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Title 18 : Health



(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 706)
  • § 706. Health insurer participation

    (a) As provided for in 8 V.S.A. § 4088h, health insurance plans shall be consistent with the Blueprint for Health as determined by the Commissioner of Financial Regulation.

    (b) No later than January 1, 2011, health insurers shall participate in the Blueprint for Health as a condition of doing business in this State as provided for in this section and in 8 V.S.A. § 4088h. Under 8 V.S.A. § 4088h, the Commissioner of Financial Regulation may exclude or limit the participation of health insurers offering a stand-alone dental plan or specific disease or other limited benefit coverage in the Blueprint for Health. Health insurers shall be exempt from participation if the insurer only offers benefit plans which are paid directly to the individual insured or the insured's assigned beneficiaries and for which the amount of the benefit is not based upon potential medical costs or actual costs incurred.

    (c)(1) The Blueprint payment reform methodologies shall include per-person per-month payments to medical home practices by each health insurer and Medicaid for their attributed patients and for contributions to the shared costs of operating the community health teams. Per-person per-month payments to practices shall be based on the official National Committee for Quality Assurance's Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home (NCQA PPC-PCMH) score to the extent practicable and shall be in addition to their normal fee-for-service or other payments.

    (2) Consistent with recommendations of the Blueprint Executive Committee, the Director of the Blueprint may recommend to the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access changes to the payment amounts or to the payment reform methodologies described in subdivision (1) of this subsection, including by providing for enhanced payment to health care professional practices that operate as a medical home, including primary care naturopathic physicians' practices; payment toward the shared costs for community health teams; or other payment methodologies required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for participation by Medicaid or Medicare.

    (3) Health insurers shall modify payment methodologies and amounts to health care professionals and providers as required for the establishment of the model described in sections 703 through 705 of this title and this section, including any requirements specified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in approving federal participation in the model to ensure consistency of payment methods in the model.

    (4) In the event that the Secretary of Human Services is denied permission from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to include financial participation by Medicare, health insurers shall not be required to cover the costs associated with individuals covered by Medicare.

    (d) An insurer may appeal a decision to require a particular payment methodology or payment amount to the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access, who shall provide a hearing in accordance with 3 V.S.A. chapter 25. An insurer aggrieved by the decision of the Commissioner may appeal to the Superior Court for the Washington District within 30 days after the Commissioner issues his or her decision. (Added 2009, No. 128 (Adj. Sess.), § 13; amended 2011, No. 78 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 2, 2012; 2011, No. 96 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. May 2, 2012; 2015, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § E.306.2; 2019, No. 128 (Adj. Sess.), § 8.)