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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 3/30/2019
Governor’s Deadline: 4/24/2019

2019

Primary Focus: Compliance: Reporting Requirement
Title/Description: Health insurance coverage for mental illness; add coverage parity reporting requirements.
Citation: SB 2678
Introduced: 1/21/2019
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.
Notes: N/A

2018

SB 2094
Introduced: 1/2018
Sponsor: Sen. Tollison
Status: Dead 2/2018
Summary: This bill amends the state insurance law by requiring all health insurers that offer benefits for mental illness to submit an annual report to the Commissioner that details:
  • The process used to develop or select the medical necessity criteria for mental illness benefits and that used for medical and surgical benefits
  • All non quantitative treatment limitations (NQTL) applied to both mental illness and medical and surgical benefits
  • Results of an analysis that demonstrates the medical necessity criteria and the NQTLs identified above, as written and in operation, the processes, strategies, evidentiary standards, and other factors used to apply the medical necessity criteria and each NQTL to mental illness benefits are applied no more stringently than those used to apply medical necessity criteria and NQTLs for medical and surgical benefits.

2015

SB 2581
Introduced: 1/2015
Sponsor: Sen. Parks
Status: Dead 3/2015
Summary: Among other things, this bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. The insurance coverage part of this bill is identical to the insurance coverage part of HB 885 from the same legislative session, which was signed into law (this section is summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”).

2014

HB 638
Introduced: 1/2014
Sponsor: Rep. Chism
Status: Dead 3/2014
Summary: This bill tried to change some sections of the state insurance law relevant to parity. This bill is virtually identical to SB 2331 from the same legislative session, which was signed into law (SB 2331 is summarized above under “Legislation Signed into Law”).
SB 2679
Introduced: 1/2014
Sponsor: Sen. Parks
Status: Dead 2/2014
Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that state employee plans and public school employee plans would have to cover autism services. Here is how this coverage would be different than what is currently in the law (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):
  • No weekly hour limits for applied behavior analysis
  • Plans can only review a child’s treatment plan once per year
  • No age limits for coverage
HB 979
Introduced: 1/2014
Sponsor: Rep. Eaton
Status: Dead 2/2014
Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that all plans under state jurisdiction that offer coverage for neurological disorders must also provide autism coverage that is “at least as compressive as those provided for other neurological disorders” for children through age 11. Deductibles and copayments for autism services must be “no more stringent” than those used for other neurological disorders.

2013

HB 172
Introduced: 1/2013
Sponsor: Rep. Eaton
Status: Dead 2/2013
Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that all plans under state jurisdiction that offer coverage for neurological disorders must also provide autism coverage that is “at least as compressive as those provided for other neurological disorders” for children through age 11. Deductibles and copayments for autism services must be “no more stringent” than those used for other neurological disorders.
HB 292
Introduced: 1/2013
Sponsor: Rep. Massengill and Rep. Steverson
Status: Dead 2/2013
Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that all plans under state jurisdiction that offer coverage for neurological disorders must also provide autism coverage that is “at least as compressive as those provided for other neurological disorders” for children through age 26. Deductibles and copayments for autism services must be “no more stringent” than those used for other neurological disorders.

2012

HB 715/SB 2350
Introduced: 2/2012
Sponsor: Rep. Eaton and Sen. Montgomery
Status: Dead 3/2012
Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that all plans under state jurisdiction that offer coverage for neurological disorders must also provide autism coverage that is “at least as compressive as those provided for other neurological disorders” for children through age 11. Deductibles and copayments for autism services must be “no more stringent” than those used for other neurological disorders.
SB 2173
Introduced: 1/2012
Sponsor: Sen. Stone
Status: Dead 3/2012
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):

2011

SB 2146
Introduced: 1/2011
Sponsor: Sen. Tollison
Status: Dead 2/2011
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):
SB 2757
Introduced: 1/2011
Sponsor: Sen. Stone
Status: Dead 2/2011
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):

2010

HB 1496/SB 2607
Introduced: 1/2010
Sponsor: Rep. Eaton and Sen. Montgomery
Status: Dead 2/2010
Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that all plans under state jurisdiction that offer coverage for neurological disorders must also provide autism coverage that is “at least as compressive as those provided for other neurological disorders” for children through age 11. Deductibles and copayments for autism services must be “no more stringent” than those used for other neurological disorders.
SB 2055
Introduced: 1/2010
Sponsor: Sen. Tollison
Status: Dead 2/2010
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):
SB 2175
Introduced: 1/2010
Sponsor: Sen. Tollison
Status: Dead 2/2010
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):
SB 2129
Introduced: 1/2010
Sponsor: Sen. Stone
Status: Dead 2/2010
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):
SB 2363
Introduced: 1/2010
Sponsor: Sen. Yancey
Status: Dead 2/2010
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):

2009

HB 720
Introduced: 1/2009
Sponsor: Rep. Akins
Status: Dead 2/2009
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):
HB 1513
Introduced: 1/2009
Sponsor: Rep. Eaton and Sen. Montgomery
Status: Dead 2/2009
Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that all plans under state jurisdiction that offer coverage for neurological disorders must also provide autism coverage that is “at least as compressive as those provided for other neurological disorders” for children through age 11. Deductibles and copayments for autism services must be “no more stringent” than those used for other neurological disorders.
SB 2160
Introduced: 1/2009
Sponsor: Sen. Tollison and Sen. Stone
Status: Dead 2/2009
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):
SB 2753
Introduced: 1/2009
Sponsor: Sen. Tollison and Sen. Stone
Status: Dead 2/2009
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):
SB 2885
Introduced: 1/2009
Sponsor: Sen. Stone
Status: Dead 2/2009
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. It is different than the current section of the state insurance law about autism coverage (summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):

 

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