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§33-15-4b. Policies to cover nursing services; definition.

(a) Any insurer who, on or after January 1, 1984, delivers or issues a policy of accident and sickness insurance in this state under the provisions of this article shall make available as benefits to all subscribers and members coverage for primary health care nursing services as hereinafter set forth if such services are currently being reimbursed when rendered by any other duly licensed health care practitioner. No insurer may be required to pay for duplicative health care services actually provided by both a registered professional nurse or licensed midwife and other health providers.

(b) For purposes of this section, section three-e, article sixteen and section seven-a, article twenty-four of this chapter, "primary health care nursing services" includes nursing care rendered by a nonsalaried duly licensed registered professional nurse engaged in private nursing practice or partnership with other health care providers within the lawful scope of practice as defined in section one, article seven, chapter thirty of this code, and care rendered by a licensed nurse-midwife or midwife as the occupation is defined in section one, article fifteen, chapter thirty of this code, and which care is within the scope of duties for such licensed nurse-midwife or midwife as permitted by the provisions of section seven, article fifteen of said chapter thirty.

(c) Nothing in this section may be construed to permit any registered professional nurse licensee or midwife licensee to perform professional services beyond such individual's areas of professional competence as established by education, training and experience.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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