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      RS 22:267     


§267.  Enrollee grievance procedure

A.  Every health maintenance organization shall establish and maintain a grievance system approved by the commissioner under which enrollees may submit their grievances to the health maintenance organization.  Each system shall provide reasonable procedures which shall insure adequate consideration of enrollee grievances and rectification when appropriate.

B.  Every health maintenance organization shall inform its subscribers and enrollees upon enrollment in the health maintenance organization and annually thereafter of the procedure for processing and resolving grievances.  Such information shall include the location and telephone number where grievances may be submitted.

C.  The health maintenance organization shall keep in its files all copies of complaints, and the responses thereto, for a period of five years.

D.  The commissioner, in compliance with the Louisiana Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:950 et seq., shall be authorized to issue such rules, regulations, and orders as shall be necessary to implement procedures that assure that plan members and participating providers have the opportunity for the appropriate resolution of their grievances.  Accreditation by a nationally recognized accrediting body or entity recognized by the commissioner shall be evidence of meeting the requirements of this Section.

Acts 1986, No. 1065, §1; Acts 1997, No. 238, §1, eff. June 16, 1997; Redesignated from R.S. 22:2022 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 317, §1.

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