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Primary Focus Mandate Benefit: Provider
Title/Description Screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
Citation Miss. Code Ann. § 83-9-26

A health insurance policy shall provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. To the extent that the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder are not already covered by a health insurance policy, coverage under this section will be included in health insurance policies that are delivered, executed, issued, amended, adjusted, or renewed in this state, or outside this state if insuring residents in Mississippi

Effective Date 7/1/2015

Enacted by 2015 Miss. H.B. 885.


Introduced 1/2014
Sponsor Sen. Carmichael
Status Signed into Law 3/2014

This bill changed some of the sections of the state insurance law relevant to parity to what they are currently (these sections are summarized at the bottom of this page under “Mississippi Parity Law”). The specific changes this bill made were to include outpatient care as services that must have “the same rate of payment” as services for other medical care. The bill also repealed a section that had included a formula to determine which plans must comply with this section of the law.

Introduced 1/2014
Sponsor Rep. Massengill
Status Signed into Law 3/2014
Summary This bill ordered the State and School Employees Health Insurance Management Board to study the possibility of expanding autism coverage for state employee plans and public school employee plans. The Board was to present the results of this study to the Legislature and the Lieutenant Governor by 12/1/2014.

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