376.1378. 1. A copy of the grievance procedures, including all forms used to process a grievance, shall be filed with the director. Any subsequent material modifications to the documents also shall be filed. In addition, a health carrier shall file annually with the director, as part of its annual report required by section 376.1375, a certificate of compliance stating that the health carrier has established and maintains, for each of its health benefit plans, grievance procedures that fully comply with the provisions of sections 376.1350 to 376.1390. The director has authority to disapprove a filing that fails to comply with sections 376.1350 to 376.1390 or applicable rules and regulations.
2. A description of the grievance procedure shall be set forth in or attached to the policy, certificate, membership booklet, outline of coverage or other evidence of coverage provided to enrollees.
3. The grievance procedure documents shall include a statement of an enrollee's right to contact the director's office for assistance at any time. The statement shall include the toll-free telephone number and address of the department of insurance, financial institutions and professional registration.
4. No such grievance procedure shall act as a bar to any suit in a court of competent jurisdiction instituted by any such enrollee, or as a bar to any defense thereto by the health carrier.
5. In the event there is a conflict between the outcomes of the grievance procedure and any such suit, the outcome of the suit in a court of competent jurisdiction shall prevail.
(L. 1997 H.B. 335)
Missouri General Assembly