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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 5/31/2019
Governor’s deadline: N/A

2015-2016

LB 1032
Introduced: 1/2016
Sponsor: Senator McCollister
Status: Dead 3/2016
Summary: This bill introduced the Transitional Health Insurance Program, which would have provided health coverage for individuals who are not eligible for Medicaid but do not make enough money to qualify for subsidies in the marketplace. The bill required that the Transitional Health Insurance Program comply with the Federal Parity Law.

LB 472
Introduced: 1/2015
Sponsor: Senator Campbell
Summary: Among many other things, this bill tries to change the state public assistance law so that the plan that covers newly eligible Medicaid recipients under the Affordable Care Act must comply with the Federal Parity Law.

2013-2014

LB 505
Introduced: 1/2013
Sponsor: Sen. Coash
Status: Dead 4/2014
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the insurance law about autism coverage. LB 254 from the same legislative session did add a very similar section to the insurance law about autism coverage. That section of the law is summarized at the bottom of this page under “Nebraska Parity Law.” Here is how this bill is different than what is currently in the law:

LB 887
Introduced: 1/2014
Sponsor: Sen. Campbell
Status: Dead 4/2014
Summary: This bill tried to change the state public assistance law to create the Wellness in Nebraska plan that included a subsection requiring this plan to comply with the Federal Parity Law.

LB 577
Introduced: 1/2013
Sponsor: Sen. Campbell
Status: Dead 4/2014
Summary: This bill tried to change the state public assistance law so that alternative benefit plans would have to comply with the Federal Parity Law.

2011-2012

LB 1129
Introduced: 1/2012
Sponsor: Sen. Coash
Status: Dead 4/2012
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about Autism coverage. LB 254 in the 2013-2014 legislative session eventually did add a section to the law about autism coverage. That section of the law is summarized at the bottom of this page under “Nebraska Parity Law.” Here is how this bill is different than what is currently in the section of the state insurance law about autism:

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