The drafter of a new dental insurance standards proposal has borrowed an idea from the medical doctors: a ban on insurer efforts to pay providers solely through credit card transfers.
North Dakota state Rep. George Keiser, R-Bismarck, has included a payment method provision in a Patient Dental Care Bill of Rights model law draft under discussion at the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL).
Members of NCOIL’s Health Insurance & Long Term Care Issues Committee talked about the proposal Wednesday in Austin, Texas, at NCOIL’s annual meeting.
NCOIL is a group for state-level senators, representatives and assembly members who have an interest in insurance. It can’t change state laws itself, but members or others can start with NCOIL models, or batches of sample language, when creating their own bills and regulations.
Keiser’s current dental insurance standards draft includes provisions related to dental provider networks, dental insurers’ payment guarantees, dental insurer spending disclosures, and moves by insurers to deny payments for care after care has been approved and provided.
The payment method provision resembles major medical insurance payment method laws adopted in Oklahoma, Arizona and other states in recent years.