Legislation Signed into Law


Primary Focus Updates some key requirements and concepts under mental health parity based on the Federal Parity Law at the state level
Title/Description An ACT related to mental health parity

KRS 304.17A-660;  KRS 304.17A-661; KRS 304.17A-669.  See link here to search for specific statutory provisions.


The new law requires parity coverage for nonquantitative treatment limitations (NQTLs) and medical necessity criteria as established by the Federal Parity Law.  KRS 304.17A-660 et.al. as amended defines several key terms associated with mental health parity implementation and requires the reporting to the insurance commissioner of annual comparative analyses, including the results of the analyses, performed to determine the process and strategies used to design nonquantitative treatment limitations both as written and as-written processes and strategies between MH/SUD and medical/surgical care.

Effective Date January 1, 2022.

Enacted by KY HB 50; signed by the Governor on March 21, 2021.  Generally follows The Model State Parity Bill and the Six Step Parity Compliance Guide (2017)


Primary Focus Mandated Benefit; SUD; Medicaid
Title/Description Substance use disorder treatment benefit
Citation Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 205.6311
Summary The Department for Medicaid Services shall provide a substance use disorder benefit consistent with federal laws and regulations which shall include a broad array of treatment options for those with heroin and other substance use disorders.
Effective Date 3/25/2015

Enacted by Ky SB 192.


HB 159
Introduced 1/2010
Sponsor Rep. Greer and Rep. Brinkman
Status Signed into Law 4/2010
Summary Among other things, this bill changed the sections of the insurance law about autism coverage to what they are currently (these sections are summarized at the bottom of this page under “Kentucky Parity Law,” “Autism Coverage”).


Primary Focus Parity: General
Title/Description Treatment of mental health conditions to be covered under same terms and conditions as treatment of physical health conditions.
Citation Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304.17A-661
Summary Any health benefit plan issued or renewed after July 14, 2000, that provides coverage for treatment of a mental health condition shall provide coverage of any treatment for a mental health condition under the same terms or conditions as provided for treatment of a physical health condition.
Effective Date 7/14/2000

Enacted by Ky. HB 268.

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