Within the 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.
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.
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.
(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.
(c) Beginning for coverage effective on or after January 1, 2015, subdivisions 1 to 4 shall only apply to individual or small group health plans that are grandfathered plans, as defined under section 62A.011, subdivision 1c.
The commissioner of health, the commissioner of commerce, and the commissioner of human services shall merge reporting requirements for health maintenance organizations and county-based purchasing plans related to Minnesota Department of Health oversight of network adequacy under this section and the provider network list reported to the Department of Human Services under Minnesota Rules, part 4685.2100. The commissioners shall work with health maintenance organizations and county-based purchasing plans to ensure that the report merger is done in a manner that simplifies health maintenance organization and county-based purchasing plan reporting processes.
NOTE: The amendment to subdivision 4 by Laws 2013, chapter 84, article 2, section 1, is effective for health plans offered, sold, issued, or renewed on or after January 1, 2015. Laws 2013, chapter 84, article 2, section 17.