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.
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
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:
Content Disclaimer: Parity Track is a collaborative forum that works to aggregate and elevate the parity implementation work taking place across the country. The content of this website is always evolving. If you are aware of other parity-related work that is not represented on this website, please contact us so that we can continue to improve this website.