Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 58-17G-2

  • Health care services: services for the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, cure, or relief of a health condition, illness, injury, or disease. See South Dakota Codified Laws 58-17G-1
  • Health carrier: an entity subject to the insurance laws and regulations of this state, or subject to the jurisdiction of the director, that contracts or offers to contract, or enters into an agreement to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services, including a sickness and accident insurance company, a health maintenance organization, a nonprofit hospital and health service corporation, or any other entity providing a plan of health insurance, health benefits, or health services. See South Dakota Codified Laws 58-17G-1
  • Insurance: a contract whereby one undertakes to indemnify another or to pay or provide a specified or determinable amount or benefit upon determinable contingencies. See South Dakota Codified Laws 58-1-2
For the purposes of this chapter, the term, health benefit plan, means a policy, contract, certificate, or agreement entered into, offered, or issued by a health carrier to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services. The term includes short-term and catastrophic health insurance policies, and a policy that pays on a cost-incurred basis, except as otherwise specifically exempted in this definition.

     The term does not include coverage only for accident, or disability income insurance, or any combination thereof; coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance; liability insurance, including general liability insurance and automobile liability insurance; workers’ compensation or similar insurance; automobile medical payment insurance; credit-only insurance; coverage for on-site medical clinics; and other similar insurance coverage, specified in federal regulations issued pursuant to Public Law No. 104-191, as amended to January 1, 2011, under which benefits for medical care are secondary or incidental to other insurance benefits.

     The term does not include the following benefits if they are provided under a separate policy, certificate, or contract of insurance or are otherwise not an integral part of the plan: limited scope dental or vision benefits; benefits for long-term care, nursing home care, home health care, community-based care, or any combination thereof; or other similar, limited benefits specified in federal regulations issued pursuant to Public Law No. 104-191, as amended to January 1, 2011.

     The term does not include the following benefits if the benefits are provided under a separate policy, certificate, or contract of insurance, there is no coordination between the provision of the benefits and any exclusion of benefits under any group health plan maintained by the same plan sponsor, and the benefits are paid with respect to an event without regard to whether benefits are provided with respect to such an event under any group health plan maintained by the same plan sponsor: coverage only for a specified disease or illness; or hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance.

     The term does not include the following if offered as a separate policy, certificate, or contract of insurance: medicare supplemental health insurance as defined under Section 882(g)(1) of the Social Security Act, as amended to January 1, 2011; coverage supplemental to the coverage provided under Chapter 55 of Title 10, United States Code (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS)), as amended to January 1, 2011; or similar supplemental coverage provided to coverage under a group health plan. (SL 2012, ch 239, § 1 provides: "The provisions of chapter 219 of the 2011 Session Laws shall be deemed repealed if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. No. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119 (2010), as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-152, 124 Stat. 1029 (2010) is found to be unconstitutional in its entirety by a final decision of a federal court of competent jurisdiction and all appeals exhausted or time for appeals elapsed.")

Source: SL 2011, ch 219, § 90.