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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 21. Insurance
- Chapter 51. Health Insurance Policies
- Section 120. Payment of Claims.
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AS 21.51.120. Payment of Claims.
- (a) A health insurance policy delivered or issued for delivery must contain the following provisions:
- (1) indemnity for loss of life shall be paid according to the beneficiary designation and payment provisions contained in
the policy that are effective at the time of payment; if a beneficiary has not been designated, indemnity shall be paid
to the estate of the insured; accrued indemnities unpaid at the insured's death shall be paid to either the beneficiary
or the estate, at the option of the insurer; all other indemnities shall be paid to the insured;
- (2) the insurer may, and upon written request of the insured shall, pay indemnities for hospital, nursing, medical, dental, or surgical services directly to the provider of the
services; an insurer who pays indemnities to an insured, after the insured has given the insurer written notice in the
proof of loss statement of an election of direct payment of indemnities to the provider of the services, shall also pay
indemnities to the provider of the services; this paragraph does not require that services be provided by a particular
hospital or person;
- (3) a covered person may revoke an election of direct payment of indemnities made under this subsection by giving written
notice of the revocation to the insurer and to the provider of the services; the written notice of revocation given to
the insurer must certify that the covered person has given written notice of revocation to the provider of the
services; revocation of an election of direct payment is not effective until the notice of revocation is received by
the insurer and the provider of the services;
- (4) the right of the insured to request payment of indemnities for hospital, nursing, medical, dental, or surgical
services directly to the provider of the services or to another person may be transferred to a person who is not the
insured by a qualified domestic relations order; rights under the qualified domestic relations order do not take effect
until the order is received by the insurer; in this paragraph, "qualified domestic relations order" means an order or
judgment in a divorce or dissolution action under AS 25.24 that
designates a person to determine to whom indemnities for a named beneficiary should be paid under a health insurance
- (b) A health insurance policy delivered or issued for delivery may, at the option of the insurer, require that an
indemnity in an amount not to exceed $1,000 that is payable to the estate of the insured, an insured or beneficiary who
is a minor, or an insured who is not competent to give a valid release, be paid to a relative by blood or marriage, or
a beneficiary that the insured determines is equitably entitled to the payment. A good faith payment by the insurer
under this subsection fully discharges the insurer to the extent of the payment.
- (c) This section does not apply to payments made under a provider contract that holds the covered person harmless from
charges for services except copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
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