2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:30-26 - Definitions relative to payment of health and dental insurance plans.

17B:30-26 Definitions relative to payment of health and dental insurance plans.

1. As used in this act:

"Capitation payment" means a periodic payment to a health care provider for his services under the terms of a contract between the provider and a payer, under which the provider agrees to perform the health care services set forth in the contract for a specified period of time for a specified fee, but shall not include any payments made to the provider on a fee-for-service basis.

"Carrier" means an insurance company, health service corporation, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation or health maintenance organization authorized to issue health benefits plans in this State and a dental service corporation or dental plan organization authorized to issue dental plans in this State.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance.

"Contract holder" means an employer or organization that purchases a contract for services.

"Covered person" means a person on whose behalf a carrier offering the plan is obligated to pay benefits or provide services pursuant to the health benefits or dental plan.

"Covered service" means a health care service provided to a covered person under a health benefits or dental plan for which the carrier is obligated to pay benefits or provide services.

"Dental plan" means a benefits plan which pays or provides dental expense benefits for covered services and is delivered or issued for delivery in this State by or through a dental service corporation or dental plan organization authorized to issue dental plans in this State.

"Eligible claim" or "claim for eligible services" means a claim for a covered service under a health benefits or dental plan, subject to any conditions imposed by the health benefits or dental plan.

"Eligible health care provider" means a health care provider whose services are reimbursable under a health benefits or dental plan.

"Health benefits plan" means a benefits plan which pays or provides hospital and medical expense benefits for covered services, and is delivered or issued for delivery in this State by or through a carrier. Health benefits plan includes, but is not limited to, Medicare supplement coverage and risk contracts to the extent not otherwise prohibited by federal law. For the purposes of this act, health benefits plan shall not include the following plans, policies or contracts: accident only, credit, disability, long-term care, CHAMPUS supplement coverage, coverage arising out of a workers' compensation or similar law, automobile medical payment insurance, personal injury protection insurance issued pursuant to P.L.1972, c.70 (C.39:6A-1 et seq.) or hospital confinement indemnity coverage.

"Health care provider" means an individual or entity which, acting within the scope of its licensure or certification, provides a covered service defined by the health benefits or dental plan. Health care provider includes, but is not limited to, a physician, dentist and other health care professionals licensed pursuant to Title 45 of the Revised Statutes, and a hospital and other health care facilities licensed pursuant to Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

"Insured claim" or "claim" means a claim by a covered person for payment of benefits under an insured health benefits or dental plan.

"Insured health benefits or dental plan" means a health benefits or dental plan providing benefits for covered services to covered persons for which the contract holder pays a premium, which may include a deductible amount payable to a health care provider, and for which the financial obligation for the payment of claims under the plan rests upon the payer.

"Organized delivery system" means an organized delivery system that is either certified or licensed pursuant to P.L.1999, c.409 (C.17:48H-1 et seq.).

"Payer" means a carrier or any agent thereof or an organized delivery system or any agent thereof who is doing business in the State and is under a contractual obligation to pay insured claims.

L.1999,c.155,s.1; amended 2001, c.67, s.3.

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