The Vermont Statutes Online
Subchapter 012 : COVERAGE FOR DENTAL PROCEDURES(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 4100i)
§ 4100i. Anesthesia coverage for certain dental procedures
(a) A health insurance plan shall provide coverage for the hospital or ambulatory surgical center charges and administration of general anesthesia administered by a licensed anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist for dental procedures performed on a covered person who is:
(1) a child seven years of age or younger who is determined by a dentist licensed pursuant to 26 V.S.A. chapter 13 to be unable to receive needed dental treatment in an outpatient setting, where the provider treating the patient certifies that due to the patient's age and the patient's condition or problem, hospitalization or general anesthesia in a hospital or ambulatory surgical center is required in order to perform significantly complex dental procedures safely and effectively;
(2) a child 12 years of age or younger with documented phobias or a documented mental condition or psychiatric disability, as determined by a physician licensed pursuant to 26 V.S.A. chapter 23 or by a licensed mental health professional, whose dental needs are sufficiently complex and urgent that delaying or deferring treatment can be expected to result in infection, loss of teeth, or other increased oral or dental morbidity; for whom a successful result cannot be expected from dental care provided under local anesthesia; and for whom a superior result can be expected from dental care provided under general anesthesia; or
(3) a person who has exceptional medical circumstances or a developmental disability, as determined by a physician licensed pursuant to 26 V.S.A. chapter 23, which place the person at serious risk.
(b) A health insurance plan may require prior authorization for general anesthesia and associated hospital or ambulatory surgical center charges for dental care in the same manner that prior authorization is required for these benefits in connection with other covered medical care.
(c) A health insurance plan may restrict coverage for general anesthesia and associated hospital or ambulatory surgical center charges to dental care that is provided by:
(1) a fully accredited specialist in pediatric dentistry;
(2) a fully accredited specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery; and
(3) a dentist to whom hospital privileges have been granted.
(d) The provisions of this section shall not be construed to require a health insurance plan to provide coverage for the dental procedure or other dental care for which general anesthesia is provided.
(e) The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prevent or require reimbursement by a health insurance plan for the provision of general anesthesia and associated facility charges to a dentist holding a general anesthesia endorsement issued by the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners if the dentist has provided services pursuant to this section on an outpatient basis in his or her own office and the dentist is in compliance with the endorsement's terms and conditions.
(f) As used in this section:
(1) "Ambulatory surgical center" shall have the same meaning as in 18 V.S.A. § 9432.
(2) "Anesthesiologist" means a person who is licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy under 26 V.S.A. chapter 23 or 33 and who either:
(A) has completed a residency in anesthesiology approved by the American Board of Anesthesiology or the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology or their predecessors or successors; or
(B) is credentialed by a hospital to practice anesthesiology and engages in the practice of anesthesiology at that hospital full-time.
(3) "Certified registered nurse anesthetist" means an advanced practice registered nurse licensed by the Vermont Board of Nursing to practice as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
(4) "Health insurance plan" means any health insurance policy or health benefit plan offered by a health insurer, as defined in 18 V.S.A. § 9402, but does not include policies or plans providing coverage for a specified disease or other limited benefit coverage.
(5) "Licensed mental health professional" means a licensed physician, psychologist, social worker, mental health counselor, or nurse with professional training, experience, and demonstrated competence in the treatment of a mental condition or psychiatric disability. (Added 2009, No. 128 (Adj. Sess.), § 34, eff. Oct. 1, 2010; amended 2013, No. 96 (Adj. Sess.), § 20.)