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Section 500.3405

THE INSURANCE CODE OF 1956 (EXCERPT)
Act 218 of 1956


500.3405 Prudent purchaser agreements with providers of hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care services; disability insurance policies; rates; discrimination prohibited; prior contracts and renewal; optometric and chiropractic service.

Sec. 3405.

(1) For the purpose of doing business as an organization under the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.51 to 550.63, an insurer authorized in this state to write disability insurance that provides coverage for hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care benefits may enter into prudent purchaser agreements with providers of hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care services pursuant to this section and the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.51 to 550.63.

(2) An insurer may offer disability insurance policies under which the insured persons shall be required, as a condition of coverage, to obtain hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements. A person to whom such a policy is offered shall also be offered a policy that:

(a) Does not, as a condition of coverage, require insured persons to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(b) Does not give a financial advantage or other advantage to an insured person who elects to obtain services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(3) An insurer may offer disability insurance policies under which insured persons who elect to obtain hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements shall realize a financial advantage or other advantage by selecting such providers. Policies offered pursuant to this subsection shall not, as a condition of coverage, require insured persons to obtain such services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements. A person to whom such a policy is offered shall also be offered a policy that:

(a) Does not, as a condition of coverage, require insured persons to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(b) Does not give a financial advantage or other advantage to an insured person who elects to obtain services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(4) The rates charged by an insurer for coverage under policies issued under this section shall not be unreasonably lower than what is necessary to meet the expenses of the insurer for providing this coverage and shall not have an anticompetitive effect or result in predatory pricing in relation to prudent purchaser agreement coverages offered by other organizations.

(5) An insurer shall not discriminate against a class of health care providers when entering into prudent purchaser agreements with health care providers for its provider panel. This subsection does not:

(a) Prohibit the formation of a provider panel consisting of a single class of providers when a service provided for in the specifications of a purchaser may legally be provided only by a single class of providers.

(b) Prohibit the formation of a provider panel that conforms to the specifications of a purchaser of the coverage authorized by this section so long as the specifications do not exclude any class of health care providers who may legally perform the services included in the coverage.

(c) Require an organization that has uniformly applied the standards filed pursuant to section 3(3) of the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.53, to contract with any individual provider.

(6) Nothing in this 1984 amendatory act applies to any contract that is in existence before December 20, 1984, or the renewal of such contract.

(7) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, if coverage under a prudent purchaser agreement provides for benefits for services that are within the scope of practice of optometry, an insurer is not required to provide coverage or reimburse for a practice of optometric service unless that service was included in the definition of practice of optometry under section 17401 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.17401, as of May 20, 1992.

(8) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, if coverage under a prudent purchaser agreement provides for benefits for services that are within the scope of practice of chiropractic, an insurer is not required to provide coverage or reimburse for a practice of chiropractic service unless that service was included in the definition of practice of chiropractic under section 16401 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.16401, as of January 1, 2009.


History: Add. 1984, Act 280, Imd. Eff. Dec. 20, 1984 ;-- Am. 1989, Act 137, Eff. Jan. 3, 1990 ;-- Am. 1994, Act 438, Eff. Mar. 30, 1995 ;-- Am. 2009, Act 227, Imd. Eff. Jan. 5, 2010
Compiler's Notes: Senate Bill No. 493 was not enacted into law by the 87th Legislature.
Popular Name: Act 218


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