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.
HB 1336 Introduced: 2/2015 Sponsor: Rep Lockhart Status: Dead 2/2015 Summary: This bill tries to change the state insurance law by adding a subsection about autism coverage. Individual plans, small employer fully-insured plans, and large employer fully-insured plans would be required to cover:
$50,000 annual maximum for “behavioral therapy” for 3 years; therapy can continue beyond 3 years if child’s provider submits report every 6 months showing that child is making progress
Financial requirements are the same as those used for other medical services
Insurance plan can only review a child’s treatment plan once every 6 months
Autism spectrum disorder is defined as autistic disorder, asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder
HB 1495 Introduced: 2/2009 Sponsor: Rep. Collins Status: Dead 2/2009 Summary: This bill tried to change a section of the state insurance law about parity so that post-traumatic stress disorder would be a covered condition.
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