Required Choice of Practitioners Now Includes Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

On April 18, 2017, Gov. Bullock signed HB 469 into law, creating chapter 206, which amends section 33-22-111 of the Montana Code. Under existing Montana law, all policies or certificates of disability insurance (which includes health plans) must allow the insured the full freedom of choice of practitioner. The list of practitioners included the following: any licensed physician, physician assistant, dentist, osteopath, chiropractor, optometrist, podiatrist, psychologist, licensed social worker, licensed professional counselor, acupuncturist, naturopathic physician, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, licensed addiction counselor and advanced practice registered nurse. This new amendment broadens the practitioners for which a choice must be granted to include licensed and family therapists.

This amendment to the statute is effective Jan. 1, 2019.

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