§ 27-41-51 Drug coverage. [Effective until January 1, 2017.].
(a) Any health maintenance organization that utilizes a formulary of medications for which coverage is provided under an individual or group plan master contract shall require any physician or other person authorized by the department of health to prescribe medication to prescribe from the formulary. A physician or other person authorized by the department of health to prescribe medication shall be allowed to prescribe medications previously on, or not on, the health maintenance organization's formulary if he or she believes that the prescription of non-formulary medication is medically necessary. A health maintenance organization shall be required to provide coverage for a non-formulary medication only when the non-formulary medication meets the health maintenance organization's medical exception criteria for the coverage of that medication.
(b) A health maintenance organization's medical exception criteria for the coverage of non-formulary medications shall be developed in accordance with § 23-17.13-3(c)(3).
(c) Any subscriber who is aggrieved by a denial of benefits to be provided under this section may appeal the denial in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the department of health pursuant to chapter 17.12 of title 23.
(P.L. 1998, ch. 290, § 5.)