1751.51 Restrictions on choice of providers.

If a health care plan of a health insuring corporation covers health care services that may be legally performed by a class of providers referred to in section 3923.23 or 3923.231 of the Revised Code but would restrict an enrollee's ability to receive these health care services from members of that class in any manner that differs from an enrollee's ability under the health care plan to receive these health care services from any other class of providers that may legally perform these health care services, then the health insuring corporation shall do both of the following:

(A) Set forth, within any evidence of coverage pertaining to the health care plan, under a heading that reads "Restrictions on Choice of Providers," a clear, concise, and complete statement of the restriction that conforms to the requirements of section 1751.11 of the Revised Code;

(B) Set forth, within any solicitation document pertaining to the health care plan and within any solicitation materials pertaining to the health care plan that the health insuring corporation provides to any employer or any employee benefit fund, under a heading that reads "Restrictions on Choice of Providers," a clear, concise, and complete statement of the restriction, such statement being subject to prior approval by the superintendent of insurance in accordance with the same form and content requirements that are specified in section 1751.11 of the Revised Code with regard to evidence of coverage.

Effective Date: 06-04-1997