N.J.S.A 17:48D-2 Definitions.

17:48D-2 Definitions.

2. In this act, unless the context otherwise requires:

“Capitation” means a method of compensation by a dental plan organization to its contracted dentists for dental services and supplies provided to covered persons of the dental plan organization on the basis of a fixed periodic payment per covered person or enrollee;

“Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance;

“Consultant” means a person who holds himself out as an advisor or renders advice on the organization, financing, administration or operation of a dental plan to any employer, union, trust fund or dental plan organization;

“Covered person” means any person eligible to receive covered benefits or services and supplies under the terms of a dental plan;

“Dental plan” means any contractual arrangement for dental services and supplies to covered persons where contracted dentists are compensated by means of capitation, salary or a method authorized, submitted to and approved by the commissioner;

“Dental plan organization” or “DPO” means any person who undertakes to provide directly or to arrange for or administer one or more dental plans providing dental services and supplies;

“Dental services” means services included in the practice of dentistry as defined in R.S.45:6-19. “Practicing dentistry” defined;

“Enrollee” means an individual whose employment or other status, except family dependency, is the basis for eligibility for enrollment in the dental plan, or in the case of an individual contract, the person in whose name the contract is issued;

“Evidence of coverage” means any certificate, agreement or contract issued to an enrollee, setting out the dental services and supplies to which the enrollee and his dependents are entitled;

“Finder” means a person who brings together a dental plan organization with an employer, union or trust fund for the purpose of establishing a contractual relationship to provide dental services, or facilities or equipment related to the operation of the dental plan or dental plan organization;

“National Association of Insurance Commissioners” or “NAIC” means the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, its affiliates, or subsidiaries, or any agency or committee thereof, or any successor organization.

L.1979,C. 478,S.2; amended 1983, C. 24, S.1; 2005, C. 38, S.1.


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