Section: Construction of act
4. A certificate of authority to establish and operate a health maintenance organization in this State shall not be issued or continued by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services on or after the effective date of P.L.2005, c.248 (C.17:48E-35.27 et al.) unless the health maintenance organization offers health care services to any enrollee which include:
a. Screening by blood lead measurement for lead poisoning for children, including confirmatory blood lead testing as specified by the Department of Health and Senior Services pursuant to section 7 of P.L.1995, c.316 (C.26:2-137.1); and medical evaluation and any necessary medical follow-up and treatment for lead poisoned children.
b. All childhood immunizations as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the United States Public Health Service and the Department of Health and Senior Services pursuant to section 7 of P.L.1995, c.316 (C.26:2-137.1). A health maintenance organization shall notify its enrollees, in writing, of any change in the health care services provided with respect to childhood immunizations and any related changes in premium. Such notification shall be in a form and manner to be determined by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance.
c. Screening for newborn hearing loss by appropriate electrophysiologic screening measures and periodic monitoring of infants for delayed onset hearing loss, pursuant to P.L.2001, c.373 (C.26:2-103.1 et al.). Payment for this screening service shall be separate and distinct from payment for routine new baby care in the form of a newborn hearing screening fee as negotiated with the provider and facility.
The health care services provided pursuant to this section shall be provided to the same extent as for any other medical condition under the contract, except that a deductible shall not be applied for services provided pursuant to this section; however, with respect to a contract that qualifies as a high deductible health plan for which qualified medical expenses are paid using a health savings account established pursuant to section 223 of the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. s.223), a deductible shall not be applied for any services provided pursuant to this section that represent preventive care as permitted by that federal law, and shall not be applied as provided pursuant to section 12 of P.L.2005, c.248 (C.26:2J-4.29). This section shall apply to all contracts under which the health maintenance organization has reserved the right to change the schedule of charges for enrollee coverage.
L.1995,c.316,s.4; amended 2001, c.373, s.13; 2005, c.248, s.10.
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