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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Regular Session: Adjourned 3/30/2019
Governor’s Deadline: 4/24/2019
Primary Focus: Compliance: Reporting Requirement
Title/Description: Health insurance coverage for mental illness; add coverage parity reporting requirements.
Citation: SB 2678
Sponsor: Rep. Tollison (R)
Status: Died in committee
Summary: SB 2678 amends Section 83-9-37 of Mississippi Code of 1972 by adding new subsections to define the terms “health insurance issuer” and “nonquantitative treatment limitation.” Additionally, the bill amends section 83-9-39 by adding a new subsection to require insurers, including any entity that offers health insurance through a health benefit plan, policy or certificate of insurance that is subject to state law, must submit an annual report to the Commissioner of Insurance demonstrating compliance with parity using specified guidelines.
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