OR State Updates - 2015 Jan 06 No.01

On Sept. 15, 2015, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services adopted new temporary rules, OAR 836-053-0600, 836-053-0605, 836-053-0610 and 836-053-0615, to implement the provisions of HB 2758 (2015 Regular Session). These rules set forth the requirements imposed on carriers and third party administrators (TPAs) related to the use of the new uniform "Oregon Confidential Communication Request Form".

As background, HB 2758 prohibits carriers and TPAs from disclosing to anyone other than the enrollee receiving services personal information about an enrollee, upon the request of the dependent enrollee. It also specifies procedures for enrollees making a confidential communication request.

HB 2758 specifies that a communication request form must be developed and be available within 90 days after the effective date of the legislation, which is Sept. 16, 2015. Thus, these temporary rules are provided now for immediate direction on the newly developed form. These temporary rules are also being provided as notice to carriers and TPAs of the baseline reporting requirements of information first reportable by Dec. 1, 2015.

These temporary rules are effective Sept. 15, 2015 through March 4, 2016.

ID 08-2015 (temporary): Implementing Requirements of House Bill 2758 Related to Oregon Confidential Communications
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