IDAHO HEALTH CARRIER EXTERNAL REVIEW ACT
41-5907. Exhaustion of internal grievance process. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, a request for an external review pursuant to section 41-5908, 41-5909 or 41-5910, Idaho Code, shall not be made until the covered person has exhausted the health carrier’s internal grievance process. A covered person shall be considered to have exhausted the health carrier’s internal grievance process for purposes of this section, if the covered person:
(a) Has filed and completed a grievance, involving an adverse benefit determination, according to the terms and conditions of the covered person’s health benefit plan; or
(b) Except to the extent the covered person requested or agreed to a delay, has not received a written decision on the grievance from the health carrier within thirty-five (35) days following the date the covered person filed the grievance with the health carrier, or the covered person filed a grievance on an urgent care request on a pre-service or concurrent care adverse benefit determination and has not received a determination from the health carrier within three (3) business days after filing.
(2) A request for an external review of an adverse benefit determination may be made before the covered person has exhausted the health carrier’s internal grievance procedures as set forth in the health carrier’s grievance appeal process whenever:
(a) The health carrier agrees to waive the exhaustion requirement;
(b) The health carrier has failed to strictly follow its duties in affording a timely, full and fair opportunity for the covered person to take advantage of the internal grievance procedures; or
(c) The urgent care request involves a medical condition for which the time frame for completion of the carrier’s internal grievance process pursuant to this section would seriously jeopardize the life or health of the covered person or would jeopardize the covered person’s ability to regain maximum function, and the covered person has applied for expedited external review at the same time as applying for an expedited internal review.
[41-5907, added 2009, ch. 87, sec. 1, p. 246; am. 2011, ch. 122, sec. 5, p. 339.]