Out-of-network liability and balance billing
The Plan uses a Preferred Provider Organization. A Participating Provider is a Provider who has an agreement in effect with the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) to accept a reduced rate for services rendered to Insureds. This is known as the negotiated rate or table of allowance. The Participating Provider cannot bill the Insured for any amount in excess of the negotiated rate. The Insured may obtain a copy of the directory of Participating Providers at www.emihealth.com or by calling 801-262-7475.
Although benefits under the Plan are generally greater for services provided by Participating Providers, the choice to use a Participating Provider or Non-participating Provider is entirely up to the Insured. If the Insured elects to receive services from a Non-participating Provider, the Insured will be responsible for amounts exceeding the negotiated rate.
In the unlikely event that there is no Participating Provider available within the Insured’s county to perform the services needed, Insureds may contact EMI Health’s customer services department at 801-262-7475 for assistance finding a Participating Provider near them. If there are no Participating Providers within the time and distance requirements, claims will be paid as participating up to the table of allowance for Non-participating Providers in closer proximity to the Insured than the nearest Participating Provider of the same specialty. The Insured will be responsible for amounts exceeding the negotiated rate.
Enrollee claims submission
EMI Health must receive written notice within 20 days after a claim starts or as soon as reasonably possible. Except as otherwise provided in the policy or by South Carolina law, no benefits provided under the policy shall be paid to, or on behalf of, an Insured unless the Insured, or his authorized representative, has first submitted a written or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) claim for benefits to EMI Health. Claims may be submitted at any time within 12 months of the date the expenses are incurred. If, however, the Insured shows that it was not reasonably possible to submit the claim within that time period, then a claim may be submitted as soon as reasonably possible.
EMI Health will provide the Insured or the Provider with a claim form within 15 days after receiving a notice of a claim. A dental claim form may also be downloaded from www.emihealth.com under Member Forms. To make a claim, the form should be completed and signed by the Provider who performed the services and by the patient (or the parent or guardian if the patient is a minor) and submitted to the address below. If EMI Health does not send the Insured or the Provider a claim form within 15 days after notice regarding a claim, the requirements for the proof of loss outlined in the Proof of Loss section will be deemed to have been complied with, as long as the Insured provides written proof that explains the type and extent of the loss that he or she is making a claim for within the time established for filing proof of loss.
5101 S Commerce Drive
Murray, Utah 84107
If the claim form is not properly completed, it cannot be processed, and it will be returned. For additional information, contact EMI Health’s customer service department at 801-262-7475 or toll free at 800-662-5851.
Grace periods and claims pending policies during the grace period
A Grace Period is the period that shall be granted for the payment of any policy charge, during which time the policy shall continue in force. In no event shall the Grace Period extend beyond the date the policy terminates.
A 30-day Grace Period will be granted for payment of premiums accrued after the first premium has been paid. EMI Health may discontinue coverage under the policy at the end of the 30-day Grace Period or 30 days following the date on which EMI Health mailed written notice of termination. Partial payment will be treated as nonpayment, unless EMI Health, at its sole discretion, indicates otherwise in writing. During the Grace Period, the policy will remain in force, but the Insured will be liable to EMI Health for premiums accrued during that period.
For recipients of advance payments of the premium tax credit, nonpayment of premiums within a 90-day Grace Period following the due date specified above, EMI Health may discontinue coverage under the policy at the end of the 90-day Grace Period following 30 days written notice of termination.
During the Grace Period, the Policy shall continue in force, however, any claims received for services rendered after the first month of the Grace Period, will be held for processing (pended) until Policy charges are paid in full. The Subscriber will remain liable to pay the premium including premium for the Grace Period, and Insureds will continue to be responsible for paying all Copayments, Coinsurance, and Deductibles, as applicable.
A retroactive denial is the reversal of a previously paid claim, through which the Insured may become responsible for payment. Claims can be denied retroactively for various reasons. The most common is because coverage was retroactively terminated. EMI Health will have the right to recover any payment made in excess of the Plan’s obligations, including retroactive denials. Such recoveries must be initiated within 12 months from the date a payment is made unless the recovery is due to fraud or intentional misrepresentation of material fact by the Insured. This right of recovery applies to payments made to the Insured or to the provider. If such overpayment is made to the Insured, he or she must promptly refund the amount of the excess. If the overpayment is made to a provider, and attempts to recover overpayments from said provider are exhausted, the Insured may be responsible for reimbursement to EMI Health. EMI Health may, at its sole discretion, offset any future benefits against any overpayment. In order to avoid overpayments and retroactive denials, it is important for the Insured to take responsibility in paying premiums on time.
Enrollee recoupment of overpayments
Requests for premium adjustments (whether the result of error, administrative delay, or any other cause) requiring the return of unearned prepaid premiums to the Insured, must be in writing and be received by EMI Health the month prior to the end of coverage. Coverage will terminate at midnight on the last day of the month that the written request for termination is received. Prepaid premiums for periods extending after coverage ends may be refunded. EMI Health will not refund any premiums paid for periods in which there was coverage. EMI Health may request evidence that an adjustment is necessary. In no case will EMI Health consider a refund for more than the 12-month period prior to the request. Requests for refunds of premium should be sent to the following address:
5101 S Commerce Drive
Murray, Utah 84107
Medical necessity and prior authorization timeframes and enrollee responsibilities
EMI Health dental plans do not require prior authorization of services; however, before starting a dental treatment for which the charge is expected to be $300 or more, a predetermination of benefits is recommended. To obtain a predetermination, the dentist must itemize all recommended services and costs and attach all supporting documents, including x-rays. EMI Health will notify the dentist of the benefits payable under the Plan. The Insured and the dentist can then decide on the course of treatment, knowing in advance how much the Plan will pay. The Plan does not cover cosmetic treatment or services that are not medically necessary.
Information on Explanations of Benefits (EOBs)
EMI Health will send an EOB to the Insured following the receipt and adjudication of a claim. An EOB is a statement explaining the treatments for which the Plan paid on behalf of the Insured, the amount of the Plan’s payment, and the Insured’s financial responsibility pursuant to the terms of the policy. For information on how to read your EOB, click here.
Coordination of benefits (COB)
This plan does not include a Coordination of Benefits provision and will not take the benefits of another plan into account when determining benefits.