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Below is the relevant legislation related to parity that has been introduced during the current or recently adjourned legislative session. State parity legislation passed in any state since 2008 is usually designed to increase compliance with the federal law and to strengthen state laws.

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Introduced Legislation

Regular Session: Adjourned 5/15/2019
Will Convene: n/a
Governor’s Deadline: 5/8/2019

2019

Primary Focus: Mandated Benefit: Telehealth
Title/Description: An Act relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and providing for an effective date
Citation: HB 29
Introduced: 2-20-2019
Sponsor: Rep. Spohnholz (R)
Status: Passed House; Died in Senate
Summary: HB 29 amends Alaska  Statutes 21.42.422 to require that any health care insurer that offers, issues for delivery, or renews  aa group or individual health care insurance plan shall provide coverage for mental health benefits provided through telehealth and may not require that prior in-person contact occur between a health care  provider and a patient before payment is made for covered services
Notes: N/A

2018

Primary Focus: Mandated Benefit-Telehealth
Title/Description: Medical Assistance Supervision
Citation: S.B.169
Introduced: 1-31-2018
Sponsor: Senator Catherine Giessel (R)
Status: Signed into law
Summary: Section 1 of S.B.169 amends Alaska Statutes 47.07.030 to allow for the requirement that behavioral health clinic services be provided under Medicaid be done by or under the direct supervision of a qualified physician either in person or by a communication device. Additionally, S.B.169 defines “direct supervision” for purposes of such services.
Notes: N/A

Primary Focus: Mandated Benefit-Provider
Title/Description: Licensure of Marital and Family Therapists
Citation: S.B.105
Introduced: 4-4-17
Sponsor: Senator Wilson (R)
Status: Signed into law
Summary: Section 7 of S.B.105 amends Alaska Statutes 47.07.030 to allow marital and family therapists to be eligible for optional Medicaid coverage. Additionally, section 9 of S.B.105 amends the uncodified law of the State of Alaska by adding a new section to require the Department of Health and Social Services prepare a report that describes the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the coverage of marital and family therapy.
Notes: N/A

2015-2016

SB 74
Introduced: 3/2015
Sponsor: Sen. Kelly and Sen. Giessel
Summary: Among other things, this bill tried to change the state law about medical assistance to create a demonstration Medicaid program involving managed care or case management. The care provided by this program would have to comply with the Federal Parity Law.
HB 190
Introduced: 4/2015
Sponsor: Committee on Finance
Summary: Among other things, this bill tried to change the state law about medical assistance to create a demonstration Medicaid program involving managed care or case management. The care provided by this program would have to comply with the Federal Parity Law.

2011-2012

SB 52
Introduced: 1/2011
Sponsor: Sen. Davis
Status: Dead 1/2011
Summary: This bill tried to change sections of the state insurance law relevant to parity in the following ways:
SB 118
Introduced: 4/2011
Sponsor: Sen. Davis
Status: Dead 3/2012
Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that Medicaid would cover behavioral health services provided by a marital and family therapist.
HB 79
Introduced: 1/2011
Sponsor: Many (click on linked bill number to see the sponsors)
Status: Dead 4/2012
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. In terms of what it requires for insurance coverage, this bill is identical to SB 74 from the same legislative session, which became law and is summarized above (the section of the state insurance law about autism coverage is summarized at the bottom of this page under “Alaska Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”).

2009-2010

SB 21
Introduced: 1/2009
Sponsor: Sen. Davis
Status: Dead 1/2009
Summary: This bill tried to change sections of the state insurance law relevant to parity in the following ways: Requires all small employer fully-insured plans to cover substance use disorder services
  • Forbids plans from using financial requirements and treatment limitations for substance use disorder services that “place a greater financial burden” than those used for other medical services
  • Forbids plans from using prior authorization for substance use disorder services if they do not do so for other medical services
  • Forbids plans from only covering inpatient care or outpatient care
  • Forbids plans from excluding coverage for medically necessary care for substance use disorder services
  • Forbids plans from denying payment because a treatment program for substance use disorder was not completed or interrupted
  • Forbids plans from using financial requirements and treatment limitations for mental health services that “place a greater financial burden” than those used for other medical services
  • Eliminates the $4,000 annual maximum for mental health care in the State Health Insurance Plan
SB 250
Introduced: 2/2010
Sponsor: Committee on Health and Social Services
Status: Dead 4/2010
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is very similar to the section that is currently in the law, which was added by SB 74 from the 2011-2012 legislative session and is summarized above (the section of the state insurance law about autism coverage is summarized at the bottom of the Alaska Statute tab).

 

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