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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 6/3/2019
Governor’s deadline: 6/14/2019

2019

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

2015

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.”

2013

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
  • Requires mandatory coverage for individual plans, not optional coverage
  • Removes the age limits for coverage
  • Replaces annual maximum of $36,000 for applied behavior analysis with 30 hour per week limit
  • 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.

2009

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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