2018 Ohio Revised Code
Title [17] XVII CORPORATIONS - PARTNERSHIPS
Chapter 1751 - HEALTH INSURING CORPORATION LAW
Section 1751.85 - Information for vision care services or materials.

(A) As used in this section, "covered vision services," "vision care materials," and "vision care provider" have the same meanings as in section 3963.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) A health insuring corporation shall provide the information required in this division to all enrollees receiving coverage under an individual or group health insuring corporation policy, contract, or agreement providing coverage for vision care services or vision care materials. The information shall be in a conspicuous format, shall be easily accessible to enrollees, and shall do all of the following:

(1) Include the following statement:

"IMPORTANT: If you opt to receive vision care services or vision care materials that are not covered benefits under this plan, a participating vision care provider may charge you his or her normal fee for such services or materials. Prior to providing you with vision care services or vision care materials that are not covered benefits, the vision care provider will provide you with an estimated cost for each service or material upon your request."

(2) Disclose any business interest the health insuring corporation has in a source or supplier of vision care materials;

(3) Include an explanation that the enrollee may incur out-of-pocket expenses as a result of the purchase of vision care services or vision care materials that are not covered vision services. The explanation shall be communicated in a manner and format similar to how the health insuring corporation provides an enrollee with information on coverage levels and out-of-pocket expenses that may be incurred by the enrollee under the policy, contract, or agreement when purchasing out-of-network vision care services or vision care materials.

(C) A pattern of continuous or repeated violations of this section is an unfair and deceptive act or practice in the business of insurance under sections 3901.19 to 3901.26 of the Revised Code.

Added by 132nd General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 156, §1, eff. 3/20/2019.

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