March 30, 2015
"Health maintenance organizations, or HMOs, already must authorize out-of-network coverage for emergency services, with patients required to pay only their usual network deductibles, copayments and coinsurance
That requirement will now extend to other insurers as well. They will pay what they deem reasonable to doctors, who can take disagreements to independent dispute resolution.
Leslie Moran, spokeswoman for the New York Health Plan Association, emphasized that many new provisions will apply to health insurance policies bought or renewed, that for many consumers they will be effective next Jan. 1. Insurers' contracts and policies have to be rewritten, which is taking place. They're trying to make sure everyone has the same rules and understands them, she said."
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