June 16, 2015
On May 20, 2015, Gov. Haslam signed HB 867 into law, creating Chapter 518. The law prohibits a health insurance issuer that has contracted with a physician's practice to be a part of that health insurance plan's network of providers from directly contacting, or employing an agent to directly contact, a patient of a physician's practice in an effort to change a referral for services to another provider unless certain requirements are met. However, insurers are not prohibited from contacting enrollees in a health plan to inform the patient that a provider is not included in the patient's network and therefore out-of-network costs may be incurred by using that provider. The law is effective for insured group health plans entered into, issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2015.
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