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.
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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