3923.29 [Effective 7/10/2014] Outpatient, inpatient, and intermediate primary care benefits for alcoholism.

(A)

(1) Every policy of group sickness and accident insurance providing hospital, surgical, or medical expense coverage for other than specific diseases or accidents only, and delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed in this state on or after January 1, 1979, shall provide for each eligible person under the policy who resides in this state, outpatient, inpatient, and intermediate primary care benefits for alcoholism that are at least equal to five hundred fifty dollars in any calendar year or twelve-month period.

(2) The services shall be legally performed by or under the clinical supervision of any of the following:

(a) A physician authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery;

(b) A psychologist licensed under Chapter 4732. of the Revised Code;

(c) A licensed professional clinical counselor, licensed professional counselor, independent social worker, or independent marriage and family therapist licensed under Chapter 4757. of the Revised Code whose practice includes chemical dependency counseling;

(d) An independent chemical dependency counselor licensed under Chapter 4758. of the Revised Code;

(e) A clinical nurse specialist or certified nurse practitioner licensed under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code whose nursing specialty is mental health.

(3) The services may be performed in an office, in a hospital, in a community mental health facility, or in an alcoholism treatment facility so long as the hospital, community mental health facility, or alcoholism treatment facility is approved by the joint commission , the council on accreditation, or the commission on accreditation of rehabilitation facilities or certified by the department of mental health and addiction services.

(B) The benefits mandated by division (A) of this section shall be subject to reasonable contract limitations and may be subject to reasonable deductibles and co-insurance costs. Persons entitled to such benefit under more than one service or insurance contract may be limited to a single five hundred fifty dollar benefit for services under all contracts.

(C) For an eligible person, who receives treatment for alcoholism from an approved or certified alcoholism treatment facility, to remain entitled to the benefits mandated by division (A) of this section, a health care professional identified in division (A)(2) of this section shall every three months certify that such person needs to continue utilizing such treatment.

(D) In order to qualify for participation under division (A) of this section, every facility specified in such division shall have in effect a plan for utilization review and a plan for peer review and every person specified in such division shall have in effect a plan for peer review. Such plans shall have the purpose of ensuring high quality patient care and effective and efficient utilization of available health facilities and services. Such person or facility shall also have in effect a program of rehabilitation or a program of rehabilitation and detoxification.

(E) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require an insurer to pay benefits which are greater than usual, customary, and reasonable.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 232, §1, eff. 7/10/2014.

Effective Date: 09-05-2001

This section is set out twice. See also § 3923.29 , effective until 7/10/2014.