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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: Convened 1/8/2019
Will adjourn: 1/13/2020
Governor’s Deadline: 1/16/2020


Primary Focus: Access to Services
Title/Description: Physician Assistant Scope of Service
Citation:  S132
Introduced: 12-18-2018;  12-12-2018
Sponsor: Rep. Clary (R) ; Sen. Davis (R)
Status: Signed by Governor 5/13/2019
Summary: Among other things, this bill amends the CLSC §40-47-0140 by adding a provision to allow physician assistants to be considered a primary care provider or a mental health provider when the PA is practicing in the medical specialties required for a physician to be a primary care provider or mental health provider.
Notes: None


S 135
Introduced: 12/2014
Status: Failed
Summary: This bill tries to change the section of the state insurance law about autism coverage. The bill would change the law by changing the definition of autism spectrum disorder to “any of the pervasive developmental disorders or autism spectrum disorder as defined by the most recent addition of the DSM or the edition in effect at the time of diagnosis.” The bill would also eliminate the subsections about annual maximums and any age-specific requirements.


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