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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 2S:

      Section: 26:2S-29: Carrier offering a health benefits plan to provide coverage, payment.

          8. a. A carrier that offers a health benefits plan in this State shall provide coverage and payment for health care services delivered to a covered person through telemedicine or telehealth, on the same basis as, and at a provider reimbursement rate that does not exceed the provider reimbursement rate that is applicable, when the services are delivered through in-person contact and consultation in New Jersey. Reimbursement payments under this section may be provided either to the individual practitioner who delivered the reimbursable services, or to the agency, facility, or organization that employs the individual practitioner who delivered the reimbursable services, as appropriate.

b. A carrier may limit coverage to services that are delivered by health care providers in the health benefits plan's network, but may not charge any deductible, copayment, or coinsurance for a health care service, delivered through telemedicine or telehealth, in an amount that exceeds the deductible, copayment, or coinsurance amount that is applicable to an in-person consultation.

c. Nothing in this section shall be construed to:

(1) prohibit a carrier from providing coverage for only those services that are medically necessary, subject to the terms and conditions of the covered person's health benefits plan; or

(2) allow a carrier to require a covered person to use telemedicine or telehealth in lieu of receiving an in-person service from an in-network provider.

d. The Commissioner of Banking and Insurance shall adopt rules and regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), to implement the provisions of this section.

e. As used in this section:

"Carrier" means the same as that term is defined by section 2 of P.L.1997, c.192 (C.26:2S-2).

"Covered person" means the same as that term is defined by section 2 of P.L.1997, c.192 (C.26:2S-2).

"Health benefits plan" means the same as that term is defined by section 2 of P.L.1997, c.192 (C.26:2S-2).

"Telehealth" means the same as that term is defined by section 1 of P.L.2017, c.117 (C.45:1-61).

"Telemedicine" means the same as that term is defined by section 1 of P.L.2017, c.117 (C.45:1-61).

L.2017, c.117, s.8.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2017-08-08 09:11:04.






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