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317:2-1-18. Step therapy protocol exception appeals

Revised 9-14-20

This rule describes a member's rights to administratively appeal the denial of a requested exception to a step therapy protocol, in accordance with Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes (O.S.) ' 7310 and Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 317:30-5-77.4.

(1) Appeals will be heard by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) administrative law judge (ALJ).

(2) Appeals must be filed by the member within thirty (30) days of the date of the denial of a requested exception. Appeals must be filed electronically using a form LD-5 and must set forth the basis for the appeal. The form LD-5 shall be made available on the OHCA's public website. If the LD-5 is not completely filled out or if necessary documentation is not included, the appeal will not be considered.

(3) Appeals shall be heard at a time and place and in a manner as may be decided by the ALJ. Hearings may be conducted telephonically.

(4) The docket clerk will send the member or his/her authorized representative an electronic notice setting forth the location, date, and time of the hearing.

(5) A member can waive the right to an evidentiary hearing and permit the ALJ to consider and rule on the appeal based upon the parties' submissions.

(6) The member shall have the burden of proof by the preponderance of the evidence standard as defined by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

(7) Absent exigent circumstances, as defined in OAC 317:30-5-77.4(a), the ALJ shall respond to any request for appeal within seventy-two (72) hours of receipt of the request. In the case of exigent circumstances, the ALJ shall respond within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt. Provided, however, that if the timeframe for response ends on a weekend, or on any other day the OHCA is closed or closes early, including, but not limited to, legal holidays as defined by 25 O.S. ' 82.1, the timeframe for response shall run until the close of the next full business day. An appeal request that is not responded to within this timeframe shall be deemed granted.

(8) All orders shall be considered non-precedential decisions.

(9) The hearing shall be digitally recorded.

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