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HF 264

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 01:35am

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A bill for an act
relating to health; requiring health insurance coverage of durable medical
equipment to include coverage of items necessary to reduce asthma symptoms;
requiring state health care program coverage of certain items necessary to
reduce asthma symptoms;amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 62Q.66;
256B.0625, subdivision 31; 256D.03, subdivision 4.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 62Q.66, is amended to read:


62Q.66 DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT COVERAGE.

(a) No health plan company that covers durable medical equipment may utilize
medical coverage criteria for durable medical equipment that limits coverage solely to
equipment used in the home.

(b) A health plan that covers durable medical equipment must include coverage of
the following items if necessary to reduce asthma symptoms: high efficiency particulate
air (HEPA) cleaners, HEPA vacuum cleaners, allergy bed and pillow encasements, high
filtration filters for forced air gas furnaces, and dehumidifiers with medical tubing to
connect the appliance to a floor drain.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective August 1, 2009, and applies to
health plans offered, issued, sold, renewed, or continued as defined in section 60A.02,
subdivision 2a, on or after that date.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 256B.0625, subdivision 31, is amended to
read:


Subd. 31.

Medical supplies and equipment.

(a) Medical assistance covers medical
supplies and equipment. Separate payment outside of the facility's payment rate shall
be made for wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories for recipients who are residents
of intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled. Reimbursement for
wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories for ICF/MR recipients shall be subject to the same
conditions and limitations as coverage for recipients who do not reside in institutions. A
wheelchair purchased outside of the facility's payment rate is the property of the recipient.

(b) Medical assistance coverage of durable medical equipment includes, but is
not limited to: high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaners, HEPA vacuum cleaners,
allergy bed and pillow encasements, high filtration filters for forced air gas furnaces, and
dehumidifiers with medical tubing to connect the appliance to a floor drain, if the listed
item is necessary to reduce asthma symptoms.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 256D.03, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

General assistance medical care; services.

(a)(i) For a person who is
eligible under subdivision 3, paragraph (a), clause (2), item (i), general assistance medical
care covers, except as provided in paragraph (c):

(1) inpatient hospital services;

(2) outpatient hospital services;

(3) services provided by Medicare certified rehabilitation agencies;

(4) prescription drugs and other products recommended through the process
established in section 256B.0625, subdivision 13;

(5) equipment necessary to administer insulin and diagnostic supplies and equipment
for diabetics to monitor blood sugar level;

(6) eyeglasses and eye examinations provided by a physician or optometrist;

(7) hearing aids;

(8) prosthetic devices;

(9) laboratory and X-ray services;

(10) physician's services;

(11) medical transportation except special transportation;

(12) chiropractic services as covered under the medical assistance program;

(13) podiatric services;

(14) dental services as covered under the medical assistance program;

(15) mental health services covered under chapter 256B;

(16) prescribed medications for persons who have been diagnosed as mentally ill as
necessary to prevent more restrictive institutionalization;

(17) medical supplies and equipment, including items necessary to treat asthma
symptoms as listed in section 256B.0625, subdivision 31, paragraph (b),
and Medicare
premiums, coinsurance and deductible payments;

(18) medical equipment not specifically listed in this paragraph when the use of
the equipment will prevent the need for costlier services that are reimbursable under
this subdivision;

(19) services performed by a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, a certified family
nurse practitioner, a certified adult nurse practitioner, a certified obstetric/gynecological
nurse practitioner, a certified neonatal nurse practitioner, or a certified geriatric nurse
practitioner in independent practice, if (1) the service is otherwise covered under this
chapter as a physician service, (2) the service provided on an inpatient basis is not included
as part of the cost for inpatient services included in the operating payment rate, and (3) the
service is within the scope of practice of the nurse practitioner's license as a registered
nurse, as defined in section 148.171;

(20) services of a certified public health nurse or a registered nurse practicing in
a public health nursing clinic that is a department of, or that operates under the direct
authority of, a unit of government, if the service is within the scope of practice of the
public health nurse's license as a registered nurse, as defined in section 148.171;

(21) telemedicine consultations, to the extent they are covered under section
256B.0625, subdivision 3b;

(22) care coordination and patient education services provided by a community
health worker according to section 256B.0625, subdivision 49; and

(23) regardless of the number of employees that an enrolled health care provider
may have, sign language interpreter services when provided by an enrolled health care
provider during the course of providing a direct, person-to-person covered health care
service to an enrolled recipient who has a hearing loss and uses interpreting services.

(ii) Effective October 1, 2003, for a person who is eligible under subdivision 3,
paragraph (a), clause (2), item (ii), general assistance medical care coverage is limited
to inpatient hospital services, including physician services provided during the inpatient
hospital stay. A $1,000 deductible is required for each inpatient hospitalization.

(b) Effective August 1, 2005, sex reassignment surgery is not covered under this
subdivision.

(c) In order to contain costs, the commissioner of human services shall select
vendors of medical care who can provide the most economical care consistent with high
medical standards and shall where possible contract with organizations on a prepaid
capitation basis to provide these services. The commissioner shall consider proposals by
counties and vendors for prepaid health plans, competitive bidding programs, block grants,
or other vendor payment mechanisms designed to provide services in an economical
manner or to control utilization, with safeguards to ensure that necessary services are
provided. Before implementing prepaid programs in counties with a county operated or
affiliated public teaching hospital or a hospital or clinic operated by the University of
Minnesota, the commissioner shall consider the risks the prepaid program creates for the
hospital and allow the county or hospital the opportunity to participate in the program in a
manner that reflects the risk of adverse selection and the nature of the patients served by
the hospital, provided the terms of participation in the program are competitive with the
terms of other participants considering the nature of the population served. Payment for
services provided pursuant to this subdivision shall be as provided to medical assistance
vendors of these services under sections 256B.02, subdivision 8, and 256B.0625. For
payments made during fiscal year 1990 and later years, the commissioner shall consult
with an independent actuary in establishing prepayment rates, but shall retain final control
over the rate methodology.

(d) Effective January 1, 2008, drug coverage under general assistance medical
care is limited to prescription drugs that:

(i) are covered under the medical assistance program as described in section
256B.0625, subdivisions 13 and 13d; and

(ii) are provided by manufacturers that have fully executed general assistance
medical care rebate agreements with the commissioner and comply with the agreements.
Prescription drug coverage under general assistance medical care must conform to
coverage under the medical assistance program according to section 256B.0625,
subdivisions 13 to 13g.

(e) Recipients eligible under subdivision 3, paragraph (a), shall pay the following
co-payments for services provided on or after October 1, 2003, and before January 1, 2009:

(1) $25 for eyeglasses;

(2) $25 for nonemergency visits to a hospital-based emergency room;

(3) $3 per brand-name drug prescription and $1 per generic drug prescription,
subject to a $12 per month maximum for prescription drug co-payments. No co-payments
shall apply to antipsychotic drugs when used for the treatment of mental illness; and

(4) 50 percent coinsurance on restorative dental services.

(f) Recipients eligible under subdivision 3, paragraph (a), shall include the following
co-payments for services provided on or after January 1, 2009:

(1) $25 for nonemergency visits to a hospital-based emergency room; and

(2) $3 per brand-name drug prescription and $1 per generic drug prescription,
subject to a $7 per month maximum for prescription drug co-payments. No co-payments
shall apply to antipsychotic drugs when used for the treatment of mental illness.

(g) MS 2007 Supp [Expired]

(h) Effective January 1, 2009, co-payments shall be limited to one per day per
provider for nonemergency visits to a hospital-based emergency room. Recipients of
general assistance medical care are responsible for all co-payments in this subdivision.
The general assistance medical care reimbursement to the provider shall be reduced by the
amount of the co-payment, except that reimbursement for prescription drugs shall not be
reduced once a recipient has reached the $7 per month maximum for prescription drug
co-payments. The provider collects the co-payment from the recipient. Providers may not
deny services to recipients who are unable to pay the co-payment.

(i) General assistance medical care reimbursement to fee-for-service providers
and payments to managed care plans shall not be increased as a result of the removal of
the co-payments effective January 1, 2009.

(j) Any county may, from its own resources, provide medical payments for which
state payments are not made.

(k) Chemical dependency services that are reimbursed under chapter 254B must not
be reimbursed under general assistance medical care.

(l) The maximum payment for new vendors enrolled in the general assistance
medical care program after the base year shall be determined from the average usual and
customary charge of the same vendor type enrolled in the base year.

(m) The conditions of payment for services under this subdivision are the same
as the conditions specified in rules adopted under chapter 256B governing the medical
assistance program, unless otherwise provided by statute or rule.

(n) Inpatient and outpatient payments shall be reduced by five percent, effective July
1, 2003. This reduction is in addition to the five percent reduction effective July 1, 2003,
and incorporated by reference in paragraph (l).

(o) Payments for all other health services except inpatient, outpatient, and pharmacy
services shall be reduced by five percent, effective July 1, 2003.

(p) Payments to managed care plans shall be reduced by five percent for services
provided on or after October 1, 2003.

(q) A hospital receiving a reduced payment as a result of this section may apply the
unpaid balance toward satisfaction of the hospital's bad debts.

(r) Fee-for-service payments for nonpreventive visits shall be reduced by $3 for
services provided on or after January 1, 2006. For purposes of this subdivision, a visit
means an episode of service which is required because of a recipient's symptoms,
diagnosis, or established illness, and which is delivered in an ambulatory setting by
a physician or physician ancillary, chiropractor, podiatrist, advance practice nurse,
audiologist, optician, or optometrist.

(s) Payments to managed care plans shall not be increased as a result of the removal
of the $3 nonpreventive visit co-payment effective January 1, 2006.

(t) Payments for mental health services added as covered benefits after December
31, 2007, are not subject to the reductions in paragraphs (l), (n), (o), and (p).

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