Continuity of Care
If a managed care plan represented a primary care physician (defined as a physician specializing in internal medicine, pediatrics, or family practice) as being available during an open enrollment period, it must make the physician available at no additional cost for the entire plan year. A specialist provider must be made available for the lesser of the course of treatment or 90 days. If an enrollee is in her second trimester of pregnancy, the provider must be available through postpartum care. The exceptions are for a provider who is no longer practicing in the managed care plan's service area or who was terminated from the plan for misconduct.