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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 3/9/2019
Will convene: n/a
Governor’s deadline: 3/27/2019

 

2011

HB 2442
Introduced: 1/2011
Sponsor: Del. Miley
Status: Dead 1/2011
Summary: This bill tried to change state law by adding sections about autism coverage (a similar bill from the same session did add these sections; that bill is summarized above). Here is how this bill is different than what is currently in the law (the current sections of the state insurance law are summarized at the bottom of this page under “West Virginia Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”):

  • No age limit for coverage
  • Forbids plans from using visit limits for outpatient care
  • Forbids plans from using financial requirements that are different than those used for other medical services
  • Requires a $36,000 annual maximum for applied behavior analysis that can be adjusted for inflation
  • Does not specifically list rett’s disorder or childhood disintegrative disorder
  • Plans can only review a child’s treatment plan once a year and there are no specific requirements for what a provider must show a plan during this review
  • Treatment for autism is listed as Habilitative or rehabilitative care, Pharmacy care, Psychiatric care, Psychological care, Therapeutic care (all of these terms are defined as well)

2010

HB 4106/SB 294
Introduced: 1/2010
Sponsor: Del. Brown and Sen. Minard
Status: Dead 1/2010
Summary: This bill tried to change state law to authorize the Insurance Commissioner to issue regulations regarding parity.

SB 145
Introduced: 1/2010
Sponsor: Sen. Kessleer
Status: Dead 1/2010
Summary: This bill tried to change the state insurance law by adding sections about autism coverage. This bill is much less detailed than what is currently in the law. It would have required plans to provide “full coverage” for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism, even if any of that was deemed experimental or the services were provided out-of-state (the current sections of the state insurance law are summarized at the bottom of this page under “West Virginia Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”).

2009

SB 77
Introduced: 2/2009
Sponsor: Sen. Kessleer
Status: Dead 2/2009
Summary: This bill tried to change the state insurance law by adding sections about autism coverage. This bill is much less detailed than what is currently in the law. It would have required plans to provide “full coverage” for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism, even if any of that was deemed experimental or the services were provided out-of-state (the current sections of the state insurance law are summarized at the bottom of this page under “West Virginia Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”).

 

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