2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 632. Insurance contracts in specific lines.
632.798 Out-of-pocket costs.


632.798 Out-of-pocket costs.


(1) Definitions. In this section:


(a) "Disability insurance policy" has the meaning given in s. 632.895 (1) (a).


(b) "Health care provider" has the meaning given in s. 146.903 (1) (c) and includes a hospital, as defined in s. 50.33 (2).


(c) "Insured" includes an enrollee under a self-insured health plan and a representative or designee of an insured or enrollee.


(d) "Self-insured health plan" means a self-insured health plan of the state or a county, city, village, town, or school district.


(2) Provide estimate.


(a) A self-insured health plan or an insurer that provides coverage under a disability insurance policy shall, at the request of an insured, provide to the insured a good faith estimate, as of the date of the request and assuming no medical complications or modifications in the insured's treatment plan, of the insured's total out-of-pocket cost according to the insured's benefit terms for a specified health care service in the geographic region in which the health care service will be provided.


(b) An estimate provided by an insurer or self-insured health plan under this section is not a legally binding estimate of the out-of-pocket cost.


(c) An insurer or self-insured health plan may not charge an insured for providing the information under this section.


(d) Before providing the information requested under par. (a), the insurer or self-insured health plan may require the insured to provide in writing any of the following information:


1. The name of the health care provider providing the service.


2. The facility at which the service will be provided.


3. The date the service will be provided.


4. The health care provider's estimate of the charge for the service.


5. The codes for the service under the Current Procedural Terminology of the American Medical Association or under the Current Dental Terminology of the American Dental Association.


(e) The requirement to provide the information requested under par. (a) does not apply if the health care provider providing the health care service is any of the following:


1. A health care provider that practices individually or in association with not more than 2 other individual health care providers.


2. A health care provider that is an association of 3 or fewer individual health care providers.

632.798 - ANNOT.

NOTE: This section is created eff. 1-1-11 by 2009 Wis. Act 146.

632.798 - ANNOT.

History: 2009 a. 146.

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