2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:27A-7.2 - Coverage for minimum inpatient care following mastectomy by individual health benefits plan

17B:27A-7.2. Coverage for minimum inpatient care following mastectomy by individual health benefits plan

6. a. Every individual health benefits plan that provides hospital or medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State pursuant to P.L.1992, c.161 (C.17B:27A-2 et seq.) or approved for issuance or renewal in this State on or after the effective date of this act shall provide benefits for a minimum of 72 hours of inpatient care following a modified radical mastectomy and a minimum of 48 hours of inpatient care following a simple mastectomy. The health benefits plan shall not require a health care provider to obtain authorization from the carrier for prescribing 72 or 48 hours as appropriate, of inpatient care as provided for in this section.

The provisions of this section shall not be construed to: require a patient to receive inpatient care for 72 or 48 hours, as appropriate, if the patient in consultation with the patient's physician determines that a shorter length of stay is medically appropriate; or relieve a patient or a patient's physician, if appropriate, of any notification requirements to the carrier under the health benefits plan.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other sickness under the health benefits plan.

The provisions of this section shall apply to all health benefit plans in which the carrier has reserved the right to change the premium.

b. The New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program Board shall adopt regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) to implement the provisions of this section.

L.1997,c.149,s.6.

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