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.
Summary: This bill amends state insurance law so that any insurer that offers prescription drug benefits must include coverage for at least 2 generic and 2 brand name abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug products of different analgesic ingredients on the lowest tier of the formulary. Additionally, the bill prohibits insurers from requiring patients to try an opioid analgesic drug product without abuse-deterrent labeling before covering the other drugs.
Summary: This bill tried to change the sections of the insurance law about autism coverage so that they would now apply to individual plans and small employer fully-insured plans. It also would have eliminated the annual maximums in place for behavioral therapy (applied behavior analysis).
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