ORS 743A.140¹
Bilateral cochlear implants

(1) Whenever any policy of health insurance provides for reimbursement of a cochlear implant, the insured under the policy is entitled to coverage of bilateral cochlear implants.

(2) For purposes of ORS 746.230 (Unfair claim settlement practices), a reasonable investigation of a claim for bilateral cochlear implants must include a request to the treating surgeon for a written recommendation based on peer-reviewed medical literature and for the medical findings that support the recommendation.

(3) The provisions of this section apply to a health benefit plan as defined in ORS 743.730 (Definitions for ORS 743.730 to 743.773).

(4) The provisions of this section are exempt from ORS 743A.001 (Automatic repeal of certain statutes on individual and group health insurance). [2007 c.504 §2]

Note: Section 8, chapter 504, Oregon Laws 2007, provides:

Sec. 8. Section 2 of this 2007 Act [743A.140 (Bilateral cochlear implants)] and the amendments to ORS 750.055 (Other provisions applicable to health care service contractors) and 750.333 (Applicable provisions of Insurance Code) by sections 3 to 7 of this 2007 Act apply to policies or certificates issued or renewed on or after the effective date of this 2007 Act [January 1, 2008]. [2007 c.504 §8]

Note: 743A.140 (Bilateral cochlear implants) was added to and made a part of the Insurance Code by legislative action but was not added to ORS chapter 743A or any series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 743A—Health Insurance: Required Reimbursements, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors743A.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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