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A. Each individual and group health insurance policy, health care plan and certificate of health insurance delivered or issued for delivery in this state that provides a prescription drug benefit shall provide, at a minimum, the following coverage:
(1) at least one product or form of contraception in each of the contraceptive method categories identified by the federal food and drug administration;
(2) a sufficient number and assortment of oral contraceptive pills to reflect the variety of oral contraceptives approved by the federal food and drug administration; and
(3) clinical services related to the provision or use of contraception, including consultations, examinations, procedures, ultrasound, anesthesia, patient education, counseling, device insertion and removal, follow-up care and side-effects management.
B. Except as provided in Subsection C of this section, the coverage required pursuant to this section shall not be subject to:
(1) cost sharing for insureds;
(2) utilization review;
(3) prior authorization or step-therapy requirements; or
(4) any other restrictions or delays on the coverage.
C. An insurer may discourage brand-name pharmacy drugs or items by applying cost sharing to brand-name drugs or items when at least one generic or therapeutic equivalent is covered within the same method of contraception without patient cost sharing; provided that when an insured's health care provider determines that a particular drug or item is medically necessary, the individual or group health insurance policy, health care plan or certificate of insurance shall cover the brand-name pharmacy drug or item without cost sharing. Medical necessity may include considerations such as severity of side effects, differences in permanence or reversibility of contraceptives and ability to adhere to the appropriate use of the drug or item, as determined by the attending provider.
D. An insurer shall grant an insured an expedited hearing to appeal any adverse determination made relating to the provisions of this section. The process for requesting an expedited hearing pursuant to this subsection shall:
(1) be easily accessible, transparent, sufficiently expedient and not unduly burdensome on an insured, the insured's representative or the insured's health care provider;
(2) defer to the determination of the insured's health care provider; and
(3) provide for a determination of the claim according to a time frame and in a manner that takes into account the nature of the claim and the medical exigencies involved for a claim involving an urgent health care need.
E. An insurer shall not require a prescription for any drug, item or service that is available without a prescription.
F. An insurer shall provide coverage and shall reimburse a health care provider or dispensing entity on a per-unit basis for dispensing a six-month supply of contraceptives at one time; provided that the contraceptives are prescribed and self-administered.
G. Nothing in this section shall be construed to:
(1) require a health care provider to prescribe six months of contraceptives at one time; or
(2) permit an insurer to limit coverage or impose cost sharing for an alternate method of contraception if an insured changes contraceptive methods before exhausting a previously dispensed supply.
H. The provisions of this section shall not apply to short-term travel, accident-only hospital-indemnity-only, limited-benefit or specified-disease policies.
I. The provisions of this section apply to individual and group health insurance policies, health care plans and certificates of insurance delivered or issued for delivery after January 1, 2020.
J. For the purposes of this section:
(1) “contraceptive method categories identified by the federal food and drug administration”:
(a) means tubal ligation; sterilization implant; copper intrauterine device; intrauterine device with progestin; implantable rod; contraceptive shot or injection; combined oral contraceptives; extended or continuous use oral contraceptives; progestin-only oral contraceptives; patch; vaginal ring; diaphragm with spermicide; sponge with spermicide; cervical cap with spermicide; male and female condoms; spermicide alone; vasectomy; ulipristal acetate; levonorgestrel emergency contraception; and any additional contraceptive method categories approved by the federal food and drug administration; and
(b) does not mean a product that has been recalled for safety reasons or withdrawn from the market;
(2) “cost sharing” means a deductible, copayment or coinsurance that an insured is required to pay in accordance with the terms of an individual or group health insurance policy, health care plan or certificate of insurance; and
(3) “health care provider” means an individual licensed to provide health care in the ordinary course of business.
K. A religious entity purchasing individual or group health insurance coverage may elect to exclude prescription contraceptive drugs or devices from the health coverage purchased.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - New Mexico Statutes Chapter 59A. Insurance Code § 59A-22-42. Coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs or devices - last updated May 06, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nm/chapter-59a-insurance-code/nm-st-sect-59a-22-42/
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