As used in this article:

(1) "Closed panel health plan" means a network plan that requires an insured or a member to seek covered health care services or supplies, except in the case of emergency, exclusively from network providers.

Terms Used In South Carolina Code 38-71-1720

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Director: means the person who is appointed by the Governor upon the advice and consent of the Senate and who is responsible for the operation and management of the department. See South Carolina Code 38-1-20
  • insurance: includes annuities. See South Carolina Code 38-1-20
  • Insurance company: means an "insurer". See South Carolina Code 38-1-20
  • Network plan: means a plan as defined in Section 38-71-840(24). See South Carolina Code 38-71-1720
  • Network providers: means those entities and individuals who provide covered health care services or supplies to an insured or a member pursuant to a contract with a network plan to act as a participating provider. See South Carolina Code 38-71-1720
  • Point-of-service option: means a network plan that provides benefits for services or supplies provided by network providers and provides benefits for services or supplies provided by nonparticipating network providers. See South Carolina Code 38-71-1720

(2) "Eligibility" means the time at which an insured or a member is entitled to enroll under the terms of the coverage offered by the network plan by virtue of:

(a) terms of employment;

(b) an annual open enrollment period; or

(c) at any other time during which the network plan’s procedures or South Carolina law allows enrollment in the plan or allows renewal in the plan.

(3) "Health insurance coverage" means coverage as defined in Section 38-71-840(14).

(4) "Network plan" means a plan as defined in Section 38-71-840(24).

(5) "Network providers" means those entities and individuals who provide covered health care services or supplies to an insured or a member pursuant to a contract with a network plan to act as a participating provider.

(6) "Open panel health plan" means a plan which permits an insured or a member to seek covered health care services or supplies exclusively from an out-of-network provider.

(7) "Out-of-network providers" means those entities and individuals who provide covered health care services or supplies who are not network providers.

(8) "Point-of-service option" means a network plan that provides benefits for services or supplies provided by network providers and provides benefits for services or supplies provided by nonparticipating network providers.

(a) In-network covered health care services provided through a licensed health maintenance organization are governed by and subject to the provisions of Chapter 33 of this title.

(b) Out-of-network coverage may be underwritten by and provided through the health maintenance organization or through a licensed insurance company. The Director of Insurance may promulgate regulations as necessary or appropriate to implement the provisions of this subsection.

(c) Any benefit limitation for out-of-network covered health care services applied to an annual or lifetime benefit limitation may be offset against the benefit limitation applicable to in-network covered health care services or supplies, regardless of whether out-of-network coverage is provided through a health maintenance organization or an insurance company.

(d) The rating methods used to establish premiums for the point-of-service option must be based on actuarially sound principles.