IDAHO HEALTH CARRIER EXTERNAL REVIEW ACT
41-5916. disclosure requirements. (1) Each health carrier shall include a summary description of the external review procedures in or attached to the policy, certificate, membership booklet, outline of coverage or other evidence of coverage it provides to covered persons. The disclosure shall be in a format prescribed by the director.
(2) The description required under subsection (1) of this section shall include:
(a) A statement that informs the covered person of the right of the covered person to file a request for an external review of a final adverse benefit determination with the director;
(b) An explanation that external review and, in certain circumstances, expedited external review are available when the final adverse benefit determination involves an issue of medical necessity, appropriateness, health care setting, level of care, effectiveness or investigational service or supply;
(c) The website, telephone number and address of the director; and
(d) A statement informing the covered person that, when filing a request for an external review, the covered person will be required to authorize the release of any medical records of the covered person that may be required to be reviewed for the purpose of reaching a decision on the external review including any judicial review of the external review decision pursuant to ERISA, if applicable.
(e) If the health plan is not subject to ERISA, a statement informing the covered person that the plan is not subject to ERISA and that if the covered person elects to request external review, the external review decision of the independent review organization shall be final and binding on both the covered person and the health carrier, as provided in section 41-5910, Idaho Code. If the health plan is subject to ERISA, the statement shall inform the covered person that the plan is subject to ERISA and that if the covered person elects to request external review, the external review decision of the independent review organization shall be final and binding on the health carrier but not the covered person, as provided in section 41-5910, Idaho Code, and that the covered person may have the right to judicial review under ERISA in a court of competent jurisdiction.
[41-5916, added 2009, ch. 87, sec. 1, p. 256; am. 2011, ch. 122, sec. 9, p. 345.]