private duty nurse or
personal care assistant to the ventilator-dependent person during the time the ventilator-dependent
person is in a hospital licensed under chapter 144. The personal care assistant or private duty
nurse shall perform only the services of communicator or interpreter for the ventilator-dependent
patient during a transition period of up to 120 hours to assure adequate training of the hospital
staff to communicate with the patient and to understand the unique comfort, safety, and personal
care needs of the patient.
History: 1988 c 656 s 3; 1992 c 564 art 1 s 54