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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 1/7/2019
Will adjourn: 1/13/2020
Governor’s Deadline: 1/19/2020

2013-2014

SB 410
Introduced: 11/2013
Sponsor: Sens. Petrowski, Schultz and L. Taylor
Status: Dead 4/2014
Summary: This bill tried to change state law so that Medicaid plans would cover the following:

  • Telehealth mental health services, even if they are provided by an out-of-state provider
  • In-home services without requiring fail-first protocol
  • Clear definitions of when prior authorization can be used

2009-2010

AB 512 (go to link and scroll to first action under “history” to find sponsors)
Introduced: 10/2009
Sponsor: Many
Status: Dead 4/2010
Summary: This bill tried to change the section of the state insurance law about parity. Many of the proposed changes in this bill were also in SB 362 from the same legislative session, which was signed into law (and summarized above). Here is how this bill would have changed this section of the law differently than SB 362 (and what is currently in the law):

  • Requires plans to provide annual screening for behavioral health conditions
  • Requires plans to provide one screening for prepartum depression during pregnancy
  • Requires plans to provide one screening for postpartum depression within 6 months of giving birth
  • No cost exemptions for plans
  • No exemption for small employer fully-insured plans with less than 10 employees

SB 3/AB 15 (go to link and scroll to first action under “history” to find sponsors)
Introduced: 1/2009
Sponsor: Many (see above)
Summary: This bill tried to add a section to the state insurance law about autism coverage. Here is how it is different than what is currently in the law:

 

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