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: In recess Governor’s Deadline: 7/1/2019
Primary Focus: Medical Management Limitation Title/Description: An Act Regarding the Process for Obtaining Prior Authorization for Health Insurance Purposes Citation: LD 705 Introduced: 2/11/2019 Sponsor: Sen. Gratwick (D) Status: Signed into law 6/13/2019 Summary: Among other things, SP 118 amends 24-A MRSA Section 4304, subsection 2 to prohibit insurers from subjecting MAT to prior authorization requirements. Notes: N/A
Status: Dead 6/2015 Summary: This bill was a concept bill that provided the framework for an eventual bill targeting increasing access to acute psychiatric care in inpatient setting. This concept bill proposes that the eventual bill would provide additional Mainecare reimbursement for long-stay mental health emergency department patients and patients waiting placement in psychiatric units.
Status: Dead 6/2015 Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that a 2-year Medicaid pilot program would be established to test acupuncture services for substance use disorder treatment. Qualified providers treating participating MaineCare patients would be reimbursed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Status: Dead 5/2011 Summary: This bill tried to require the Bureau of Insurance to conduct an examination of the state mental health parity law and submit a report on its findings to the Governor and the Legislature.
Introduced: 3/2011 Sponsor: Rep. Rotundo Status: Dead 5/2011 Summary: This bill tried to change state law to require the state Department of Health and Human Services to increase reimbursement rates for mental health professionals that provide services for Medicaid patients. This would have raised rates for social workers and other similarly situated professionals from $55 per hour to $70 per hour.
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