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2005 Florida Statutes

Coverage for home health care services.
Section 627.6617, Florida Statutes 2005

627.6617  Coverage for home health care services.--

(1)  Any group health insurance policy providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis shall provide coverage for home health care by a home health care agency licensed pursuant to part IV of chapter 400. Such coverage may be limited to home health care under a plan of treatment prescribed by a licensed physician. Services may be performed by a registered graduate nurse, a licensed practical nurse, a physical therapist, a speech therapist, an occupational therapist, or a home health aide. Provisions for utilization review may be imposed, provided that similar provisions apply to all other types of health care services.

(2)  Carriers providing coverage pursuant to this section may establish a maximum length of care for any policy year, but in no event shall reimbursement be limited to an amount less than $1,000 per year.

(3)  In the case of persons insured under a group policy receiving benefits pursuant to Medicare, the coverage provided in this section shall be considered supplemental and in addition to any such benefits.

(4)  The provisions of this section shall not apply to a multiple-employer welfare arrangement as defined in s. 624.437(1) and in the State Health Plan as provided in s. 110.123

History.--ss. 1, 4, ch. 87-262; s. 114, ch. 92-318; s. 31, ch. 99-3.