N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. Tit. 11 § 52.71 - Essential health benefits

(a) Every individual and small group accident and health insurance policy that provides hospital, surgical, or medical expense coverage and is not a grandfathered health plan, and every student accident and health insurance policy shall provide coverage of at least the following essential health benefits:
(1) ambulatory patient services, such as office visits, ambulatory surgical services, dialysis, radiology services, chemotherapy, infertility treatment, abortion services, hospice care, and diabetic equipment, supplies and self-management education;
(2) emergency services, such as emergency room services, urgent care services, and ambulance services;
(3) hospitalization, such as preadmission testing, inpatient physician and surgical services, hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, and hospice care;
(4) maternity and newborn care, such as delivery, prenatal a nd postnatal care, and breastfeeding education and equipment;
(5) mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment, such as inpatient and outpatient services for the diagnosis and treatment of mental, nervous and emotional disorders including maternal depression, screening, diagnosis and treatment for autism spectrum disorder, and inpatient and outpatient services for the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorder;
(6) prescription drugs, such as coverage for generic, brand name and specialty drugs, enteral formulas, contraceptive drugs and devices, abortifacient drugs, and orally administered anticancer medication;
(7) rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, such as durable medical equipment, medical supplies, prosthetic devices, hearing aids, chiropractic care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and home health care;
(8) laboratory services, such as diagnostic testing;
(9) preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management, such as well child visits, immunizations, mammography, gynecological exams including cervical cytology screening, bone density measurements or testing, and prostate cancer screening; and
(10) pediatric services, including oral and vision care, such as preventive and routine pediatric vision and dental care, and prescription lenses and frames.
(b) The scope of the minimum benefits covered as essential health benefits pursuant to subdivision (a) of this section shall be equal to the benefits provided by the benchmark plan selected by the superintendent as the New York Benchmark Plan in accordance with this section.
(c) Subject to subdivisions (d) and (e) of this section, the superintendent may select the New York Benchmark Plan in consultation with the commissioner of health from any of the following plans:
(1) Small group market health plan. The largest health plan by enrollment in any of the three largest small group insurance products by enrollment in the small group market in this state;
(2) State employee health benefit plan. Any of the largest three employee health benefit plan options by enrollment offered and generally available to state employees in this state;
(3) FEHBP plan. Any of the largest three national Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) plan options by aggregate enrollment that is offered to all health-benefits-eligible federal employees under 5 U.S.C. section 8903;
(4) HMO. The coverage plan with the largest insured commercial non-Medicaid enrollment offered by a health maintenance organization operating in this State; or
(5) Any other plan identified by the superintendent as a typical employer plan providing the coverage of essential health benefits required by this section:
(d)
(1) In order to be eligible to be selected as the New York Benchmark Plan, a plan shall provide coverage of at least the categories of benefits identified in subdivision (a) of this section.
(2) Coverage in each benefit category. A plan not providing any coverage in one or more of the categories described in paragraph (1) of this subdivision may be selected as the New York Benchmark Plan if the plan is supplemented as follows:
(i) General supplementation methodology. A plan that does not include items or services within one or more of the categories described in subdivision (a) of this section shall be supplemented by the addition of the entire category of such benefits offered under any other benchmark plan option described in subdivision (c) of this section unless otherwise described in this subdivision.
(ii) Supplementing pediatric oral services. A plan lacking the category of pediatric oral services shall be supplemented by the addition of the entire category of pediatric oral benefits from one of the following:
(a) The Federal Employees Dental/Vision Program ("FEDVIP") dental plan with the largest national enrollment that is described in and offered to federal employees under 5 U.S.C. section 8952; or
(b) The benefits available under that State's separate Children's Health Insurance Program ("CHIP") plan, if a separate CHIP plan exists, to the eligibility group with the highest enrollment.
(iii) Supplementing pediatric vision services. A plan lacking the category of pediatric vision services shall be supplemented by the addition of the entire category of pediatric vision benefits from one of the following:
(a) The FEDVIP vision plan with the largest national enrollment that is offered to federal employees under 5 U.S.C. section 8982; or
(b) The benefits available under the State's separate CHIP plan, if a separate CHIP plan exists, to the eligibility group with the highest enrollment.
(e) The superintendent may issue model contract language identifying the coverage requirements for all individual and small group accident and health insurance policies that provide hospital, surgical , or medical expense coverage and all student accident and health insurance policies delivered or issued for delivery in this State.
(f) The model language issued by the superintendent summarizes the federal and state laws and rules that are applicable to health insurance policies delivered or issued for delivery in this State, including the requirement that the policies include coverage for essential health benefits required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Every individual and small group accident and health insurance policy that provides hospital, surgical, or medical expense coverage and every student accident and health insurance policy delivered or issued for delivery in this State shall comply with the federal and state laws and rules that are applicable to health insurance policies issued in New York State as set forth in the model language.
(g) Except for subdivisions (e) and (f) of this section, the provisions of this section shall not be applicable unless and until the essential health benefits provision in 42 U.S.C. section 18022 and 45 C.F.R. 15 6.100 et seq. are no longer in effect or are modified as determined by the superintendent.

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N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. Tit. 11 § 52.71
Adopted, New York State Register October 3, 2018/Volume XL, Issue 40, eff. 10/3/2018

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