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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 4/26/2019
Will convene: n/a
Governor’s Deadline: 6/3/2019


Primary Focus: Medical Management Limitation
Title/Description:  To Amend The Prior Authorization Transparency Act; To Prohibit Prior Authorization For Medication-Assisted Treatment; And To Declare An Emergency
Citation: HB 1656
Introduced: 3-4-2019
Sponsor: Rep. Ferguson (D)
Status: Signed into law 4/12/2019
Summary: HB 1656 amends Arkansas Code Title 23, Chapter 99, Subchapter 11 by prohibiting insurers from imposing prior authorization or any other requirement other than a prescription for coverage of specified drugs used for the purposes of MAT. Additionally, such MAT drugs must be placed on the lowest tier of the prescription drug formulary.
Notes: N/A


SB 193
Introduced: 3/2009
Sponsor: Sen. Salmon
Status: Dead 5/2009
Summary: This bill tried to change the state insurance law by adding a section about autism. This bill is very similar to the bill from the 2011-2012 legislative session that did in fact add a section to the insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page). Here is how this bill is different:
  • Does not require plans to cover payment for equipment that is medically necessary
  • Does not limit coverage of applied behavior analysis to children under 18
  • Allows plans to review a child’s treatment plan once a year
  • No language that exempts plans offered through the state exchange because the Affordable Care Act did not yet exist when this bill was introduced


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