2015 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 22 - Insurance
RS 22:1188.1 - Prompt payment of clean claims
§1188.1. Prompt payment of clean claims
A. For purposes of this Section:
(1) "Claim" means a request for payment of benefits under an in-force policy, regardless of whether the benefit claimed is covered under the policy or any terms or conditions of the policy have been met.
(2) "Clean claim" means a claim that has no defect or impropriety, including any lack of required substantiating documentation, such as satisfactory evidence of expenses incurred or particular circumstances requiring special treatment that prevents timely payment from being made on the claim.
B. Within thirty business days after receipt of a claim for benefits under a long-term care insurance policy or certificate, an insurer shall pay such claim if it is a clean claim or send a written notice acknowledging the date of receipt of the claim and either of the following:
(1) That the insurer is declining to pay all or part of the claim and the specific reason or reasons for denial.
(2) That additional information is necessary to determine if all or part of the claim is payable and the specific additional information that is necessary.
C. Within thirty business days after receipt of all requested additional information pursuant to Paragraph (B)(2) of this Section, an insurer shall pay a claim for benefits under a long-term care insurance policy or certificate if it is a clean claim or send a written notice that the insurer is declining to pay all or part of the claim and the specific reason or reasons for denial.
D. If an insurer fails to comply with Subsection B or C of this Section, such insurer shall pay interest at the rate of one percent per month on the amount of the claim that should have been paid but that remains unpaid forty-five business days after the receipt of the claim pursuant to Subsection B of this Section or after receipt of all requested additional information pursuant to Subsection C of this Section. The interest payable pursuant to this Subsection shall be included in any late reimbursement without requiring the person who filed the original claim to make any additional claim for such interest.
E. The provisions of this Section shall not apply where the insurer has a reasonable basis supported by specific information that such claim was fraudulently submitted.
F. Any violation of this Section by an insurer if committed flagrantly and in conscious disregard of the provisions of this Section with such frequency as to constitute a general business practice shall be considered a violation of R.S. 22:1963 et seq.
Acts 2012, No. 91, §1.
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