17:48-6n.Coverage for diabetes treatment by individual, group hospital service corporation
1. a. Every individual or group hospital service corporation contract providing hospital or medical expense benefits that is delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State pursuant to P.L.1938, c.366 (C.17:48-1 et seq.) or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Insurance on or after the effective date of this act shall provide benefits to any subscriber or other person covered thereunder for expenses incurred for the following equipment and supplies for the treatment of diabetes, if recommended or prescribed by a physician or nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist: blood glucose monitors and blood glucose monitors for the legally blind; test strips for glucose monitors and visual reading and urine testing strips; insulin; injection aids; cartridges for the legally blind; syringes; insulin pumps and appurtenances thereto; insulin infusion devices; and oral agents for controlling blood sugar.
b. Each individual or group hospital service corporation contract shall also provide benefits for expenses incurred for diabetes self-management education to ensure that a person with diabetes is educated as to the proper self-management and treatment of their diabetic condition, including information on proper diet. Benefits provided for self-management education and education relating to diet shall be limited to visits medically necessary upon the diagnosis of diabetes; upon diagnosis by a physician or nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist of a significant change in the subscriber's or other covered person's symptoms or conditions which necessitate changes in that person's self-management; and upon determination of a physician or nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist that reeducation or refresher education is necessary. Diabetes self-management education shall be provided by a dietitian registered by a nationally recognized professional association of dietitians or a health care professional recognized as a Certified Diabetes Educator by the American Association of Diabetes Educators or a registered pharmacist in the State qualified with regard to management education for diabetes by any institution recognized by the board of pharmacy of the State of New Jersey.
c. The benefits required by this section shall be provided to the same extent as for any other sickness under the contract.
d. This section shall apply to all hospital service corporation contracts in which the hospital service corporation has reserved the right to change the premium.
e. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a health benefits plan subject to the provisions of P.L.1992, c.161 (C.17B:27A-2 et seq.) or P.L.1992, c.162 (C.17B:27A-17 et seq.).
f. The Commissioner of Insurance may, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), promulgate and periodically update a list of additional diabetes equipment and related supplies that are medically necessary for the treatment of diabetes and for which benefits shall be provided according to the provisions of this section.
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