2006 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare
By: Senator(s) Nunnelee
AN ACT TO CODIFY SECTION 43-13-126, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE INSURERS TO PROVIDE THE DIVISION OF MEDICAID WITH COVERAGE OF ELIGIBILITY AND CLAIMS DATA; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following shall be codified as Section 43-13-126, Mississippi Code of 1972:
43-13-126. As a condition of doing business in the state, health insurers, including self-insured plans, group health plans (as defined in Section 607(1) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974), service benefit plans, managed care organizations, pharmacy benefit managers, or other parties that are by statue, contract or agreement legally responsible for payment of a claim for a health care item or service, are required to:
(a) Provide, with respect to individuals who are eligible for, or are provided, medical assistance under the state plan, upon the request of the Division of Medicaid, information to determine during what period the individual or their spouses or their dependents may be (or may have been) covered by a health insurer and the nature of the coverage that is or was provided by the health insurer (including the name, address and identifying number of the plan) in a manner prescribed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services;
(b) Accept the Division of Medicaid's right of recovery and the assignment to the division of any right of an individual or other entity to payment from the party for an item or service for which payment has been made under the state plan;
(c) Respond to any inquiry by the Division of Medicaid regarding a claim for payment for any health care item or service that is submitted not later than three (3) years after the date of the provision of such health care item or service; and
(d) Agree not to deny a claim submitted by the Division of Medicaid solely on the basis of the date of submission of the claim, the type or format of the claim form, or a failure to present proper documentation at the point-of-sale that is the basis of the claim, if:
(i) The claim is submitted by the division within the three-year period beginning on the date on which the item or service was furnished; and
(ii) Any action by the division to enforce its rights with respect to such claim is commended within six (6) years of the division's submission of such claim.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2006.