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2005 Florida Statutes

Direct payment for hospital, medical services.
Section 627.638, Florida Statutes 2005

627.638  Direct payment for hospital, medical services.--

(1)  Any health insurance policy insuring against loss or expense due to hospital confinement or to medical and related services may provide for payment of benefits directly to any recognized hospital, doctor, or other person who provided the services, in accordance with the provisions of the policy. To comply with this section, the words "or to the hospital, doctor, or person rendering services covered by this policy," or similar words appropriate to the terms of the policy, shall be added to applicable provisions of the policy.

1(2)  Whenever, in any health insurance claim form, an insured specifically authorizes payment of benefits directly to any recognized hospital, physician, or dentist, the insurer shall make such payment to the designated provider of such services, unless otherwise provided in the insurance contract. The insurance contract may not prohibit, and claims forms must provide an option for, the payment of benefits directly to a licensed hospital, physician, or dentist for care provided pursuant to s. 395.1041 The insurer may require written attestation of assignment of benefits. Payment to the provider from the insurer may not be more than the amount that the insurer would otherwise have paid without the assignment.

History.--s. 581, ch. 59-205; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 487, 497, 809(2nd), ch. 82-243; s. 79, ch. 82-386; s. 1, ch. 85-160; s. 114, ch. 92-318; s. 4, ch. 2005-231.

1Note.--Section 11, ch. 2005-231, provides that "[e]xcept as otherwise expressly provided in this act and except for this section, which shall take effect [June 14, 2005], this act shall take effect July 1, 2005, and shall apply to all policies or contracts issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2005."