58-18-45.1. Anesthesia and hospitalization for dental care to be provided certain covered persons. Any health benefit plan as defined by § 58-18-42 shall cover anesthesia and hospital charges for dental care provided to a covered person who:
(1) Is a child under age five; or
(2) Is severely disabled or otherwise suffers from a developmental disability as determined by a licensed physician which places such person at serious risk.
Such coverage applies regardless of whether the services are provided in a hospital or a dental office. A health carrier may require prior authorization of hospitalization for dental care procedures in the same manner that prior authorization is required for hospitalization for other covered diseases or conditions.
Source: SL 1999, ch 248, § 3.