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House Bill 1459

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF HB1459 (Updated April 5, 2001 3:35 PM - DI 84)

Amendments to health provider contracts. Requires an employee welfare benefit plan, an insurer, a health maintenance organization, or a self-insurance plan or prepaid health care delivery plan for state employees that enters into a contract with certain health care providers to provide at least 45 days written notice to the provider of an amendment to the contract. Allows a provider to terminate the contract without penalty at the end of 90 days, or earlier if agreed to by the parties, if the provider, within 15 days after receiving notice of the proposed amendment, chooses not to approve the amendment. Requires a provider who terminates a contract to notify a patient of the contract termination before providing services, except in an emergency. Prohibits an employee welfare benefit plan, an insurer, a health maintenance organization, or a self-insurance plan or prepaid health care delivery plan for state employees from requiring a provider who terminates a contract to comply with the proposed amendment. Specifies that a contrary contractual provision is void. Provides an exception to amendments to contracts required by state or federal law. Requires a health maintenance organization to notify enrollees if a hospital's contract with the health maintenance organization is terminated and requires the notice to include the names of all participating providers employed by the hospital.
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