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: Access to Services Title/Description: Commission on Behavioral Health Duties Citation: A 76 Introduced: 11-20-2018 Sponsor: Assembly Health and Services Committee Status: Signed into law Summary: This bill amends the NRS 433.314 to require the Commission on Behavioral Health to employ indiviudals to assist each regional behavioral health policy board. The bill also amends NRS 433.4295 to list the duties of the Commission on Behavioral Health. Notes: N/A
SB 328 Introduced: 3/2015 Sponsor: Sens. Farley, Hardy, Harris Status: Dead 6/2015 Summary: Among other things, this bill tried to change the state insurance law so that a plan would have been required to provide on a public website how it “reviews and authorizes, approves, modifies or denies requests or claims for mental health service.”
AB 369 Introduced: 3/2013 Sponsor: Assmb. Ohrenschall, Woodbury, Dondero Loop Summary: This bill tried to change the sections of the state insurance law about autism coverage in the following ways:
Clarifies that autism spectrum disorder is defined as it is either in the DSM or ICD
Forbids insurers from reviewing a treatment plan more than once a year
Instructs plans that federal law supersedes these sections if it requires more favorable coverage
Defines in great detail “behavioral care” and “medically appropriate”
Lists the following treatments as accepted treatment for autism
– Behavioral care
– Consultation or treatment by a nutritionist or dietitian
– Full-time care in a residential setting that specializes in care for persons with autism spectrum disorders
– Habilitative or rehabilitative care
– Music therapy
– Prescription care
– Psychiatric care
– Psychological care
– Therapeutic care
– Therapy relating to social communication and social skills
AB 375 Introduced: 3/2013 Sponsor: Assmb. Dondero Loop, Ohrenschall, Bobzien, Woodbury, Woodhouse Status: Dead 4/2013 Summary: This bill tried to change the sections of the state insurance law about autism coverage so that social communication disorder would be one of the listed conditions in the definition of autism spectrum disorder. The bill also had extensive sections about licensing requirements for “autism behavior interventionists.” These sections are not summarized here because they do not directly apply to insurance coverage.
SB 388 Introduced: 3/2009 Sponsor: Committee on Commerce and Labor Status: Dead 6/2009 Summary: In terms of what it tried to change in the state law relevant to parity, this bill is identical to SB 426, which is summarized above under “Legislation Signed into Law.”
AB 515 Introduced: 3/2009 Sponsor: Committee on Commerce and Labor Status: Dead 5/2009 Summary: This bill tried to change the state insurance law so that plans would have to cover services provided by social work interns and interns serving under marriage and family therapists.
AB 365 Introduced: 3/2009 Sponsor: Rep. Leslie Status: Dead 3/2009 Summary: This bill tried to amend state law to require health plans cover treatment for eating disorders, including inpatient care, such as hospitalization, and residential treatment.
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