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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 1. Administration
Agency 55. Department of Human Resource Management
Chapter 20. Commonwealth of Virginia Health Benefits Program

1VAC55-20-210. Oversight.

The department has the responsibility and authority to maintain the health benefits program and take any action it deems necessary to maintain the financial and administrative integrity of the program.

A. The department shall review local administration, including state agency administration of the health benefits program to determine compliance with this chapter, law, and administrative directives. Deficiencies shall be reported to the governing body or agency administrator, who shall take prompt action to remedy the noted deficiencies. To this end, the department shall provide guidance to responsible parties regarding their duties and responsibilities in the administration of the program. Failure to correct noted deficiencies may result in the unilateral termination of participation (in the case of a local employer) in the health benefits program, or a revocation of the agency's administrative responsibility for the health benefits program (in the case of a state agency) and the imposition of a special employer contribution on the state agency to pay for the cost of direct administration of the program by the department. The cost of direct administration shall be determined by the department.

B. The department may exclude from coverage any person who is not eligible for coverage notwithstanding the participation of the state agency or local employer in the health benefits program or the payment of contributions or the previous payment of claims on behalf of such person.

If a person is determined to be ineligible for coverage, claims paid by the program during this period of ineligibility shall be recouped by the program from providers of care and from the ineligible employee to the extent practicable as determined by the department.

Employer contributions on behalf of ineligible persons shall not be returned to the participating employer in as much as the employer agrees by participating in the health benefits program that the amount of such contributions constitute liquidated damages for enrolling ineligible employees and/or their dependents. Employee contributions will not be refunded, and the membership level and contributions rate will be maintained, at the level they had been prior to the removal of the ineligible dependent, until such time as the employee makes a membership change due to a consistent qualifying midyear event, or during open enrollment.

C. The department may exclude from coverage for a period of three years any employee (and dependent) who is found by the department to have enrolled in the health benefits program through fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation of a dependent who is not eligible for the program. A signed enrollment form or equivalent enrollment action shall be deemed prima facie evidence of misrepresentation.

D. The department may refuse, notwithstanding any agreement or assignment from a participant or third party, to make a payment on behalf of a participant for covered services to a provider of care who has been determined by the department to be abusing or defrauding the program. A pattern of billing for services not rendered, misrepresenting the complexity or length of the procedures or services actually rendered, or similar abuses shall compel the department to make such a determination. For the purposes of this section, a "pattern" constitutes a number of instances over a period of at least three months which are so similar as to suggest that the abuse is present in 5.0% or more of the services or procedures billed.

Statutory Authority

§§ 2.2-1204 and 2.2-2818 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR525-01-02 § 2.9, eff. November 21, 1990; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 20, eff. July 16, 2004.

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