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Member Rights & Responsibility Statement

The member rights include the right:

  • To receive information about SWH's services, practitioners and providers, enrollment, informational or instructional materials, grievance and appeal rights and member's rights and responsibilities annually in a manner appropriate to their condition and ability to understand;
  • To receive reasonable accommodations if required;
  • To be treated with respect and recognition of their dignity and their right to privacy;
  • To participate with practitioners in making decisions about their healthcare including the right to refuse treatment;
  • To participate in a candid discussion of appropriate or medically necessary treatment options for their conditions, regardless of cost or benefit coverage;
  • To voice complaints or appeals about SWH or the care provided;
  • To make recommendations regarding SWH's member rights and responsibility policy;
  • To be free from any form of restraint or seclusion used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation;
  • To request and receive a copy of his or her medical record and request that the record be amended or corrected;
  • To not be balanced billed by a provider for any service;
  • To receive services in a culturally competent manner and non-discriminatory manner;
  • To receive updates and/or changes to the rights and responsibilities at least annually;
  • To exercise their member rights without negative consequences.

The member responsibilities include the responsibility to:

  • Provide, to the extent possible, information that SWH and its practitioners and providers need in order to care for a member;
  • Follow the plans and instructions for care that the member has agreed upon with the practitioner or provider;
  • Understand a member’s health problems and participate in developing mutually agreed upon treatment goals and care plans;
  • Get familiar with the covered services and the rules a member must follow to obtain the covered services;
  • Inform SWH if there is any other health insurance coverage or prescription drug coverage in addition to the SWH plan;
  • Tell the member’s doctor and other healthcare providers that the member is enrolled in a SWH plan;
  • Help doctors and other providers help the member by giving the doctors and providers information, asking questions, and following through on the care plan;
  • Be considerate by respecting the rights of other patients and acting in a way that is respectful of a healthcare practitioner or provider and the staff;
  • Pay any healthcare bills that are owed;
  • Tell SWH if there is a change of residence; and
  • Call Member Services for help when there are questions or concerns.
Last Updated 01/26/2016
NYS DOH Approved 01/27/2016