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New Mexico Statutes Chapter 59A. Insurance Code § 59A-47-35. Alcohol dependency coverage

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A. Each health care plan that delivers or issues for delivery in this state a group contract providing for health care expense payments on a service benefit basis or an indemnity benefit basis or both shall offer and make available benefits for the necessary care and treatment of alcohol dependency. Such benefits shall:

(1) be subject to annual deductibles and coinsurance consistent with those imposed on other benefits within the same contract;

(2) provide no less than thirty days necessary care and treatment in an alcohol dependency treatment center and thirty outpatient visits for alcohol dependency treatment;  and

(3) be offered for benefit periods of no more than one year and may be limited to a lifetime maximum of no less than two benefit periods.

Such offer of benefits shall be subject to the rights of the group contract holder to reject the coverage or to select any alternative level of benefits if that right is offered by or negotiated with that health care plan.

B. For purposes of this section, “alcohol dependency treatment center” means a facility that contracts with the health care plan and that provides a program for the treatment of alcohol dependency pursuant to a written treatment plan approved and monitored by a physician or meeting the quality standards of the department of health and which facility also:

(1) is affiliated with a hospital under a contractual agreement with an established system for patient referral;

(2) is accredited as such a facility by the joint commission on accreditation of hospitals; or

(3) meets at least the minimum standards adopted by the department of health.

C. This section applies to contracts delivered or issued for delivery or renewed, extended or amended in this state on or after July 1, 1983 or upon expiration of a collective bargaining agreement applicable to a particular contract holder, whichever is later;  provided that this section does not apply to blanket, short-term travel, accident-only, limited or specified disease, individual conversion contracts or contracts designed for issuance to persons eligible for coverage under Title 18 of the Social Security Act,  1 known as medicare, or any other similar coverage under state or federal governmental plans.  With respect to any contract forms approved by the insurance division prior to the effective date of this section, an insurer is authorized to comply with this section by the use of endorsements or riders, provided such endorsements or riders are approved by the insurance division as being in compliance with this section and applicable provisions of the Insurance Code.

D. If an organization offering group health benefits to its members makes more than one health care plan or health insurance plan policy available to its members on a member option basis, the organization shall not require alcohol dependency coverage from one health care plan or health insurer without requiring the same level of alcohol dependency coverage for all other health care plans or health insurance policies that the organization makes available to its members.

1  42 U.S.C.A. § 1395 et seq.

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