PA 16-162—sSB 160
Insurance and Real Estate Committee
AN ACT CONCERNING PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FOR THE INTERHOSPITAL TRANSFER OF CERTAIN NEWBORN INFANTS AND THEIR MOTHERS
SUMMARY: This act prohibits health insurance carriers from requiring preauthorization for an inter-hospital transfer of (1) a newborn infant with a life-threatening emergency or condition or (2) the infant's hospitalized mother to accompany him or her.
The act applies to insurers, health care centers (i. e. , HMOs), hospital service corporations, medical service corporations, or other entities delivering, issuing, renewing, amending, or continuing individual or group health insurance policies in Connecticut that cover (1) basic hospital expenses; (2) basic medical-surgical expenses; (3) major medical expenses; (4) hospital or medical services, including those provided under an HMO plan; (5) limited benefits; or (6) accidents only. Because of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), state insurance benefit mandates do not apply to self-insured benefit plans.
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2017
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