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.
Primary Focus: Mandated Benefit: Peer Support Title/Description: Peer Support Specialist Medicaid Coverage Citation: S30 Introduced: 12-7-2018 Sponsor: Sen. Gross (D) Status: Signed into law 5/7/2019 Summary: Amends MCA §53-6-101 to make services provided by behavioral health peer support specialists eligible for Medicaid coverage. Notes: None
SB 366 Introduced: 11/2014 Sponsor: Sen. Caferro Status: Dead 4/2015 Summary: This bill tried to change the state’s social services law so that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) would include coverage for autism. The requirements of this bill are the same as what is in the section of the state insurance law about autism coverage except there are no annual maximums in place for applied behavior analysis. The section of the state insurance law about autism coverage is summarized at the bottom of this page.
SB 383 Introduced: 9/2012 Sponsor: Sen. Wanzenried Status: Dead 4/2013 Summary: This bill tried to change the section relevant to parity in the state insurance law. This bill would have required the following:
Establish that inpatient day limits only apply to grandfathered small employer plans
Make clear that coverage of “severe mental illness” must also be “no less favorable” than coverage for other medical care
HB 128 Introduced: 8/2010 Sponsor: Rep. Noonan Status: Dead 4/2011 Summary: This bill tried to change the section relevant to parity and the autism section of the state insurance law. This bill would have required the following:
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