62D.124 GEOGRAPHIC ACCESSIBILITY.
Subdivision 1. Primary care; mental health services; general hospital services.
health maintenance organization's service area, the maximum travel distance or time shall be the
lesser of 30 miles or 30 minutes to the nearest provider of each of the following services: primary
care services, mental health services, and general hospital services. The health maintenance
organization must designate which method is used.
Subd. 2. Other health services.
Within a health maintenance organization's service area,
the maximum travel distance or time shall be the lesser of 60 miles or 60 minutes to the nearest
provider of specialty physician services, ancillary services, specialized hospital services, and
all other health services not listed in subdivision 1. The health maintenance organization must
designate which method is used.
Subd. 3. Exception.
The commissioner shall grant an exception to the requirements of this
section according to Minnesota Rules, part 4685.1010
, subpart 4, if the health maintenance
organization can demonstrate with specific data that the requirement of subdivision 1 or 2 is not
feasible in a particular service area or part of a service area.
Subd. 4. Application.
(a) Subdivisions 1 and 2 do not apply if an enrollee is referred to a
referral center for health care services.
(b) Subdivision 1 does not apply:
(1) if an enrollee has chosen a health plan with full knowledge that the health plan has no
participating providers within 30 miles or 30 minutes of the enrollee's place of residence; or
(2) to service areas approved before May 24, 1993.
History: 1999 c 239 s 2