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Subchapter 001 : GENERALLY(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 4088a)
§ 4088a. Chiropractic services
(a)(1) A health insurance plan shall provide coverage for clinically necessary health care services provided by a chiropractic physician licensed in this State for treatment within the scope of practice described in 26 V.S.A. chapter 10, but limiting adjunctive therapies to physiotherapy modalities and rehabilitative exercises. A health insurance plan does not have to provide coverage for the treatment of any visceral condition arising from problems or dysfunctions of the abdominal or thoracic organs.
(2) A health insurer may require that the chiropractic services be provided by a licensed chiropractic physician under contract with the insurer or upon referral from a health care provider under contract with the insurer.
(3) Health care services provided by chiropractic physicians may be subject to reasonable deductibles, co-payment and coinsurance amounts, fee or benefit limits, practice parameters, and utilization review consistent with any applicable regulations published by the Department of Financial Regulation; provided that any such amounts, limits, and review shall not function to direct treatment in a manner unfairly discriminative against chiropractic care and collectively shall be no more restrictive than those applicable under the same policy to care or services provided by other health care providers but allowing for the management of the benefit consistent with variations in practice patterns and treatment modalities among different types of health care providers.
(4) For silver- and bronze-level qualified health benefit plans and any reflective health benefit plans offered at the silver or bronze level pursuant to 33 V.S.A. chapter 18, subchapter 1, health care services provided by a chiropractic physician may be subject to a co-payment requirement, provided that any required co-payment amount shall be between 125 and 150 percent of the amount of the co-payment applicable to care and services provided by a primary care provider under the plan.
(5) Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as impeding or preventing either the provision or coverage of health care services by licensed chiropractic physicians, within the lawful scope of chiropractic practice, in hospital facilities on a staff or employee basis.
(b) As used in this section, “health insurance plan ” means any individual or group health insurance policy, any hospital or medical service corporation or health maintenance organization subscriber contract, or any other health benefit plan offered, issued, or renewed for any person in this State by a health insurer, as defined by 18 V.S.A. § 9402. The term shall not include benefit plans providing coverage for specific disease or other limited benefit coverage. (Added 1999, No. 16, § 1; amended 2011, No. 78 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 2, 2012; 2018, No. 7 (Sp. Sess.), § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2020; 2019, No. 19, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2020.)